Assistance for the Foundation for Human Rights

The overall objective of the programme is to contribute to the building of a democratic state and society in South Africa based on the rule of law and social justice as outlined in the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, and originally expressed in the Reconstruction and Development Programme. The programme aims to promote the constitutional provisions on human rights and improve access to specific legal services and socio-economic rights and to provide education and training on human rights awareness. The programme consciously targets the historically disadvantaged and other vulnerable groups, in particular women, children, people with disability, people with HIV/AIDS, prisoners, the landless, homeless, and refugees and asylum seekers, as the main beneficiaries.

The principal implementing agencies for the programme to date have been South African civil society institutions and independent statutory institutions including the Chapter nine institutions. The modus operandi for the implementation of the programme is through funding projects in five main result areas:

Human Rights Awareness
Encompasses human rights awareness, education and training programmes.

Human Rights Services
Encompasses access to justice programmes, transformation of the legal system and focuses on alternative role-players such as paralegals and advice offices.

Human Rights NGOs and CBOs
Encompasses capacity building for civil society institutions.
Regional programme.

Human Rights Sensitive Independent Institutions
Encompasses the Public Institutions and other independent statutory institutions impacting on human rights.

Monitoring and Evaluation
Measuring the impact of the activities carried out by the Foundation and its partners.

South Africa
Area of competence: 
DEMOCRATIZATION > Fundamental human rights > Democratisation processes
DEMOCRATIZATION > Fundamental human rights > Democratisation processes
Donor organisation: 
European Commission
Start of project: 
February, 2004