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Study of CSO Mapping

In line with the priorities of the EU Roadmap for engagement with CSOs in South Africa , the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa commissioned a study of Civil Society in the human rights and social justice  sectors, with view to gaining a comprehensive overview and a deep understanding of the key CS actors, their interactions with the authorities (namely the department of Justice and Constitutional Development , DOJ&CD, and others) throughout the policy cycle and the existing and potential support models, in a context of decreasing donor support and shift towards local fundraising.

 More specifically, the study addressed the following specific objectives: 

·       Identify and assess the capacities and interactions of the key CS actors, active in the sector of human rights and social justice.

·       Analyse current funding patterns and assess the sustainability of the sector, which the EU has been supporting for many years, with a view to identify funding needs and potential fundraising opportunities.

·       Contribute to a better knowledge management of the sector through a comprehensive database including the key CS actors, organised by areas of work.

According to the terms of reference the following activities were implemented:

·       Conduct a documentary review and analysis;

·       Design the study and draft the inception report;

·       Identify and assess the key CS actors;

·       Develop an excel database with all relevant CS actors;

·       Conduct interviews, focus groups;

·       Assess the income generating capacity of the key actors and of their financial sustainability, identifying key opportunities and challenges;

·       Analyse the areas requiring further support from the EU, and elaborate a set of recommendations on how to use complementarily existing instruments and programmes.

Project Details

  • Country: South Africa
  • Region: EDF / ACP,
  • Area of competence:
    Civil Society > Public-CSO Cooperation
  • Donor organisation: European Commission
  • Start of project: May 2017