Call for Proposals: Review of Land Reform - 100 Years After the Land Act

Foundation for Human Rights
Please note: this opportunity closing date has passed and may not be available any more.
Opportunity closing date: 
Friday, 19 April, 2013
Opportunity type: 
Call for papers

The Foundation for Human Rights is one of the primary indigenous grant-makers to the Human Rights sector in South Africa. Established in 1996 through a cooperation agreement between the European Union and the South African government, the Foundation receives funds primarily from the European Union as well as other donors such as DCI, Mott Foundation and Care International. The Foundation supports civil society organisations and public institutions to promote and facilitate increased awareness, respect, protection and fulfilment of the rights contained in the Constitution. The Foundation uses a rights-based approach in addressing poverty and inequality. This means that its grantees should adopt an approach which ensures that priority be given to the most vulnerable groups in society, especially the poor, through participation, accountability, non-discrimination and direct linkages to the rights as set out in the Constitution.

The FHR is calling for proposals for the Review of Land Reform - 100 Years After the Land Act.

Reference No: SERSA/RA1.4.1/S01

The year 2013 marks the centenary of South Africa’s notorious Native Land Act (1913) which legalised colonial dispossession, and was a foundational piece of legislation in twentieth century segregation and apartheid. Its’ devastating legacy is still evident in the country’s divided rural areas and deeply racialised inequalities.
 
In 1994, the first democratically elected government designed and implemented a land reform programme in an attempt to overcome the legacy of this Act and the land dispossession it legitimated. However, the pace of the transfer of land is far slower than planned, and there is limited support for productive activity on land that is transferred through the programme.

The focus of this Call is on reviewing the state of land reform in South Africa to date, highlighting successes and challenges in realising a more equitable distribution of land, as well as the use of land reform in widening the productive base of agriculture to include historically disadvantaged small-scale producers.

The call will support:

  • Events mobilising communities in commemoration of the anniversary of the 1913 Land Act;
  • Review of the state of land reform; and
  • Assessing land reform in relation to small-scale and subsistence farming.

Where possible, applicants should show how their proposed interventions are connected to longer-term processes of community mobilisation and knowledge production, with the goal of producing a more equitable distribution of land in South Africa. Applicants are encouraged to draw on international experiences of land reform for comparative purposes, in particular with southern African and African experiences. Activities should be conducted in partnership with groups, organisations or communities who do not possess land, or who are in the process of securing, or have secured, land through the land reform programme.

Who can apply?

Applicant organisations should meet the following criteria in order to be considered eligible:

  • Be registered, or in the process of registering as a non-governmental organisation (NGO), community-based organisation (CBO), Section 21 company, or a non-profit trust;
  • Have a track record of working on issues of land access and/or small-scale agriculture; and
  • Demonstrate that the proposed project will involve active community participation.

Grants valued between R150 000 and R350 000 will be awarded. Priority will be given to applications from KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and the Free State.

Application Guidelines

The full guidelines for applications to the above calls for proposals, and the call for expression of interest, can be found on the Foundation’s website www.fhr.org.za. Alternatively, copies of the document may be requested from the Foundation. For more information please contact the Grants Unit at 011 339 5560 or at grantsunit@fhr.org.za.

Applications that do not comply with the guidelines will be rejected. The Foundation also reserves the right to cancel at its sole discretion any of the Calls published through any media.

All applications must be posted or hand delivered. E-mailed applications will not be processed. All posted or hand delivered applications must be placed in a sealed envelope indicating the name of the applicant and the reference number of the call and delivered, on or before the application deadline, to:

Physical Address:

The Grants Manager
Foundation for Human Rights
8th Floor
209 Smit Street (Cnr Rissik Street)
Braamfontein
Johannesburg

Postal Address
The Grants Manager Foundation for Human Rights
Private Bag 124
Braamfontein
2017

For more about the Foundation for Human Rights, refer to www.fhr.org.za.

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