As a facilitator of regional programmes, the Southern Africa Trust can channel grant money into various projects, including agriculture, social development, trade, migrations, climate resilience and workers’ rights.
We have disbursed more than ZAR 241 million to deserving recipients to 197 organisations in 15 countries in the SADC region. Through this work, we have strengthened our capacity as a reputable and reliable fund manager, while promoting the Trust’s strengths in building the capacity of civil society organisations and acting as a knowledge broker.
Most grantees are national network associations that implement projects with a regional reach. Grants are also allocated to regional networks, regional apex organisations, social movements and media houses.
We issue proposals using the communication channels of our website and mass media.
We determine the strategic areas to pursue, then request organisations within the relevant region to submit proposals in line with the strategic priorities.
We accept unsolicited proposals from organisations if we believe their programmes will add value to the mission and objectives of the Trust.
For organisations needing urgent support in their programme implementation, we give out grants at the discretion of the Executive Director.
The Trust supports programmes that educate and empower small-scale farmers and women in farming. Promoting, among other, seed saving and exchange programmes, maintaining fertility of soil and education around healthy food systems, the Trust is active in their support of skills training and education around applying for grants, courses or small business assistance.
One of the focus areas of the Trust is amplifying the voices of the youth, in the field of skills development. They also actively support programmes on community health, education, entrepreneurship development and employment opportunities.
Working closely with associations concerning cross border trading, the Trust supports programmes that offer training and entrepreneurship opportunities to informal traders, especially women. The development of trade and business has a profound effect on fighting poverty, and the Trust is instrumental in fighting for fair trade terms for marginalised communities.
One of the key areas the Trust is involved in is the portability of social security for migrant labourers, including pension and health benefits. Focusing on refugees, women and youth, the Trust is active in their support of human rights, legislation and policies around the rights of migrants and repatriation.
The Trust works closely with associations that aim to reduce the impacts of climate change, with an emphasis on natural resource management. By building movements and networks to address the effects of flooding, drought and extreme weather like cyclones, the Trust is aiming to increase the resilience of biodiversity and communities.
The Trust champions the cause of workers’ rights, in particular, the support of former miners from Botswana, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe, and the access to their unclaimed social security and compensation benefits. They also supporting outreach programmes that provide knowledge on the rights of unskilled and migrant workers, regarding occupational health benefits, social security and pension funds.