Democracy Works Foundation believes in collaboration across sectors. No single organisation or government holds the key to sustainable, equitable development. Each sector and organisation will have unique knowledge, skills and resources to contribute to a collaboration that works towards our institutional objectives and mutual interest in sustainable societies.
Friedrich Ebert StiftungThe Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) is the oldest political foundation in Germany with a rich tradition in social democracy. The foundation owes its formation and its mission to the political legacy of its namesake Friedrich Ebert, the first democratically elected German President. The work of their political foundation focuses on the core ideas and values of social democracy – freedom, justice and solidarity. Amongst some of the issues that FES promotes is a free society, based on the values of solidarity, which offers all its citizens the same opportunities to participate on political, economic, social and cultural levels, regardless of their origin, sex or religion and a lively and strong democracy; sustainable economic growth with decent work for all.
FES South Africa is a funder partner and of Democracy Works-http://www.fes-southafrica.org/fes/category/partners/democracy-works-partners/
OSISAThe Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA)is a growing African institution committed
to deepening democracy, protecting human rights and enhancing good governance in the region. OSISA’s vision is to promote and sustain the ideals, values, institutions and practices of open society, with the aim of establishing vibrant and tolerant southern African democracies in which people, free from material and other deprivation, understand their rights and responsibilities and participate actively in all spheres of life. In pursuance of this vision, OSISA’s mission is to initiate and support programmes working towards open society ideals, and to advocate for these ideals in southern Africa. This approach involves looking beyond immediate symptoms, in order to address the deeper problems – focusing on changing underlying policy, legislation and practice, rather than on short-term welfarist interventions.
Hivos South AfricaHivos is an international development organisation guided by humanist values. Together with local civil society organisations in developing countries, Hivos wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world. A world in which all citizens – both women and men – have equal access to opportunities and resources for development and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future. Hivos trusts in the creativity and capacity of people. Quality, cooperation and innovation are core values in Hivos’ programme development and business philosophies. Hivos is committed to people in Africa, Asia and Latin America who are systematically blocked from rights, opportunities and resources. A lasting improvement in their situation is the ultimate measure of their work. Hivos South Africa is Democracy Works' financial administrator. Hivos South Africa is undergoing an indigenisation process and will soon be known as the Hlanganisa Institute for Development.
South African Broadcasting Corporation - SABCThe SABC inspires change through enriching, credible, relevant and compelling content that is accessible by all. Its mission is to to educate, inform and entertain all audiences accessing SABC services. The main object of the Corporation is to supply broadcasting and information services and services that are ancillary thereto, to the general public in the Republic of South Africa and beyond its borders.
The SABC hosts a dedicated page of Democracy Works’ articles on their website. Please visit this page by clicking here to view the articles the SABC has published.
Transnational InstituteThe Transnational Institute (TNI) is an international research and advocacy institute committed to building a just, democratic and sustainable planet. For more than 40 years, TNI has served as a unique nexus between social movements, engaged scholars and policy makers.envisions a world of peace, equity and democracy on a sustainable planet brought about and sustained by an informed and engaged citizenry. TNI’s mission is to strengthen international social movements with rigorous research, reliable information, sound analysis and constructive proposals that advance progressive, democratic policy change and common solutions to global problems.
African IndependentAfrican Independent is a pioneering multimedia platform that seeks to change the narrative on and about the African continent. Their strong round the clock online presence ensures that readers are kept abreast of events on the continent thus giving them the full picture of the Africa, her people, news, economic developments, lifestyle, entertainment and sport. It is an African newspaper that covers the continent like no other with 24/7 immediacy on their digital platform.
Liliesleaf TrustOnce the nerve centre of the liberation movement and a place of refuge for its leaders, today Liliesleaf is one of South Africa's foremost, award-winning heritage sites, where the journey to democracy in South Africa is honoured. As a ‘nerve centre’ of liberation activities, the meetings that took place at Liliesleaf from 1961 to July 1963, and the events that transpired after the 1963 police raid on the property, mark a seminal shift in South Africa’s liberation struggle history, and fundamentally changed the course of South African history. The Liliesleaf Museum brings to life first-hand account of the events and circumstances leading up to the infamous 1963 raid as well as insights into some of the revolutionary personalities who helped to shape South Africa’s democracy.
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In Transformation InitiativeThe In Transformation Initiative was established in 2013 by four veterans of the South African transition to democracy who played key roles in the strategy, discussions, and negotiations that ended apartheid and transformed South Africa into an international model of peace and hope. The In Transformation Initiative approach is premised on the philosophy that lasting solutions to conflict and political instability must be designed and developed domestically. Agreements and actions must evolve locally; they cannot be prescribed by external actors. This philosophy ensures ownership and sustainability, and offers the greatest chances for peace and prosperity. These three concepts of Trust, Inclusiveness and Ownership were critical to advancing democracy and strengthening society, and they are the fundamental pillars of The In Transformation Initiative work.
KieskompasKieskompas is a small social enterprise that is embedded in the academic community of the Amsterdam based Vrije Universiteit (The Netherlands). The company combines a strong commitment to democracy, a passion for science and a competitive entrepreneurial strategy. Kieskompas is specialised in the development of online and offline voting advice tools, the organisation of political debates and the production of academic research and media content.
SADC CNGOThe SADC Council of NGOs was formed in 1998 to facilitate meaningful engagement of the people of the region with SADC Secretariat at regional level, and with the Member States at national level through national NGO umbrella bodies. The formation of the Council created a common platform for civil society organisations to address issues of poverty alleviation, democratisation, good governance, and ending internal political conflicts that have characterised the political landscape of SADC region. To achieve its objectives the Council has encouraged collaboration and partnership with other stakeholders at both national and regional level, promoted and supported people’s participation in the development process, and has continually monitored the performance and accountability of SADC secretariat, and Member States on their national, regional and international commitments related to sustainable development.
Livity AfricaLivity Africa is a youth content agency that develops platforms, campaigns,Livity ideas and social change all created for young people and driven by young people. They work with young people to develop skills in content creation, media, marketing, digital and business entrepreneurship and connect them with employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Livity creats their own platforms like Live SA where these skills and ideas come to life for a national audience of young people.
Konung InternationalKonung International is a multifaceted Governance and Institutional Development practice. It is founded and managed by experienced development professionals who have decades of experience identifying and delivering positive change in international development for clients. The emphasis and approach is based on using in-depth detailed analysis of all circumstances surrounding a developmental challenge. This considers not only the local political economy, but also what other issues influence and impact the success of reforms including conflict, culture, livelihoods, environment, gender, demographics and social exclusion.
New PoliticsThe New Politics Platform has been conceived as a global and decentralised think tank on counter-hegemonic politics that will support the joint production of ideas to: (a) boost the development of desirable, viable and achievable alternatives aimed at transcending current oppressive and exploitative structures; (b) acknowledge the diversity of knowledge as a source of inspiration for the co-creation of alternatives; and (c) promote fruitful collaboration and exchanges among researchers and activists from different regions of the world.
Plateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en AfriquePlateforme de Protection des Lanceurs d’Alerte en Afrique (PPLAAF) is a non-governmental organisation registered under Senegalese law initiated by William Bourdon, lawyer and President of the French NGO Sherpa, that is comprised of experts who will help, advise and support whistleblowers. PPLAAF provides technical, legal and media assistance to these potential whistleblowers, whether they are from Africa or the information they want to share is related to Africa. PPLAAF believes that the price of doing the right thing should not include sacrificing one’s life, freedom, family, income, job, career or health. In this capacity, PPLAAF plays the intermediary role by assembling a community of in-house and external experts to help ensure that the perils and threats usually associated with ‘blowing the whistle’ are overcome.
AllAfricaAllAfrica is a voice of, by and about Africa - aggregating, producing and distributing 700 news and information items daily from over 140 African news organisations and with their own reporters to an African and global public. They operate from Cape Town, Dakar, Lagos, Monrovia, Nairobi and Washington DC.
TuluntuluTuluntulu is a mobile content platform targeting audiences in Africa and globally with African focused content. The platform has 17 x 24/7 streaming TV channels and 10 radio stations. Tuluntulu is designed to work on mobile devices connected via low bandwidth connections. It has received a number of awards including a Technology Top 100 Innovation Award, a Frost & Sullivan Award, and was selected as one of the top 50 startups in the world by Unilever Foundry 50.