How We Work

SJI seeks to support areas where it can maximise
the impact of available resources towards creating
a more equitable society.

This is how we strengthen the work of civil society initiatives under the following themes:

ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Some individuals are unable to access the resources required for them to be treated fairly, we support initiatives that ensure they are.

INDEPENDENT MEDIA

Free media is a cornerstone of our democracy. Independent media plays a crucial role in enabling access to information and making it possible for citizens to hold leaders accountable.

GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

It is essential that public and private institutions serve their constitutional mandates. We work with initiatives that promote integrity and accountability in both business and state.

ACCESS TO JUSTICE

Until 1994 not only were the State’s laws unjust, they were also generally applied unfairly. For the poor in South Africa, justice is in practice still a privilege rather than a right. We support initiatives that use both legal and social mechanisms to enable access to justice at national and community levels.

Examples:

Community advice offices, which are mostly located in under-resourced communities and provide legal advice and assistance as well as rights education. Addressing gender discrimination and gender based violence.

INDEPENDENT MEDIA

Democratic societies rely on informed and engaged citizens. The role of media is critical for bringing information to citizens and exposing the hidden ills of society. This area of focus addresses both investigative journalism and media advocacy work that seeks to ensure that South Africa enjoys the benefits of a free media and freedom of expression.

Examples:

Investigative Journalism. Promoting people’s access to information.

GOVERNANCE AND ACCOUNTABILITY

It is essential that public and private institutions serve their constitutional mandates. We work with organisations that promote integrity and accountability in both business and state.

Example:

Advocacy organisations that hold senior public servants accountable, enable greater levels of transparency and the delivery of services to marginalized communities