The Gender-Based Violence and Femicide (GBVF) Response Fund1 is pleased to report the disbursement of critical support funding to four high-impact grant partners. This development is a major leap forward to help end incessant violence against women, children, the elderly, disabled persons, and LGBTQIA+ people in South Africa. Since the President launched the Fund on 4 February last year, it has received pledges worth more than R200m to accelerate action towards ending GBVF in our lifetimes.
The Fund’s support for Intermediary Organisations, Soul City Institute NPC, Sonke Gender Justice, Mikhulu Trust, and Social Change Assistance Trust forms part of an initial R69m approved by the Fund’s Board, including much-needed funding to 110 qualifying organizations overall. This includes a range of independent community-based organizations, embedded within communities across the country, who are also receiving a share of the funding. The above-mentioned grant partners are critical support and intervention for community-based organizations that require capacity, training, and technical skills to implement their projects successfully.
Initial funding and project support is being focused on meeting the requirements of Pillars Two (Prevention and Rebuilding Social Cohesion through among others, strengthening delivery capacity and changing behavior and social norms); and Pillar 3 (Justice, Safety, and Protection).
The intermediary organization grant partners have been chosen for their impressive network of community-based organizations which will assist in maximizing reach to rural areas and GBVF Hot Spots, as well as for their commitment to catalyze change through a range of important interventions. They will also be providing much needed mentoring, capability building, and project support to less well-established community-based organizations
“This is a significant milestone for the Fund at its first anniversary, demonstrating delivery against its mandate to accelerate funding support to overburdened and under-resourced organizations working hard to fight the scourge of GBVF. While we are able to give hope to survivors through this support, we are encouraged by the possibility of winning this war and creating a better future for the next generation,” says CEO of the GBVF Response Fund1, Lindi Dlamini.
Apart from its numerous existing project support initiatives undertaken in 12 short months, the conclusion of the formal grant partner onboarding and grant payment process ensures real impact can be broadened.
“I am extremely thankful to the benefactors of the Fund for their support – in cash and in-kind that are assisting us to fulfil our mandate. It means critical funding will be directed where it is most needed. The funds will go into key grassroots projects, as well as to the intermediaries’ vast networks of community-based interventions and projects so that a positive impact on the fight against GBVF,” says Dlamini.
Dlamini added that the Fund’s selection processes are underpinned by equitable provincial allocation, allocation to rural and informal areas, and being responsive in areas that have been identified as GBVF hotspots