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SERSA Programme: Climate Change

South Africa’s Constitution upholds the right to a clean and healthy environment. Environmental policy developed to realise this right is given legal effect in the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA). Key principles of the Act include sustainable development, environmental justice, the polluter-pays principle, and participation and transparency in decision-making.

Call Number : SERSA/RA3.2.2/S02

Call Shortcode : SERSA/RA3.2.2/S02

Result Area : Constitutional Rights Awareness

Closing Date : 2014-08-22 01:54:00

Expression of Interest : 160714_CfP_SERSA_PA3_Climate_Change.pdf (click to download)

The Foundation for Human Rights (the Foundation) is a grant-making institution. It supports civil society organisations in South Africa implementing programmes that promote and protect human rights. The Foundation's mission is to address the historical legacy of apartheid, to promote and advance transformation and to build a human rights culture, using the Constitution as a tool.

The Foundation, in partnership with the Government of Flanders has embarked on the “Participation and Development of Capabilities of Civil Society in realising Socio-Economic Rights in South Africa” (SERSA) Programme.  The SERSA Programme is an extension of the Access to Justice and Promotion of Constitutional Rights Programme (AJPCR) with which it shares the objectives of improving access to justice, raising awareness of constitutional rights and participation of civil society.

The focus of the SERSA Programme is on the following specific sub-result areas:

•          Land reform and land tenure;
•          Food security;
•          Socio-economic rights and job creation;
•          Small scale and subsistence farming;
•          Climate change.

Call for Proposals

Climate change

Reference No: SERSA/RA3.2.2/S02

Closing Date for Applications: 22 August 2014

BACKGROUND

South Africa’s Constitution upholds the right to a clean and healthy environment. Environmental policy developed to realise this right is given legal effect in the National Environmental Management Act (NEMA). Key principles of the Act include sustainable development, environmental justice, the polluter-pays principle, and participation and transparency in decision-making. South Africa is a signatory to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the Kyoto Protocol and has committed to reducing growth in greenhouse gas emissions, but only to reduce total emissions from 2035.

Given its industrial base and reliance on coal as an energy source, South Africa is one of the largest emitters of greenhouse gasses in the world. Even moderate governments pledge to reduce growth in carbon emissions are met with resistance by corporations whose business is based on their ability to pollute the environment at no cost to the company. The effects are felt by the most vulnerable communities who live near sites of pollution and who are most vulnerable to the shocks and stresses of unpredictable climate change and associated ecological volatility (e.g. drought, floods and unseasonal weather that increases risk in agricultural production).

This call will support activities or interventions that:

  1. Support preparatory work towards COP 21 [2015] (e.g. developing advocacy tools for commitment to the Paris Protocol that is in alignment with South African Climate Change Policies; and sharing information that will enable organisations to best prepare for COP 21).
  2. Lobby and advocate for rapid and meaningful reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, especially in the fields of energy, agriculture and water (e.g. mobilisation and movement-building in South Africa and the region with an emphasis on building civil society capacity and knowledge around climate change).
  3. Develop and implement local adaptive strategies to climate change and volatility (e.g. identifying, developing and implementing appropriate adaptive responses to the impacts of climate change amongst vulnerable communities).

This call targets civil society organisations (CSOs) working on environmental/ecological education and activities nationally. A cross-section of the population beyond the CSO’s immediate constituency should also benefit indirectly from multi-media awareness and public education interventions.

Who can apply?

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

  1. Be registered, or in the process of registering as a nonprofit non-government organisation (NGO), a nonprofit community-based organisation (CBO), section 21 company/nonprofit company (NPC), or a nonprofit trust;
  2. Have a track record of working on issues of climate change/sustainable development;
  3. Demonstrate that the proposed project will involve active community participation.

Successful applicants will be awarded grants between R150, 000.00 and R200, 000.00.

Application Guidelines

The full guidelines for applications to the above Calls for Proposals 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) 720-1276 or at grantsunit(at)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. Emailed 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
3rd Floor, 222 Smit Street (corner Rissik Street) Braamfontein

Postal Address

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