NGO Partners

Scat's national work is strengthened by our relationships with our fellow NGO partners.  Here is a list of our current partners:

Funding Practice Alliance:

The Funding Practice Alliance (FPA) is made up of the Social Change Assistance Trust (SCAT), the Community Development Resource Association (CDRA), Inyathelo, and the Rural Education Access Programme (REAP). The FPA aims to transform the relationship between civil society organisations and funding agencies and to improve good funding practice by grantees and funders within the civil society sector. The FPA conducts researchs on issues affecting the sustainability of civil society organisations. It engages the civil society sector, funders and other relevant stakeholders on issues of funding practices and it disseminates appropriate information and stimulates debate on relevant issues.To read the report published by the FPA in March 2011 on the National Lotteries Board Trust Fund and the National Development Agency go to www.scat.org.za/downloads

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Ditikeni Investment Company

Scat is a shareholder in the Ditikeni Investment Company.  Ditikeni is a holding company that manages Scat's investments. The Ditikeni group was formed in 1999 by a number of non-profit organisations seeking financial sustainability. They aimed to participate in Black Economic Empowerment in order to create a capital base to fund their community development and welfare work.

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The Treatment Action Campaign

The TAC is an award winning South African social movement campaigning to save the lives of people living with HIV and TB. In the 12 years since it was established TAC has helped to save and better millions of people’s lives in South Africa. It has also contributed to the deepening of democracy in South Africa, through its use of the courts, advocacy and promotion of human rights constitutionalism. Internationally, TAC has been one of the most influential AIDS activist movements; an organisation that has catalysed action on HIV/AIDS across the world.

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The Black Sash

The Black Sash is an independent, non-governmental Human Rights organisation that has worked tirelessly for justice and equality in South Africa for more than 55 years. Scat is working with the Black Sash on the Community Monitoring Advocacy Project, (CMAP) supported by the European Union, The Open Society Foundation for South Africa and The Raith Foundation.  Their vision is making human rights real. Since the end of Apartheid in 1994, the Black Sash has focussed on the promotion and protection of hard-won freedoms, particularly in the areas of social and economic rights. Their mission is to work toward a South Africa in which Human Rights are recognised in law and respected in practice; the government is accountable to ALL its people and attends to their basic needs in a participatory and dignified manner; the Constitution is upheld by all; Social and economic justice is recognised as fundamentally important; and ALL members of society take responsibility for reducing inequality and extreme poverty.

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Community Media Trust

Community Media Trust (CMT) is a not for profit company registered in terms of Section 21 of the Companies Act and the Non-Profit Organisations Act. CMT has produced HIV & AIDS public health educational material since 1998 under the Siyayinqoba Beat It! brand. UNAIDS has twice cited CMT as an example of best practice. Siyayinqoba Beat It! provides reliable, scientifically based information to people living with HIV & AIDS, our partners, family, friends, care-givers and health workers. The project is intended to enable audiences, whatever their status, to respond positively to the impact of the epidemic in their lives. Siyayinqoba Beat It! uses the television and video medium to overcome the language and literacy barriers to understanding HIV & AIDS information.

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The Right2Know Campaign

The Right2Know Campaign (R2K) is a nation-wide coalition of people and organisations opposed to the Protection of Information Bill – also known as the Secrecy Bill – which has been passed by the South African parliament. The Bill threatens hard-won constitutional rights including access to information and freedom of expression. R2K believes a responsive and accountable democracy, able to meet the basic needs of the people, is built on transparency and the free flow of information. The R2K campaign statement demands that the Bill be drastically rewritten to bring it in line with constitutional values, or thrown out.

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Sonke Gender Justice

Sonke’s vision is a world in which men, women and children can enjoy equitable, healthy and happy relationships that contribute to the development of just and democratic societies. “Sonke” is an Nguni word meaning “all of us” or “together”, to symbolise their commitment to working in partnership with all who share the vision of gender equality, human rights and social justice. Founded on International Women’s Day, November 25th, 2006, the Sonke Gender Justice Network is a South African-based NGO that works across Africa to strengthen government, civil society and citizen capacity to support men and boys in taking action to promote gender equality, prevent domestic and sexual violence, and reduce the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS. Sonke has an expanding presence on the African continent and a growing international profile, through its involvement with the United Nations and a range of other international networks and affiliates.

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Triangle Project

The Triangle Project’s vision encompasses the development of a non-discriminatory society, where organisations like themselves are a choice and not a necessity. Their main mission is to contribute towards eradicating discrimination against and within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, and to provide defined services to the LGBT community until they are no longer required. They achieve this through educating, lobbying and advocating against harmful stereotypes, attitudes and behaviours towards Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) people; providing relevant, defined services in a responsive and flexible manner; building the confidence and visibility of the LGBTI community; striving to achieve a better understanding of this community for themselves and others; establishing and utilising both functional and developmental partnerships.

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Gender Advocacy Programme

The Gender Advocacy Programme (GAP) is an independent, non-governmental advocacy and lobbying organisation based in Cape Town. They see their position as bridging the gap between women in civil society and structures of governance and to increase the participation of women in policy formulation and decision-making. They conduct research and training in order to facilitate, mobilise, link and empower women to lobby for equity between men and women in all spheres of South African society. Their vision is to strive towards a society in which South Africans, particularly those that are marginalised, can participate in policies and decision-making at all levels of South African life for the achievement of gender equality. To achieve this they conduct research, training and engage in gender advocacy & lobbying to inform, build capacity, mobilise and link civil society. They are committed to maintaining a level of professional integrity and excellence, honouring diversity, accountability and commitment to the cause of gender equity.

Sikhula Sonke Women on Farms

Sikhula Sonke, meaning we grow together (in isiXhosa) works with farm dwellers, mainly in the Western Cape Province. Sikhula Sonke is a women led trade union and its registration was granted on 10 December 2004. It operates as a social movement dealing with all livelihood challenges of farmwomen such as domestic violence, food insecurity alcoholism. Sikhula Sonke is a member’s driven organisation and is a vehicle for women voices to be heard. The overall mission of Sikhula Sonke is to empower and to serve farm women. The establishment of Sikhula Sonke represents an organic development flowing from the mobilisation work by the women on Farms Project (WFP). The rationale behind this movement is to locate agency with the primary constituency of the organisation.
Sikhula Sonke’s primary focus remains to foster self-organisation and direct action at a grassroots level.

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Women’s Legal Centre

The Women's Legal Centre is a non-profit, independent law centre that seeks to achieve equality for women in South Africa. As access to justice is largely inaccessible to poor women, particularly black women, the WLC plays an important role in litigating in their interest and providing them with access to free legal advice. The Centre has identified 5 strategic focus areas, these are: violence against women; fair access to resources in relationships; access to land/housing; access to fair labour practices and access to health care (particularly reproductive health care). The WLC seeks to advance the struggle for equality for women who suffer socio-economic disadvantage, through the promotion and development of human rights for women.

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Project for Conflict Resolution and Development

Scat currently works with The Project for Conflict Resolution and Development (PCRD) on our Refugee, Migrant and Asylum Seeker Programme.  PCRD is a development organisation working primarily in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa that researches, designs, trains and facilitates processes that enable disadvantaged and/or at-risk communities and organisations to positively deal with conflict and transformation. In 2004 South Africa celebrated 10 Years of Democracy and in 2005 the Project for Conflict Resolution and Development (PCRD) celebrated its tenth anniversary. In many ways its growth has been a part of the growth of democracy in South Africa, as it was originally formed in 1995 to foster a democratic culture in which opportunities for development are maximized through providing conflict management training and facilitation in historically disadvantaged, at risk and conflict ridden areas in the Eastern Cape. Since its inception, the organisation’s core business has been, through the use of Conflict Resolution and Community Development Processes, to assist in the development of organisations and communities to adopt peaceful means to solve problems.

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Refugee Rights Centre, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

SCAT works with The Refugee Rights Centre at the University on our Refugee, Migrant and Asylum Seeker Programme.  The Centre is housed in the Institute for Sustainable Government and Development (ISGAD) at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The centre provides legal advice and assistance to urban refugees, asylum seekers and migrants in the following areas: Submission of asylum applications  and applications for refugee status; Appeals against rejected claims; Access to civil, socio-economic and cultural rights; Unlawful arrest and detention; Seeking durable solutions with regard to voluntary repatriation and local integration; Ensuring compliance with legislation and policy directives on migrant rights and refugee law, by government officials. All services rendered by the Refugee Rights Centre are pro bono (free of charge).

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Bicycle Empowerment Network

SCAT partners with the Bicycle Empowerment Network to assist with our work in the Northern Cape. The need for bicycles is high in rural areas, as transport is scarce. Many of the people (such as Health Care Workers) working with the Advice Offices that Scat partners with, spend many hours of their day walking to and from their places of work. The Bicycling Empowerment Network (BEN) South Africa was established in Cape Town in 2002. The main mission of BEN is to address poverty and mobility through the promotion of the bicycle in all its forms. BEN imports used bicycles from overseas and distributes them to low income areas, trains recipients of the bikes in safety and maintenance, establishes Bicycle Empowerment Centre's (BEC's) and encourages cities to implement bicycle planning and infrastructure. At BEN, they believe in the bicycle as a large part of the solution to mobility and poverty alleviation.

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The National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices

The National Alliance for the Development of Community Advice Offices (NADCAO) is committed to the development and long-term sustainability of community advice offices (CAOs). Nadcao's vision is to ensure that in every community in South Africa, a local resident will have, within walking distance, access to a fully functional and well-resourced CAO. Nadcao has developed an inclusive strategy for the sector, through which it seeks to achieve its vision. Nadcao is currently governed by a Steering Committee comprising representatives of the founder member organisations: Social Change Assistance Trust, Association of University Legal Aid Institutions Trust, Black Sash Trust, Community Law and Rural Development Centre, CS Mott Foundation, Foundation for Human Rights, Ithembalabantu and the Karoo Centre for Human Rights.

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