Invitation to seminar: Engaging the state around the funding of social services

The global recession of 2008 marked the tightening of funding to South Africa’s non-profit sector, further accelerated by some donors’ subsequent decision to channel their funds away from middle income countries such as South Africa to lower income countries. Changes in the policies and procedures of the Lotto Fund also provoked a series of crises and closures, pushing many organisations to increasing reliance upon the Department of Social Development for funding. But this relationship has not gone uncontested either and this seminar examines how organisations have sought to engage with the state in seeking financial support for social services, many of which are largely used by poor women and their children.

Speakers include:

  • Tintswalo Makhubela (South African Coalition of Non-profit Organisations) and Jackie Lofell (Gauteng Welfare Forum) will describe the work of their networks
  • Willem Botha (National Association of Welfare Organisations and Non-profit Organisations [NAWONGO]) will discuss the case brought against the Free State Department of Social Development, now before the Supreme Court of Appeal
  • Lisa Vetten (Wits Institute of Social and Economic Research) will provide a short history from colonial times to the present of state funding to social services, with a particular emphasis on the violence against women sector

Date: Wednesday 4 June, 2014 2 – 4pm
Venue: Boardroom, Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation, 4th Floor Braamfontein Centre, cnr Jorissen and Bertha streets, Braamfontein. (Entrance to the parking is via Stiemens Street.)

Please join us for the discussion, which is hosted by the Shukumisa campaign, a coalition of more than 40 organisations from around South Africa seeking to combat the problem of sexual violence. This seminar is the first in a series that will examine larger questions around the provision of social services in South Africa.
To RSVP please use this contact form or fax (021) 447-5458.


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