Civil Society Development Fund - NEW CALL FOR PROPOSALS [fr]

The Civil Society Development Fund, run by the Embassy of France in South Africa, supports the participation of South African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in local governance.


Although local governments are mandated by the South African Constitution "to encourage the involvement of communities and community organisations in matters of local government", research has shown that South African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) are often not adequately equipped to participate in local governance.
The aim of the Civil Society Development Fund is to help bridging this gap. It focuses on developing CSOs’ capacity to advocate the interests of marginalized communities, to contribute to local public policies and to reinforce the accountability of local governments towards citizens.

Within this framework, the main objectives of the Civil Society Development Fund are:

- Improving the quality and access to basic services with a specific focus on sustainable development of communities and social cohesion

- Promoting human rights, especially those of women, children and LGBTI persons

In the funding period 2014-2017, the French Embassy in South Africa will support innovative projects of South African CSOs falling within these two objectives.

In accordance withthe principles of the European Charter on Local Governance, a coordinated approach with a range of South African and foreign stakeholders will be sought, including European Union member states and their implementing agencies, United Nations agencies, private foundations and French CSOs.

Initiatives co-financed by one or several of these stakeholders will therefore, be given priority.

Application procedure

For the first selection round, CSOs are required to submit a 5 page concept note and the first column of a logical framework (project description).
The relevant forms and guidelines for submission can be downloaded here:

- CSDF-2014 Application Guidelines Word or PDF

-  Annex 1-Concept Note form-CSDF 2014 Word or PDF

- Annex 2-Logical Framework form-CSDF 2014 Word or PDF

Closing date for the submission of concept notes: Monday 7th of July 2014
CSOs whose concept note has been approved will be invited to submit a full project proposal.
Projects are selected by a consultative committee, comprising representatives of the French Embassy, the South African government, other foreign donors and private foundations.

For more information, please contact the CSDF Officer of the French Embassy:

E-mail :

Tel: 012 425 1718

Please note that the Embassy of France does not provide direct funding outside of the CSDF.

Projects supported in 2009-2013

- ARESTA (Western Cape) : Promoting refugee rights, improve the self-reliance and sustainable livelihoods of refugees and disadvantaged young South Africa in Western Cape

- AFESIS-CORPLAN (Eastern Cape) : Promotion of Active Citizenship in Local Governance in the Eastern Cape

- Masimanyane Women centre (Eastern Cape) : Women’s Rights Education and Community
Mobilisation Programme

- Gay and Lesbian Memory in Action/Lesbian and Equality project (Gauteng): Asiphephe Project: A New Initiative to Improve Safety and Security for LGBTI People in South Africa

- Social Justice Coalition (Western Cape): Promoting active citizenship through education, policy, research, and community mobilisation

- Luleki Sizwe (Western Cape):We are One

- Hillbrow Entrepreneurship Initiative (Gauteng): [Support to Entrepreneurship]

- The Mvula Trust (KZN) :
Raising citizens’ voice in service delivery

- Planact (Gauteng) :
Capacity building for participatory local governance in urban development processes

- The Built Environment Support Group (KZN) :
Deepening Democracy programme

- The Alliance for Children’s Entitlement to Social Security (KZN) :
Enabling Document Campaign

- Rhodes University Legal Aid Clinic (Eastern Cape) :
Legal Advise Office programme

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publie le 31/07/2014

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