Civil Society Development Fund: applications [fr]

The Civil Society Development Fund, an initiative of 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 with the 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

The first call for applications closed on 7 July 2014. The new call for applications will open in June 2015.

For more information, please contact the Cooperation Department of the French Embassy:
Email: :
Tel: 012 425 –1710 / -1716/ -1718

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

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