Embassy of France in South Africa
The Civil Society Development Fund (CSDF), an initiative of the Embassy of France in South Africa, supports the participation of South African Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in local governance.
The CSDF focuses on developing the CSOs’ capacity to advocate the interests of marginalized communities, to contribute to local public policies and to reinforce the accountability of local governments towards their citizens.
The objectives of the CSDF are (1) Improving the quality and access to basic services with a specific focus on sustainable development of communities and social cohesion and (2) Promoting Human rights, especially those of marginalized groups.
- A bottom up approach, where organisations design and implement their own strategy
- A coordinated approach, where preference is given to initiatives co-financed by South African and foreign stakeholders, including European Union member States and their implementing agencies, United Nations agencies and French CSOs. Initiatives co-financed by one or several of these stakeholders will therefore, be given priority.
- A coherent strategy - the programme follows the principles of the European Union Charter on Local Governance and contributes to the goals of the broader cooperation framework between France and South Africa
- We offer technical support on organizational development and gender mainstreaming, as well as networking support. In 2014, the CSDF – in cooperation with the EU Delegation and other EU member States, supported the participation of its partner organisations in the CIVICUS International Civil Society Week.
What do we fund? Project-based grants of up to €40 000 that do not exceed 70% of the total project budget and for a project duration of 12 to 18 months
What are our criteria? Applying organisations need to be registered not-for-profit civil society organisations (CSOs), networks or coalitions based in South Africa and with a 3 year experience in the sector. The terrain of activity is within South Africa. Priority is given to co-financed initiatives that support gender equality and women’s empowerment.
The selection is carried out by the Embassy of France, partly together with representatives of the South African government, other foreign donors and private foundations.
Applications are open from June 15 2015 until July 13 2015. 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 on the website of the Embassy of France in South Africa: http://www.ambafrance-rsa.org/CivilSocietyDevelopmentFund
CSOs whose concept note has been pre-selected will be invited to submit a full project proposal. The project proposals will be reviewed by a selection committee, comprising representatives of the French Embassy, the South African government, other foreign donors and private foundations.
For more information on the Civil Society Development Fund and application procedures, please contact the CSDF Officer of the Embassy of France in South Africa: