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Hanns Seidel Foundation in South Africa collaborates with the following partners:

Brand Sierra Leone TV: Building Innovative Perceptions"African Futures 2050" is a study where the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Pardee Center for International Futures (IFs) provide an extensive analysis of the projected course of African development to 2050.

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) was founded in 1990 in Pretoria. In the early 1990s the focus of the ISS was on the transformation of the armed forces, the biggest threat to democracy in South Africa. In the latter part of the 1990s the focus changed to rising crime and the response of the criminal justice system to these trends. The ISS currently has four divisions that contribute to human security not only in South Africa but also in various parts of Africa.

Today the ISS has staff of around 160 people from 17 African countries across four offices spread out over the African continent. Its objective is to add critical balance and objectivity by providing empirical research and contextual analysis of relevant human security issues to policy makers, area specialists, advocacy groups and the media.

HSF South Africa has been a long-standing partner of the ISS and particularly supports the Governance, Crime and Justice Division. The Division works to improve public policy and increase knowledge about crime, crime prevention and the performance of the criminal justice system in South Africa. This is done by monitoring social trends and policy developments, conducting in-depth research, disseminating credible and relevant information and analysis and providing specific expertise. The Governance, Crime and Justice Division publishes the South African Crime Quarterly and developed the Crime & Justice Hub, an interactive online tool that provides information and analysis on crime statistics for South Africa.

HSF also supports the African Futures project, implemented by the ISS.

The African Futures Project is a collaboration between the Institute for Security Studies, the Frederick S. Pardee Center for International Futures at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies, University of Denver, and is supported by the Hanns Seidel Foundation. The Pardee Center is the home of the International Futures modeling system, an integrated approach to exploring and understanding human development and the broad implications of policy choices. The ISS and the Pardee Center leverage each others’ expertise in order to provide forward-looking, policy-relevant material that frames uncertainty around human development in Africa. Trends analysed by the project are largely human development issues, such as population growth, economics, infrastructure, agriculture and governance, amongst others.

In 2013, the African Future project focuses on South Africa. South African data from various national and international sources, which has been validated in collaboration with experts from the authorities and the scientific community, is currently being entered into the International Futures model. The material that will be available through the model is expected to support the implementation of the National Development Plan and its Vision 2030.

Several policy briefs, videos and publications have so far been produced in the framework of the project. 

The Institute for Law in Action (ILA; previously known as the Institute for Sustainable Government and Development - ISGAD) is situated in the Faculty of Law and consists of 3 centres, namely the Centres for Sustainable Development, Government Support and Access to Justice. The centres are mainly focused on training, consultancy services and community engagement through the provision of legal advice and assistance. ILA has succeeded in establishing itself as a leading service provider for the establishment of Municipal Codes (writing and promulgation of full sets of by-laws), the implementation of Codes and the training of municipal staff in the enforcement thereof. It is also a major provider of training for councillors and ward committee members. The University Law Clinic and the Refugee Rights Centre are also housed in ILA.

Mission / Purpose:

ILA engages with all sectors of civil society in addressing community needs and contributing to sustainable development through research, capacity building, skills development, the rendering of institutional support and the establishment of best practices and benchmarks.

Primary aim:

The primary aim of ILA is to improve the levels of service delivery by the different spheres of government, to increase access to justice for the less fortunate sections of society and to build general managerial and administrative capacity within the ranks of the various sectors of South African civil society.

Specific objectives:

  • The improvement of the skills and capacity of those who are involved in public affairs, and who can make a contribution towards improving service delivery.
  • Assisting public authorities to establish or improve public policies and legislation in order to effectively manage public problems and issues.
  • Assisting communities to improve their quality of life through creating access to legal resources. The improvement of local government by increasing the effectiveness of councillors, officials and ward committee members.
  • Making the results of technical reports available for the benefit of communities and society at large and engaging appropriate government departments, NGOs and CBOs.
  • The development of appropriate technologies to serve the public sector and civil society.

As populations across the world increase, there is a growing need for good governance to be married with the demands of environmental, social and economic challenges.

The School of Public Leadership (SPL) at Stellenbosch University (SU) provides solutions through unique graduate and postgraduate programmes that add public value. The SPL combines all three pillars of effective public leadership - good governance, environmental management and sustainable development - in one package. Rigorous research is the proven method of finding solutions to problems.

Through its academic programmes and its links with business leaders, national and provincial governments as well as municipalities, the SPL is involved in policy development, management consulting, research, community interaction and project evaluation.

In this framework, SPL collaborates with HSF in building capacity for local government. A collaboration is currently underway in which experts in local government provide tailor-made mentoring support to municipalities that need assistance with specific challenges they face in the execution of their duties and the provision of public services.

The Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference Parliamentary Liaison Office – or shorter Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office (CPLO) - is the official channel for contact and dialogue between the Catholic Church in South Africa on the one hand, and the country’s Parliament and government on the other. It provides an avenue for the Church, as part of civil society, to contribute to debates on issues of public policy, to exert an influence for the common good in areas of political, economic and social concern, and to help shape legislative and policy developments.

CPLO is active in the areas of democracy and good governance, vulnerable sectors, employment and poverty alleviation, migration and displaced persons, environment, and education. It is located in Cape Town, home of the national Parliament. Part of CPLO’s regular activities are submissions to Parliament, the publication of briefing papers and the organization of lectures and roundtable discussions on topics of interest.

HSF and CPLO have jointly hosted roundtable discussions since 2011. In 2013, the collaboration was intensified in order to organise a series of events on the topic of leadership in South Africa. In collaboration with the Goedgedacht Forum for Social Reflection, five roundtables that highlight different aspects of leadership were held throughout the year, which culminated in a publication that was launched at the end of 2013.

Bergzicht Training was launched in March 1992 in Stellenbosch. Its conception was a response to the pressing need for the training of unskilled and unemployed (mostly female) people in Stellenbosch and surrounds. A survey showed a definite need for trained workers in the industries of home-based care, hospitality and catering, educare and domestic work. It was decided to focus on the training of unemployed people in these skills and to assist qualified learners to secure employment. This strategy reflected the belief that training without employment is meaningless and that any training initiative should be provided within a holistic framework.

Over the past 19 years more than 10,000 learners have received training at Bergzicht, of which at least 94% were placed into employment. Annually, Bergzicht is approached by approximately 1500 people for training. However, only 380 learners can be accommodated at the Stellenbosch training centre per year.

To summarise, Bergzicht's training programmes:

  • Raise the self esteem, personal growth and income of domestic workers, educarers, home-based care workers and workers in the hospitality and accommodation industry;
  • Create new learning and career paths and progression opportunities for these workers, either as employees or through starting their own businesses;
  • Achieve recognition for the contribution of domestic and related services to the economy;
  • Improve domestic, childcare, frailcare and accommodation services within homes and communities; and
  • Increase employment opportunities for the unemployed and unskilled.

The HSF office in South Africa cooperates with various individual experts, institutions and foundations for once off / ad-hoc projects, such as various civil society organisations, local / regional governments and other German foundations based in South Africa. It also supports projects in Zimbabwe and carries out activities in collaboration with the HSF office in Namibia.