Hlanganisa Institute for Development in Southern Africa exists to strengthen community and civil society voice. Many community-based organisations lack access to the resources they require to make a positive social impact. Hlanganisa aims to bridge this gap by leveraging its long history as an intermediary in supporting community development work aimed at promoting social justice for previously marginalised groups.
Hlanganisa’s work is implemented through the provision of small grants to community-based organisations, providing them with critical institutional strengthening support and fostering local networking and local advocacy. Hlanganisa’s flagship project, the Joint Gender Fund (JGF), is a gender-based violence funding mechanism that uses a basket funding model to support various interventions while strengthening the GBV sector. The fund contributes to enhancing the sector’s response to GBV, HIV and Aids and poverty, helping to transform gender relations, address inequality, and empower women and girls. At least 220 organisations have received a combined R52 million, strengthening their work.