Afesis-corplan works with a number of partners and associates including fellow local and national NGOs, government institutions, academic institutions and community activists.  Our work over the years has been supported by the following institutions:

Our current Donors

The Joint Fund to Promote and Advance Constitutionalism in South Africa (Constitutionalism Fund – CF) is a collaboration between The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Ford Foundation and The Open Society Foundations, with a combined investment of US$25 million to be spent on grantmaking over a ten to twelve year period.

The Raith Foundation aims to further a just and fair society in which the state and the private sector are both held accountable for their actions. Since 2010, the Foundation has implemented a social justice programme that supports projects that provide access to justice for marginalised people, improve governance and promote accountability through the media and citizen participation.

Open Society Foundation for South Africa is part of the international Soros Foundations Network. It is a grant-making foundation that encourages inter alia new approaches to an open society in South Africa, supporting activities in the fields of human rights, public and private sector accountability, justice, information and expression.

The Ford Foundation is an independent nonprofit, non-governmental organisation that supports visionary leaders and organisations on the frontlines of social change. The foundation encourages initiatives by those living and working closest to where problems are located; promotes collaboration among the non-profit, government and business sectors, and strives to ensure participation by men and women from diverse communities and all levels of society.
The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) was established in terms of the Lotteries Amendment Act (No 32 of 2013) to regulate the National Lottery as well as other lotteries, including society lotteries to raise funds and promotional competitions. The NLC evolved out of the National Lotteries Board, established in terms of the Lotteries Act No 57 of 1997. NLC members are also trustees of the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF), into which National Lottery proceeds that are intended for allocation to good causes are deposited. The NLC does not adjudicate applications for funding or make allocations to organisations. This is done by committees known as distributing agencies which are also appointed by the Minister of Trade and Industry, in conjunction with other relevant Ministers, after a process of public nomination. The NLC provides administrative support to the distributing agencies.

Our past Donors


The European Union is a unique economic and political union between 28 European countries that together cover much of the continent. The EU was created in the aftermath of the Second World War. The first steps were to foster economic cooperation: the idea being that countries that trade with one another become economically interdependent and so more likely to avoid conflict. The result was the European Economic Community (EEC), created in 1958, and initially increasing economic cooperation between six countries: Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. Since then, a huge single market has been created and continues to develop towards its full potential.

The Multi-Agency Grants Initiative (MAGI) is a developmental grant-making mechanism currently comprising the RAITH Foundation, C.S. Mott Foundation, Ford Foundation, Hivos, Atlantic Philanthropies, and Open Society Foundation SA. MAGI’s primary role is to contribute towards strengthening the active voice and agency of local communities in shaping their own development, alongside other critical role players in government and civil society.
As of 1 January 2011, the German Development Service (DED) has ceased to exist. It has been merged with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) and InWEnt (Capacity Building International, Germany) to become the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). The German Development Service (DED) was one of Europe’s leading human resources secondment services. It was founded in 1963 as a non-profit organisation. All shares were held by the Federal Republic of Germany.
The Mott Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that are working to strengthen our hometown of Flint and communities around world.
GIZ offers customised solutions to complex challenges. We are an experienced service provider and assist the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation. We offer demand-driven, tailor-made and effective services for sustainable development.
The French programmes are aligned with South Africa’s priorities and will focus on supporting infrastructure development, promoting sustainable and integrated urban development, and strengthening skills development, higher education and research.
Urban LandMark sheds light on what can be done to remedy the problems that have made urban land markets dysfunctional, and hence land unaffordable. It does this by using the development approach known as “making markets work for the poor” while acknowledging the importance of land rights.
Cordaid creates opportunities for the world’s poorest, most vulnerable and excluded people. Regardless of race or religion, Cordaid provides world citizens with an opportunity to make their voices heard.
We Effect (formerly Swedish Cooperative Centre) was funded in 1958. We are a development cooperation organisation applying a long-term, rights based approach in order to effect change. Our guiding principle is support to self-help initiatives. We work in 25 countries across four continents, from Guatemala, via Zambia and Moldova to the Phillipines. Our focus areas are Rural development, Housing, Gender equality and Access to land.
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.
MISEREOR is the German Catholic Bishops’ Organisation for Development Cooperation. For over 50 years MISEREOR has been committed to fighting poverty in Africa, Asia and Latin America. MISEREOR’s support is available to any human being in need – regardless of their religion, ethnicity or gender.

The Foundation for Human Rights (the Foundation) is a grant making institution supporting civil society organisations in South Africa, and the region, to implement programmes which promote and protect human rights. The Foundation’s mission is to address the historical legacy of apartheid, to promote and advance transformation in the country and to build a human rights culture using the Constitution as a tool.


Afesis-corplan is also an affiliate of the following networks:

The GGLN is a network of South African non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that aims to promote participatory, effective, accountable and pro-poor local governance. The network was established in 2003 in order to provide an interface for civil society organisations  working on issues of local governance and citizen participation to network and share information towards strengthening local democracy in South Africa. Other objectives include the documentation and dissemination of good practices, building the capacity of practitioners, advocacy, as well as creating awareness about the value of participatory local governance.
The Eastern Cape Non-Governmental Coalition (ECNGOC) believes that development in the Eastern Cape Province is progressing far too slowly. The relationship between government and community is not functioning as well as it should, and the ideal of “walking together” is leaving too many stragglers in its wake. It is up to Civil Society Organisations to prove their resourcefulness by rallying people – citizens and government alike – to work together and become more focused and active as participants in their own development.
The Social Audit Network is a group to share updates, experiences, thoughts, events, plans, files and photos as we build a social audit movement in South Africa
Founded in 1877, the Border-Kei Chamber of Business (BKCOB) is the recognised “Voice of Business” in the region, working to create an enabling environment for economic activity and a platform for business to flourish. Headquartered in East London/Buffalo City with offices in Queenstown, the Border-Kei Chamber of Business is a not-for-profit, a-political, a-religious, membership based organisation which counts over 700 businesses as members in good standing representing the private sector, thought leaders and academic institutions from a wide array of sectors.
The Open Government Partnership is a multilateral initiative that aims to secure concrete commitments from governments to promote transparency, empower citizens, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to strengthen governance. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives of governments and civil society organizations.
The LGTN is an emerging network that brings together leading organisations, researchers and practitioners in the rural and urban land sectors to collaborate and develop transformative land governance alternatives in support of social and informal tenure systems.

The network is proposing an alternative land recordal system to capture and document the bundle of rights contained within social and incremental tenures. The idea is to create alternatives that view land rights and tenure security through a southern lens and begin to ‘decolonise the cadastre’.

NGO’s involved include:

For an example of what such a decolonised land governance system could look like click here