Democracy & Social Justice

What we do in: Democracy & Social Justice

Inequality, poverty and the failure to deliver quality public services such as health and education threaten to undo democratic gains in the region.  In response, the Democracy & Social Justice programme seeks to strengthen the political voice of marginalised groups advocating for socio-economic rights and the equitable use of state resources to address injustice.

Gender & Sexual Diversity

What we do in: Gender & Sexual Diversity

Realising substantive gender equality in South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe has been challenging. Lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people and communities in the region remain disadvantaged, stigmatised and excluded from many aspects of economic, political and social life. Public and political awareness-raising and the prevention of gender based and sexual violence are therefore core focus areas of our work. We also partner with key civil society actors as well as public and religious thought leaders to effectively challenge homophobic policies, legislations and attitudes.

Former Domestic Abuse Victim Empowers Women in Similar Situations

Through a journalist fellowship associated to their “Enhancing State Responsiveness to Gender-Based Violence: Paying the True Costs” EU-funded project, HBF and the National Shelter Movement of South Africa raise awareness of domestic violence and the importance of shelter services to survivors.  In this article, Health E-News citizen journalist Lindiwe Msibi, tells the story of one courageous woman who survived being shot and stabbed by her abusive husband and how she, and her children, found the reprieve they needed through various shelters for women.
By Lindiwe Msibi

Domestic Violence, Rape & Ritual Killings Plague Vhembe

In this article, Health E-News citizen journalist Ndivhuwo Mukwevho, reports on the services of Limpopo-based Thohoyandou Victim Empowerment Programme and their concerns about the increase in murder and other forms of violence committed against women in the community. On average the organisation attends to 120 new cases of domestic violence, mostly related to intimate partner violence, and 40 rape cases a month. This article is one of several being produced through a journalist fellowship to raise awareness of domestic violence and the importance of shelter services. The fellowship is associated to HBF and National Shelter Movement of South Africa's “Enhancing State Responsiveness to Gender-Based Violence: Paying the True Costs” EU-funded project
By Ndivhuwo Mukwevho

Sustainable Development

What we do in: Sustainable Development

Faced with on-going development challenges compounded by the imminent threat of a warming and unstable global climate, sustainable development considerations have never been more compelling in Southern Africa. The Sustainable Development programme seeks to facilitate platforms for civil society, policy makers, decision makers and other stakeholders traditionally left out of the mainstream discourse to ensure that the interconnectedness between humans and nature is understood.

Resource Politics

What we do in: Resource Politics

Southern Africa has a rich diversity of natural resources and yet most of the region's countries are characterised by high levels of poverty and inequality. Together with our partners in South Africa and Zimbabwe we seek to engage all relevant stakeholders, from local communities to national decision makers, in order to help realise the sustainable, fair and transparent management of natural resources in the region.

Watch: Civil Society Wins Nuclear Court Case

Led by HBS partners Earthlife Africa (ELA) and the South African Faith Communities Environmental Institute (SAFCEI), the anti-nuke campaign has managed to challenge the South African government on its decision to pursue a 9.6GW nuclear procurement programme.

By Amanda Luxande

International Politics

What we do in: International Politics

This component of our work aims to inject questions of human rights, sustainable development, good governance and gender equality into discourses around African international relations and global governance. We are especially interested in South Africa’s and other emerging powers’ roles on the continent and beyond.

Perspectives #02/2017: Putting People Back Into Infrastructure


This edition of Perspectives contributes to the ongoing debate on infrastructure development in Africa by sharing snapshots of experience from around the continent, exploring questions about democratic participation, the role of human and environmental rights, and economic transformation.

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