Democracy & Social Justice

What we do

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.

The programme supports citizen groups’ engagement with policy, analysis of budgets and social audits.  It also supports citizen networks and network building that seek to build public ownership of democratic institutions, and hold them to account for their role in building a just society. The programme specifically targets social movements and membership based organisations.

As feminism is a central tenet of all HBF programmes, this programme works towards the vision of a society and institutions which actively respond to – and attempt to correct – the political and socio-economic realities of gender inequality. 

March 2021 Household Affordability Index PMBEJD

PMBEJD March 2021 Household Affordability Index and Media Statement

We call on the Reserve Bank to monitor much more stringently inflationary increases on food, electricity and transport and their impact on low-income households and the broader economy; and act decisively when such increases threaten the affordability levels of low-income households and damage the economy.

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