Democracy & Social Justice

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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Gender & Sexual Diversity

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Shelters Services for Women Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence: Factors that Enhance the Long-term Recovery of Women that Exit Domestic Violence Shelters

This policy brief is based on the findings of a study undertaken to understand women's experiences of the variety of services offered by shelters and the factors that aided or hindered their long-term recovery from abuse; an aspect that is crucial to improving government and non-profit sector policy and practice. The brief is associated to the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the National Shelter Movement of South Africa‘s “Enhancing State Responsiveness to GBV: Paying the True Costs” project which was funded by the European Union.

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Domestic Violence Safety Planning


While South Africa is in lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus, for those in abusive relationships, isolating at home presents additional risks. Our partner, the National Shelter Movement, has put together some suggestions for those needing to stay safe and seek help during this time. 

Keeping the Faith: Working at the Crossroads of Religion and Sexual & Gender Rights.

Keeping the Faith: Working at the Crossroads of Religion and Sexual and Gender Rights is a project of the HBF that seeks to explore and support faith as a site for strengthening human rights and justice for LGBTIQ people. This publication provides a snapshot of current issues, initiatives and central actors in the field and a conceptual framework to advance sexual and gender rights, as well as potential strategies to inform such work.

The Long-term Impact of Shelters on the Lives of Abused Women

This publication is the last in a series of provincial studies on shelters for abused women undertaken by the HBF and the NSM and supported by the EU. This study focuses on women's experiences of having accessed shelters and those who render such services. It does so in an attempt to better understand what is required to meet the long-term needs of those seeking reprieve and an end to violence.

Out of Harm's Way: Women's Shelters in the Eastern and Northern Cape.

This publication is the fifth in a series of provincial studies on women's uses of shelters undertaken by the HBF and the National Shelter Movement of SA's EU-supported 'Enhancing State Responsiveness to GBV: Paying the True Costs' project. The publication describes women's uses of domestic violence shelters paying particular attention to women's mental health needs as well as government policy and budgets in relation to the provision of sheltering services in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cape.

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Sustainable Development

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Policy Brief Towards Local, Democratic, Agroecological Food Systems

This briefing draws on a combination of interviews and participatory mapping events in Walkerville, Orange Farm and the West Rand regions of Gauteng and uMgungungdlovu District in KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) between August and November 2020. It highlights findings and recommendations from a short-term project to source fresh produce from smallholder farmers for food relief efforts in these areas as part of the emergency response to the Covid-19 pandemic and the lockdown.

Cast Out

Cast Out

The Systematic Exclusion of the Kwazulu Natal Subsistence Fishers from the Fishing Rights Regime in South Africa. This Policy Brief is a summary of research report on the Exclusion of Subsistence Fishers in KwaZulu Natal from the fisheries policy regime.

Nuclear Energy: All Roads Lead to Economic Paralysis

The main purpose of this report is to highlight the different funding models for nuclear power across the globe and to show that no matter what model the SA government chooses, the bottom line is that nuclear is unaffordable, takes too long to build and comes with too many risks.
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Resource Politics

Balancing the Scales - Community Protocols and Extractive Industries

This paper discusses the ways in which community protocols can be an effective tool for communities to respond to extractive industry projects in their area. It provides an overview of what has taken place over the last three years in four pilot community protocol processes and captures lessons that can be applied to future processes.

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International Politics


Profiting from Misery

Since the war in Yemen broke out in 2014, South African and global arms companies have cashed in on the sale of weapons to central parties to this conflict and humanitarian disaster. These firms have profited from the devastation of war and the resulting misery of Yemenis.

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.

Perspectives #01/2017: South Africa: Emerging Power or Fading Star?

Informed by the discussions at an international conference jointly organised by the German Development Institute, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Stanford University on “Emerging Power or Fading Star? South Africa’s Role on the Continent and Beyond”, held 12–14 July 2016 in Cape Town, the articles gathered in this edition of Perspectives shed light on some of the nuances and challenges that define South Africa’s place in the world today.

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