The role of donors, if any, in advancing transformation of the Public Interest Law Organizations post-apartheid South Africa

Moloantoa, Kedibone
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This research explores the role of Private Philanthropy Foundations (referred to here as donors), if any, in advancing race and gender transformation of public interest law organizations (PILOs) post-apartheid South Africa. It is premised on the lack of transformation in the PILOs raised by a cohort of black staff members called the Black Workers Forum. In order to examine the lack of race and gender transformation in the PILOs, the research uses Critical Race Theory, an intersectional lens and Critical Diversity Literacy to unpack how these organizations make sense of themselves as agents of social change. The research analyzes the nature of the relationship between donors and the PILOs that they fund in order to determine how that impacts on the transformation of these organizations. The research also considers how the political climate in South Africa informs donors grantmaking, and whether that climate promotes or impedes race and gender transformation. The research contributes to the emerging need for dialogue and introspection about donors grantmaking processes to go beyond programming support and to co-exist with intra-organizational activities that advance institutional race and gender transformation
This research is submitted to the Faculty of Humanities, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg in partial fulfilment of the requirement of the degree of Master of Arts in the field of Diversity Studies, 2020