Agency Partners

MAGI operates as part of Hivos South Africa, which provides oversight, day-to-day management and programme implementation. MAGI collaborates with a wide range of other grantmakers and receives support from the CS Mott Foundation, Ford Foundation, the RAITH Foundation, the Open Society Foundation and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
A set of complementary values underlie the participation of the agencies in MAGI. All the agencies are strategic and developmental grantmakers, and see women’s participation and empowerment as central to programming. The collective knowledge and experience spans decades providing a richness and depth to the work of MAGI.

Atlantic Philanthropies

Atlantic Philanthropies is dedicated to bringing about change to the lives of vulnerable and disadvantaged people. In South Africa, the Atlantic Philanthropies works to enhance the strength and viability of the constitution, to ensure that there is equitable health care for all, and to strengthen key organisations to protect and promote rights. It provides support to projects and programmes that promote reconciliation and peace building, improve access to the justice system and ensure the human rights of vulnerable groups. In addition a core focus is supporting programmes that ensure people have access to quality health care irrespective of their economic situation. Visit Site

CS Mott Foundation

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation is a private, grant making foundation affirming its founder’s vision of a world in which each of us is in partnership with the rest of the human race – where each individual’s quality of life is connected to the well-being of the community, both locally and globally. The Mott Foundation, through its Civil Society program, funds non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in South Africa to develop and strengthen civil society. They provide support to promote civic participation in the democratic process, in particular with local government, and paralegal and advice offices in order for communities to access their rights. They seek to foster strong and sustainable community advice offices and related community-based organizations that assist poor and marginalized communities and ensure local community development. Visit Site

Ford Foundation

The goal of the Ford Foundation in Southern Africa is to reduce socioeconomic inequalities and HIV&AIDS vulnerabilities. They aim to achieve this by working with civil society and the public sector on a variety of fronts to integrate good governance, educational opportunities and asset mobilization. Their work focuses on addressing three core regional issues including poverty; race- and gender-based inequality and discrimination, which underlie social and economic problems as well as sexual and reproductive health vulnerabilities; and the spread of HIV&AIDS. The Ford Foundation support efforts to: Strengthen transparency and accountability in governance; Build sustainable livelihoods and economic opportunities for the rural and urban poor; advancing social and economic rights; Address HIV-related stigma and discrimination; Tackle factors that undermine sexual and reproductive health; and promote postsecondary education for those typically excluded. Visit Site


Hivos (Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries) is an international development organisation guided by humanist values. Together with local civil society organisations in developing countries, Hivos wants to contribute to a free, fair and sustainable world – a world in which all citizens-both women and men-have equal access to opportunities and resources for development and can participate actively and equally in decision-making processes that determine their lives, their society and their future. The empowerment of women is an essential concern in all its programmes. The Hivos South Africa office focuses on the Rights and Citizenship programme which believes citizen action is crucial for the advancement of democracy, citizenship and human rights. The Hivos Rights and Citizenship programme invests in civil society initiatives for democratic change, LGBTI rights, women’s rights and HIV&AIDS. The aim is to strengthen the capacity of civil society and critical citizens to take steady and effective political action that leads to a more open, democratic and just society. Visit Site

RAITH Foundation

The RAITH Foundation is concerned that systemic injustice and unfairness prevail in South Africa and seeks effective and lasting solutions, which address this at its roots. They believe that given South Africa’s particular history and current challenges, an investment in social justice is the best possible contribution the foundation could make to the development of a vibrant, democratic and just society that we could all be proud of. The Foundation’s vision of success is a just and fair society in which (a) people are aware of and able to exercise their rights and responsibilities and (b) organizations, the state, private sector and civil society are held accountable for their actions. The Foundation works towards a just and fair society by supporting projects which: strengthen the capacity of people and communities to demand and obtain justice and participate in governance; and support institutions of state, private sector and civil society to fulfil their social mandates. Their programme funding falls into three areas: Justice and Human Rights; Governance and Accountability; and Innovations for Social Justice. Visit site

Open Society Foundation for South Africa

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA) is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society. OSF-SA supports a vigorous and autonomous civil society in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected. OSF-SA is a South African grant-making organisation and is a part of the Open Society Foundations. Visit site.

Social Justice Initiative

Social Justice Initiative (SJI) is a non-profit organisation that supports South African civil society organisations that positively transform the lives of communities and advocate for private and public accountability, fair access to constitutional rights, better delivery of services and a stronger democracy. We create awareness around the importance of the projects we support and partner with philanthropists to provide the funding to sustain them. Established in 2013, the SJI has already mobilised funding for over 43 social justice advocacy organisations. Visit site