Southern Africa Projects
ICCSL principals worked on the enabling environment for civil society in Southern Africa for over twelve years. Having been first contacted by David Bonbright, then of the Development Resources Centre in Johannesburg, Karla Simon first traveled to South Africa in 1994, developing a close partnership with DRC (Gavin Andersson and Zane Dangor) as well as Richard Rosenthal, Mary Honey, Ricardo Wyngaard, and Peter Hendricks, lawyers representing CSOs.
Work in South Africa led to additional work in Botswana, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, and Zimbabwe during their time at ICNL. All of those projects were funded by the Ford Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the World Bank, and others.
Later work in Southern Africa with ICCSL included co-supervising a major comparative study of laws for NPOs in South Africa, Malawi, and Zimbabwe. The research will be conducted by ICCSL Research Associate Tamuka Muzondo, a Zimbabwean lawyer who was studying for a Ph D in law at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. It is described in the Concept Paper.
In addition, the Aga Khan Foundation asked ICCSL to organize a study tour for government officials and CSO leaders from Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda to South Africa to help in the development of better legal frameworks for those countries. Ricardo Wyngaard and Peter Hendricks, ICCSL partners in South Africa, helped to organize what can only be described as a wonderful tour.
In addition, both Prof. Irish and Prof. Simon continued in consultations with government officials and CSO leaders, during their six years in Cape Town, such as officials at the Mandela Foundation and CAF Southern Africa.