MISSION
The mission of the Ngiyabonga - Human Rights Resources Initiative is to address visible gaps in the human rights sector, particularly in South Africa and the region. We assist fellow human rights organisations in terms of the long-term impact and outcomes their work has on their target communities, as well as by assisting in capacity building. This objective is fulfilled with the intention of strengthening civil society, but not to perform a watchdog role. These aims are fulfilled through advocacy and engaging in research in the areas of violations or inadequate service delivery of basic Human Rights, as identified in the Bill of Rights of The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, Act 108 of 1996; the International Declaration on Human Rights; the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, as set out in the United Nations Millennium Declaration (United Nations: General Assembly Resolution 55/2) - particularly as it relates to poverty eradication, health, children, and especially the advancement of women.

Of particular interest to us at present is assisting this country (South Africa) and region in terms of the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. These include the eradication of poverty and hunger; the achievement of universal primary education; the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women; the reduction of child mortality and the improvement of maternal health; combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases which plague especially underdeveloped countries; environmental sustainability; and developing a global partnership for development. In this way the project seeks to improve access to basic services and assistance, including legal assistance and representation where required.

Main Objectives

The Ngiyabonga - Human Rights Resources Initiative was established to entrench constitutional democracy through the promotion and protection of human rights, by:

  • Addressing gaps in the human rights sector
  • Engaging in advocacy in the areas of Human Rights
  • Engaging in research in the areas of Human Rights
  • Engaging in research on violations or inadequate service delivery of basic Human Rights
  • Conducting a programme in HIV/AIDS research, in particular as it relates to women, children and marginalised communities
  • Providing assistance to fellow human rights organisations
  • Conducting seminars, workshop and conferences of value
  • Publishing the results of any research undertaken
  • Raising awareness of human rights issues
  • Referring communities/individuals to relevant organisations or bodies for assistance
  • Incorporating the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, as set out in the United Nations Millennium Declaration (United Nations: General Assembly Resolution 55/2), as a foundation for all its objectives and activities