South Africa

ICNL’s resources and information on South Africa.


Through its Legal Education Initiative, ICNL partners annually with the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria Faculty of Law to deliver an Advanced Human Rights Course in Civil Society Law in Africa for academic students and civil society practitioners. Learn more about the course here.

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Civic Freedom Monitor

South Africa

Last updated: 5 October 2022

The General Laws (Anti-Money Laundering and Combating Terrorism Financing) Amendment Bill (GLA Bill) was published in Septembe [...]

Global Grantmaking Country Notes

In partnership with the Council on Foundations, ICNL maintains reports on thirty-four countries that help U.S grantmakers undertake equivalency determinations for foreign grantees. The reports in this series describe the legal frameworks for nonprofit organizations and provide translations of relevant legislative provisions.

Philanthropy Law Report

Philanthropy is important in the South African context. The country’s legal framework is considered supportive of civil society and philanthropic giving, and the government serves not only as a regulator but also as a key donor. The report explores the current state of laws and regulations affecting philanthropy, unpacking the history, and the present-day legal environment.

Civil Society Organization Sustainability Index

The index, funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development for twenty years, documents the development of civil society in seventy-one countries around the world, including South Africa. ICNL and FHI 360 work with local partners to produce the index annually.


Protecting Activists from Abusive Litigation

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In this report, ICNL presents the first cross-regional survey of SLAPPs in the Global South, along with the first rigorous ... Read More


Virtual Currency Donations

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This report assesses opportunities and obstacles in charitable donations of virtual currencies. It aims to bring civil society organizations, would-be ... Read More

ICNL Launches Philanthropy Law Reports

ICNL Launches Philanthropy Law Reports
The International Center for Not-for-Profit Law (ICNL) is pleased to announce the launch of the Philanthropy Law Reports. Reports are currently ... Read More

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