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Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

Democracy & Human Rights
USAID promotes and supports improved rule of law and respect for human rights while addressing critical gender-based issues. We are working with the South African Government to address women’s rights and access to justice.
USAID/ Southern Africa

USAID works with the South African Government to address the crisis of rape and gender based violence in the country.   The USAID-supported Thuthuzela Care Centre network provides support for rape and sexual assault survivors, offering the medical, legal, and psychological services necessary for justice and healing. Since 2009, USAID has helped to establish services and staff forty rape crisis centers across the country.  In a second phase of partnership, USAID is establishing new centers, providing support for 24-hour services, and educating thousands of community and health care workers to prevent and address gender-based violence effectively.

USAID is also supporting South African leadership to promote lasting development solutions in other developing countries.  Through an innovative government-to-government partnership, USAID enhances South Africa’s national capacities to deliver demand-driven technical assistance, exchange programs and capacity development through the National Treasury’s International Development Cooperation arm.  As South Africa emerges as a donor in its own right, decades of experience and lessons learned from USAID shape a new legacy for South Africa as a leading African nation that is able to advance stability on the continent.  

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Last updated: January 26, 2017

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