Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI)

The Socio-Economic Rights Institute of South Africa (SERI) is a section 21 not-for-profit organization providing professional and dedicated socio-economic rights assistance to individuals, communities and social movements. SERI was established in January 2010 and is registered by the Law Society of the Northern Provinces as a Law Clinic, and accredited by the Johannesburg Bar Council as an approved public interest law center.

SERI conducts applied legal research and public interest litigation, provides advocacy support, facilitates civil society mobilization and coordination, and conducts popular education and training for poor communities, social movements and women’s and migrant groups. Their thematic areas are: housing and evictions; access to basic services (water, sanitation, electricity), particularly in informal settlements; and political space.

SERI works to: (1) advance the currency of human rights and particularly socio-economic rights in South Africa; and (2) promote the fulfilment of socio-economic rights by vulnerable communities in South Africa; to assist poor and marginalized groups to realize an adequate standard of living; to contribute to public governance through empowering local communities to understand their rights, government processes and to effectively engage in such processes, thereby holding government accountable.

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