The RAITH Foundation is concerned that systemic injustice and unfairness prevail in South Africa and seeks effective and lasting solutions, which address this at its roots. Since 2010, the Foundation has been implementing a social justice programme. For the Foundation, implicit in the notion of social justice is the issue of equity and particularly equitable access to resources.
The Executive Director and members of the Board of Directors were particularly keen to see candidates with a proven ability in strong intellectual leadership with a knowledge base and experience of work in the social justice sector. Following a comprehensive search of leaders within the public and private sector, civil society organizations and key social justice networks, the longlist included 19 individuals from institutions across the public and private sector.
The final shortlist of five candidates was made up of three women and two men. The appointed candidate was Fatima Shabodien, Country Director of ActionAid South Africa where she provided overall strategic leadership for Action Aid’s work in South Africa, while making appropriate linkages and contributions to the organizational work in 45 countries around the world. Formerly, Shabodien served as Executive Director of WFP.