Current donors

Core funding (2012-2016)

Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO)

SECO is the Confederation's competence centre for all core issues relating to economic policy. SECO is involved in providing measures to support macroeconomic policy reforms, infrastructure projects and programmes for promoting trade and investment.

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

The services delivered by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH draw on a wealth of regional and technical expertise and tried and tested management know-how. As a federal enterprise.  GIZ supports the German Government in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ is also engaged in international education work around the globe.

End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes (ECPAT) - Netherlands

Through a partnership agreement with ECPAT Netherlands, Fair Trade Tourism is implementing a twelve month awareness raising and capacity building campaign entitled “Reducing violence against children, with a special focus on sexual exploitation of children and child sex tourism”.  The project will run until June 2015. 

Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC)

Through the generous support of the Belgian Technical Cooperation (BTC) FTT partnered with the Tourism Enterprise Partnership (TEP) to provide business development support services to facilitate certification of South African tourism enterprises. 

FTT received a grant last in 2013 to cover market segmentation surveys in 4 European markets, with follow up activities to support “producers” (FTT-certified products) to use the intelligence practically.


Past donors


Ashoka is the global association of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs – men and women with system-changing solutions for the world’s most urgent social problems. With our global community, we develop models for collaboration and design infrastructure needed to advance the field of social entrepreneurship and the citizen sector.

BTC – Belgian Development Agency

For the account of the Belgian state and other commissioners, BTC supports and provides guidance to development programmes.

Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries

The Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries, is an agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Established in 1971 in order to support producers/exporters to get a foothold in the Netherlands market, to support business support organisations in improving their capabilities, and to act as a matchmaker between suppliers and buyers.

Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA)

The DBSA is one of several development finance institutions in South and Southern Africa. Its purpose is to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development by funding physical, social and economic infrastructure. DBSA’s goal is to improve the quality of life of the people of the region.

The Bank plays the multiple roles of financier, adviser, partner, implementer and integrator, to mobilise finance and expertise for development projects.


Meaning "a place of rivers", Dinokeng is a region in northern Gauteng rich in natural, cultural and historical heritage sites.

d.o.b Foundation

d.o.b is a private, non-profit organisation for development co-operation. Its mission is to connect people, ideas and organisations to work together on a better and more just world, using a vision that believes in the power and talents of all people.


ESIPP is an EU-SADC partnership programme for the promotion of investment and technology flows to enterprises operating within key growth sectors in the SADC member states.


Gijima KZN

The Gijima KZN Local Economic Development (LED) Support Programme has been specifically designed to support projects that could assist disadvantaged people to improve their lives through economic activity. It provides access to an ambitious European Union fund that has been specifically set up for this purpose.

Green Development Foundation (GDF)

PSO/Green Development Foundation (GDF) is a Dutch organisation whose mandate is to work towards poverty alleviation, and to increase the possibilities and opportunities of development for marginalised social groups. To this end, GDF integrates environmental conservation measures with income generation.

Hivos (Humanist Institute for Co-operation with Developing Countries)

Hivos is a Dutch non-governmental organisation which operates on the basis of humanist values. Hivos aims to contribute towards a free, just and sustainable world. The organisation is committed to the poor and marginalised – and to the organisations which promote their interests – in countries in Southern and South-Eastern Europe.

Interchurch Organization for Development Co-operation (ICCO)

ICCO's mission is to work towards a world where poverty and injustice are no longer present. The work of ICCO consists of financing activities which stimulate and enable people, in their own way, to organise dignified housing and living conditions.


Mafato-A-Kgoale is the Limpopo provincial government’s Local Economic Development (LED) Programme, a partnership between the European Commission and the Limpopo Department of Local Government and Housing. LED is an integrated, multi-disciplinary approach aimed at poverty alleviation through pro-poor economic growth.

National Development Agency (NDA)

The NDA is a statutory body that contributes towards the eradication of poverty and its causes. The NDA is a public entity listed under schedule 3A of the Public Finance Management Act (PFMA), and reports to the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa through the Minister for Social Development.


Pfarrei Bruder Klaus


ResourceAfrica is an not-for-profit organisation that works with a range of global and African partners to encourage and deliver new models of natural resource management, based on community participation in which the values of transparency, equity and respect for local people, their needs and customs, are uppermost.


Solidaridad makes a plea for a different type of development co-operation, i.e. trade, not aid, with more attention to economic development and greater investment in fair trade. Producers in developing countries do not wish to be dependent on aid. They want to earn their own income. Through their income and the profits of their co-operatives or associations, local social services such as education and healthcare are made possible. That is fair, and that is sustainable.

Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism

SST supports organisations, projects and initiatives that pursue sustainable tourism development. It also helps to promote initiatives and new ideas for a balanced cultural exchange between tourists and locals.

Swiss Import Promotion Programme (SIPPO)

SIPPO helps small and medium-sized enterprises in emerging markets and markets in transition to enter the Swiss and European Union market, and provides Swiss importers with assistance in finding new products, new suppliers and new sourcing markets.

The African Institute of Corporate Citizenship (AICC)

The AICC is an NGO that promotes sustainable business practice in Africa. Established in 2001, AICC aims to facilitate the competitiveness of countries, companies and communities through responsible business activity.

The European Union (EU)

The EU, with 25 member countries, covers a large part of the continent of Europe. The European Union aims to be a fair and caring society. All EU countries are committed to peace, democracy, the rule of law and respect for human rights, and they work together to promote these values in the wider world.

The International Labour Organization (ILO)

The ILO is devoted to advancing opportunities for women and men to obtain decent and productive work in conditions of freedom, equity, security and human dignity.

Its main aims are to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue in handling work-related issues.

The Limpopo Local Economic Development (LED) Programme

The Limpopo Local Economic Development (LED) Programme is being implemented by the Department of Local Government and Housing, whose vision is to achieve sustainable developmental local governance and integrated human settlement.

The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF)

The NLDTF relies on funds from the proceeds of the National Lottery. The Lotteries Act identifies the manner in which NLDTF funding may be allocated. The Minister of Trade and Industry, on the recommendation of the industry experts in the relevant distributing agency, makes the policy that guides the allocation of funds to beneficiaries. It is the aim of the NLDTF that the grants made will make a difference to the lives of all South Africans, especially those more vunerable. The NLDTF is dedicated to improving sustainability of the beneficiary organisations it funds.

The New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID)

NZAID has a central focus – the elimination of poverty in developing countries through working with partners to achieve sustainable development for those most in need.

The Open Society Foundation for South Africa (OSF-SA)

The OSF-SA is committed to promoting the values, institutions and practices of an open, non-racial and non-sexist, democratic, civil society. It works for a vigorous and autonomous civil society, in which the rule of law and divergent opinions are respected.

The Open Society in South Africa is a grant-making organisation, and is a member of the International Soros Foundations Network.

The Southern Africa Trust (SAT)

SAT supports processes to deepen and widen participation in policy dialogue with a regional impact on poverty, so that the poor have a better say in shaping policies to overcome poverty in Southern Africa.

The Travel Foundation

The Travel Foundation is an independent charity working with the travel industry towards a sustainable future.

Thina Sinako Provincial Local Economic Development

Thina Sinako Provincial Local Economic Development (LED) Support Programme aims to stimulate innovation in how LED is promoted, facilitated and supported. This it does through competitive grant funding, active learning, and dedicated technical support partnered with counterparts in provincial and local government institutions.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

UNEP is the voice for the environment in the United Nations system. It is an advocate, educator, catalyst and facilitator, promoting the wise use of the planet's natural assets for sustainable development.

UNEP's mission is "to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations".

Tourism Cares

Tourism Cares is a non-profit 501(c)(3) public charity that benefits society by preserving, conserving and promoting the responsible use of our world's natural, cultural and historic treasures, and supporting education and research to help secure the positive future of travel and tourism worldwide.

Tourism Cares was created by the consolidation of the National Tour Association's National Tourism Foundation, and the United States Tour Operators Association's Travelers Conservation Foundation.

UK Department for International Development (DFID)

Funding to implement the FTTSA Trademark programme is provided by the UK Department for International Development's (DFID) Business Linkages Challenge Fund (BLCF). The BLCF makes grants for the development of business linkages, that improve competitiveness for the partners and bring clear benefits to the poor.

United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)

UNICEF, an agency of the United Nations, is responsible for programmes to aid education and the health of children and mothers in developing countries.

UNICEF is mandated by the United Nations General Assembly to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and to expand their opportunities to reach their full potential.