Delme Cupido (human rights lawyer and former Indigenous Peoples’ Programme Manager at Osisa), Tristen Taylor (former director at Earthlife Africa Jhb) and Graham Sanderson (chartered accountant) registered Humanity NPC in 2019 as a virtual NGO. The aim is specifically to make a sustainable NGO, involved primarily in advocacy, media outreach and research, by avoiding fixed overheads. Between Delme and Tristen, they have over 40 years of experience in South African civil society. Graham has been an accountant for the past 25 years.
About Delme and Tristen
Delme Cupido is a Namibian human rights lawyer and activist with 18 years experience working with marginalised communities and populations. Delme worked as an attorney at a public interest law centere, the Legal Assistance Centre in Namibia until 2006, when he joined the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) as the Law and Policy Programme Officer and Assistant Programme Manager in the HIV programme, managing grantees in 10 SADC countries and working on international campaigns to end human rights abuses against People Living with HIV and AIDS, sex workers and LGBTI.
In 2011 Delme established the Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Programme at the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA), focusing on the rights of indigenous communities, including their socio-economic and cultural rights, their rights in relation to extractive industries, traditional knowledge, natural resource governance and freedom from discrimination and equality.
Delme is a founding trustee of the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa, the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition and the Pan African Treatment Action Movement. Currently, he works as a consultant to the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee where he manages their southern African work, and is a writer and researcher.
Tristen Taylor was born in South Africa. He has a PhD (University of Johannesburg) in philosophy, specialising in economics and ancient philosophy. He also holds a degree in archaeology, lectures at the University of Pretoria, and is a freelance journalist who is regularly published in South Africa’s major newspapers. He is often on TV and radio as an analyst on economic and environmental issues. He is a member of the Professional Journalists’ Association South Africa and the Academic and Non-Fiction Authors’ Association of South Africa, and is National Geographic Explorer. More about Tristen can be found at www.thanatos.co.za
From 2007 to 2016, he was the director of the environmental NGO Earthlife Africa Johannesburg. He was also a board member (2012 to 2016) of the International Coal Network and represented Africa. Prior to 2007, he worked at Jubilee South Africa, attempting to secure reparations from corporations on behalf of individuals tortured during apartheid.