Notre responsable de la communication et des mouvements sociaux, Abdarahmane Wone, a représenté TrustAfrica et le Réseau africain contre la discrimination fondée sur le travail, l'ascendance et l'esclavage (ANDS) lors de la 15e session du Forum des Nations Unies sur les questions relatives aux minorités, qui s’est tenue à Genève, en Suisse, 1-2 décembre 2022. Le thème du Forum est : Bilan. Repenser. Réforme.
The African Social Movements Baraza (ASM Baraza) was hosted with great excitement and high expectation, following the first convening which took place in 2018. The 2022 ASM Baraza welcomed social movement leaders and solidarity standers who convened in Johannesburg, South Africa to paint a picture of the future of social movements on the continent. Hosted by TrustAfrica with support from Centre on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) and Wallace Global Fund, the ASM Baraza gathered under the theme of ‘People Power: Reimagining the Future – Organising for Transformation’ - an appropriate foundation for collective reflection and progressive mapping. In total, 122 social movement actors from the five African regions, spanning 20 countries, participated in sessions facilitated by Nizenande Machi and interacted with panel sessions and presentations from thought leaders who included Lebohang Pheko, Everjoice Win, Mazibuko Jara and Lala Raveloarimisa.
TrustAfrica is pleased to announce the 2022 awardees for the African Civil Society Support Initiative (ACSI). The call was issued as a response to the adverse impact of COVID-19 and the closing civic space in Africa on local institutions which are critical to national and regional policy change and implementation. Through core operational investment in African civil society organizations with feminist values, ACSI seeks to elevate women’s voices on health and development in Africa and to strengthen a multi sector supportive network of strong national and regional civil society organisations working on policy advocacy. ACSI invests in strengthening institutional effectiveness and its support is not project-specific. The initial focus countries selected were Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria and Burkina Faso. TrustAfrica identified and is supporting seven (7) organizations as its initial cohort in the program. The 7 organizations shown below were selected through a rigorous application process and have been awarded grants in the range of 50000 to 100000 US$ over a 12-month period. In total TrustAfrica is disbursing $US657,509 in this cohort. We invite you to get to know our grantees.
From right to left: Janet Milongo Climate Action Network-International); Muhammed Lamin Saidykhan (Climate Action Network-International), Ebrima, Prof Youba Sokona (UN IPCC Vice-Chair), Prof Philip Trotter (Oxford University), Prof Yacob Mulugetta (University College, University of London).
As the world grapples with the critical task of “building forward better” in the wake of COVID-19 and the current geo-political crises, social movements around the world are actively exploring alternative ways of doing (and being) in relation to social, political, environmental, and economic rights.
In Africa, for example, activists and social movements from 30 different African countries recently gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa for the 2022 “African Social Movement Baraza”. Under the theme of “People Power: Reimagining the Future – Organizing for Social Change”, the gathering of social movements aimed to re-envision progressive struggles in Africa related to democracy and civic space, human rights, economic justice, and the just transition agenda.
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we hear from Briggs Bomba (Zimbabwe) – Programs Director for TrustAfrica and co-convener of the gathering. Briggs discusses the historic moment we are living in, the need for a space and process like the “Baraza” (a Swahili word that means “meeting” or “convergence”), and the need to be daring when we collectively build the future.
The global political moment we are facing has made it imperative for pro-democracy activists and social movements to unlock new capacities that can help bring to fruition aspirations of a more just and equitable society for all. While strategic organizing approaches, and renewed solidarity are some of the capacities which will need to be strengthened, there are others which account for the sustainability of the struggle for open societies that are being referred to as wellbeing practices.