Like other formations on the continent Africans Rising is cognizant of the phenomenal expectations created by the #25May2017 launch and, in this innovative pursuit of social change, the Kilimanjaro Declaration commits us to; Build support and solidarity for local struggles, local leadership and immerse our activists in the grassroots work of building social movements from below and beyond borders.
We do this by co-creating with others, connecting struggles from below and beyond borders; with social movements, peoples formations, activists, artists, trade unionists, spiritualists, traditional civil society, intellectuals and, people.
African activists, human rights defenders and civil society leaders face multilevel challenges and barriers that leave many feeling burnt out, frustrated and struggling to achieve their goals. Often, what is needed is a chance to catch their breath, step back and take stock of their work and, to emerge with renewed energy to tackle the challenges of their day-to-day efforts in new ways.
Following the off and online #25May2017 launch of #AfricansRising and, the fulfillment of the first pledge of the Kilimanjaro Declaration – the movement’s collaborative pilot project with the Tanzania based Training Centre for Development Cooperation, will do just that.
The Activist-in-Residence (AiR) Programme aims to offer activists the space and time to reflect on and systematically document their work and through their interaction, imagine new approaches that will improve the lives of people in their communities.
It will also provide an opportunity for progressive CSO leaders and activists to engage other leaders from other countries to deepen their understanding of their local struggles through other activists’ lenses and to appreciate different approaches to impacting policy and community organizing.
Many activists, like the communities they serve, operate in survival mode due to political conditions or resource constraints, usually both. The AiR programme will offer resident activists a chance to acquire new skills or develop existing ones and, will be encouraged to share those skills upon return to their countries – using both off and online means.
For activists who have faced repression or who have given years of dedicated service and find themselves on the brink of burnout, AiR will offer a rare opportunity for rest and recuperation as well.
Activists in Residence will co-create and leave the programme with a number of assets including; a consolidated publication covering the main subject area of the residency; interviews and conversations based products/stories to be featured in the special issue of Sur International Journal of Human Rights (Sur 26), enhanced networks and connections and a residency report to help inform similar future events, among other content.
The AiR programme is a pilot initiative of Africans Rising and the Training Centre for Development Cooperation (TCDC), with the support of the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR). The programme is hosted in Arusha, Tanzania and involves off and online engagements with a global support team of partners and others, engaged in building the #AfricaWeWant
The pilot will see a cohort of activists spending 1 month together, at TCDC in Arusha, Tanzania from 9th August 2017
Apply by sending a brief biography and a summary of your work on re(claiming) and expanding shrinking political and civic space in your country in more than 500 words.
For more information and to apply to be an activist-in-residence, please reach out to: Moses Isooba by phone on +254 716 738 14 (KENYA) or email at Moses.Isooba@actionaid.org
We will consider applications until Thursday, 6th July 2017
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