We are thrilled to launch the application process for the second edition of the Activists in Residence (AiR) program starting today. The Activist in Residence program is an initiative of Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity in partnership with the Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS TCDC). It is set in the full knowledge of the multiple struggles and demands from groups of activists and human rights defenders.
We wish to help strengthen the infrastructure of societal transformation by providing a time and space to recharge, re-energize and recuperate CSO leaders, human rights defenders, activists, and artists.
The AiR will hopefully be an opportunity for the activists to reflect upon their different contextual challenges in the pursuit of justice, peace and dignity in creating the Africa we want.
The second edition of this 4-week program will be held in Arusha, Tanzania between November 8th to 30th November 2018 and will bring together 10 activists from 10 different African countries to build their mental, physical, digital and strategic resilience.
To know more about the program click here.
The goals of this year’s program are to:
- Provide activists with space and time to reflect on their work and perhaps to pursue new strategies to better serve their communities.
- Provide an opportunity for progressive CSO leaders and activists to interact with one another to co-learn from common experiences.
- Provide activists with theoretical and technical knowledge to reinforce their digital and physical security.
- Provide activists with tools and resources to develop coping skills and build their mental resilience.
- Create an opportunity to explore innovative campaigning and mobilizing which transcends survival.
- Train the activists to write their story, reaffirm their narrative and obtain respite from their demanding and stressful life.
- Provide space for Knowledge curation and Learning
It’s expected that at the end of the AiR Program; the activists can face the impediments to change more efficiently. They will also explore the failures and miscarriages of social movements. The ultimate goal is to build an activist toolkit or a protest manual through an ideation process to identify new resistance strategies. The activists will contextualize their training upon their return home and will always be part of our movement’s growth.
This year’s AiRs, much like last year’s cohort, will have the time to pursue their interests and obligation while benefiting from a period of reflection. A state of the art office space, all the facilities at MS TCDCTraining Centre and have full access to the physical collections and online resources of the TCDC Library.
Key outputs from the AiR program:
- Monographs of different forms (i.e. articles, papers, briefs, books)
- Podcasts from storytellers
- Activists Toolkit / Survival Kit / Protest Manual
- Enhanced networks and connections
Africans Rising is interested in Activists working on social issues related to Africa or the African Diaspora. The Activists must be a citizen of an African nation or an African descent residing on the continent or the diaspora.
Priority will be given to activists that are at the continuous risk posed by the intolerant regimes and systems they are struggling against.
Africans Rising does not discriminate based on age, gender, religion, or sexual orientation.
Activists must own a passport valid for at least 6 months from October 2018 and be willing to spend 4 weeks in Arusha, Tanzania.
The AiR program will run cohorts of 10 activists for a period of 4 weeks from November 5th to November 30th, 2018
Travel and Accommodation:
AiR will be provided with a round trip air ticket from their respective countries to Arusha, Tanzania. The program will also cover all costs associated with the Activists while in residence including full board accommodation and medical insurance for the duration of the program. Africans Rising will not pay any remuneration. However, a modest stipend will be given to the Activists to cater to their personal needs while at TCDC for the duration of the residency program.
To apply for the Activist in Residence program, fill out this form by October 10th, 2018.
The retained candidates will be notified by no later than October 15th, 2018.