The sun was going down on a long and inspiring day as the ten Nigerian participants at the Africans Rising conference gathered under an ancient Jacaranda tree on the grounds of MS-TCDC in Arusha, Tanzania. Coming from different backgrounds including academia, NGOs and trade unions, young and old, women and
Industrial development on the African continent, as in the rest of the world, needs to move away consumer capitalism; instead production should focus on meeting people’s needs rather than wants.“We should not be producing solar geysers for those that can afford the hefty price tag, we should be producing solar
We are determined to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the Peoples of Africa to build the future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity.Extract from the Kilimanjaro Declaration, written and adopted at theAfricans Rising Conference23rd & 24th August 2016 MS –
On 23rd and 24th August 2016, Africans rose. Two hundred and seventy-two people, from 40 countries, congregated and deliberated on citizen’s responses to the structural and systematic challenges facing the African continent. The result of this reflection was the declaration and commitment to rise and raise the profile of the
My journey back to Nairobi from Arusha was as eventful as the conference itself, and a great point of learning. I hitched a lift on a bus that had been hired by a group of Ugandan women to Arusha for the conference, and which they were now using to head
#AfricansRising in rousing endorsement of new civil society movementAfter two days of intense discussions, 272 delegates from 40 countries resolved to set up a new civil society network to tackle burning issues on the continent.“We need to fight for economic development that embraces social inclusion and environmental care. We have
We, the citizens and descendants of Africa, as part of the Africans Rising Movement, are outraged by the centuries of oppression; we condemn the plunder of our natural and mineral resources and the suppression of our fundamental human rights. We are determined to foster an Africa-wide solidarity and unity of purpose of the Peoples of Africa to build the Future we want – a right to peace, social inclusion and shared prosperity.
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This document is an earlier draft of the Vision document This document was drafted during the validation conference in August 2016. The current vision document published on the 30th September 2016 after feedback from the conference, is available here.
CONFERENCE BACKGROUND AND PURPOSEThis conference seeks to consolidate visions and views towards building a continent wide social justice platform for civil society advancement, solidarity and protection. The immediate opportunity arises from the decision by Action Aid Denmark to hand over their TCDC facility to an African institution that could act