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Wednesday, February 10 • 07:30 - 08:30
African Civil Society Centre (ACSC)

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Civil society in Africa is under assault on many fronts. We are experiencing many restrictions on political space, the erosion of women’s rights, increasing inequality and, in addition, climate change which is already having significant impacts across the continent. We therefore need to increase our cooperation, solidarity and the sharing of experiences as African civil society while building our capacity to mobilise and organise our civic struggles, and to shape development agendas at the local, national and international level.  

It is against this background that ActionAid and CIVICUS, in collaboration with  regional coalitions, have come together to discuss the proposition for establishing  a dynamic and robust space where progressive and engaged African Civil Society leaders  can convene.

The ACSC vision is to foster an environment of democratic, equitable, sustainable and transformative change in Africa, one in which popular struggles against poverty and injustice can successfully shift the balance of power and attain respect for the human rights of all. 

The mission is to promote and strengthen the effectiveness of African solidarity and integration, bringing together networks to build trust and cooperation amongst Civil Society leaders, for reflection and experience sharing in pursuit of the ultimate goal of eradicating  poverty and injustice.

The key objectives of the proposed ACSC are to: 

  • Create space for civil society organisations and social movements to coalesce ideas and build people's power as well as amplifying the collective voice of African citizenry and thus increasing their influence to challenge the status quo.
  • Enhance leadership capacity of civil society in Africa by strengthening leaders of organizations and social movements involved in multiple struggles for a more just, democratic, equitable and sustainable world. 
  • Strengthen and support movements and Movement building in order to enhance  collective power to bring about structural change on issues pertaining to the movements’ identity

This session will be led by Kumi Naidoo, Launch Director of the proposed ACSC, and is intended to be interactive.

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Kumi Naidoo

Launch Director, African Civil Society Center
Kumi Naidoo is the Launch Director of the African Civil Society Center. Passionately involved in liberation struggles from a young age, he continues to speak truth to power across the range of social, economic and environmental justice campaigns around the globe. He is dedicated... Read More →

Wednesday February 10, 2016 07:30 - 08:30 EAT
Small Briefing Room United Nations Conference Centre

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