Africa Contact Partnership Seminar 2013: Fundraising

 “Anyone who lives within their means suffers from a lack of imagination,” Oscar Wilde once said.  Ensuring organisational financial security through more imaginative ways of fundraising was one of the important subjects that was discussed at Africa Contact’s Partnership Seminar, held in Johannesburg in April 2013.

”When we become too dependent on one source of income we become dependent on the donor and loose our freedom,” as Africa Contact’s Marie Villumsen put it. ”This goes for Africa Contact as well as for our partners. All development aid is political.”

In his presentation on funding through the EU-system, Africa Contact’s Bo Karlsen presented one such potential alternative source of income – funding through the EU system. Read more of this post

Africa Contact partnership seminar 2013: Civic Education

One of the important themes that were debated at Africa Contact’s partnership seminar, held in Johannesburg in April 2013, was Civic Education.

Civic Education is one of the cornerstones of the fight for democracy in many Southern African countries, especially in the rural areas where rights-based consciousness is often lacking. The civic educators – who are often recruited to teach in their own communities – are harassed by local chiefs and meetings are prone to police surveillance, not least because educators link the rights of those they educate with democratization and poverty eradication. Read more of this post

Africa Contact partnership seminar 2013: Working together in and for the future

An important forward-looking issue debated at Africa Contact’s partnership seminar, held in Johannesburg in April 2013, was how the partnership between Africa Contact and its partners should evolve.

Mcebisi Kraai from Masifundise (South Africa) and Africa Contact’s Marie Villumsen gave presentations on Africa Contact’s partnership approach, advocacy and networking.

Kraai argued that shared ideals and networking were vital for a successful partnership Read more of this post

Africa Contact and partners show the way forward at partnership seminar

There was an atmosphere of partnership, solidarity and common purpose at Africa Contact and partners’ 3rd Partnership Seminar, held in Johannesburg, South Africa, between the 4th and 7th of April 2013. An atmosphere that fully lived up to Africa Contact’s slogan “active solidarity with active people.”

“We are the carriers of the dream of a better world,” as Africa Contact’s Head of Secretariat, Morten Nielsen put it at the seminar. ”But we must connect the dreams of today with the struggles of tomorrow and make people see that we all have a common dream of a world where the system works in favour of people. And we mustn’t depoliticise our work when challenging the status quo.” Read more of this post