Spheres of action
Two major components are retained and six program objectives:
A: Protection of political, social, economical and human rights through collective action
Objective A.1: Interest-based organizations
Since their accession to international sovereignty, African populations are experiencing various difficulties and are subject to constant attacks on their political, economic and social rights. The most prominent are: the erosion of citizenship in everyday life, the reduction in standard of living, the lack of work and low wages, the strong growth of the informal sector, the consequences of structural adjustment and rural exodus, the dispersion of forces both in the trade union movement and among consumers and the peasant movement, Poverty in rural and urban areas, the continuation of neoliberal policies of liberalization which makes it difficult to access essential goods and services and the under-representation of youth and women in decision making. This is sometimes due to a lack of training and access to information.
Hence the need to restore the foundations of economic growth after the different generations of Structural Adjustment Policies (SAPs) and to develop and strengthen partnerships with some organizations supposed to defend the interests of these populations. We intend to continue and strengthen our collaboration with partners with whom we are already working (CNTG, CGT-Burkina, TUC, CNCR, CICODEV) but also to consider new perspectives in consideration concerns / aspirations / rights of people, especially those operating in the informal sector, in order to have a stronger union movement or related organizations and to rethink the right foundations of solidarity.
Objective A.2 : Majorities without power
The issue of women and youth cross-sects all levels of the contemporary African society, but in forms and proportions never seen before. The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation wants to better understand the interactions between specific realities between different social levels, in terms of relationships between household / domestic spheres, community life, institutional arrangements, public domain, social networks, state, etc.
In addition, the inclusion of gender at the heart of political action should be a priority as well as taking into account the aspirations of young people. More specifically, it aims to contribute to improving the living conditions of marginalized groups by involving them more visible in the management of public affairs. It is also to encourage the consideration of their interests and their rights on the political agenda. The goal is to educate and sensitize the populations marginalized by legal assistance, capacity building and networking. These missions are already apprehended by some of our partners in their activities, taking into account the aspirations of these groups (AFEME, ODJ,).
Objective A.3: Struggle against antinuclear and the plundering of natural resources
In Africa, dozens of companies (multinationals) are active in the extraction of gold, silver, uranium, bauxite, copper etc. We are observing a new form of looting and destruction of natural resources. In addition, land grabbing and natural resources are phenomena increasingly present and constitute constraints for the sovereignty of peoples. How these challenges are apprehended and identified? What can be the strategies against the companies and international organizations?
Therefore, there remains an urgent need for communities and organizations defending the rights of people to be mobilized and sensitized on these issues. For now, some of our partners (ARACF Mali and Niger GREN) consider this fight. However, the initiatives in this area would benefit from being more numerous and better organized.
Objective A.4: Anti-slavery organisations
Although it was eliminated in the 19th century, in 1848, slavery still exists in some parts of West Africa, in various forms (domestic work and child work, sex slavery, etc.). The fight against slavery is a major concern of the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation and a numerous initiatives have already been undertaken and a project in Mali in particular (Temedt); the challenge is to increase awareness and struggle in this area and perhaps diversify our operations and thus to target other countries facing this phenomenon, Mauritania and Niger, for example. A sub-regional conference is being studied. Again, communities and organizations of human rights must, more than ever, mobilize.
Objective B1: Promotion of new alternatives
Since the late 1980s, most African countries are engaged in a process of democratization. It is in this perspective that the legal regimes in the transition to democracy have been revised in the direction of liberalization, which has favored the emergence and expansion of a dynamic public space in which citizens can express their opinion more freely. The state monopoly in certain sectors such as the media has been broken, and there has been a phenomenal growth of private media, and in most countries, a pluralism of print and broadcast media. Advances in access to information technology and communication (ICT) have also contributed to reducing barriers.
The result is that more and more people have access to more diverse information, particularly on issues of national importance. Moreover, the advent of social networks has contributed to the emergence of new democratic practices. These ranges beyond state governance (government and political party), and invest now different places of social participation: associations of all kinds, newsgroups, discussion forum, blogs, personal or professional, etc. Thus, public space becomes a place of socialization from which citizen-users have the possibility to directly influence their environment through social networking formal or informal debating in making choices in sharing and comparing experiences.
The aim of the Foundation is to continue to create and animate spaces for expression and civic education and democratic participation directly with partners such as Radio Kayira Mali, Peoples’ Welfare Group, Nigeria and Radio Alternativ, Niger.
Objective B2: Promoting critical thinking and exploration of new institutional alternatives
The Rosa Luxemburg Foundation wishes to establish a credible platform for critical thinking, research and exploration of new alternatives that can ask questions, challenge the dominant theoretical models. The idea is to challenge the fragmentation of research and the production of knowledge by creating spaces for discussion and exchanges in order to have a more holistic understanding of historical and contemporary experiences of the continent by multidisciplinary interventions based on a set of traditions and approaches, incorporating gender perspectives and inspired ideas of different generations. A number of activities or projects are planned: reports on social movements, Saturday meetings on economy, a conference with Gabriel Peri Foundation, etc.
Partners concerned, AHDIS, Social Action, ACD, with their specificities, help us in this exercise of looking for alternatives. Their main objective is to bring social change through solidarity mechanisms, support for popular demands and leftist organizations and the creation of materials that can be used in intellectual struggles.
These partners have identified four points of convergence between them:
• They call for the development of the educational component in Africa.
• They want to influence policies or documents produced by government authorities.
• They try to mobilize communities.
• They try to strengthen or to give a new impetus to leftist organizations and social movements