Observably, despite the growing numbers and influence of activists and social movements in West Africa on the one hand, coupled with a high number of existing social justice organisations on the other hand, the collaboration between these two groups is weak. This results to a significantly low level of pressure on the perpetrators of injustice (most often the government), and this often weakens the possibility of realising successful social justice campaigns.
It is within this context that WACSI and the Fund for Global Human Rights (FGHR) have conceptualised an initiative to explore whether the existing types of promoters of social justice (organic and organised) see the need to join forces in their efforts to push for social justice in West Africa. They seek to promote a shared learning space for activists’ social movements and social justice organisations to explore ways of effectively responding to the crackdown on civic freedoms and restrictions to civic engagements in West Africa.
The goal of this project is to facilitate a space for shared learning among strategic stakeholders (activists, social movements, traditional CSOs) working to curb shrinking space in West Africa. It will create an enabling environment for these stakeholders to strategise on how to possibly adopt more inclusive and collaborative approaches in their pursuit for social justice.
The first step of this process will consist of a 3-day convening with twenty (20) representatives from traditional CSOs that promote social justice in West Africa. Participants will explore the increasing crackdown on civic space and examine alternative ways of effectively engaging with activists and social movements.
At the second step, we would be leveraging on planned convenings and platforms for social movements and activists, to share information from the convening with traditional CSOs. It will enable them to identify the potential for more collaborative approaches in working with social justice organisations.
The final step is the debriefing session between key stakeholders to examine lessons learnt from the meetings and chart a way forward in supporting activists, social movements and CSOs towards creating a more enabling environment for civic activism and engagement in West Africa.
The purpose of the consultancy will be to conduct a research to understand the barriers and enhancers of collaboration, surface and question the assumptions and perceptions between social justice organisations on the one hand, and social movement activists on the other hand. To provide a comprehensive analysis on this, the consultant will, within the time frame of the project, conduct a desktop research. S/he will also consult selected traditional social justice CSOs to collect evidence-based information on their state of collaboration with activists and social movements on issues pertaining to the crackdown of the civic space in West Africa - and – vice versa. The consultant will use findings from the desk research and from discussions/interviews with social justice organisations, activists and social movements to produce a comprehensive research report that will be used as a basis for further support to these groups by development partners in West Africa.
The consultant will undertake the following activities to conduct the research:
The following outputs will be produced;
|Key Tasks||Deliverable||Estimated Timeframe|
|1.||Conduct a desktop research concerning cooperation between activists, social movements and social justice organisations in West Africa||Produce a briefing paper on research findings||15, July 2019|
|2.||Convening of traditional CSOs in West Africa||Document key discussion points to enrich and expand occasional paper
Use documented discussion points to prepare presentation to social movement activists
Deliverables to be ready by 20 August, 2019
|3.||Presentation of findings with Afrikki Mwinda members and Africtivistes||Develop presentation content and lead the presentation for activist groups (in person or virtual)||TBC|
|4.||Submit final research report on the state of collaboration between activists, social movements and social justice organisations in West Africa||Final research report submitted WACSI and the FGHR||22 November 2019|
This consultant is expected to put in an estimated fifteen (15) working days between June 2019 and February 2020.
The consultant should have the following qualifications and experience:
Knowledge, skills and experience:
Interested candidates should forward the following documents by email to firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org not later than Thursday 20 June 2019.
Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interview.
WACSI is an equal opportunities employer.