African Social Movements Baraza 2022


The world’s failure to deal fairly with COVID-19 is the ultimate indictment of a global system that prioritizes profit over people and ignores the needs of the most vulnerable in society. There is already a great contest going on to define and shape the future, including the strenuous efforts of elites and those who have always held power to reproduce and breathe new life into ideas that have not worked and have brought us to a point of global collapse.

It takes continuous movement! An event to be attended by participants from Sudan, Senegal, Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Burkina Faso, South Africa, Nigeria, Kenya, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Swaziland and Zimbabwe to name a few; TrustAfrica, Wallace Global Fund and the Center for African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI) at Wits Business School are pleased to announce the 2nd Baraza of African Social Movements on the theme: People Power: Reimagining the Future – Organizing for Transformation will be held October 12-14, 2022 in Johannesburg, South Africa. This Baraza is an opportunity for social movements on the continent to come together, share their experiences and outline strategies for future aspirations.

The global political moment we face calls for a necessary reimagining of the future and a new commitment to organizing for social transformation. Our task as progressive movements is to reinvent a more just society, away from the neoliberal prescriptions that have wreaked havoc on humanity and brought us to the precipice of climate catastrophe. We believe it is important to center the voices and action of ordinary citizens and communities across Africa in speaking boldly about the future we want for Africa and the world. We believe that viable alternatives will emerge from movements engaged in concrete struggles around some of the most pressing issues of our time, including climate justice, economic justice and political rights.

African Baraza Social Movements (#ASMBaraza2022) will bring together social movement leaders and allies from all sectors and countries, as well as funding partners, to collectively reimagine and build strategies to build movements and solidarity towards a fairer society. It will interrogate the current global moment from an African perspective and provide space for movements and funding partners to explore co-creating solutions to some of the most pressing challenges from an African and people-centered perspective. , notably :

  • Collectively engaging the global moment and its implications for progressive struggles in Africa by examining trends around democracy and civic space, economic justice and the energy, climate and just transition agenda.
  • To provide an opportunity for the exchange of critical skills among movement leaders and explore ways to develop sustainable frameworks for improving skills and political education.
  • Collectively strategize on the development of a pan-African social movement support framework aimed at strengthening organizing, networking, solidarity and joint campaigning.

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The Center on African Philanthropy and Social Investment (CAPSI), the first of its kind in Africa, was structured to promote social change by building a culture of effective giving and corporate social and civic responsibility. It serves as a source of knowledge, a network of partnerships and a motivation for innovation and community engagement. The Center aspires to train a new generation of African experts, researchers and scholars in African philanthropy, social investment and related disciplines.


TRUSTAFRICA is a pan-African organization that contributes to sustainable development initiatives by supporting diverse advocacy movements and advancing systemic change through collaboration with social movements, civil society and feminist organizations. It carries out its activities by convening dialogues, making grants, generating knowledge, strengthening institutions and providing technical assistance.


Wallace Global Fund is a foundation inspired by the progressive vision of its original founder, Henry A. Wallace, who championed what he called “the common man” in the fight against wealthy elites for control of government and the precious resources of society. planet. This phrase, coined in his most famous speech as Vice President of the United States in 1942, envisioned an America for the people and of the people, an America that favored the many and not just the elite. He called for a “people’s revolution,” a progressive rhetoric that contrasted sharply with the conservative push for a system dominated by “economic free enterprise” for corporations. It is Wallace’s radical yet strategic vision that underpins our work to advance fundamental systems change and continues to guide the Wallace Global Fund today.



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