Africa Regional Transition Meeting
For the Huairou Commission, 2017 marked a new year and the entrance into the final phase of our organizational transition, a tool for strengthening our movement building and for increasingly shifting leadership to be driven by the grassroots membership. Regionalization has emerged as a central tenet of this process, with such features as: implementing a governance structure and action plan for each region of focus, adapting global activities to regional realities, and enhancing cross-boundary relations between members and partners. With this in mind, Huairou hosted an Africa Regional Transition Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya on 5-6 May 2017, to begin visualizing a structured regional platform and to capture African grassroots leaders’ input into the transition process.
Leaders from 15 grassroots organizations in the Huairou network were represented at the meeting. Through the lens of grassroots women’s priorities, they discussed pertinent Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and other key global and regional frameworks, including the New Urban Agenda, the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction, and the African Union Framework and Guidelines on Land Policy. The group proposed a new regional platform, centered on a core group of issues: land, climate change and resilience, rural-urban linkages, economic empowerment, and health. The regional platform will not only develop a common agenda around these issues, but also compile best practices and impact stories to demonstrate grassroots leadership in sustainable development.
Meeting participants identified next steps for moving forward, including working with Africa Regional Coordinator Mino Ramaroson on developing a clear concept for the Huairou Africa regional platform. These steps are important contributions to the transition process and for continuing toward Huairou’s global Grassroots Assembly, to be held in conjunction with the 9th World Urban Forum in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in February 2018.
Ann Wanjiru, Mathare Mothers Development Centre (Kenya)
Elisabeth Markham, Ntengwe for Community Development (Zimbabwe)
Esupat Ngulupa, Maasai Women Development Organisation (Tanzania)
Fati Al-Hassan, Grassroots Sisterhood Foundation (Ghana)
Frances Birungi, Uganda Community Based Association for Child Welfare (Uganda)
Fridah Githuku, GROOTS Kenya (Kenya)
Jane Anyango, Polycom Development Project (Kenya)
Joyce Nangobi, Slum Women’s Initiative for Development (Uganda)
Limota Goroso Giwa, International Women’s Communication Center (Nigeria)
Masitulah Nakisozi, KAWEMPE Home Based Care Alliance (Uganda)
Ndinini Kimesera Sikar, Maasai Women Development Organisation (Tanzania)
Pauline Kariuki, Kenya National Poultry Farmer’s Association (Kenya)
Peninah Abatoni, Rwanda Women’s Network (Rwanda)
Hon. Rachel Kamweru, Nairobi County Assembly (Kenya)
Veronica Katulushi, Zambia Homeless and Poor People’s Federation (Zambia)
Violet Shivutse, Shibuye Community Health Workers (Kenya)
Ana Gabriele Sabancevaite, Huairou Commission
Jan Peterson, Huairou Commission Board of Directors
Lene Egeli, Huairou Commission
Mino Ramaroson, Huairou Commission