Africa Action Hub: Transforming lives in the East and Horn of Africa region through evidence-based advocacy and campaigning for peaceful change
The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) is establishing a research and advocacy hub in Eastern Africa, to be located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. When fully operational in spring 2021, the Hub will be a peacebuilding center with space to convene, train, and mobilize civil society both in-person and virtually on issues relating to shared and sustainable peace, just responses to displacement and migration, and economic justice.
In building and sustaining networks of East African civil society and faith-based organizations, academia, and activists in the peacebuilding sphere, we aim to build participants’ capacity to influence policy through evidence-based advocacy. We also see the Hub acting as a trusted convener for civil society and other stakeholders to deliberate on sensitive issues as they impact peace in the region.
AFSC has been supporting civil society network building to address conflict in Africa for more than 50 years, helping people learn, exchange ideas, and collectively solve problems. Our work is rooted in the belief that solutions can be found within the history, knowledge, culture, and resources of communities impacted by violence and repression. Key partners in the Hub will include the All-Africa Conference of Churches (AACC) and the Europe External Program with Africa (EEPA). AFSC, AACC, and EEPA each will bring their experience and regional and international contacts to support a robust program to enhance the capacities of civil society organizations in the East and Horn of Africa region.