African Renaissance in Brief - The African Renaissance

Equality, Equity & Socio-Economic Justice

Foundations of African Renaissance

The African Renaissance is the concept that the African people shall overcome the current challenges confronting the continent and achieve cultural, scientific, and economic renewal. This concept was first articulated by Cheikh Anta Diop in a series of essays between 1946 and 1960, later collected in a book titled Towards the African Renaissance. Diop’s ideas were further popularized by former President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki during his tenure as Deputy President, where the African Renaissance continues to play a key role in the post-apartheid intellectual agenda.The African Renaissance Philosophy seeks to end corruption, elitism and violence. It is a way of thinking that alleviates poverty. It a mindset of fostering equality and justice in Africa.

Our Organizational Principles

African Renaissance believes that all people should have equal access to wealth, health, well-being, justice, privileges, and opportunity regardless of their legal, political, economic, or other circumstances. We are committed to and work to advance access to resources, equity, participation, diversity, and human rights particularly for the vulnerable, marginalized and hard to reach populations.

Our Technical and Geographic Scope

African Renaissance works in all areas of socio-economic and development policy and we cover cross cutting themes in Global Health, Gender Equality & Social Inclusion, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights, Sanitation Rights, Social Protection, Universal Health Coverage, Primary Health Care & Health Financing. Our competence includes synthesis, analysis, translation and dissemination of evidence for change, policy tracking, capacity development, social and behavior change communication, communication for development, stakeholders’

engagement, coalition and movement building, champions recruitment & management, legislative and non-legislative caucus development and knowledge management.

We are committed to enabling actors in low- and middle-income countries achieve growth and reduce poverty and disadvantage. We seek to bring about lasting positive change using analytical and practical policy expertise. We have expert presence in 19 countries and our work currently brings together a network of consultants to design, research, track, analyze and evaluate public policy that impacts our key interest areas of gender equality, health equity and socio-economic justice. Our network includes experts in Belgium, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Germany, Japan, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, Senegal, South Africa, South Sudan, Rwanda, Sweden, Tanzania, Uganda, United Kingdom and Zambia. Our regional footprint also includes linkages to the African Union policy and political decision-making systems.

Our Expertise

African Renaissances’ expertise is drawn from our expansive continental network. We have an in-depth understanding how policy and political duty bearers characteristically interact at all levels to impact gender, health financing and development policies; and we understand how to intervene in processes where binding policy decisions are determined. Our Board of Directors, Champions, Team of Technical Staff & Associates bring together continental coverage, exceptional experience, multisectoral and multi-country proficiencies in policy advocacy for the advancement of equality, equity and justic