2011 ONE Africa Award

The Winner

Groupe de Réflexion et d’action, Femme Démocratie et Développement (GF2D) / Action Think Tank for Women in Democracy and Development, Togo

GF2D’s mission is to help women exercise their right to participate in decision-making processes of Togo. GF2D conducts advocacy in order to influence legislative changes that will positively impact women and children. Its strategy for doing this involves the training of 600 paralegals that teach communities about their legal rights and provide legal services. GF2D has also trained women to be active participants in their communities and run for political office. GF2D’s sensitisation work in lead up to elections in 2007 and 2010 have created the space for women, and even the general population, to be more involved in the electoral process.

Runners up:

Prévention Information Lutte contre le Sida (PILS) / Prevention, Information & the Fight Against AIDS, Mauritius

The mission of PILS is to minimise the impact of HIV in Mauritius through promoting prevention, improving the lives of HIV+ persons, and mobilising political and public support for HIV+ persons and issues. As a result of its efforts, PILS can point to a number of results in Mauritius: free ARV treatments; nationally-implemented risk reduction strategies (needle exchanges etc); decriminalisation of HIV transmission; and the de- segregation of HIV+ inmates amongst many other results. PILS takes its healthcare services to the areas where and when it’s needed. PILS also has done much to reduce the stigmatisation of being HIV+.

Alliance for Reproductive Health Rights (ARHR), Ghana

ARHR seeks to promote rights-based approaches to sexual and reproductive health through advocacy and inclusive policy making in the interest of underserved communities, the poor and the marginalised. ARHR advocates by empowering community-based NGOs and citizens on knowledge in reproductive health issues and the Ghanaian government’s commitments to ensuring health. Since its inception in 2004, ARHR has used a variety of advocacy methods from external/outside mobilisation to engaging the government constructively on policy issues. ARHR also leads a network of health NGOs called the “Health Platform” that was formed to track Ghana’s progress towards meeting the health MDGs.

Sylva Food Solutions (SFSL), Zambia

SFSL’s premise is to provide an efficient and viable avenue for rural smallholder farmers through which they can deliver and market their farm produce to both local and export markets. SFSL supports this by focusing on quality and adding value. Over the last 6 years, SFSL has trained over 8,500 smallholder rural farmers in Zambia, which has enabled them to scale up their production capacity and engage directly with markets. SFSL has also engaged in marketing and lobbying efforts to promote the consumption of indigenous foods. SFSL also innovates new food products in order to expand the market for the farmers and their produce.

Africa Youth Trust (ACT), Kenya

Africa Youth Trust is focused on ensuring the inclusion of youth in policy-making processes in order to ensure youth responsive policies are developed and introduced. They also seek to enhance youth vigilance in combating corruption by broadening their awareness through civic education on leadership and integrity. AYT developed a guide to aid youth in the fight against corruption and has supported young people in conducting anti-corruption audits of integrity institutions. In 2010, AYT was involved in the civic education on the new constitution resulting in the increased awareness among youth for voter turn out during the referendum.

ONE Africa Award 2011 Video Credits:
Filmed and directed by Zina Saro-Wiwa
Supervising editor Kate Chumley
Editors Ben Grinberg and Rebecca Israel

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