Social Movement Technologies
Africa Movement-Building Support Program – 2024

Protesting police brutality (SARS) in Nigeria. (Pius Utomi Expei/AFP)

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Ready to organize for power? From South Africa to Algeria and Kenya to Cote d’Ivoire, young people across the continent and their families want a just and sustainable future. To achieve it, we must use non-violent organizing principles and methods passed down from successful anti-colonial and other movements, combined with new digital tactics being used across the continent. We must understand how movements can be built and nurtured. 

This training series and support program is for activists and campaigners who want to deepen their ability to build effective movements and campaigns for justice.

The program is completely free to groups of 10+ activists who register together

 

1. Training Series for Activists & Campaigners

6-session series online once per week, 90-120 min/session. Starts February 6
The program is in English and French only at this time. (Funders are invited to provide funding for language access beyond these two languages)

A “Certificate in Movement-Building” can be earned with completion of assignments related to your activism.

Topics covered, with examples from across the continent:

  • Movement stages and what to expect in each
  • Movement ecology: keys to building unity
  • Understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your leadership role
  • Tools and practice for strategy development 
  • Building a strong activist pipeline – tools and tactics to build and activate a broad base
  • Tactics that work when civic space is limited and risk is high
  • Combining online and offline tactics strategically
  • Activating the diaspora
  • Making your movement visible to the media and international community
  • Personal safety and digital security: the essentials


2. Support for groups of activists

Groups of activists who complete the training will be eligible for up to a year of coaching to help with implementation.

Language

Most sessions will be held in English with simultaneous interpretation in French. Other languages available depending on demand and funds.

Session times:

Sessions held Tuesdays February 6 – March 12, 2024 (12PM Kinshasa | 2PM Nairobi | 11AM Accra | 1PM Jo’burg)

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Cost & Registration

Free if registering a group of 10+ activists. Register here once you have a spreadsheet of the 10+ activists who will be participating. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until all countries are covered.

$300 if registering as an individual.

This program is funded by donations, with a fundraising campaign underway. If you are able to support, please donate here.

In order to support a movement organization learning space, this training is for activists and staff of non-profits. Trainings are not for consultants or agencies.

Please feel welcome to reach out with questions to Joscar Amondi, SMT Africa Movement Support Coordinator at [email protected]

Instructor bios:

Instructors will include SMT staff and additional experienced activists from across the continent.

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Staff and activists of 4,900+ groups
have engaged with SMT trainings

Testimonials

I found a lot of value in this Certificate Program that I use in my everyday work: from using social media effectively; significantly growing accounts and activating people online, pressuring targets in campaigns, and running Twitterstorms. Even when using other tools, I still apply the principles I learned!
I had an amazing time. I am already applying the valuable content in my organization.
SMT helped us craft an effective public narrative for our campaign to get a mine closed. SMT helped us finalize a campaign strategy and come up with an effective plan to raise visibility and engage the public. Our campaign led to a pause in the mining. We will keep fighting!
SMT’s training on using WhatsApp to activate our bases helped us activate more leaders by creating conversational WhatsApp groups for members and assigning different leadership roles to volunteers.
The program was an eye-opener and better positioned me as a Communications Officer. I learned about digital mobilizing, online community building, and more.
SMT coaching enabled us to expand our presence within human rights spaces in Kenya beyond an LGBTIQ audience. It helped us use Twitter to connect with allies in the environmental justice and land rights movements. It was amazing to have someone to work with who knows our work and give us templates just when we needed them.
I learnt a lot on grassroots movements, digital campaigns and communications in times of state intrusion or threats.
Our coach was an everyday reminder of what we needed to do. He checked in and followed up on us. It really helped us activate Twitter in our campaigns and tighten up digital security. We moved from just having a Twitter handle to building on a hashtag that saw a jailed human rights activist released from prison.
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