– For immediate release -
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Civil Society calls for immediate resumption of inclusive dialogue on the Burundi situation
We, the Interim Regional Coordination Committee of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region’s Civil Society Forum, are deeply concerned with the deteriorating situation in Burundi. Many lives have been lost and hundred others displaced due to the ongoing predicament, causing unprecedented refugee crisis.
As the Regional Civil Society Forum, we recall the agreements espoused by Member States in the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development and Peace and Security cooperation framework for the DRC and the region that enjoins Member States to promote sustainable peace and development.
We therefore wish to state as follows:
In conclusion, we urge for a serious relook at the Burundi situation and hope that the region can take measures that are in line with the ICGLR Pact on Security, Stability and Development and Peace Security Cooperation frameworks.
Interim Regional Coordination Committee
The Burundi Crisis:
For immediate release 20th November, 2015
We, the undersigned, ICGLR National Civil Society Committee, Uganda Chapter, Women’s rights groups and the wider civil society under the auspices of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, decry the deteriorating situation in Burundi where a number of lives have been lost while over 200,000 refugees have fled the country.
Bearing in mind of the violent past in Burundi, we are equally concerned that if the situation is not arrested, the Great Lakes Nation of Burundi is teetering dangerously on the brink of an all-out civil war or genocide degenerated from a low-intensity conflict rife with sporadic small- and heavy-arms fire to targeted assassinations, disappearances and torture of dissidents.
Although this mayhem has directly affected the entire resident population, we are particularly concerned with the impact that this has meted out on the most vulnerable sections of the population: women, children, the physically handicapped and the elderly. In the capital, the heartrending episode in which six markets were torched, with merchandise ranging from foodstuffs to clothes has obviously deprived women of their livelihood.
In the fog of war generally and anarchy specifically, the unending misfortunes of women and children transcend economic woes—it affects their social wellbeing and physical security. While water- and air-borne disease, pestilence and hunger wipe out scores of hopeless children, women have to contend with (gang) rape, sexual assault, molestation, all manner of abuse and systematic violence.
In this regard, the undersigned civil society groups working to advance peace and security reiterate their support for the efforts being undertaken under the leadership of the East African Community as well as the ICGLR and the African Union to ensure that the Arusha Peace Accord is adhered to.
We therefore make the following calls to the AU, the ICGLR, the EAC, the UN and Civil Society Organizations;
• The East African Community/ African Union jointly and urgently convene inclusive talks between the Burundian government, opposition groups, and civil society organizations;
• The Burundian government to protect the gains of peace and reconciliation that have been realized in the past decade ensure that law and order is restored in Burundi and the human rights of all citizens are respected;
• The International Community puts in place a humanitarian corridor and buffer zone to facilitate relief operations for the affected populations;
• The Africa Union Peace and Security Council to urgently deploy peace keepers to restore peace and order and protect human rights of all Burundians;
• The EAC Secretary General to prepare periodic reports on the situation in Burundi for EAC deliberative bodies;
• The Civil Society to monitor and advocate for full implementation of the commitments signed by the parties.
Issued by the ICGLR Uganda National Civil Society Committee:
1. Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMWA),
2. Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development (ACORD),
3. ActionAid International, AAI
4. Action for Development (ACFODE),
5. CARE International in Uganda
6. Centre for Conflict Resolution (CECORE)
7. Centre for Women in Governance (CEWIGO)
8. East Africa Sub-Regional Support Initiative (EASSI)
11. International Refugee Rights Initiative (IRRI),
12. Isis Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange (Isis-WICCE),
13. Regional Associates for Community Initiatives (RACI),
14. Uganda National NGO Forum
For more information contact:
Akina Mama wa Afrika(AMwA)
Plot 30 Bukoto Street Kamwokya
Tel: +256 414 543 681| Mob: +256 772 429837
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Terms of Reference
AMwA Strategic Plan Development Process
Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA) has embarked on a process to develop a new strategic plan that will seek to match the present work context and challenges of the future while pursuing a strategic engagement to achieve its stated objectives. AMwA wishes to retain the services of a Feminist consultant to assist AMwA in developing a 5 year strategic plan that ensures the organization is responsive to the needs and expectations of African women on the continent and can build on previous success in its contribution to ‘raising the bar’ on Transformational Feminist leadership and the organization’s strategic aspirations.
The current AMwA Strategic Plan was developed under the guidance of the Board of Directors and staff on the theme “Changing the face of Leadership.” The Strategic Plan was informed by an extensive examination of the wider context within which AMwA was expected to operate, it critically reflected on the history of the organization and presented an honest SWOT analysis of its existence in the last 25 years.
The Strategic Plan then identified 4 major goals that have guided the organization’s programmes and activities since 2010;
2. Description of the Strategic Plan Development process
The proposed review is anchored on three dispositions: the first being a reflection on our rich history taking into account the past recent five years and establish achievements and challenges , the second is an examination of key contextual dynamics in the wider operating environment and their implications for feminist organization’s being; and the third and final view is that which is forward looking to project what the future programming of AMwA should look like considering the past, present and future positioning.
2.1 The overall objective of the Strategic Plan Development process:
To assess the progress in implementing AMwA’s current Strategic Plan and develop the next 5 year plan 2017-2022
2.2 Specific Objectives include:
The process of the Strategic Plan Review is expected to be highly participatory, consultative and with an appreciative inquiry approach that should be as critical, objective and constructive as possible. The process will entail the following:
The following are the key outputs.
The consultant will report to the Executive Director under the direct supervision of the Programme Officer. The consultant will be assigned a staff member to work with them in ensuring that the process is conducted efficiently and with ease.
6.0 Skills and Competence
AMwA is looking for a feminist consultant with a strong record in Strategic Planning, knowledge of feminist leadership development, and strong communication skills. In addition suitable candidates are required to possess;
7.0 Application Process