Sub-Saharan Africa

Motorbikes and Rough Terrain: How Sandra Meets Villagers in Remote Uganda Where They Are

When Sandra Wobusobozi visits rural communities in northwestern Uganda, she often goes alone—armed only with educational brochures and a beat-up motorbike. As a staff member of the Lake Albert Children Women Advocacy Development Organization (LACWADO), Sandra jets between remote areas, training and collaborating with community members to tackle issues ranging from domestic violence, to child marriage, to corporate land grabs. Despite her young age, Sandra’s presence in the communities LACWADO serves is vital to the group’s success.

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Nevertheless, She Persists: How Burundian Activist Pamella Mubeza Overcomes Taboos to Improve Women’s Sexual Health

With its conservative gender norms, struggling economy, and limited social programs, Burundi is a difficult place to be a young, single mother. When an unmarried woman or girl becomes pregnant, she is often shunned by her family, cast out of her community, and told not to return to school. Cut off from social support systems, she faces daily challenges meeting her basic needs and those of her child. That’s the bad news. The good news is, thanks to people like Pamella Mubeza, the situation is changing. A pioneering local leader and women’s rights activist, Pamella has dedicated her life to shifting Burundi's cultural norms around sexual and reproductive health and single motherhood.

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“We Are the Firewall:”
Alfred Brownell on Rights, Risk, and Resilience in Liberia

The Fund recently sat down with activist Alfred Brownell to discuss the importance of natural resource rights to Liberia’s future and the threats he faces.

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Courage Under Fire: Burundian Activist Pierre Claver Mbonimpa Honored for Lifelong Bravery

For most people, surviving a gunshot to the head, losing both your son and son-in-law to brutal murders, and being forced to flee your homeland would be grounds for giving up. But Pierre Claver Mbonimpa isn’t most people. He’s a fierce and fearless activist who won’t let the threat of violence stop him from defending the rights of the most vulnerable in Burundi.

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More than a natural disaster:
Accountability for the mudslide in Sierra Leone

The August 14 landslide and floods in Freetown shocked people around the world. At least 500 people died, and several hundred more remain unaccounted for. This was not simply a natural disaster. Government negligence played a crucial role in the loss of life.

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To prevent violence against women and girls, community leaders come together

At the Fund, we know that true equality for women and girls means strong, locally-rooted women’s rights activism that disrupts power structures and cultural norms—some of which are centuries old—that relegate women to second-class status. In every region in which we work, we support talented women and men who are committed to changing this status […]

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In Nigeria, activists make headway
in wake of militarization and instability

From the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast to the Niger Delta Avengers in the South, life in Nigeria can be insecure and politically unstable. John Kabia, the Fund's Program Officer for West Africa, witnessed this firsthand in February 2017, when he visited our grantees and advisors in the field.

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A new tactic against corruption:
Putting honest politicians in the limelight

Photo courtesy of Accountability Lab  August 7, 2017 “Name and shame” For years, this has been the main approach organizations have used to tackle corruption. Groups employing this tactic work to apprehend corrupt politicians, then broadcast their names publicly to discourage others from committing similar acts. And while some progress has been made, this method […]

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Only 25% of kids in the DRC have birth certificates.
Mothers are changing that.

Imagine giving birth to a healthy baby, but being unable to prove that the infant is yours. Imagine your child, older now, being refused enrollment in school and denied healthcare. For many new mothers living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, this is an everyday reality. All because their children don’t have birth certificates. While Congolese law requires families to register their newborns within 90 days, this can be a near-impossible task, especially for poor parents and those living in remote areas.

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Giving human rights activists the tools they need to save lives

How do you access a remote jungle where groups of armed men have children in their ranks? This is the question Murhabazi Namegabe faces each day working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). In a country where tens of thousands of children are forced to be rebel soldiers or slaves, Fund grantee BVES […]

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