Fahamu has a vision of the world where people organise to emancipate themselves from all forms of oppression, recognise their social responsibilities, respect each other’s differences, and realise their full potential.


Fahamu strengthens and nurtures the movement for social justice in Africa by:

Generating knowledge to serve activism, bridging the gap between theory and practice – Tuliwaza

Creating learning for, by and across movements – Adilisha

Amplifying Africa-centred voices, perspectives and solutions in policy and decision-making at all levels – Utetezi

Creating platforms for analysis and debate – Pambazuka


The outcome of our work in Africa over the next five years (2010-2015) will be increased democratization of political, social and economic spaces creating meaningful change based on a people-centred progressive agenda.

During 2010-2015, Fahamu aims to strengthen social justice movements’ ability to:

Articulate and implement people and Africa-centred solutions through diverse, innovative and effective strategies and tactics.

Actively participate in local, national, continental and global processes as significant actors for change.

Develop self-sustaining and self-determining movements.

Locate themselves within an African context, with respect to one another and multiple stakeholders, both historically and contemporarily.

Create alternative frameworks and realities for progressive change.

Fahamu is distinctively placed as a pan-African organisation supporting and working collaboratively with social movements over the long term. Rather than imposing generic solutions to address the needs of and to strengthen movements, Fahamu is committed to ensuring that our interventions are relevant, timely and significant to the movements we serve.

Our approach respects the collective leadership, self-determination and self-sustainability of our partners. Further, Fahamu seeks to provide diverse and innovative approaches, tactics and resources to the social movements that we work with. With our expertise, access to information and networks, we seek to enhance the access of transformative social movements to each other as well as to the processes, knowledge, skills, experience and platforms to strengthen their work.

Fahamu comprises a small core of highly skilled and experienced staff based in Nairobi, Kenya; Cape Town, South Africa; Dakar, Senegal and Oxford, UK.