Abantu: people training people
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CTA. 1999. Abantu: people training people. Spore 81. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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Abantu, a word meaning 'people' in several African languages, is the focus and the key resource of this 1990s style NGO. Abantu for Development was created in 1991 with the aim of empowering the African people, women in particular, to control and...
Abantu, a word meaning 'people' in several African languages, is the focus and the key resource of this 1990s style NGO. Abantu for Development was created in 1991 with the aim of empowering the African people, women in particular, to control and manage their own resources and organisations. A southern organisation with a northern base, Abantu for Development prides itself on being a mould breaker. The skills and network experience of Abantu for Development could be useful to many Spore readers active in gender issues and associated areas, particularly among the rapidly growing number of local community, producer, and consumer organisations related to agriculture and rural development. Abantu for Development provides training opportunities through a participatory approach in the areas of gender and poverty, gender and conflict, gender and governance, and gender and information technology. Their interest in information and communication technologies (ICTs) is widely known, partly through a key training programme on strengthening the capacity of women's organisations in ICT, which was held in 1998 in Nairobi, Kenya. Publications available from Abantu for Development include a quarterly magazine GAP Matters, where GAP stands for 'gender and policies'. It looks in particular at the gap between rhetoric and reality in the integration of gender issues in all aspects of development. Other publications deal with the development of African women's organisations in civil society through the use of ICTs; effective communication and public relations strategies; and African women and governance. There is a growing awareness in the agriculture and rural development community of the importance of making gender a mainstream-perhaps even essential-theme in agricultural strategies and practice. An exposure to Abantu for Development could provide the encouragement and the tools to 'genderise' your institution. They will not sweep you off your feet perhaps, since Spore readers (7% of them women, but growing) are known to keep their feet on the ground. But Abantu's people promise you their skills, their resources, and their motto: Lifting others as we climb. For further information Abantu for Development Main office 1 Winchester House, 11 Cranmer Road London SW9 6EJ, United Kingdom Tel: +44 171 820 0066 Fax: +44 171 820 0088 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Regional office for east and southern Africa PO Box 56241 Nairobi, Kenya Tel: +254 2 570 343 Fax: +254 2 570 668 Email: email@example.com Regional office for west Africa POB 4 Independence Avenue, 1A Accra North Accra, Ghana Tel: +233 21 246 495 Fax: +233 21 246 496 Website: http://www.agricta.org/Spore/spore81/www.abantu.org
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