Global Aktion - Mennesker & miljø før profit

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Global Action (G.A.), (Former Afrika Kontakt) is a Danish solidarity organisation run by volunteer activists. We work to change the unequal power structures that uphold the ever-growing global inequality together with our partners around the world. These structures are defined by allowing small political and economic elites to control the vast majority of the global resources in a manner that sets profit before environmental and human needs. Ultimately this is a democratic problem.

Since its inception in 1978, G.A. has worked to promote a socially, economically and politically just world through projects in the global south, as well as advocacy work and information work in Denmark and the EU. This involves enabling people to push for change in their local setting while supporting their struggle on a global scale.

G.A. has partners in South Africa, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mozambique, Mauritius, Western Sahara and Swaziland. And we collaborate with a range of global networks and alliances such as World Forum of Fisher Peoples, Western Sahara Resource Watch, the TTIP Network, La Via Campesina, Seattle to Brussels and many others.

G.A.’s project-based partners are defined as “popular based organisations”, in other words, organisations which are built and consolidated on democratic structures, and which promote and support the active participation of their members in decision-making processes. If this is not the case, we assist them in introducing and upholding such structures.

Capacity strengthening has historically been an essential part of our work. This includes, but is not limited to, assistance in and facilitation of organisation- and leadership building; democratisation processes; monitoring and documentation; as well as financial and administrative capacity building and campaign and advocacy. Furthermore, G.A. supports partners to enter into regional and international networks with other organisations in South and North.

Over the years, G.A. has to an increasing extent linked the content of our collaboration with partners to the global political struggle against inequality and lack of democracy i.e. in campaigns such as “Stop Ocean Grabbing” and divestment campaigns in Western Sahara. We will continue to do so, by always making sure there is a link between the local focus of the project and the political and global structures of inequality. It is therefore important that our partnerships have a clear political scope with a broader focus than the local context.

G.A. finds it vital to participate in the building and strengthening of national, regional and global movements in order to push for change. Movement building is important in the fight for powers as well as the distribution of resources to shift. G.A. has over the years through projects and partnerships gained great experience in working with movement building on a national level in various contexts. In addition, G.A. and partners have explored avenues for movement building beyond national borders.

Areas of action
The work of G.A. is concentrated around four thematic areas of action, which influence our partnerships and projects:
• Power and Democracy:
o There is a constantly shrinking space for civil society in the countries our partners operate in, and at the same time civil society has found itself at a stand-still where alternative ways of pushing for change is needed. This is coupled with an increasing regionalisation of power structures, which calls new ways of organising.
• Global Trade Structures:
o Trade and economic growth have over the years become dominant in the debate and are commonly viewed as effective vehicles for growth and development. However, it is evident for our partners that increasing global trade does not automatically “trickle down” and benefit the poor. Therefore, we need alternatives to these dominating schools of thought.
• Climate Justice:
o While climate change is primarily caused by the global elite it is the global poor that pay the highest price. This is evident in all the partner countries we work in, where small scale- and subsistence farmers suffer from the changing weather conditions. This calls for immediate action to find sustainable and just solutions to the climate crisis.
• Resource Grabbing
o One of the colonial legacies that still dominate most of our partner countries is the, oftentimes, illegal exploitation of resources by multinational cooperation’s who access favourable deals with corrupt governments. This goes for the sea, land, minerals and water. We work to counter this and ensure democratic control of natural resources.

G.A. is run by around 150 volunteer activists organised in 24 working groups. The organisation is governed by the board and has a secretariat of 4-7 people. The role of the secretariat is to support the working groups and the board in their daily work and in larger organisational processes.

Organisationen har aktiviteter i følgende lande:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Palestinian Authority*, the
Papua New Guinea
Sierra Leone
South Africa

Organisationen har aktiviteter og/eller arbejder indenfor følgende Verdensmål:
Development related information work in Denmark
Fragile situations
Goal 1: No Poverty
Goal 10: Reduced Inequality
Goal 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
Goal 13: Climate Action
Goal 14: Life below Water
Goal 15: Life on Land
Goal 16: Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions
Goal 17: Partnerships for the Goals
Goal 2: Zero Hunger
Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being
Goal 4: Quality Education
Goal 5: Gender Equality
Goal 6: Clean Water and Sanitation
Goal 7: Affordable and Clean Energy
Goal 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
Goal 9: Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
Political lobbying and advocacy in Denmark
Working through networks

Organisationen har modtaget følgende bevillinger fra CISUs puljer:
Netværksudvikling for unge kriminelle i Cape Town
Kapacitetsudvikling af og fortalervirksomhed for Struisbaai Vissers Vereniging
Land Capacity Building and Advocacy Project
Land Capacity Building and Advocacy Project
Foren og kæmp - for fiskernes rettigheder (Unite and Fight - for fishers' rights)
Hlominiska Phase Two: "Strengthening Democracy at its Roots"
Towards a life in dignity (for land and rural livelihoods)
Indaba Youth Seninar
Tete Appraisal
Workers not Slaves: Empowering Farmworker Communities
Fighting the gas rush in Mozambique
Dziwani III
Hlominsika: Lad demokratiet slå rod
The rising ocean
Swaziland Positive Living
Strengthening the relationship between the labour sector and the democratic movement in Swaziland
Push for a People's Government
United Against Patriarchy
Dziwani II - Kuti Pantsi na bzacilengwedwe mpsanu! Know - the land and natual resources belong to you!
Powerful Flower Workers!
Towards Self-Determined Development in Southern Africa
Embili Impela
Supporting an End to VAW for Young Women's Increased Political Participation
Creating political inclusiveness of the youth in Zimbabwe
Kapacitetsanalyse af Global Aktion
Securing fishing rights for the world's small-scale fishers
Supporting an End to VAW for Young Women's Increased Political Participation
Unity for Change
Building Climate Justice Advocacy with Small-Scale Farmers in Southern and Eastern Africa
Partner Seminar 2017 – Building stronger alliances for common struggles
Towards New Ways of Cooperation and Capacity-Building between AK and Partners in Africa
Wosa Mawubuye
Fiskerifagligt Netværk
Building Civil Society Partnership
Say No to Gas!
Joint Finalisation for Media Center in Western Sahara
Sishoshovu Sesi Vutsevutse (An Informed, Active, and Critical Mass Movement)
Project Administration and Financial Seminar 2015
Building People’s Power for a Democratic Change
From Victims to Change Agents - Young Women Demand Access to Decision Making
Qubula Zasha - Ex-mineworkers Capacity Building Project
The Southern African Development Community People's Summit
Creating access to democracy and political rights for youth in Zimbabwe
Organize and mobilize for democratic change
Strengthening people's power through arts and culture
Youth in Zimbabwe Empowered to Unite and Actively Claim their Socio-Economic Rights
Community mobilisation and organisation in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal provinces, South Africa.
NCA - Building a Platform for Unity
Somaliland Youth Empowerment Initiative Project
Citizen empowerment to activate Constitutional Rights and State Responsibility
Our right - our claim
Fighting for the Right to Food Sovereignty
Southern Africa Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power
Securing the human rights of small-scale fisher peoples through the implementation of the SSF guidelines and the realization of Food Sovereignty
Youth Seminar
Community access, control and management of land and other natural resources - towards Climate Justice
Somaliland Youth Empowerment Initiative Project
Platform for Democratic Debate
Putting the "O" in environmental injustice - strengthening the regional network of marine dependent communities in Indian Ocean and Coastal South East Africa
Strength through Election
Southern African Right 2 Say No Campaign
Pathway to Climate Justice
Securing Environmental Justice for African Fisher Peoples
SUDF - Unity for Democracy
Community Driven Process to Reduce HIV-Related Stigma
Partner Seminar 2014. A greater push towards change through a shared vision
Dziwani - Kuti Pantsi na bzacilengwedwe mpsanu! (Know - the land and natural resources belong to you!)
Systematic documentation of HIV/AIDS related stigmatisation and discrimination in the district of Kibaale, Uganda
Creating legitimate and viable platforms for youth participation
Towards Strengthening th Civil Society Partnership with AK-partners in the Southers Africa
Demand the realisation of the Human Rights Based Approach to fisheries - through the implementation of the SSF guidelines
Theory to Practice: A shared effort among AK partners to fully live up to sound administrative procedures