Africa Day: Layers of Discourse

By Dumiso Gatsha

Africa Day is an opportunity for all Africans in their diversity, state or creed to reflect and affirm our existence within the larger context of a world flagrant with pandemics. COVID-19 is just one pandemic we have to face, whilst violence, illicit financial flows, income inequality, discriminatory laws and non-recognition of care work, migrants and displaces Africans are raging on. The precautions imposed on many communities have proved to further risk either of these pandemics and aggravate poverty. This characterzation of Africa’s story cannot be viewed in isolation. It is rooted in colonial legacies that remain with democratic instruments, the exploitation of bodies to feed into greed and abuses of power in how governance mechanisms are used to defeat the aspirations of national visions, Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the African Youth Charter. Our commemoration of Africa Day unpacks variant experiences and layers of complex political discourse in light of our history, civic space and youth dividend. We encourage you to expand conversations that can inspire change and hope amidst the many crises we experience today. The critical importance of unpacking and deconstructing what we know can lead to building solutions founded on multi-stakeholder engagement and multidimensional dignity.

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2020-05-25T03:01:23+00:00May 25th, 2020|Blog|0 Comments

About the Author:

Dumiso Gatsha
Dumiso Gatsha is the Founder of Success Capital Organisation, a grass roots youth led, managed and serving NGO that as advocated at the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, UN Special Rapporteur regional consultations and other policy making mechanisms. Dumiso, based in Botswana, is a researcher & Chartered Global Management Accountant having worked/served UNDP, GIZ, Zurich, PwC, IYAFP, Green the Gene, AfriNYPE & Pledger Africa.

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