All our grants and initiatives fall under 4 strategic pillars that guide our work:
- Building the ecosystem of narrative changemakers: ANF has started working to identify the field of narrative changemakers on the continent e.g. producers, writers, platform owners, advocacy groups. Once their landscaping is complete they will start connecting, networking and support this group through convenings and capacity building.
- Crowding in New Narratives: ANF will support content creators (storytellers) and media platforms through their grantmaking. To date, they have launched a number of call-outs for emerging creatives and media platforms with a series of grants ranging from USD500 – USD50,000. They will also be launching the 2021 ANF Cultural Fellows program this year. ANF has an ambitious media fellows program planned for next year that will staff a digital-only, feature news agency supplying African media outlets with stories that showcase creativity, innovation and innovators.
- Disruption: ANF is keen to position itself as an African narrative watchdog - a central source for tracking, recording, sharing learnings and data around examples of harmful narratives on the continent and attempts to disrupt it.
- Research: ANF’s research agenda is focused on making narrative and the work they do evidence-based, salient and relevant to the African conversations. We have created a research consortium that is doing two things - unpacking narratives about and within Africa and exploring their impact. Facebook has come on board as a member of the research consortium with some funding. ANF recently launched an Academic fellows program to help them address some of the research questions on narratives and are about to commission some polling to understand the impact.