1. We’re empowering creative hubs to use art for climate justice: We’re harnessing the power of art and creativity to change the narrative on climate change in Africa and bridge the gap between communities who will most be affected, and policymakers who will determine our climate future through the WeARE Climate Justice campaign. It’s delivered in partnership with Crtv Development. It will culminate with showcases at COP27 in Egypt.
2. We’re shining the light on the spirit of entrepreneurship in Africa: Our partnership with our first African funder, African business leader and philanthropist Tony E Elumelu, celebrates entrepreneurship in Africa the best way we know how to; through storytelling. The Tony Elumelu Storytellers Fund will award grants worth $500 to $2000 to journalists, filmmakers, content producers, visual and performing artists to work on projects that amplify African entrepreneurs. Applications close on 29 July. More info.
3. We shifted the narrative on Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights: Our first Storify Africa cohort is complete. Storify Africa is a storytelling initiative that partners with organisations to shift narratives on issues they care about. The cohort partnered with the Hewlett Foundation to amplify sexual and reproductive health and rights beyond stereotypes and resulted in compelling stories about this rural women’s centre that’s leading the fight against period poverty in Zimbabwe, how intersex persons in Kenya are making their voices heard in an effort to access healthcare, the mobile App that’s improving responses to gender-based violence in Nigeria and a shelter that’s changing the lives of survivors of gender-based violence in Kenya.
4. We were out and about: We were at the DW Global Media Forum to discuss the power of stereotypes and how storytellers can combat their own prejudices. We also attended the Virtual Skoll World Forum Ecosystem Event, where we spoke about the importance of storytelling, how it allows us to connect and expand our imaginations and how it helps us understand narratives. We were also invited to the second edition of the Creative Business Series to discuss the barriers and opportunities for trade and investment in Africa with a focus on the African Creative Economy.
5. This is how to sell climate action in Africa: The disaster narrative around climate change in Africa has done little to catalyse climate action, so we need a new script. The starting point should be that the climate crisis – despite appearances to the contrary, and despite the warnings of activists like Greta Thunberg – is not all
doom and gloom. Like the COVID-19 pandemic, it is an opportunity for a global reset that could greatly benefit Africa. Read more.
6. We’re mentoring the next generation of narrative-shifting journalists: The Africa Union launched its inaugural Media Fellowship designed to provide a platform for African journalists and content creators to enhance their capacity to reframe African narratives, and to ensure that stories about the continent are balanced and true to the experiences of its people. We are one of the mentors for the Fellowship.