Sub-Saharan Africa

Our work in Sub-Saharan Africa is delivered in Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Rwanda, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Nigeria. 

In the region there are 120 trained Active Citizens.

In Kenya, the Active Citizens programme has drawn participants from eleven communities that were particularly affected by post election violence in 2007/2008: Kwale, Msambweni, Ndeffo, Njoro, likia, Kuresoi, Olmoran, Sotik/Borabu, Transkuria, Rongo and Mt.Elgon.

Using the Active Citizens methodology, the British Council in Sudan submitted a proposal for a European Parliament pilot project targeting youth in the Horn of Africa (HoA) which was accepted by the European Union.

Read about some of our work in the region below: 

Education: Sudan's agenda for change

'Education is a very important issue,' the University of Kassala student tells us as we sit in a dusty classroom in her village of Al-Hilal El-Jaedida. 'Most mothers are illiterate; some children do not go to schools because of customs and traditions.'

'People need to be aware of the importance of education so we have more schools, and that will help solve two problems: the unemployment of the graduates so they can get jobs and the problem of education in general.'

Read about what recently trained Active Citizens in Sudan had to say about the growing movement and who are working to improve where they live.

Sudan: social action in new settlements

Active Citizens in Sudan started life in a refugee camp on the banks of the Nile, just after the river splits in two before snaking south.  Read more 

Uganda: active citizen facilitator profile

Sudan: Al-Fat’h celebrates completion of first phase

Active Citizens of Sudan celebrated the successful conclusion of the programme’s first phase in August 2010 with a well-attended ceremony. Read more.
 

Sounds of Sudan: Active Citizens podcast

 A group of Active Citizens from Belfast recorded a podcast during their visit to Sudan in March 2011. Listen to the podcast.

 

Ethiopian partnerships: Seife Marcos sheds some light

Seife Marcos, Project Delivery Manager, British Council, Ethiopia, talks about the Ethiopian partnerships

'Our partners are called the YNSD (Youth Network for Sustainable Development). They are influential because they are an umbrella organisation of more than 150 different youth associations and they have access to all regions in the country. They will assist participants in implementing social action projects and panel discussions, budget management, identifying communities and fulfilling other logistical needs, such as venue. The British Council will work together with the YNSD, giving direction and guidance while facilitating high-level meetings and discussions with officials. We will be playing a major role in promoting the project in higher circles of decision-makers.

The YNSD are attracted to the British Council because of the work we do with young people. They have been active participants in the Global Exchange programme last year and they have appreciated the British Council for taking such initiatives. Since they are an umbrella youth organisation and the Active Citizens programme in Ethiopia is working with young people and plans to implement social action projects, it directly relates to the YNSD’s agenda of supporting young people to become active players in social matters.'

ISV Visit, Day One. An unexpected arrival: Active Citizens in Sudan

Journalist Helen Clifton joins a group of UK Active Citizens as they arrive in Sudan for a week-long fact-finding visit to see the work of Active Citizens in the east of the country.

Read more about her first impressions of the visit.

ISV Visit, Day Two. Creating a foundation for Sudan's new civil society

On the second day of their fact-finding trip to Sudan, Journalist Helen Clifton joins a group of UK Active Citizens as they experience an overwhelming welcome at Sudan's El-Fath City.

The group get up at 9am to meet Tilal Salih and Dhalia Omer of the British Council Sudan projects team. The calm of their offices is highlighted by the chaotic traffic on the streets outside.

Read about what the Active Citizens got up to on their second day in Sudan.

ISV Visit, Day Three. Sudan: Into the East

Journalist Helen Clifton joins the UK Active Citizens as they travel to remote Aroma, near the eastern city of Kassala, to hear how local villagers trained as Active Citizens are already designing practical social enterprises.

After a rugged 11-hour car journey from Khartoum, we collapse in our cabins in the Saray Timintay Resort in Kassala. Built for Indian seasonal workers, the place has a feel of a small Sudanese Butlins.

The group has been separated for the next three days. Claudia and Carina of the Shoreditch Trust and Aimee and Helen of Women Making a Difference are here to meet the Active Citizens of Aroma.

Read more about day 3 of the Active Citizens ISV visit to Sudan.