People Power Truth
– an anthology by CHARM Africa
”Journalists alone cannot save journalism, and civil society activists and human rights defenders cannot alone defend civil space”
With joint actions, the CHARM-consortium aims to strengthen coalition building between civil society, media and human rights defenders in Sub-Saharan Africa. The project facilitates collaborations between existing like-minded organisations, aspiring to meet the growing need for media, civil society and human rights organisations to think strategically and ally with research institutions, policy organisations, think tanks and actors in the digital sphere who have the ability to contribute with new skills and experiences.
The anthology People, Power, Truth is an important part of this ongoing effort. It brings together the thoughts of different thinkers in the media space, civil organisations and human rights activists. It is also a starting point for a CHARM-think tank that will display good practices and ideas on coalition building going forward and work for the realisation of a free and vibrant media and civil society in Sub-Saharan Africa.
It is our hope that these articles will serve to stimulate thoughts and debate and lead to discussions and deliberation between civil society activists, media practitioners, private sector and government representatives on how to engage in coalitions, jointly building democratic and sustainable structures for the well-being of our societies.
The CHARM consortium consists of Fojo Media Institute, CIVICUS, Wits Journalism, DefendDefenders and Hub Afrique and Civil Rights Defenders, supported by the Swedish Development Cooperation (Sida).