Call for Nominations of Board Members

ACT Ubumbano is a newly established voluntary association working with Southern African and European organisations for economic, gender and environmental justice. We do this by:

  • facilitating critical reflection on our social justice practice,
  • listening to and amplifying the voices of those most affected by injustice, and
  • supporting innovative and collaborative solidarity initiatives that seek to transform structures and relations of injustice and inequality in the region and globally.

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ACT Ubumbano is currently governed by its ‘founding Board’ comprising individuals from 11 participating organisations.

We invite nominations of persons in their individual capacity to constitute a new Board that will carry out the mandate stated in the constitution of ACT Ubumbano: “The Board is responsible for making decisions, and acting on such decisions, which it believes it needs to make in order to achieve the object of the organisation.”


A panel will be established to review nominations, conduct interviews, and make recommendations to the “founding Board” for a final decision to appoint.  The panel’s recommendations will strive to ensure a balanced representation of skills, individual gender identification and sexual orientation, geography, age, and race.

Nominees should possess some or all of the following characteristics:

  • Five (5) years’ experience in, or association with, development and / or human rights work in a community-based setting. [This can be evidenced in original reflection / thought in writing, conference presentation, etc.)
  • Commitment to social justice values and practice at community level [This should be evidenced in their involvement in community organising / mobilising work, or their association with any community-based work or institution that promotes social justice.]
  • Experience in governance structures and/or executive leadership [There should be evidence of previous experience of contributing to governance tasks through participation in governance structures/processes.]

Level of Commitment

The new Board will meet virtually or in person at least 3 times per annum. Members will be expected to participate in Board committees.

Nomination Process

Nominations must be submitted by email to by no later than 12h00 CAT on Wednesday 14 October 2020.

Nominations must include the following:

  1. a brief nomination letter providing motivation for the candidate (the candidate may nominate themselves),
  2. confirmation of agreement by the candidate to the nomination; and
  3. the candidate’s CV (maximum of 4 pages) that includes contact details for 2 referees.

Call To Action: Prepare for a Powerful Fight Inequality Week of Action – 18th-25th January 2020

From Jenny Ricks, Global Coordinator –


We are building on the amazing success of this January’s week of action to end the age of greed with an even bigger show of strength and mass mobilisation to grab the media headlines in January 2020. Around the world discussions have already begun from Lusaka to London on how powerful national mobilisations will call for an end to the age of greed and showcase solutions to inequality from events held at ‘other mountains’ (in contrast to Davos’s privileged mountain) such as garbage dumps and mine dumps, as well as big marches. We have big collective ambitions to make a splash.

We have learnt consistently to deliver huge mobilisations that our discussions and planning need to start earlier, so now is the time to meet allies and put concrete plans in place so January grabs global attention. Our people powered week needs all of us to make it a success!

How do I get involved?

What does success look like?

  • Your country holds a visible, large, outdoor mobilisation in an excluded part of the capital city. Photos and videos from this are shared quickly on social media and communicated through print, online and TV media.
  • You have a stronger basis to continue nation alliance work to fight inequality as a result of the Week of Action e.g. through a citizen’s charter of solutions to fight inequality, or government responding to the alliance’s demands
  • Greater visibility for the alliance and our common messages and slogans

Grassroots organisations, activist networks and social movements take priority – particularly with women leaders and youth, and those most oppressed are at the forefront of the organising and communications