Terms of Reference

  1. Outcomes Harvesting
  2. Documenting and Learning from the Evolution of ACT Ubumbano


At the core of ACT Ubumbano is the creation and safeguarding of a space for reflection on social justice and development practice that draws on inclusive methodologies that give priority to the voice of those most affected by injustice, that are rooted in challenging dominant power narratives, and that lead to transformative actions and programmes.

This work is framed by the three pillars of Economic Justice, Environmental Justice and Climate Change, and Gender Justice and Sexual & Reproductive Health Rights.

ACT Ubumbano has emerged through a process of consultation among partners from Southern Africa and Europe. We make the path by walking it – with no pre-ordained outcome, and allow the conversation and reflection to shape what would emerge through the process.

Documenting the Learning from our Practice

We have a stream of work that focuses on creating learning resources to support community organising, deepen conversations and practices that challenge prevailing power dynamics within the civil society and faith sectors – and society in general, and provide meaningful support to communities who are engaged in resistance against injustice.

Among other things, this area of work will generate publications that capture insights and innovations on social justice practice, and on organisational models and ways of working that go beyond the norm in challenging power dynamics of the status quo. A deeper understanding of how these approaches and practices help achieve social change can assist organisations and activists to reflect on their own work, and hopefully lead to stronger solidarity action against structural injustice.

ACT Ubumbano has invited proposals to undertake two specific and separate assignments.

  1. Outcomes Harvesting / Documenting our Impact

The objective of this work is to document what the impact has been of ACT Ubumbano’s work of convening spaces for reflection on our practice, and support of solidarity actions that emerge from those spaces.

The scope of this work will include:

  • Further development and fine-tuning of the Outcomes Harvesting template used in compiling earlier reports,
  • Interviews with at least 20 individuals and/or organisations who have participated in ACT Ubumbano processes over the past 3 years,
  • Write-up and analysis of feedback from interviews,
  • Compilation of a final report with recommendations for future strategies.
  1. Documenting and Learning from the evolution of ACT Ubumbano


This piece of work is concerned with the approach of ACT Ubumbano and its use of see/judge/act and other methodologies of critical reflection in challenging and reframing solidarity and social justice work. The knowledge product will also be a learning tool on the experimental aspect of Ubumbano’s solidarity in practice and related methodologies. It will reflect both the positive dimensions of the process and where there were failures or limitations, and how we learnt from such limitations and adjusted our approach accordingly.

This is seen as a follow up to an earlier publication entitled “Inequality and the Struggle for Humanity”, available here.

This work would also focus on the concept of ACT Ubumbano as a space of solidarity, drawing in the wider network of voices from a range of community struggles with which ACT Ubumbano and the participants in it are part. It will interrogate the organisational practice that has led ACT Ubumbano to this point. A key investigation area will be what worked, what was changed in the approach because it didn’t work, and how adjustments were made as learning was gained from doing.

The scope of work will include:

  • Review of ACT Ubumbano documents,
  • Inception report that outlines the structure and content of the proposed knowledge product / document,
  • In-depth interviews with stakeholders and participants in the process,
  • Write-up, analysis and presentation of the feedback, and compilation of a final knowledge resource.

Submission of Proposals

Critical thinkers and writers, activists and consultants, and organisations and institutions of faith will submit concise proposals that outline their suitability for and interest in this work, and demonstrate their commitment to knowledge and learning that challenges conventional approaches to knowledge production. Creative collaborations and partnerships to undertake the work are encouraged, and proposals with innovative methodologies will be welcomed.

In brief, interested parties should submit a concept note of no more than 3 pages outlining their suitability for and interest in this work. Evidence of experience in similar work should also be included, as well as an estimate of time and cost for the assignment.

Proposals, queries and conversations can be addressed to Ashley Green-Thompson at ashley@actubumbano.org .

For the 2 specific, separate assignments (Outcomes Harvesting & Documenting our Learning), the normal competitive selection process will be followed by ACT Ubumbano. The deadline for submission of proposals is 16h00 on Tuesday 23 March 2021.

Ethical considerations

The consultant will be expected to comply with basic ethical guidelines, particularly regarding ‘doing no harm’, and levels of confidentiality on the findings of the research will be agreed.


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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.

Visit www.actubumbano.com to see more of what we do.

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 ashley@actubumbano.org 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 – jenny.ricks@fightinequality.org


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