The Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP) envisions a world where justice, common good and collective prosperity stem from better education and leadership. PCAP is, therefore, committed to the promotion of social engagement among African individuals and the general public through education and leadership development.
Among the specific programmes and projects undertaken by PCAP are:
Through this project, PCAP will be providing leadership development and mentoring sessions to disadvantaged young people from the London Borough of Hackney between March 2018 and March 2019. The sessions will give these young people the unique opportunity to achieve their educational, professional and personal goals, and fulfil their potential.
SOCIAL ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATIONAL PROJECTS
From 2013 onwards, PCAP has undertaken, and will be undertaking, a series of projects aimed at promoting social engagement through education and leadership development among African communities, the African Diaspora and the general public. These projects include:
PITCHING AFRICA PROJECT
Between 2011 and 2012, the Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP) produced a documentary called Pitching Africa, which followed PCAP as it gave a platform to Africans and African Diaspora members with outstanding ideas on the development of African communities. The project was undertaken in collaboration with Big Heart Media and the journalist and director of Colourful Radio Henry Bonsu.
As part of the Pitching Africa Documentary project, we carried out the following activities:
- Launch of the documentary on 30th November 2011 at SOAS, event organised in collaboration with the Association for African Owned Enterprises and the Centre of African Studies.
- Business Opportunities in Africa Briefing, organised on 27th February 2012, with H.E. Mr Abhimanu Kundasamy, High Commissioner of Mauritius to the UK, H.E. Carlos dos Santos, High Commissioner of Mozambique to the UK, Ms Sylvie Aboa-Bradwell, director of PCAP, and Mr David Smith, Chairman of the British African Business Alliance, as speakers.
Further Pitching Africa briefings were carried out in 2013 in the City, and in 2015 at SOAS. We are planning to carry out future activities related to our Pitching Africa project -watch this space.
To maximise our capacity to engage and educate African communities and the general public on topics that are of relevance to African peoples and the African continent, we launched the publication of the PCAP Policy Brief in January 2011.
The first issue, which highlighted Somaliland’s achievement of democracy and peace, and the need for its recognition, was included in a book celebrating the 20th anniversary of Somaliland’s declaration of independence. This book was launched on 18th May 2011 at the influential think tank Chatham House, during a meeting chaired by Lord Eric Avebury.
The second issue of our policy brief, which contained a series of recommendations for a new Western policy towards Africa, was the basis of the Africa Day briefing that the PCAP Director delivered at the UK Parliament on 23rd May 2011.
The latest PCAP Policy Brief was included in an anthology of essays on Africa in the 21st century to be published in 2017.
AFRO-BEAT ISOLATION PROJECT
In 2009 and 2010, we implemented a project called Afro-Beat Isolation, in order to enable African and other interested people to overcome isolation by attending sessions of African culture. We were congratulated in April 2010 by the then UK Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, for promoting community cohesion in Kent through this project.
Afro Beat Isolation Project
ELIMINATING DISCRIMINATION ON THE GROUNDS OF RACE
The first project undertaken under this aim was the No to DNA Database Discrimination campaign, launched in August 2009, to demand the removal of all innocent people from the national database. The second was the Campaign to End the Immigration Detention of Children in the UK. We launched this project in October 2009, following the case of the 10-year-old Nigerian girl Adeoti Ogunsola, who was in immigration detention against medical advice, and became so distressed that she attempted suicide.
We secured the support of prominent policy and decision-makers including Lord Nigel Jones of Cheltenham, Keith Vaz MP, Chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, and Rehman Chishti MP, who kindly brought our campaigns to the attention of the Home Secretary, Theresa May MP, and the Minister for Immigration, Damian Green MP.
End Detention of Children and No to DNA Discrimination
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