Policy Centre for African Peoples

The platform for African engagement

The Policy Centre for African Peoples (PCAP) exists to provide a platform for the engagement and education of African communities and the general public.

To fulfil this objective, PCAP carries out educational projects, research and public campaigns on topics including leadership, education, human rights and social justice.

 

ANNUAL REPORTS AND ACCOUNTS

Annual Report and Accounts of the Policy Centre for African Peoples 2013-2014

Annual Report and Accounts of the Policy Centre for African Peoples 2012 -2013

Older annual reports and accounts of PCAP can be found at the end of this page

 

Amongst the specific programmes and projects undertaken by PCAP are:

ENGAGEMENT AND EDUCATION OF AFRICANS AND STAKEHOLDERS IN THE UK AND AFRICA

 

From 2014 onwards, PCAP has undertaken, and will be undertaking, a series of activities aimed at promoting the engagement and education of Africans, the African Diaspora, and key stakeholders in the UK, Africa and elsewhere. These activities 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 Africa and 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. We are planning to carry out future activities related to our Pitching Africa project, including several Dragons’ Den-style sessions aimed at providing a platform for aspiring entrepreneurs from the African Diaspora to find investors.

POLICY BRIEF

To maximise our capacity to engage and educate African communities and key stakeholders 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 late 2015.

 

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

 

PDFs To Download (Please note that the Policy Centre for African Peoples was called African Peoples Advocacy until August 2013)