Activists, journalists, and musicians (corruption fighters as my friend Felix Weth says) gather last April 2011 in Nairobi Kenya to discuss GYAC form and its independent sustainability. Long discussion, long process.
Hats off to our Cameroon friend, Emmanuel Sanyi (right, in green - helped by Barrie of Sierra Leone and Rosen of Bulgary) who was very patient facilitating us. Imagine having groups of critical yet busy participants agreeing on basic organizational points using just simple tool of word documents projected to screen (and the electricity often was off too!). Thanks to Emmanuel we were able to scrutinize one point at a time without killing each other (or at least not holding grudge to the group that made the recommendation points).
Fanta Daboh, of Restless Development Sierra Leone, expressing her opinion on GYAC identity.
So here it is, as noted by Gina Romero of Ocasa Colombia (or download here) :
A global informal, structured network of youth organizations, youth activists, journalists, artists fighting against corruptionand promoting good governance.
A world where corruption is curbed and young people contribute to and enjoy a dignified life of integrity.
Empowering young people and promoting innovation in the fight against corruption.
1. Facilitate knowledge and technology exchange in global arena for the fight against corruption Strengthening international solidarity for regional and local struggles in the fight against corruption
2. Promote documentation of local, regional and global anticorruption initiatives
3. To promote the use of music, the arts and alternative media as cultural components against corruption.
4. Empower young people to participate in public policy making, promoting good governance and public accountability.
GCB: identify work groups, technical assistance and other things…
1. Africa: Laurent Gabi Wambo (Cameroon)
2. America: Emmanuel Callejas (Guatemala)
3. Europe: Dona Kosturanova (Macedonia)
4. Middle East: Raghda Allouche (Lebanon)
5. East Asia and Pacific: Gibby Gorres (Philippines)
6. South Asia: Narayan Adhikari (Nepal)
7. Journalist: Joseph Mansilla
8. ICT expert: Marlon Cornelio
(left-right: Dona, Raghda, Gabi, Emmanuel, Narayan, Gibby, Joseph, Marlon and Emmanuel Sanyi in green)
1. Four months to work in the ToR and send us the draft. We have one month to comment and in the next four months they will send the pre final document.
2. To develop the action plan creating technical/professional working groups.
3. Coordinate and manage the network.
I am looking forward for Gibby’s next step as RCB representative from East Asia Pacific. Further personal insights of how the process went, read Felix Weth’s writing here
All pictures are courtesy of Felix Weth, except the structure picture (that I took myself with content adapted from Gina’s note).