Civic Empowerment Program (CEP)
This component deals with building the capacities of citizens especially youth in and out of schools to enhance their civic competencies. Through debates we build the capacities and provide young people with platforms to engage on issues that affect them and demand accountability from their leaders while building their leadership and tolerance for divergent opinions. This is grounded on CAF’s strong belief that to guarantee meaningful sustainable democracy, democratic principles need to be entrenched as a way of life among young people so they can grow up with democratic culture as part of their value systems.
Secondly Creations Forum Afrika believes in the power of creative arts as salient tools for citizen mobilizing because of their unique power to mobilize and ignite positive action. This ability to mobilize is grounded on the power to entertain while at same time educating.
This component also integrates promotion and protection of rights of marginalized sections of our communities which is CAF’s core business at the centre of its founding. Some include but not limited to social and cultural rights, sexual reproductive health rights, civil and political rights, transitional justice, land and natural resources justice of often neglected and marginalized communities.
Economic Empowerment Program (EEP)/ Economic rights
Economic Empowerment Program (EEP) is one of CAF’s core components aimed at enabling citizens achieve economic power. Some of its key areas include; Skills development aimed at skilling women and youth with 21st Century demand driven market oriented skills for employability and improved livelihoods, Enterprise Development and Smart agribusiness development. CAF has pioneered and incubated solidarity Pesa, a fund that enables finance access and freedom by marginalized unbanked sections of society including bodaboda, market women, youths, PWDS etc. Building on our inherent African philosophy of Ubuntu/ solidarity values (am my brother’s keeper, am my sisters keeper) CAF mobilizes the marginalized to cooperatively pull the smallest of their resources together thus creating a fund from which they access revolving credits at very affordable interest rates to improve their income generating enterprises. At CAF we believe in the power of organized people. By mobilizing and empowering people we can turn their energy and their pro-activeness into a constructive powerful force to transform their livelihoods and communities.
Conflict Resolution and Peace-building Program (CRP)
Africa, Uganda, and the Rwenzori sub-region in particular, is plagued by conflicts brought on by differences in politics, religion and origins, among others.
Found on the foothills of mount Rwenzori, the Rwenzori sub-region is a south-western Uganda borderland; a region unrivalled with immense opportunity due to her strategic positioning and natural endowment with exceptional climatic conditions; fertile soils, biological diversity, mineral resources and oil deposits. Yet despite the above natural endowments, the region has endured a turbulent history characterized by marginalization, historical injustices and violent conflicts with over five main insurgents namely, The Rwenzururu rebellion 1962-1982, Rwenzururu Freedom Movement 1982-1987, The National Resistance Army, (NRA) 1984-1986, National Army for the Liberation of Uganda (NALU) 1988-1994 and Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), 1996-2002 leaving acerbated, human rights violations, bloodletting and painful unhealed scars in their wake.
This program is therefore driven by the need to create platforms for meaningful engagement between parties of differing opinion in an effort to build peaceful and stable societies. We have been at the frontline of building bottom up peace building initiatives in the Rwenzori region including transitional justice and building the culture of nonviolent resolution of conflicts.
Research and knowledge production
We believe that programs, policies and interventions should always be informed by research. We help build this capacity to produce knowledge for consumption of citizens, policy makers and development actors.
Land rights and natural resources Justice
CAF supports Citizens efforts in their quest for natural resources justice and land rights including access to land by marginalized sections of the community especially women and children who due to entrenched patriarchal systems are always excluded from land ownership and access.