PURPOSE OF PROJECT

In an increasingly complicated, fractured and uncertain world, it is becoming even more important for communities to build their capacities to imagine and ultimately own their futures – even more so in a post-colonial context. This realisation has profound but unresolved implications for traditional development research, practice and funding theories and practices.

The Capacity to Decolonise (C2D) is a proposition for a large, multi-year action research programme focused on the role of “futures literacy”* as a core capability to expanding imagination, choice and agency for action. As such, we hypothesise that building FL in communities can contribute to empowering them through and for decolonisation. The premise is to use the future in capability-based development which makes that development novel and efficient by strengthening a community’s ability to use their own local traditions, culture and values in defining and addressing local key challenges. Geographically the project focuses initially on Africa, but will also acknowledge the global context.

Futures literacy is a capability that enables us to understand our anticipatory systems and processes

C2D-Wits Seminar

Capacity 2 Decolonize:
An African Research Project

CO- DESIGN PROCESS FOR AN AFRICAN RESEARCH PROJECT

C2D Cases

Twaweza

The meaning of Twaweza is “we can make it happen” in Kiswahili and it is a community-based based NGO which targets young learners, citizens and local governments in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya.

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Kabakoo

The meaning of Kabakoo is “wondering” in Bamanankan and it is a learning place for sustainability-focused technological education. It targets teengagers and young adults with a series of projects.

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Badenya

Badenya is an NGO serving the village of Dankawalie in Sierra Leone and it is dedicated to the holistic development of solutions to the educational, environmental and cultural needs of the community.

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Gulu University

The university has a project directed towards Transforming Education built around the coalition of universities which focus on decolonising systems of knowledge, including indigenous knowledge systems.

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RESOURCES

Various resources supporting the project

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