We are a cutting edge nonprofit organization that partners with Africa’s best and bravest to support ethical leadership, advocate for free and fair elections, and build inclusive democracies.
Over the past decade, democracy has been in steady retreat across much of Africa as political freedoms decline, attempts are made to stifle civil society, muzzle the press, dismantle democratic institutions, and restrictions on presidential term limits are lifted. Pro-reform leaders -- both inside government and those on the outside, in the political opposition and civil society -- often lack the support and global connections that are required to address these problems and advance social change. The voices and the unflinching bravery exhibited by these democratic underdogs have been ignored for too long.
Our team at Vanguard Africa addresses this void by partnering with the best and bravest pro-democracy leaders in Africa and worldwide to help advance visions of change. We support visionary leaders with the guidance and expert strategy that is needed to advance a reform agenda. In doing so, we help consolidate a network of pro-democracy forces who will advance good governance, respect for free and fair elections, and ultimately collaborate to build inclusive democracies across the continent.
Vanguard Africa offers a holistic and broad spectrum of support to strengthen the capacity and impact of pro-democracy leaders.
Among services we are able to provide include:
Public Advocacy and International Media Support – Access to international media outlets and top journalists is crucial for pro-reform leaders, particularly those who operate in highly repressive environments. A sustained international spotlight is often missing, allowing abusive regimes and their machinery of repression to thrive in the darkness. Our unmatched professional network will counteract this negative trend, leading to your increased influence and notoriety -- domestically, regionally and internationally -- while also positively impacting your fundraising efforts by opening up new channels of donor support.
Access to Influential Leaders – Opening lines of communication and building trusted, long-term relationships with key pro-democracy groups, civic leaders, elected officials and policymakers -- in Washington, DC and internationally -- will be absolutely critical for your success. We will work closely with you and our trusted contacts to build relationships with these influential leaders. This network of allies will, in turn, propel your reform agenda, hone your skills, as well as your plans to advance social change.
Research, Trainings and Surveys – Collectively, our team has decades of relevant experience, and are thus well positioned to organize in-country polls, surveys and focus groups for pro-reform leaders that will measure existing levels of support and potential weaknesses. Our experts are also available to provide tailored trainings on a range of related issues, including high impact public advocacy, effective use of social media, media trainings, and how to both develop and implement a reform agenda. Depending on your specific needs, we can scale up immediately, tapping into pre-existing networks to provide unparalleled support.
At Vanguard Africa, our guiding philosophy is based on building profoundly personal connections, support and solidarity. Due to our wide-ranging expertise and extensive networks, we can readily adapt to provide a range of additional services that are tailor-made to fit your needs, from coalition building and social education efforts to direct on-the-ground support.