Launched in 2017 and based in Nairobi, the Africa Hub is a vital new physical and online space for regional ideas and social innovations, powered by its dynamic, growing community of civic space advocates from Civil Society Organisations, technologists and cross-sectoral partners. The Hub is working to strengthen the capacity of civil society and through home-grown African solutions as well as being part of a global network that offers network members access to the latest thinking, resources and collaborations.
Based in Nairobi, but with a strong regional presence, we exist to protect, respect, strengthen, expand and recover civil society space across Africa. Civil society around the world is under significant and growing pressure as restricted freedoms, including those on funding, barriers to registration, interventions on how and where to operate, funding limitations, and open political harassment, have become the norm. This internal and external pressure is leading to dwindling space for civic engagement as well as a shrinking role for civil society in advocacy. The existence, survival and sustainability of many civil society organizations (CSOs) now depends on innovative responses that allow for inventive options to scale up and continue the critical work they are currently undertaking. Innovation for Change – Africa’s main goal is to protect, respect, strengthen, expand and recover civil society space
The membership of I4C Africa Hub is comprised of 39 percent formal civil society NGOs, 12 percent human rights defenders (HRDs) and 8 percent youth.