We are a nonprofit organization that partners with the best and bravest in Africa to advocate for free and fair elections and advance democratic reform.


THE PROBLEMs

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 and a free press, and restrictions on term limits are lifted. Two related causes of this overall backsliding have been the lack of competitive political environments and isolated democratic forces, including leaders in politics and civil society to the business community and private sector. In this day and age, pro-reform leaders -- both inside government and those operating on the outside -- routinely lack the support and global connections that are needed to create lasting positive change.

Our team at Vanguard Africa works to fill this evident void and addresses the root causes of Africa’s democratic retreat by partnering with the best and bravest pro-democracy actors to help advance their visions of change. At Vanguard Africa, we directly support and help connect visionary leaders with the resources needed to advance a reform agenda, and in turn, embolden a network of likeminded advocates who will advance good governance, free and fair elections and the consolidation of democracy across Africa. 


Our SolutionS

Vanguard Africa offers a holistic and broad spectrum of support to strengthen the capacity and impact of pro-democracy leaders. 

The services we can readily provide include: 

  • 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 where increased media attention can help to add a vital layer of security. In particular, a sustained international spotlight on repressive countries and their leaders is often missing, allowing abusive regimes and their machinery of repression to thrive in the shadows. Our invaluable and highly influential media network will counteract these negative trends, leading to your increased influence and notoriety -- domestically, regionally and internationally -- while also positively impacting your fundraising efforts by opening up crucial new channels of potential support. 
     
  • Access to Influential Leaders – Opening lines of communication and building trusted, long-term relationships with international NGOs, civil society leaders, elected officials -- in Washington, DC and elsewhere -- and other shareholders in your country's future is vital. We will partner, and connect you, with these important leaders to form a compelling personal narrative and consolidate the necessary backing to propel your candidacy, your vision and your long-term plans to enact positive social change at the local level.
     
  • Research and Trainings – We are highly experienced and well-positioned to organize polls and focus groups for pro-reform leaders to measure existing levels of support and potential weaknesses. Our experts are also readily available to provide in-depth trainings on a range of issues, including public advocacy, effective use of social media, and how to develop and implement a reform agenda. 
     
  • Personal Branding and Messaging – Insights gathered through research and personal consultations will be used to develop a tailored roadmap for your reform campaign. These cohesive efforts will raise your international profile, increase focus on your demonstrated and potential strengths, and boost your association with pro-reform policies both domestically and internationally.  

At Vanguard Africa, we are here to ensure your long-term success and impact. Given our wide ranging expertise, extensive professional networks and unique backgrounds, we can provide a range of additional services that are tailor-made to fit your specific needs. From coalition building to media training, and public relations to direct on-the-ground support, we are here to assist you and to immediately activate our global network with the aim of assisting you and your reform efforts. 


Photo: Flickr/Kabwe

Photo: Flickr/Kabwe

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