Tuliwaza programme

Knowledge Building and Generation

Activist in Residence (AiR)

The Activist in Residence (AiR) initiative prioritises the creation of space within Fahamu for reflection, writing and dissemination of research by an activist. It is our belief that being away from regular responsibilities allows for reflection.
We will offer office space in addition to the opportunity to network and exchange ideas with Fahamu staff, partner institutions and movements. An AiR contributes to Fahamu by immersing in the organisation’s weekly activities, programmes and hosting a Tafakari forum

Emerging Powers in Africa Initiative

As the global politic and world order shifts, the emerging powers in Africa initiative seeks to nurture African research that enables African policy makers, citizens and movements to place Africa strategically to set the agenda and direction of engagement in the interest of African peoples'.

Managing Knowledge at Fahamu

Fahamu has a wide range of knowledge assets accumulated over 15 years of supporting social justice programming and movements with some more developed and advanced than others. However, a rapidly changing global context demands innovative and evolving knowledge driven responses.  Fahamu’s effectiveness depends on improved knowledge management capabilities. 

The Fahamu Tafakari Forum

The Fahamu Tafakari Forum, acts as a space for debate and reflection and helps distill knowledge held by staff, partners, movements towards strengthening Fahamu’s programmatic development.


Tuliwaza seeks to generate, share and democratize various forms of knowledge based on the needs and input of African social movements.


Bridging the gap between the wealth of contemporary African intellectual thought and the practice of people-led struggle for social justice, Tuliwaza creates an interface between emerging African scholars, leaders and activists, ensuring that knowledge generation be in the service of African peoples.

Participatory and collaborative

The Tuliwaza program facilitates the generation and democratization of knowledge based on the needs of the African movement for social justice. Research carried out by the Tuliwaza will, wherever feasible, seek to be participatory and collaborative in its conceptualization - in particular with the communities the research seeks to benefit.  As such the following frameworks and methods will be central;


  • Activist in residence: we prioritise the creation of physical, fiscal and intellectual support for reflection, writing and dissemination of an independently conceptualised research and/or writing project by an activist

  • Action research that places emphasis on the co-creation of knowledge with research participants and strengthening the link between knowledge and action.

  • Bi-annual methodology seminars: spaces for inter-disciplinary reflection designed to deliver learning notes, which will subsequently be translated into joint publications


The The interaction between academics and social movements at the forefront of creating change to ensure the bridge between theory and practice, while nurturing movement-led knowledge generation and research carried out by activists themselves. Out Pambazuka platform ensures continuous engagement with a wide audience


Fahamu understands that the gap between theory and practice is also one of access. Built into all research design is therefore distribution and communication as a key cornerstone of the program including:

  • Recognizing the language diversity across Africa, Tuliwaza research is generated, wherever possible, in a number of languages.
  • And, through Fahamu’s Adilisha program, Tuliwaza research forms the cornerstone of learning provided to and for activism.

Supporting movement-led research

Being a repository of a wealth of experiences, peoples’ histories, political thought and ideology, social movements and activists hold critical knowledge for the development and understanding of theories of change in contemporary Africa. Fahamu through Tuliwaza will support movement-led research through training and fellowships anchored by Adilisha and advocacy initiatives led by Utetezi in addition to facilitating other networks of support.