Working groups

Contact the working groups at info@globalaktion.dk

New groups starting up:

We are looking for new active members who can help to start up four new partnerships in South Africa and Kenya.

A little background about Global Aktions working groups

Global Aktion (GA) is a Danish solidarity movement that together with social movements around the world fights for fundamental political changes to end global inequality.

An unprecedented amount of power and wealth is concentrated in a very few hands. The national, the global and the economic elites, including the multinational corporations, have acquired far-reaching control over the world’s resources.

It creates an unequal world, where power and wealth accrue to the few, not the many – and where the interests of the people are overlooked in favor of economic profit. It is a distortion that increases poverty and undermines democracy. These current global structures are thus an obstacle to the global justice we and our partners are fighting for.

We believe that a fairer and more equal world is possible. A world where everyone has a voice in the political decision-making processes. Where natural resources and wealth are equally distributed. Simply a world that puts people and environment before profit. You can read our strategy for 2022-25 here. 

How we work

We are approx. 150 activists divided into a large number of work groups. Through our partnerships with grassroots in the Global South we develop a joint strategy that we work with. The goal of our partnerships is to strengthen the organization and mobilization of people in the Global South for their rights and fight together for a better world.  Read the information booklet for new members 2021

In order to change the current inequality-creating structures, it is crucial to create a Global movement across national borders and continents. Therefore we are fighting in solidarity with active people worldwide to bring about these fundamental changes. We enter into communities with like-minded popular movements to mobilize and activate each other in the fight for our rights and thereby strengthen the common fight against economic and political elites.

Today we work with social movements in South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Mauritius. Our partnerships are based on solidarity and mutual trust. We always try to take struggles from the Global South back to Denmark to show connections, power structures and odder structures that create a more unequal world. We work with social movements or groups that work to strengthen social movements.

Read our partner approach here

Currently we are in the process of starting up four new projects with partners in Africa! 

This means that you have the chance to get involved in the start up process with one of four partners. You will be part of a work group that engages in a collaboration between Global Aktion and the partner in the Global south. In this process you will have the chance to gain valuable competencies with project management, marketing, founding and collaboration skills. You will get direct contact with one of our partners in the Global south, whom you will be responsible to collaborate with.

The four partners that we desire to make new projects with is: 

Kenyan Peasant League (KPL) is a social movement made up of Kenyan farmers, fishermen and pastoralists working to promote agroecology and food sovereignty. They organize against neoliberal economies and policies that oppose self-determination of agriculture led by local communities. The organization’s purpose is to mobilize kenyan farmers to push for agricultural reforms and practice organic farming to ensure food sovereignty and environment protection.  KPL calls for the free trade agreements to be revised. The free trade agreements mean, among other things, that cheap imported goods damage their own market for agricultural goods.

The potential project with KPL is to build agroecology schools  to educate and help farmers about their rights and agro-ecological farming methods, helping women to fight for their right for authority to ownership over food production, to advocate for the falseness of solutions that are programs and policies promoted by transnational corporations, agribusinesses and governments as solutions to climate change. These include commercialization, extractivism, GMOs and greenhouse gas-intensive agriculture, among others.

Workers World Media Production (WWMP) is a non-profit media organization that specializes in developing democratic mass media and organizational platforms nationally and in several local communities that focus on socio-economic and political issues that affect them. Its activities include mass media productions, education and training and organizing support for trade unions and working-class communities. They are concerned with the state of journalism, both in South Africa and internationally. We have seen increased media monopolies, the corrosion of good investigative reporting and the downgrading of industrial and labour reporting.

The aim for the project is to provide a wide range of media accessible relevant to working class people in South Africa and internationally. The hope is to create an online TV-channel. The TV content must be shared 24/7 and built by grassroots movements in the Global South. First they are betting on South Africa, but the aim is to expand it to the Global South and later to an international audience.

Rural Women’s Assembly (RWA) is a self-organized network of national rural women’s movements, assemblies, grassroots organizations and chapters of mixed peasant unions, union federations and movements across 10 countries in southern Africa. The RWA focuses on building a feminist approach within the movement, contributing to food sovereignty movements across the African Continent, challenging corporate power, and advocating and building mechanisms to hold state institutions accountable to the demands of food sovereignty and land movements across southern Africa. The six objectives of RWA’s work are:

The aim of the collaboration is to develop concrete campaigns and local processes of self-organization aimed at the protection of farmer-managed seed systems,  against the commodification of nature and the privatization of common goods and to Strengthen country level leadership, country chapters and resources towards local sustainability. Build awareness on the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and Other People Working in Rural Areas, and develop campaigns that make these rights real

International Labour Research and Information Group (ILRIG) generally focus on international labour, economic and political issues in the context of contributing to solidarity amongst workers across the globe. In its early years ILRIG became known for the publication of popular worker history materials, particularly booklet histories of workers in Botswana, Brazil, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, and Bolivia.

The project is to build a political school in the region that brings together people from the region. The school is based on progressive politics, principles, values and ethics that can be a counter-power to capitalism, populism, authoritarianism, class rule, racism, sexism. Through its research, popular education, School and Provincial Platforms ILRIG’s energy is focused on assisting to build such a movement.

Existing groups:

South Africa Group

– Current project: CISU – Workers not Slaves – 499.704 DKK
– Strengthening union and working conditions of South African agricultural workers and their community
– Partner(s): TCOE and CSAAWU (Union)
– Strategic focus(es) according to GA strategy: Power & democracy,  resource grabbing, and global trade structures

Climate Group

– Current project: CISU – Pathway to Climate Justice – 3.368.765 DKK
– Capacity strengthening of La Via Campesina as a social movement in its efforts to attain the just representation of indigenous peoples, rural communities and smallholders in the face of climate change
– Partner(s): ZIMZOFF, LVC
– Strategic focus(es): Climate justice

Ocean Grabbing Group

– Current project: CISU – Putting the “O” in environmental injustice – 478.288 DKK
– Strengthening the Mauritius based CARES’ work with vulnerable coastal communities, and supporting two complimentary events: The 4th School of Ecology and the first Indian Ocean Conference
– Partner(s): CARES Mauritius
– Strategic focus(es): Climate justice

Mozambique Group

– Current project: CISU – Dziwani II – 1.567.021 DKK
– Aims to mobilise local communities in Tete and educate them on their rights in regards to transnational corporations natural resource exploitation
– Partner(s): AAAJC
– Strategic focus(es): Power & democracy, resourcegrabbing and global trade structures

Swaziland Group

– Current project(s): CISU – Push for a People’s Government – 1.406.230 DKK
– Fighting against the regime in Swaziland, working towards democratic structures
– Partner(s): Swaziland United Democratic Front, SUDF
– Strategic focus(es): Power & democracy

Development for Whom? Group

– Current project: None currently
– Campaign group working on highlighting the skewed discourse of developmental work and investments, both in a Danish context and in the Global South.
– Partner(s) with: AIDC and TCOE in South Africa
– Strategic focus(es): Power & democracy, resource grabbing, global trade structures, climate justice

Western Sahara Group

– Current project: None currently
– Aims to spread awareness and information on Africa’s last colony, Western Sahara. Lobbying in Denmark and internationally.
– Partner(s): Western Sahara Resource Watch, WRSW

– The group focus on spreading awareness and information on Africa’s last colony, Western Sahara.
– Strategic focus(es): Power & democracy and resource grabbing

Trade Group / Solidarisk Handel (Ethical trade)

– Current project: GF (Global Fokus) – Global Handel – 400.000 DKK
– A resource and educating group, focusing on trade and working against free trade, impunity of transnational corporations and alternatives.
– Partner(s): Makes up “Netværk For Solidarisk Handel”/Network for Trade Justice with the organisations: Mellemamerika Komitteen, COLSOL and NOAH
– Strategic focus(es): Global trade structures

The Secretariat

– Consists of the employees, Interns and others who are daily in Global Aktion.

The debt group
About international debt affecting the global south.
Campaign group

Arms trade
Group to look at global arms stock
Under construction

EU / MERCOSUR group
Against the trade agreement between the EU and Latin America
Under construction

The Inequality Group
The group campaigns against global inequality.