AfriScotia aims, in a non-colonial manner, to help build a peaceful and prosperous Africa…AfriScotia Founder – Dr Allan T. Moore
AfriScotia has a long-term vision to assist in the ongoing development of a peaceful and prosperous African continent. Harnessing theories from the disciplines of peace & security, conflict prevention, transformation & resolution, and others, we see our role as a collaborator with people and organisations from grassroots to top governmental levels in order to faciliate both bottom up and top down activities throughout Africa.
In order to achieve the ultimate vision, AfriScotia’s mission is comprised of several key activities and themes.
Although some of our necessary work will be carried out internally, the key ethos of AfriScotia is to collaborate on an equal basis with African people, organisations, and institutions, fostering and maintaining strong links between Scotland and Africa. There are no restrictions on who we aim to collaborate with, so this may include Government departments, NGO, CSO, the education sector, the private sector, or any relevant individual citizens.
Professional, in-depth research underpins everything that we do at AfriScotia. We have expertise in all areas of quantitative and qualitative methods, and have experience of conducting research including ethnographic, interview, survey, statistical, thematic, literature-based, focus group and other key approaches to gathering and analysis of data, which can be used to inform developments in policy and practice at the local and / or national level.
Research in isolation may be useful, as the creation of accessible knowledge is a societal benefit in itself, however larger-scale impact can be created through the provision of training to stakeholders who are in the position to embed research findings into policy and practice in the country in question. Training programmes are created in collaboration with the requesting stakeholder, and are tailored to the group in question. Training programmes can be conducted with groups as small as 3 or 4, or as large as 150.
Culture & The Arts
A central theme of AfriScotia’s work is a recognition that culture, through its different meanings and interpretations, is a key element in any current or past conflict. This is true regardless of whether the conflict in question is / was driven by identity, politics, poverty, or any other underlying reason. Culture can exacerbate, transform, or resolve conflict depending on its use. One of our aims is to harness positive elements of culture, often through arts-based activities, in order to pring people together and create shared positive experiences regardless of the initial differences participants might have.
Mediation and Restorative Practices
A further linked specialism that AfriScotia can offer is to act as a mediator / restorative practitioner for any minor or major conflict resolution process. We have experience of training other mediation practitioners and can plan, prepare and conduct both short and long mediation programmes with governments, institutions and organisations.