Africa Contact (AC) started out as a Danish solidarity and activist organisation, which was founded in 1978 by Danish trade unions, political parties and other organisations in an attempt to unite efforts against colonialism in Southern Africa. For many years, Afrika Contact worked for an economic and cultural boycott of the white apartheid regime in South Africa through lobby work and partnerships in Europe and Africa.
After the end of the apartheid, AK’s work became more directed towards supporting democratic forces and the development of civil society in the rest of Africa – This with a primary target of involving Africans.
Today AK concentrates on strong partnerships and applies a rights-based approach in their work with civic, social and economic rights in Africa through different projects administrated by six project groups. The groups include 75 volunteers and their work are supported by three employees. Furthermore, AC is a member-based organisation with over 500 individual members and many collective members, such as trade unions, that represent more than 1.5 million people.
The key objectives of AK’s Project Work:
• Strengthen the contact and cooperation with partners in Africa
• Strengthen the democratic movements in Africa through supporting marginalized to organize and empower themselves to make changes in their livelihoods
• Accumulate knowledge that can be used for information and lobby work in Denmark
• Strengthen the professional skills in AC as well as those of our partners
• Create contacts in Denmark for the involvement in solidarity work with Africa