Our contributions to addressing societal problems
Our work is driven by the urgent call to end massive inequality in the availability and access to basic public services among the poor and marginalized communities. While a lot of what we see as poverty is complex and systemic as result of the world’s dysfunctional unequal distribution of resources, we at Tatua also see the continued negligence of leaders with authority and responsibility over public resources to fix and align such resources to serve by bridging these gaps appropriately in urban, peri-urban and rural areas
Tatua Fellowship works with emerging leaders in such communities to build and tap into grass root agency that builds strong social movements pushing for accountability in representation especially in matters of public resources. This way, we believe that the world will slowly but surely begin to shift on the power dynamics that settle inequality at local, national and global levels. Tatua Kenya believes that the answer lies with the affected communities - because those affected by a problem are best places to solve it. As the saying goes, "they know best where the shoe pinches."
What is fellowship?
The fellowship is a 6 month community based experience, working with fellows in their respective communities to kick off a campaign around a priority issue. Here, we learn by doing, giving fellows the runway to apply immediately what they are learning through in an intense and focused training and coaching process. The campaigns are entry points to build a collective experience for the community for a first time and demonstrate how much more they could do if United towards a common purpose. Often, we have seen more campaigns come out of the initial experience, where more people are stepping up to address issues they care about through community led movements - to sustain momentum of the changes they are calling for.
Tatua Kenya's training methodology has been adapted and contextualized from the organizing practice of the global community at the leading change network. We have been affiliated with the network since 2012.
What is a community led movement?
A community run movement is an initiative, led by local community members to create long-term change by using their own resources. The focus and tactics of those movements vary from communities and different strategies and actions to achieve change. This type of movement results in increased volunteerism, community resilience and new/reinforced pressure on accountability for public resources.