SEATINI managed to influence trade negotiating positions of African negotiators within the World Trade Organization, and has played a critical role in shaping national and regional trade policies. During the campaigns on Economic Partnership Agreements (EPAs), SEATINI recognized the importance of building pressure from grassroots and amplifying the voice and power of communities in achieving change of policy and institutions. The organization has therefore broadened the scope of its work to include movement building through mobilization and equipping the grassroots in shaping trade, investment and related policies.
The thrust of the movement building initiative is to create linkages, connect and strengthen individuals, grassroots, organizations and alliances from the community to regional levels for augmented voice in policy making. Priorities include community meetings for exchange of views and sharing information on emerging issues within the organization’s strategic focus areas, facilitation of academic dialogue on alternative development narratives and supporting grassroots to participate in policy dialogues.
SEATINI’s dream for a future world is one without war and violence. It is one where nobody needs to go hungry or thirsty, or without clothing, shelter, clean water, ample sources of energy, good health and education, and the higher pursuits of knowledge. It is a dream of a borderless world, where people move freely between climes and cultures, and where social structures, inclusion, culture and dignity give more status than consumer goods. It is a world where the benefits of the phenomenal advancement of science and technology are available to all, where these are applied to satisfy all the reasonable and sensible material needs of the world’s populations, where survival, access to basic needs and dignity are not dependent on paid labour
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