The African Population and Health Research Center (APHRC), an international, non-profit research organization envisions transforming lives in Africa through research. APHRC conducts policy-relevant research on population and health in Africa geared towards generating high quality evidence to inform decision making for an effective and sustainable response to the most critical challenges facing the continent. Among the prime areas of focus in urban informal settlements/slums is on food and nutrition security. In enhancing food and nutrition security among households and populations, promoting the right to food has become critical.
The right to food is the right to have regular, permanent and unrestricted access, either directly or by means of financial purchases, to quantitatively and qualitatively adequate and sufficient food corresponding to the cultural traditions of the people to which the consumer belongs, and which ensure a physical and mental, individual and collective, fulfilling and dignified life free of fear. The right to adequate food is realized when every man, woman and child, alone or in community with others, has the physical and economic access at all times to adequate food or means for its procurement.
A Research Scientist at APHRC, was awarded an International Engagement Fellowship from the Wellcome Trust, running from January 2018 to December 2019. The Fellowship is focusing on public engagement on the right to food and nutrition security in urban poor settings, Kenya. The aim of public engagement from the perspective of the Wellcome Trust is to help people connect with science and health in ways accessible and relevant to them, hence create a culture of public-informed research for greater public trust and acceptance. Public engagement with research and health concepts is an innovative tool for enhancing impact, hence critical to realizing APHRC’s vision of transforming lives in Africa. The objective for public engagement in the fellowship is to explore the nexus between the right to food and nutrition as stipulated in the Bill of Rights in the Kenyan Constitution and the lived experiences as evidenced by research, among urban poor populations in Kenya. The public engagement will help explore and enhance the understanding of the concept of the right to food and nutrition, and explore ideas on ways of bridging the gap between the lived experiences in urban poor settings as evidenced by research, and aspirations demonstrated in the Bill of Rights in the Kenyan Constitution.
Details of the Call
APHRC seeks to stimulate dialogue on the right to food through innovative ideas or strategies through a seed-grant call.
The call seeks for innovative ideas or strategies of public engagement in the form of performing arts (e.g. theatre, music, dance); visual arts (e.g. fine art/drawing, painting, video/filming), participatory public engagement methodologies (e.g. Photovoice, digital storytelling, and participatory videos), radio shows, social media, games (e.g. board games), poetry, skits among others that interested groups/individuals can devise to relay/promote/stimulate the discussion on the right to food in their communities or with change agents e.g. decision/policy makers or parliamentarians.
We will award up to four applications between KSH 50,000 and KSH 250,000 each, depending on the ideas and/or strategies. These anticipated innovative public engagement ideas/strategies will then be tested for viability through exploratory pilot trials, within six months between August 2018 and April 2019.
Priority will be given to ideas that are innovative, unique, and have value for money. Collaboration between/among groups is encouraged.
The call is open to community organised groups including NGOs, CBOs, self-help groups, or talented individuals residing, planning to work/working with populations in urban informal settlements in Nairobi, Kenya. We are looking for creative minds to help advance the field of public engagement. Organized groups will be preferred over individuals.
Interested groups/individuals should prepare and submit a two-page proposal detailing:
Applicants must clearly explain how their innovation will be used in the engagement of the target group, and how it is expected to work.
*The budget and CVs are not part of the 2-page application.
Proposals should be submitted through email or hard copies by CoB, May 15, 2018 (5.00 pm EAT). The subject heading should read “Right to Food Public Engagement Project.”
The Right to Food Public Engagement Project Team
African Population & Health Research Center
APHRC Campus, 2nd Floor, Manga Close, Off Kirawa Road
P.O. Box 10787-00100, Nairobi, Kenya