KUWUKA JDA – Juventude Desenvolvimento e Advocacia Ambiental (Youth Development and Environmental Advocacy) is a Mozambican civil society organization established in 2001 and legally registered in 2008, driven, youth serving and community development organization. It aims at contributing for sustainable and integrated development and natural resources participatory governance, through capacity building to strengthen citizenship of community interest groups for active participation in influencing decision making process, including policy monitoring through research and reflection methodologies. The organization seeks to contribute for economic, social and environmental fairness and sustainable development.
KUWUKA established four programmatic pillars, namely:
I am Executive Director of KUWUKA JDA a civil society organizations in Mozambique that promotes citizens participation in decision-making process, through capacity building training and reflection on present and future challenges for sustainable development with economic, social e environmental justice for a better world. I Lead strategic institutional planning and organizational development; technical program and project planning, budgeting and financial management oversight, including, implementation, monitoring and evaluation. I am social activist, researcher on policy analysis for evidence and human rights-based advocacy; engaging relevant multi-stakeholders for participatory governance in natural resources and extractive industries. An advocate for citizenship and active and inclusive participation, equity and gender equality in development for socioeconomic, environmental and cultural justice. I have experience on training community groups, civil society, government and private sector on Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative standards as a tool for access to information that promotes informed public debate on options for extractive industries revenue management, to scrutiny government for accountability, including benefit sharing with affected communities, that bear the negative impacts of the extractive industries. I believe that informed citizens can actively and effectively participate in the shaping of public policies and development programs, influencing decision making process, monitoring and scrutinizing government for accountability, leading to sustainable development. Therefore, people centered public policies, transparency and accountability are key elements for good governance and sustainable development. Therefore, research to support evidence based and human rights advocacy is a key element for legal empowerment to influence change. Joining the network is important as I will be able learn, exchange and share experiences with a members of the network with different expertise, perspectives and backgrounds, however sharing a common goal. A fair and equitable world for all.