Regional Hubs

The Network operates through a decentralised structure, with member CSOs mainly engaging with the Network via Regional Hubs, through which most communication with Network members takes place.

The Regional Hubs serve as a central mechanism for member engagement in the Network. They facilitate better coordination of communication and activities between members in a particular region and that may have shared interests or language groups. Regional Hub engagement accompanies general communication to all Network members on relevant issues and thematic working groups, such as the Policy Task Force, in which all members are encouraged to participate.

The Network currently comprises eight Regional Hubs that established CSO members voluntarily facilitate and coordinate. The Network aims for the hub structure to cover all regions. However, this will rely on the voluntary contributions of CSO members that have the necessary financial and human capacity to establish or maintain the required Regional Hubs; therefore, not all regions may be served by an existing Regional Hub at any given point in time. If a CSO member’s region is not covered by an existing hub, the member may either choose to join an existing Regional Hub or volunteer to set up a new hub for its region if it has the financial and human capacity to establish and coordinate it.

Regional Hubs conduct the following activities:

  • Provide a regional platform for exchange on AF projects and processes.
  • Facilitate and coordinate communication with and among the Network's member CSOs in one region.
  • Promote the AF CSO Network among CSOs in the region and encourage them to join the Network.
  • Provide regular information and updates on AF projects and processes relevant to the region.
  • Promote the Network’s capacity-building initiatives on engagement opportunities for CSOs in AF processes.
  • Mobilise and coordinate feedback from CSOs on AF project proposals and concept notes for their region.
  • Encourage CSOs in the region to engage with decision-makers on AF processes in their countries.
  • Encourage CSOs in the region to conduct independent assessments on AF projects being implemented in the region's countries.
  • Promote collective learning on experiences with AF projects and processes at the national level among CSOs in the region.

List of Regional Hubs

  • Caribbean, in collaboration with other Small Island Developing States (SIDS) regions
    • Regional Hub Coordination:
      • Yves Renard, Panos Caribbean
  • Eastern Africa
    • Regional Hub Coordination:
      • Serge Nsengimana, Climate Action Practitioners (CAP), Rwanda
  • Eastern Europe, Caucasus, and Central Asia
    • Regional Hub Coordination:
      • Mariam Devidze, Green Alternative, Georgia
  • Global North
    • Regional Hub Coordination:
      • Julia Grimm, Germanwatch, Germany
  • Latin America
    • Regional Hub Coordination:
      • Paola Zavala, Fundación Futuro Latinoamericano, Ecuador
      • Julissa Briceño, Fundación Vida, Honduras
  • South Asia
    • Regional Hub Coordination:
      • Gitika Goswami, Development Alternatives, India
  • Southern Africa
    • Regional Hub Coordination:
      • Elin Lorimer, Indigo development and change, South Africa
  • Western and Francophone Africa
    • Regional Hub Coordination:
      • Mawusé Hountondji, JVE-Benin
      • Emmanuel Seck, Enda Energie, Senegal