Who we are:
The Heinrich Böll Foundation Afrique du Nord-RABAT (hbs) is part of the Green political movement. Our mandate is civic and political education, and we are working on ecology and sustainability, democracy and human rights. We focus particularly on ‘gender equality’ which guarantees social emancipation and equal rights for all.
We are looking for: Cartoonists and artists with interest and or proven experience/knowledge in the field of governance and management of natural resources, especially water, in the Moroccan context.
In the framework of the program transformAfrica the hbs is carrying out a project on raising awareness on sustainable, fair, redistributive and inclusive approaches of governing and managing natural resources in various African countries, including Morocco, Senegal, South Africa and Tunisia. The general public as well as civil society and policy-makers will be the principal target audiences of these works.
Africa has a large quantity of natural resources and especially due to specific geographical locations and climate conditions, some African countries belong to the richest countries in terms of natural resources worldwide. These resources include oils, minerals, precious metals, fisheries, wildlife or even some primary goods. However, over the past decades and even centuries, these various countries or regions, which are rich of natural resources, have also been the center of tensions or even conflicts between various groups of actors that are directly involved with the extraction and or processing of such resources. Generally, it seems that the value which is produced from such resources is not fairly and equally redistributed among the various stakeholders. Short terms financial and political interests quite often prevail over the interests of the local population and long term environmental consequences have rarely been taken into account. This situation, heightened in several regions by changing climate conditions, has resulted in important conflicts between various local populations, international companies, and local and national governments.
Taking this situation into account, the aim of this project is to identify and analyze several cases of problematic or remarkable governance/management of natural resources in several African countries (Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Senegal) and to produce material in order to raise awareness of citizens, but also decision-makers and economic actors toward the potential negative consequences of some ways of managing natural resources. Finally, the project aims to develop an alternative narrative, based on specific cases of good practices, on how natural resources could be managed in a fair, environmental and just way.
For that purpose, various activities will be implemented all along the project:
- Reportages covering the management of selected resources in Morocco, Tunisia, South Africa, Senegal
- Compilation of statistical data on natural resource management that will be edited in an easily accessible way
- Short cartoons on the challenges of natural resource management in Africa.
Objective of the cartoons:
The cartoons on water management in Morocco are supposed to condense and visualize the current situation of water management in Morocco highlighting existing weakness and strength but also successful (local) examples of participatory, just and sustainable water management that have emerged in Morocco with an artistic approach. In doing so, the cartoons should be easily accessible and understandable in order to provide the Moroccan public an insight into the challenges, but also potential good ideas for developing a more sustainable, participatory and just water management in Morocco.
The specific objectives of the cartoons are:
- To provide a general overview of the main challenges of water management in Morocco
- To elaborate on selected aspects of water management in more detail, such as the legal framework, social dimension, economic implications, environmental repercussions, gender-related aspects and/or political interests.
- To illustrate constellations between the various actors whose interests are at stakes when it comes to the management of water resources, such as local communities, companies, policy-makers etc.
- To depict obstacles and opportunities for implementing a more sustainable and redistributive water management approach in Morocco.
- To tell an emotional story about an actor’s/initiative/community that has succeeded in implementing a new model of water governance in Morocco.
The cartoons should be done in color, but in a way that they can be also reproduced in black and white. The language of the cartoons is supposed to be informative, precise and facilitating the understanding of the topic to non-experts. Illustrations should be gender sensitive.
In case of plagiarism, the author will be held sole and solely responsible.
The cartoon is primarily intended for the large public, but also for decision-makers such as politicians, national and provincial local representatives and NGO & CSO. It will be published on the website of the Rabat office of the foundation (www.ma.boell.org) and also offered to Moroccan media outlets. Hbs intends to use the cartoons for capacity development and knowledge dissemination, and will distribute it widely via hbs and partner social media instruments.
The cartoons should be written in Arabic or French and should have a length of 3 to 5 pages.
Complete application documents should be submitted by 27th July 2018.
(CV, Methodology, example of cartoons proposal, financial proposal, Timeline)
NB: The projects keep confidentiality and do not use cartoons submitted by candidates who have not been selected.