Organising HBWs in Africa was initiated by WIEGO between 2009-2010 and 2012-2015 under their ‘Global Trade Programme’, together with the Organization and Representation Programme in the second period, where they identified organisations and women’s groups of home-based workers. In the years 2018 – 2021, work focused on organising HBWs and institution building at local and national levels in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and South Africa. At the regional level, this led to the formation of the African Regional Platform, which further developed into HomeNet Africa (HNA) in the year 2022.
HNA has established interim structures aimed at building an independent regional network of home-based workers. From 2019 to present, the Working Group has expanded from 12 to 35 members, consisting of representatives from HNI affiliates, Executive Committee members and Organisers from each national network, Cluster Leaders from emerging networks, WIEGO, and the Regional Coordinator. The group meets once a month, alternating between regular meetings and capacity – building sessions.
HNA has created and introduced a 5-year strategic plan that comprises 5 key areas. These key areas form the basis of each national organisation’s annual plan. To ensure that progress is being made, a committee has been established to oversee the implementation of the strategic plan. The committee meets once a month to receive feedback on the progress made towards achieving the key areas.
Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda