The African Biodiversity Network (ABN) is a regional network that aims to ignite and nurture a growing network of individuals and organizations across Africa. It envisages vibrant and resilient African communities rooted in their biological, cultural, and spiritual diversity, governing their lives, livelihoods, and living harmoniously with healthy ecosystems.
ABN offers an all-African approach to sustainability and community resilience, closely linked to and growing out of traditional practices. The premise is that cultural and ecological diversity are intricately bound together and that only through restoring people’s strong and deep sense of connectedness to nature and all that lies within it will people in Africa find ways to be resilient and sustain their land and other natural resources. A key part of this restoration is to give a substantial voice to elders’ indigenous knowledge.
Currently, ABN has 35 partners and allies ranging from small Community Based Organizations (CBOs) to large coalitions of CBOs and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs), drawn from 14 African countries. ABN is also a founder and member of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa (AFSA). Its partners are also members of other networks and coalitions. For more information, refer to our website: www.africanbiodiversity.org
With funding from SIDA, through the Embassy of Sweden in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, the ABN Secretariat is implementing the three (3) year project in collaboration with 21 partner organizations spread across 14 African countries. Five (5) of the partners in the MENA and Central Africa region are new. The ABN Secretariat, headquartered in Thika, Kenya, will be the Lead
Partner and ensure harmonious coordination of all project activities across the countries.
ABN is seeking a Consultant/Consultancy firm to undertake a Gender Responsive Action Plan (GRAP) survey to identify the status of gender complementarity, document and make recommendations to ensure the ABN goals of gender equality, empowerment of both gender within the ABN Secretariat, the network and in the project beneficiaries to advance the wellbeing of women and men in all countries through inclusive and sustainable development. ABN is committed to integrating a gender perspective in its policies, programmes, projects and organizational practices. The consultant should be readily available to complete the assignment by 15th December 2021.