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March 22, 2017

Job Opportunity:
Human Rights Foundation

The following is a message from our friends at the Human Rights Foundation. Human Rights Foundation is hiring a San Francisco-based Strategy Associate SAN FRANCISCO (March 20, 2017) — Human Rights Foundation (HRF) is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that promotes and protects human rights globally, with a focus on closed societies. HRF unites people in the common cause of defending human rights and promoting liberal democracy. Today we are announcing an opportunity to join our team in the position of Strategy Associate. This is a unique chance to join a dynamic and high-achieving development and communications team as it works to grow HRF’s support base, engage new communities, and expand HRF’s global profile. Grounding our work in a deep commitment to individual liberty, HRF aims to raise […]
March 15, 2017

Why African Countries Won’t Remain Poor

In a recent release by the Global Finance magazine, the poorest countries in the world in 2016 are predominantly African. ‘The World’s Richest and Poorest Countries’ ranked countries using GDP per capita adjusted for relative purchasing power. Unfortunately, this situation has been the trend for a long time and it appear as though there aren’t solutions. The paradox is that while Africa remains a continent with rich potentials, it is equally very poor. That the continent is rich in natural and human resources is no new story, from Uranium-rich Niger Republic and Copper-rich Zambia to the Oil and Gas rich Nigeria and Angola, resources and potentials are abundant, but the reality in terms of economic development is not commensurate with the resources. The terrible economic […]
March 14, 2017

John Mugabi
Africa

SFL SUCCESS STORY: John Mugabi SFL Africa Furthering individual liberty in Uganda John Mugabi through his personal efforts, has created a community of passionate leaders for liberty in Uganda. He is now the main point of contact for the organization in the country, and has hosted several events this far where he introduced the Ideas and encouraged the students to join SFL. Through his leadership, over 10 campus groups have been created in several universities in Uganda. John recently hosted a liberty convention at the Kyambogo University, Uganda where students came together to discuss the ideas of liberty, entrepreneurship, the rule of law, and big versus small government among other interesting topics. John wished to highlight to the audience that it is important to live, but […]
March 10, 2017

Protests and Failure of Governments in Africa

This article is written by Hendrix NKAMICANIYE Hendrix, ASFL Local Coordinator in Burundi. In recent years, the African continent has recorded a number of large-scale protests, but unlike the surge of protests in the 1980’s and 1990’s which were largely pro-democracy movements against autocratic governments, the recent uprisings are largely an overt demand for public scrutiny and accountability in the internal affairs of the countries. The notion that democracy is the best form of government got assimilated quite fairly in Africa in the 1990s since it protects the human rights of citizens and stands for the will of the people. But today, many countries remain undemocratic and authoritarian.   African citizens of the time believed democracy would help them get rid of corrupt leaders and guarantee individual […]
March 9, 2017

Aimable Manirakiza
Africa

SFL SUCCESS STORY: Aimable Manirakiza SFL Africa Spreading the message of liberty in east Africa Aimable Manirakiza joined ASFL in 2015 after attending the Eastern African Regional Conference in Nairobi, Kenya in May the same year. He completed the Local Coordinator training class for the year and joined the leaders of liberty in Africa. Aimable has since been very active, recruiting top students from Burundi and creating a strong leadership committee which together has hosted some of the best events in Africa. Due to his efforts he is now a member of the African Executive Board and the Regional Director for East Africa. Aimable has reached out to students in Rwanda and Congo with the message of liberty using his project, The Principles and Foundations of a […]
March 8, 2017

Volunteer To Organize A Liberty Forum In Your School

Last month, ASFL Nigeria started a new initiative, the #CampusLibertyTrain with a forum at the Oduduwa University, Osun State, Nigeria. Through this initiative, we intend to organize Liberty Forums in a number of higher institutions in Nigeria, particularly in those with no pro-liberty groups. A Liberty Forum in this context is a gathering where students get to acquire basic understanding of liberty, become familiar with the ideas that lead to overall human flourishing and development and get empowered to be agents of change on their campuses and in the society at large. Participants of these forums will listen to speakers on topics covering liberty and African issues, engage in interactive sessions, debates and see documentaries. Opportunities available in the student liberty movement will also be […]
March 6, 2017

Martin van Staden
Africa

SFL SUCCESS STORY: Martin van Staden SFL Africa Working towards a freer South Africa   Martin is a member of the African Executive Board, from the South African Region. He just completed his Bachelor of Law from the University of Pretoria, South Africa and is currently working at the Free Market Foundation South Africa. He has previously been writing articles that have been published on the organizations website. Martin recently produced a well-written paper on the Hate Speech Bill which was a contentious issue for debate in South Africa. The paper was submitted to the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development on Preventing and Combating of Hate Crimes and the Hate Speech Bill. The proposed Bill intends to regulate these expressions, in line with the International Convention […]
January 31, 2017

Local Coordinator Program, SFL Africa

The African Students For Liberty (ASFL) Local Coordinators Program is the premier program for actively advancing the ideas of free markets and individual liberty on college & campuses. ASFL Local Coordinators (LCs) are the face of liberty in their campuses. They are the muscle of the movement, empowering students in their areas to defend the ideas of liberty. This local program seeks to identify strong student leaders to spread the ideas of individual liberty, self-reliance and economic freedom by starting new student groups, organizing events to promote these ideas, resourcing student groups and identifying and mentoring other vibrant students. The ASFL Local Coordinator Program seeks to build the student movement for liberty in Africa by identifying, training, and supporting the strongest student leaders of liberty […]
January 26, 2017

Nanny State Africa

CUTTING THROUGH THE ABSURD REGULATIONS OF AFRICA  
January 26, 2017

Stephen Oyedemi
Africa

SFL SUCCUSS STORY: Stephen Oyedemi SFL Africa     On the 25th and 26th of November, 2016, African Students for Liberty (ASFL) organized a 2-day Write For Liberty Workshop which took place at the U.I Cooperative Building, University of Ibadan Nigeria. The aim of the workshop was to educate, develop, empower and motivate pro-liberty students to write in defense of liberty in and outside their schools and local communities. 34 students from the University of Ibadan, Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Ilorin, Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Federal University of Technology, Akure, Delta State University, and Ladoke Akintola Univeristy of Technology were engaged through series of lectures by various speakers at the maiden writing workshop. Speakers at the event included African Programs Director Olumayowa Okediran, Dr […]
January 9, 2017

Pourquoi les combattants pour la liberté finissement par devenir des tyrans?

Written by Aimable Manirakiza, ASFL East African Regional Director. D’après l’intellectuel ghanéen George Ayittey, seulement 16 sur les 54 pays africains sont réellement démocratiques. Ça représente 29,6%. Ce qui veut dire que dans 70,4% des pays africains, les élites au pouvoir peuvent emprisonner, condamner à l’exil ou même mettre à mort ceux qui ne pensent pas comme eux ou osent leur disputer le pouvoir. Beaucoup de citoyens de ces pays ne peuvent pas s’exprimer librement, adhérer à un parti ou une organisation de leur choix, ou critiquer leurs dirigeants. Nombreux sont les gens qui n’aiment pas vivre dans de telles conditions, mais se résignent à subir l’oppression parce qu’ils estiment qu’ils n’ont pas le choix. Nous tous Africains, nous connaissons dans notre pays ou dans […]
November 23, 2016

Liberty In Africa

African Students For Liberty partnered with six libertarian and classical liberal organizations throughout Africa to produce this online course addressing the history, principles, and policy implications of liberty in Africa. Topics include Socialism & African Culture, Colonialism, Rule of Law, Free Trade, Cronyism, Overcriminalization, Property Rights, Economic Growth, Toleration, and Entrepreneurship. Learn more at SFLAcademy.org!