Influencing Policy for Better Change.

International Development & African Diaspora

Influencing Policy for Better Change 


Directory of Diaspora Groups in Wales

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Our Projects


Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel (SSAP) is working in partnership with the North Wales African Society (NWAS) to deliver the ‘Jamii Project’ in Cardiff (South Wales) and Bangor (North Wales).


The aim of the project is to address root causes of the harsh effect of the pandemic on the African community by addressing issues which have grassroot solutions. “Jamii” means “community” in Africa’s most spoken language- Swahili. The project seeks to foster community spirit and community interdependence to help (the community) cope with and mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the community primarily from a health and well-being vantage point.


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Hub Cymru Africa (HCA)

  • Working with 30+ Africa diaspora groups across Wales.
  • Influencing policy and practice in international development
  • Provide development support for African diaspora  in Wales working in international development
  • Host high-level meetings, network events, training and workshops for the sector along with parners at HCA
  • Connet the African community with the international development sector locally and internationally.

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Tuwezeshe Akina Dada

  • Working with partners in Somaliland, Kenya. Uganda, Tanzania and across the UK
  • 20 Tuwezeshe fellows trained in Wales to 500 people.
  • 21 Fellows trained in Somaliand cascading learning to over 1000 people
  • Engaged policy makers in Somaliland and Wales in relation to Sexual Gender Based Violence (SGBV)

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Next Generation BAME Activist’ Leadership Development Programme – Next Gen Activists Change Programme invites participants from the BAME community to join an exciting pilot funded by the National Commnity Lottery and delivered by Sub Saharan Advisory Panel (SSAP) in partnership with Choice and Control Consortium (CCC).

The Next Gen Activists Change Programme will use the lived experiences as strengths to the local activists and leaders from the BAME community who want to make a positive change to their communities and to act with power and authenticity. It is intended to empower and enable strong leadership skills for those who rarely get the opportunity for high quality training in leadership.

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SSAP Youth Leadership Network - SYLN

This is a youth-led Network-of young people from the African community in Wales. The network is set up to

  • Building trusting relationships with young people that enable us to address their individual needs.
  • Advocating for young people to influence policy and get young voices heard
  • Providing a wide range of programmes and activities to help young people reach their potential

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A new cultural collaboration between Tŷ Cerdd (Music Centre Wales) and Sub-Sahara Advisory Panel

You might be into afrobeat, drill, hip hop, drum & bass or classical; perhaps you’re a writer, animator, film-maker or dancer? Affricerdd is all about building connections and exploring the diversity of music and cultures we have in Wales. We will look at genres that influence communities across Wales, from Afrobeat to Bhangra, and Malian Blues to Welsh folk music.

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