FoLT’s programmatic focus seeks to:
1) Tackle inequality by better defining the terms of equitable transformation and the requisite package of policies
2) Build constituency for the actions needed in these areas.
FoLT recognizes that social and economic inequalities tear the social fabric, undermine social cohesion and prevent nations, communities and individuals from flourishing thus creating the necessity for social justice manifested through:
- Exclusion or limitation of youth and women in decision making processes based on longstanding cultural narratives of elders making decisions especially on land and land based resources;
- Years of exclusion by the central government and insufficient investment in the protection of natural resources is tenuous at best given the insecure land tenure in the region, the lack of consultation and information of the oil concessions made in the region and the agreement to purchase power from Ethiopia, whose development will jeopardize livelihoods.
- It is also manifested through the environmental justice sought by communities struggling to cope with their natural environment, having to deal with the reality of climate change impacts both for current and future generations due to infrastructural development;
- Newly defined urban areas that are engines of economy while creating opportunities. However zoning and land use planning of these areas need to be informed by the diverse land uses to reduce potential for conflict.
In all thematic areas, FoLT’s key intervention strategies and methods; research, communication, capacity building, networking, policy dialogue and public mobilization will continue to be applied. However, the repositioning within current themes as well as interventions in new thematic areas involve exploring new ideas, building new alliances and new capacities. As a result, the following intervention strategies/methods receive frontline attention.
1) Production of knowledge, especially new/additional information, analyses, re-interpretations of existing information, is critical and will form a spine in support of other forms intervention.
2) The networks and networking relations will be re‐focused and expanded at local, national, regional and global spaces. In addition the synergies and inter‐relationships among these will be strengthened in order to enhance their common thematic and policy agenda and advocacy targets. This includes grassroots academia, including International Fellowship Programs Alumni who are a constituency that can inform our work very well.
3) Organizing and movement building of communities impacted or living around mega infrastructural projects. This movement building is intersected with diverse constituencies. This equally involves capacity strengthening pf our constituents