Welcome to NSI
I would like to welcome you to our website, the Next Step Initiative (NSI), and hope that it will not only aid to provide information about what we do, but more vitally provide information for you to work with us, and to help us in addressing the challenges of building futures, improving and empowering lives and transforming aspiration within the African communities in Scotland.
Next Step Initiative vision is quite clear. We are committed to being the leading African-Focused organisation in Scotland, working in partnership with the African Communities/other partners in Scotland to build healthy, productive, and sustainable African Communities and lives and to be a leading voice in addressing African Development and policy issues in Scotland.
Our approach to this challenge is working strategically together with Statutory, Government, Mainstream Voluntary and Public Sector Organisations and at the same time providing cultural-relevant capacity building development and engagement support to the African Communities.
Since our inception in 2009, we have established very excellent relationships with over 30 different African Community Organisations with membership ranges from 30 to about 200 and ascertain our credibility. However, through these partnerships, we have been able to establish a proven track record of delivering services either through the Radio Kilimanjaro Programme, Low Carbon Glasgow African Community Scheme and or The Centre for African Development and Research, beneficial to all the African Communities in Scotland.
It is through these proven track records, that we were awarded in May and June 2011, 2 distinguished Accolades:
- May 2011: Award winner of Arts and Culture at the BME Award Ceremony
- June 2011: Winner of the Scottish Media Award in broadcast in the coverage of Refugee issues.
(Winners of the 2011 Refugee Week ScotlandMedia Awards, hosted by British Red Cross. L-R Nick Scott-Flynn, Billy Briggs, Angela Catlin, John Wilkes (Scottish Refugee Council)Paula Murray, Malcolm Fleming (Oxfam Scotland),Guy Ngansi (Radio Kilimanjaro) , Rebecca Gray, Nyakio Ngungu. Photo c. Ibrahim Angori)
Thus on behalf of Next Step Initiative, I would like to cease this opportunity to thank you all for your effort and hope that we will continue to work together in addressing the inequalities in service provision and lack of opportunities while at the same time promoting a pathway for growth and development, within the African Communities in Scotland.
Beltus Etchu Ojong FRSA, Accredited Assessor (EFQM)