The solidarity organisation Africa Groups of Sweden [AGS] is a membership based organisation working in Sweden and southern Africa. During the 70´s and 80´s, the main purpose was to support the liberation struggle in Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau and Mozambique, and to fight the apartheid regime in South Africa and the continued colonisation of Namibia and Zimbabwe. After the end of Portuguese colonialism and the fall of apartheid, AGS has participated in and supported the reconstruction and democratisation processes in southern Africa. Currently we work in partnership with organisations in Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe contributing towards democracy and poverty eradication. AGS also has about 20 professionally trained and experienced development workers in southern Africa. AGS operates four different programmes:
AGS and the partner organizations have decided to work with four strategic themes for southern Africa:
Democracy and popular influence: with the aim that women and men will have a real influence on issues concerning their everyday life and that countries in southern Africa shall have power to decide on issues concerning development policies and have influence in global institution.
Livelihood: with the aim that women and men in our partner countries have the possibility to provide for themselves in a way that is sustainable in the long run, causing harm to neither economy nor environment.
HIV and Aids: with the aim that HIV and Aids no longer pose a threat to southern Africa.
Gender equality: with the aim that societies in the countries where the Africa Groups of Sweden is working are gender equal.