The Ubele Initiative took a convening role, leading on this research on behalf of local, regional and national Black and Minoritised infrastructure organisations. Together, we are concerned about the fact that many Black and minoritised community organisations haven’t secured emergency funding and face imminent cuts to vital services in the near future.
The process included small and large group conversations with Black and minoritised infrastructure and grassroot frontline organisations, as well as national funders.
We are using the Booska Paper as our title, as it reflects the Somali word for ‘position’.
Based on the findings, we compiled the Booska Paper: Calls to Action that are concrete and tangible steps that funders can work towards to address structural racism in the sector, the funding landscape and to benefit society as a whole.
Organisations who have contributed to the Booska Paper and signed its Calls to Action include our allies #CharitySoWhite, Runnymede Trust, Race on the Agenda, Kanlungan Filipino Consortium, Imkaan and more. Together, we are declaring a shared stance, standing in solidarity with each other.
We urge funders and policy makers to transition to anti-racism by confronting entrenched inequalities and systemic racism in their practice and long-term strategies, by implementing the Calls to Action.