Beyond Fair trade: Transnational social entrepreneurship

The Science Shop is looking for a master student, who likes to do his/her thesis on commoning practices in health care.

Africa In Motion

Africa In Motion (AIM) is a foundation, which unites African Diaspora in the Netherlands with the aim of enhancing socio-economic emancipation of Africa. AIM recognizes the ambition of African Diaspora to fulfil their dreams in their home countries, and AIM acknowledges the situated knowledge and expertise African Diaspora have about home and host country. In practice AIM functions as a broker to connect African Diaspora in the Netherlands with African and Dutch social entrepreneurs.

Community based research

Little is known about the role of brokers, in particular of self-organisations of Diaspora groups such as Africa In Motion, in supporting transnational social entrepreneurship. At the moment Africa In Motion supports two female Diaspora entrepreneurs who are starting up health care centres, namely an elderly care/rehabilitation/hospice project in Ghana and in Kenya. Action research may strengthen both initiatives by understanding and reflecting upon the enabling environment with involved actors. Transnational feminist literacy practices and commoning, are concepts that can support this reflection. 

Arts-based methods

Students are encouraged to work with arts-based methods to ensure rich data in terms of different signs (verbal utterings, body language, props, settings and so on) and different sensory observations, and that allow for more aesthetic and accessible communication about research activities and outcomes.