In an update on WACC’s accomplishments in 2014 and a look ahead at 2015 sent to WACC members and partners, General Secretary the Rev. Dr. Karin Achtelstetter noted that the organization is “celebrating its potential role in a number of international organizations.”
ACT Alliance accepted WACC as a member in May 2014 and Achtelstetter attended the ACT Alliance General Assembly in October.
The UNESCO-initiated Global Alliance on Media & Gender (GAMAG) named WACC to its International Steering Committee. WACC also accepted an invitation from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) to join an advisory group that prepared for the International Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming (IFCCM), which took place Oct. 28-29, 2014.
“These are all signs that WACC’s long-standing work promoting communication rights as fundamental to the leading political and social issues of our day is gradually gaining a voice and presence where it matters.
“It is my hope that these achievements will be further replicated at the regional and local levels by WACC members and partners working in areas as diverse as migrants’ rights, community radio, disability rights, and gender justice.
“There is already considerable evidence that, in collaboration with like-minded individuals and organizations, the WACC movement is having an impact on policy-making and grassroots activism,” Achtelstetter wrote.
Looking toward 2015, she noted that “on the global level we are forming new alliances.” In early 2015, WACC and the Council for World Mission are planning to sign a Memorandum of Understanding, in which both organizations define their areas of joint interest and mutual collaboration. WACC is also in conversation with other like-minded international organizations.
After WACC was granted “continuance” under Canada’s new legislation governing not-for-profit corporations, 2015 will see the first meeting of members that will elect a new Board of Directors.
It is also a year in which WACC will elect a new president. “Dr. Dennis Smith has loyally served two terms and WACC will be seeking new visions and perspectives,” wrote Achtelstetter.
The new president and board will oversee a process leading to a revised Strategic Plan 2017-2021. This will entail a review of what has been achieved under the current plan as well as an evaluation of WACC’s Development Initiative Programme.
Looking forward to 2015, the general secretary said that an opportunity lies in the convergence of a number of global initiatives around the post-2015 development agenda. WSIS+10, Beijing+20, and the World Social Forum take place at the global level.
“WACC needs to prioritize and to strategize in order to take advantage of shared opportunities and resources,” Achtelstetter wrote.