Group for Research and Initiative for the Liberation of Africa (Canada)

THE GROUP FOR RESEARCH AND INITIATIVE FOR THE LIBERATION OF AFRICA (GRILA) was founded in 1984. It is an autonomous, non-profit, entirely volunteer-based organization of researchers and activists. It functions on the basis of the material and intellectual contribution of its sections, made up of members and supporters. Within its vision of a universalist world, GRILA’s goal is to contribute to the emergence and consolidation of self-directed and self-reliant development in Africa, and to foster international solidarity in support of this form of development. Concretely, this work involves popular education and political action in Africa and internationally. GRILA actively supports democratic and progressive forces in Africa that struggle for:

  • the destruction of all forms of racism and ethnocentrism;
  • the respect of collective and human rights;
  • the overthrow of regimes allied with imperialist interests;
  • a balance between rural and urban incomes; food self-sufficiency; the fulfillment of basic needs;
  • the political, economic and social emancipation of women; transformation of sexist mentalities;
  • popular and civic participation, popular democracy and the promotion and empowerment of Africa's youth;
  • self-reliant, ecologically sustainable development;
  • the emergence of regional panafricanist States that are politically and economically accountable to their citizens;
  • selective delinking from the world system.