Hello! My name is Aldridge Chibomba and I am from Mongu, Zambia. I work as a Community Education Officer for the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC), a law enforcement agency of the government of the Republic of Zambia.
As a Community Education Officer, I engage the public on issues of corruption through a number of ways. These include lectures, information displays and distribution of materials at agricultural and commercial shows, formation of anti-corruption clubs in high schools, public rallies in rural areas, facilitating the broadcasting of anti-corruption programs on local radio stations, and networking between the Anti-Corruption Commission and the Civil Society.
I will serve as a 2017 Community Solutions Program fellow with Colorado Common Cause from August to December 2017. The Community Solutions Program is a fellowship funded by the US Department of State’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs (ECA) and managed by IREX. I learned about the fellowship through my supervisor, and decided to apply as I was interested in visiting the United States of America and learning how non-profit organizations promote transparency and accountability in government. Fortunately, I was selected as one of the 100 fellows chosen from various continents for the 2017 program.
During my fellowship, I hope to learn new strategies for educating the public about issues of government accountability and transparency. I also want to learn new tools for monitoring and evaluating this work. I am interested in meeting people who have experience or interest in social media advocacy, digital outreach strategies, grassroots organizing, volunteer recruitment, and member recruitment. I hope that this experience will equip me with the skills and knowledge needed for effective community leadership.
Office: Colorado Common Cause