Introducing Aldridge Chibomba

Introducing Aldridge Chibomba

Please join us in welcoming our 2017 Community Solutions Program Fellow, Aldridge Chibomba! Aldridge hails from Mongu, Zambia, where he works with the public to identify and report government corruption.

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.