The May Ayim Fund is a microfinancing project within the framework of political and human rights advocacy by and for Black, African and Afro-diasporic communities in Germany.
The UN Decade for People of African Descent = PAD of the United Nations takes place from 2015-2024 and was officially proclaimed by the German government, but to date there is a lack of comprehensive measures to publicize it and to implement funding approaches for the said communities.
For the first time in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany, the Federal Agency for Civic Education (bpb) and the Allianz Kulturstiftung are now supporting a pilot project, the May Ayim Fund, which explicitly addresses stakeholders from the Black, African and Afro-diasporic communities throughout Germany. This project is conceived, implemented and accompanied by the black empowerment platform Each One Teach One (EOTO) e.V..
The goal of the May Ayim Fund is the financial and ideational support of self-organized Black activists and organizations in Germany who work with their ideas and activities for a non-racist society and the empowerment of Black people. Only under empowering conditions will Black people be able to participate in exchange formats with established institutions, to take part in professionalized, technical discourses and, within these formats, for example, to advise large institutions or administrations on how to combat anti-Black racism.
The current UN Decade for People of African Descent under the motto "Recognition, Justice, Development (i.t.s.o.. Empowerment)" offers a unique opportunity to set a strong example. The funded projects (formats of political and human rights education) are implemented by Black, African, Afro-diasporic people from all over Germany.
In addition to one-time financial support, the one-year projects selected by a monitoring committee composed of representatives of Black community organizations are accompanied and supported during the term of each project with demand-oriented formats and contents. These include, for example, capacity-building workshops, further acquisition of funding, networking with experts and the provision of technical infrastructure.