Civil engagement platform amandla.mobi founder Koketso Moeti on Monday became the first South Africans to be named an Obama Fellow.
She joins 19 people from 11 countries in the inaugural class.
“[The twenty fellows] understand that creating change often requires reaching out across the lines that divide us,” the Obama Foundation – founded by former US president Barack Obama – wrote in a statement.
“Their successes to date show how collaborative, community-driven work can lead to strong, imaginative, and long-lasting solutions – even on some of our most intractable and polarising problems.”
The fellows will take part in a two-year all-expenses-paid program which offers hands-on training, a personalised development plan, and four multi-day gatherings in the United States.
Moeti launched amandla.mobi when her community in the North West faced possible eviction from their land.
It aims to connect activists to come together at critical moments to take targeted, co-ordinated and strategic action to make real change.
The amandla.mobi community today boasts more than 120,000 active users.
“Cellphones harnessed the power to connect people in numbers, coordinate action, secure legal expertise, and engage the community, the media and wider public on the latest developments,” Moeti told DestinyConnect about the evictions in her community.
“The ability to connect the community with a larger community of people, took us from being just another poor community, in a poor province, in an unequal country to being able to drive change with others.”