Our name reflects our values. When structural adjustment was first being imposed on developing countries, the argument used was TINA – there is no alternative. African activists responded with an acronym of their own – THEMBA, short for there must be an alternative. It is also the Zulu word for hope. We picked the name because we believe there is always an alternative, that the greatest enemy to progress is the idea that injustice is inevitable. Changing policy and changing lives is never easy, but it is possible, and Themba is part of the global movement fighting to build a world that is more equal, democratic, green and prosperous than the one we have today.