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Convenings Reports

A seminar, discussion group, or the like, that emphasizes exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc.

OIM, IDEP, and TrustAfrica Workshop on Migration and Economic Development in Africa: Summary Conclusion with Recommendations

The overall objective of this workshop is to support African countries in the formulation of their national migration policies and in particular to integrate migration into their national development strategies.

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25.92 kB
Date:
19 March 2008
Author:
Aloysius Ajab Amin








Rapport de l’Atelier intitule Faire Face au Défi de la Religion et du pluralisme en Afrique

Du 10 au 12 juillet 2007, TrustAfrica a organisé son troisième atelier à Dakar sur le thème « Faire Face au Défi de la Religion et du Pluralisme en Afrique ». Ayant réuni 26 personnes parmi lesquelles des chefs religieux, des chercheurs et autres experts en provenance de 12 pays africains et de la diaspora, l’atelier s’est fixé pour objectif d’étudier le rôle de la religion en Afrique, par rapport au pluralisme et à la tolérance. Les participants étaient issus des communautés religieuses chrétienne, musulmane, Baha’i, hindouiste et africaine.

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231.17 kB
Date:
12 July 2007








Establishing a Civil Society Support Mechanism with the Pan African Parliament (PAP), the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM)

This study was jointly commissioned by the Southern Africa Trust and an advisory group of organisations that include TrustAfrica, ActionAid, Oxfam GB, Centre for Policy Studies (CPS), Southern African Regional Poverty Network (SARPN), the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa (EISA), the African Monitor and the African Forum and Network on Debt and Development(AFRODAD)

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992.80 kB
Date:
10 July 2007
Author:
Southern Africa Trust








Compte rendu de l’Atelier sur le Coût de la Non-Intégration en Afrique

Moins de deux semaines avant le soi-disant « Grand Débat » (le Sommet des Chefs d’Etat et de Gouvernement de l’Union Africaine (UA) tenu à Accra, Ghana), TrustAfrica a tenu ses propres assises à Marrakech, au Maroc, en présence de diverses organisations et personnalités, parmi lesquelles des intellectuels de premier plan, des chefs de file de la société civile, et des acteurs du développement. Etant donné la multiplicité des autres urgences régionales, l’atelier a donné lieu à de vives discussions sur la pertinence ou non, de discuter du coût de la non-intégration de l’Afrique.

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277.73 kB
Date:
20 June 2007








Report of Workshop on the Cost of Non-Integration in Africa

Less than two weeks before the so-called Grand Debate—the Accra Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Ghana—TrustAfrica organized a historic gathering of its own in Marrakech, Morocco, bringing together a diverse set of organizations and individuals, including scholars, civil society leaders, and development practitioners. The workshop sparked a lively debate over whether it was appropriate, in the face of many other pressing regional issues, to be discussing the cost of non-integration in Africa. In line with other recent meetings organized by civil society organizations (CSOs) across the continent2, the TrustAfrica workshop concluded that continental processes intended to achieve regional integration and Union Government should be consultative and people-driven; and that free movement and African citizenship are essential in attaining a united Africa.

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254.17 kB
Date:
20 June 2007








Introductory Statement for Workshop on the Cost of Non-Integration in Africa

African integration has mainly been pursued under the political banner of Pan-Africanism, the root of African unity. The Organization of African Unity (OAU) Charter, the Constitutive Act of the African Union (AU), and the proposed Union Government define integration as one element in African unity. Thus, the political dimension has always taken priority over other aspects of integration at the continental level. However, the small size of most African countries and their economies demands economic collaboration in order to enable African nations to contend with larger economies in the global arena.

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78.35 kB
Date:
20 June 2007








Rapport de l’Atelier intitule “La Construction d’une Paix durable en Afrique

Le premier atelier de TrustAfrica s’est tenu à Dakar du 7 au 10 Novembre 2006, sur le thème « Consolidation de la paix en Afrique ». Un forum électronique, dont Pambazuka News a été le modérateur, a été a été organisé en amont de cet atelier, donnant lieu à des discussions et des échanges très approfondies entre les participants, parmi lesquels d’ardents défenseurs de la paix, des universitaires, des décideurs politiques, des experts en communication originaires de 23 pays d’Afrique et de la diaspora.

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144.72 kB
Date:
10 November 2006








Report of Workshop on Building Sustainable Peace in Africa

TrustAfrica’s first workshop was held in Dakar on November 7–10, 2006 on the theme of “building sustainable peace in Africa.” The workshop, which was preceded by extensive discussions and exchange on an electronic forum moderated by Pambazuka News, brought together leading peace advocates, scholars, policy makers, and media experts from 25 countries and the Diaspora to discuss ideas and strategies for sustainable peace in Africa. The choice of sustainable peace was based on two primary needs.

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96.47 kB
Date:
10 November 2006








Accroissement de la collaboration dans la construction de la paix

Le continent africain est entouré par de violents conflits qui ont dévasté beaucoup de pays, appauvri leurs populations, et contribué à leur sous-développement. Les ressources locales et internationales de ces pays sont gaspillées sur ces conflits, tandis que les services et l’infrastructure de base ne reçoivent aucune attention, et la qualité de la vie continue de se détériorer.

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73.64 kB
Date:
30 September 2006
Author:
Jessica Nkuuhe








Increasing collaboration in peace building

The African continent is beset by violent conflicts that have devastated many countries, impoverished their populations, and contributed to their underdevelopment. Domestic and international resources in these countries are wasted on these conflicts, while basic services and infrastructure are not attended to, and the quality of life continues to deteriorate.

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67.97 kB
Date:
30 September 2006
Author:
Jessica Nkuuhe








Renforcement des institutions nationales et des organisations de la société civile pour une prévention des conflits et une construction de paix efficace

Le paradoxe du continent africain est le suivant : A l’indépendance dans les années 1960, le processus de gouvernance était caractérisé par un leadership efficace armé de vision, de planification stratégique mais handicapé par la pauvreté d’une base de ressources humaines afin de transformer la vision en réalité – les leaders, tels que Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Touré, Gamal Nasser, Nyerere, Houphouet – Boigny…ont dû recréer les institutions depuis les ruines du colonialisme et essayer de battre à domicile la pauvre base de resources humaines pour qu’elle prenne forme, souvent étant complétée, comme c’était le cas au Ghana de Nkrumah, par les ressources humaines en provenance de la diaspora, pour gérer la machine étatique.

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94.72 kB
Date:
30 September 2006
Author:
Abdel-Fatau Musah








Vers une nouvelle Pax Africana: construire la paix en Afrique

L’Afrique post-coloniale a traversé un âge d’extrêmes. Depuis 1960, à peu près 40 guerres ont donné lieu à 10 millions de morts et créé plus de 10 millions de réfugiés. Ali Mazrui, le tout premier prophète de la Pax Africana1, fut l’un des plus anciens analystes à articuler la nécessité pour les Africains de prendre en charge la responsabilité de garder, de construire et de consolider la paix sur leur propre continent. Kwame Nkrumah fut un visionnaire politique des toutes premières heures qui, sans y parvenir, a poussé pour un Haut Commandement Africain pour le maintien de la paix continentale.

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110.35 kB
Date:
10 September 2006
Author:
Adekeye Adebajo








Strengthening National Institutions and Civil Society Organizations for Effective Conflict Prevention and Peace-Building

The paradox of the African continent is this: At independence in the 1960s, the governance process was characterized by effective leadership armed with vision, strategic planning but crippled by the poverty of a human resource base to transform vision into reality — leaders, such as Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Toure, Gamal Nasser, Nyerere, Houphouet-Boigny … had to recreate institutions from the ruins of colonialism and to try to beat a poor human resource base at home into shape, often complemented, as was the case in Nkrumah’s Ghana, by human resource from the Diaspora, to run the state machine.

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81.12 kB
Date:
10 September 2006
Author:
Abdel-Fatau Musah








Towards a New Pax Africana: Building peace in Africa

Post-colonial Africa has lived through an age of extremes. Since 1960, about 40 wars have resulted in over 10 million deaths and spawned more than 10 million refugees. Ali Mazrui, the foremost academic prophet of Pax Africana1, was one of the earliest analysts to articulate the need for Africans to take on the responsibility of keeping, building and consolidating peace on their own continent.

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104.17 kB
Date:
10 September 2006
Author:
Adekeye Adebajo








Report of Workshop on Citizenship and Identity in Africa

The Special Initiative for Africa (SIA) held its third and final agenda-setting workshop on the theme of citizenship and identity from June 9 - 12, 2003 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At this unique gathering, participants held lively, passionate debates about what citizenship and identity mean to them and how, together, they can help resolve some of the continent’s most pressing problems. Those who attended the workshop found the discussionsimmensely rewarding.

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495.42 kB
Date:
12 June 2003








I Don’t Believe in People with Single Identities

For participants at the recent meeting of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative on Africa, the topic of ‘Citizenship and Identity’ turned out to be challenging in unforeseen ways. Most people arrived with the intention of having a discussion about the practical problems Africans face in asserting their chosen identities and citizen’s rights. Yet it quickly became clear that for most, there were deeply personal dimensions to the debate. For some Africans, living in the diaspora had meant a loosening of the ties with home, leaving children born abroad without deep roots and with uncertain roles and rights; for others, being born into families combining different national identities, living in exile, being in an ethnic or racial minority had meant learning to negotiate painful issues and grow defensive layers to cope.

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127.51 kB
Date:
23 May 2003
Author:
By Akwe Amosu








Report of Workshop on Regional Integration in Africa

The Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa (SIA) held its second agenda-setting workshop from November 25 to 28, 2002 in Addis Ababa. The focus of the meeting was regional integration. More than forty participants from a diverse cross-section of civil society organizations from all sub-regions of Africa attended the workshop. Participants represented research institutes, universities, women’s organizations, youth organizations, trade unions, inter-governmental institutions, political parties, media organizations, and funding agencies.

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492.67 kB
Date:
28 November 2002








Rapport de l’atelier sur la citoyenneté et l’identité en Afrique

Du 9 au 12 juin 2003, à Addis-Abeba (Éthiopie), l'Initiative spéciale pour l'Afrique (ISA) a tenu le troisième et dernier de ses ateliers destinés à identifier des domaines d'action prioritaires. Lors de cette rencontre exceptionnelle, consacrée à la citoyenneté et à l'identité, les participants ont débattu avec passion de la signification que revêt à leurs yeux cette thématique, ainsi que de la manière dont ils peuvent contribuer à régler certains des problèmes les plus graves auxquels se heurte le continent africain.

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583.37 kB
Date:
28 November 2002








Rapport de l’atelier sur l’intégration régionale en Afrique

Du 25 au 28 novembre 2002, à Addis-Abeba, l’Initiative spéciale pour l’Afrique de la Fondation Ford a tenu le deuxième de ses ateliers destinés à identifier des domaines d’action prioritaires. Consacré à l’intégration régionale, il a réuni plus de 40 participants appartenant à un échantillon représentatif d’organisations de la société civile de l’ensemble des sous-régions d’Afrique — instituts de recherche, universités, organisations féminines, organisations de jeunes, mais aussi syndicats, institutions intergouvernementales, partis politiques, médias et organismes de financement.

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492.67 kB
Date:
28 November 2002








Report of Workshop on Peace and Conflict in Africa

From June 23 to 27, 2002, the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa (SIA) brought together a group of experts from 24 countries, representing the five sub-regions of Africa, for a workshop on Peace and Conflict in Africa. Participants, working primarily in small groups, discussed the problem of conflictin Africa and explored innovative regional solutions to foster peace. This was a pivotal convening in terms of its focus on initiating inter-African partnerships for peace.

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808.22 kB
Date:
27 June 2002








 
 
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