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    Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: December 2011 newsletter

    Deborah Brautigam provides an overview and description of China's development finance to Africa. "Looking at the nature of Chinese development aid - and non-aid - to Africa provides insights into China's strategic approach to outward investment and economic diplomacy, even if exact figures and strategies are not easily ascertained", she states as she describes China's provision of grants, zero-interest loans and concessional loans. Pambazuka Press recently released a publication titled India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power, and Oliver Stuenkel provides his review of the book.
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    Africa and the challenges of the 21st century

    CODESRIA

    2011-05-03, Issue 527

    The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa, CODESRIA, will hold its 13th General Assembly on 5-9 December 2011, in Rabat, Morocco. The triennial General Assembly is one of the most important scientific events of the African continent. It provides the African social science research community with a unique opportunity to reflect on some of the key issues facing the social sciences in particular, and Africa and the world at large. The theme of the scientific conference of the 13th CODESRIA General Assembly is ‘Africa and the challenges of the 21st century’.

    Law in development: Work in progress

    2011-05-03, Issue 527

    This workshop will provide an opportunity for postgraduate students in the broad field of law and development to reflect on its themes, progress and future.

    Adilisha: Emancipating communities

    Analysis and commentary from Fahamu’s Education for Social Justice programme

    George Mwai

    2011-04-21, Issue 526

    Adilisha, Fahamu’s Education for Social Justice programme, has launched its first newsletter. Pambazuka News speaks to programme manager George Mwai about how Adilisha’s work is contributing to the emancipation of communities, by providing activists with the skills they need in the struggle for social justice. Download the newsletter [PDF: 4.8MB].

    UK event: The assassination of Patrice Lumumba

    50 years on, what future for the Congo?

    Jubilee Debt Campaign, Pambazuka News & Tipping Point Film Fund

    2011-04-14, Issue 525

    Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara, a history of glory and dignity. Join us for a short documentary film: ‘Assassination: Colonial Style – Patrice Lumumba, an African Tragedy’, followed by a discussion with Firoze Manji from Pambazuka News and Vava Tampa from Save the Congo. Where? Human Rights Action Centre, New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA When? 7-9.30pm, Monday 18th April Entry is free

    The assassination of Patrice Lumumba: 50 years on, what future for the Congo?

    18 April, Human Rights Action Centre, New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA

    2011-04-11, Issue 524

    Join us for a short documentary film: ‘Assassination: Colonial Style – Patrice Lumumba, an African Tragedy’. The film will be followed by a discussion with Firoze Manji from Pambazuka News and Vava Tampa from Save the Congo. 50 years ago Democratic R...

    Strengthening the Civil Society Perspective

    Series II: China and Other Emerging Powers in Africa

    2011-03-31, Issue 523

    The Emerging Powers in Africa Initiative commissioned four research policy reports in June 2010 following the successful completion of the first round of commissioned reports that was undertaken in 2009, culminating in an electronic publication avail...

    Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: March newsletter available

    2011-03-31, Issue 523

    The edition focuses on activities of the 2011 World Social Forum held recently in Dakar. An article by Sanusha Naidu provides commentary on the event and discussions that took place during a panel organised by Fahamu’s Emerging Powers in Africa (EMPA...

    Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter - March issue

    2011-03-31, Issue 523

    Fahamu’s Refugee Programme is pleased to announce the April issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, a monthly publication that aims to provide a forum for providers of refugee legal aid. With a focus on the global South, it aims to serve the needs of legal aid providers as well as raise awareness of refugee concerns among the wider readership of Pambazuka News. We've also launched a new blog and Facebook page for the newsletter, to expand public access-points for information and networking about refugee legal aid.

    Oxford opens a new chapter on Pan-Africanism

    Moshe Molefe

    2011-03-16, Issue 521

    The ‘Pan-Africanism for the New Generation’ conference at the University of Oxford marks a turning-point in the history of Pan-Africanism, writes Moshe Molefe.

    No Land! No house! No vote! Voices from Symphony Way

    2011-03-10, Issue 520

    In 2007 hundreds of families living in shacks across the new ‘integrated’ township of Delft in Cape Town were moved into houses they had been waiting for since the end of apartheid. But soon they were told that the move had been illegal and they were kicked out of their new homes. They built shacks next to the road opposite the housing project and organised themselves into the Symphony Way Anti-Eviction Campaign. Written toward the end of the struggle on the pavements, this anthology is testimony, poetry and an expression of the fight to bring about change. Hear an interview with Symphony Way residents on the Pambazuka Press website.

    Call for Applications: Moving Walls group photography exhibition

    2011-02-28, Issue 519

    The Open Society Foundations invite photographers to submit a body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 19 group exhibition. Application deadline is April 1, 2011....

    Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter - March issue

    2011-02-28, Issue 518

    Fahamu’s Refugee Programme is pleased to announce the March issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter, a monthly publication that aims to provide a forum for providers ...

    6 Billion Ways

    2011-02-09, Issue 516

    From the grassroots to the global, communities and movements are imagining and creating a world where people and planet come before profit, and democracy trumps corporate power. 6 Billion Ways is a day that explores this resistance through discussion, ideas, action and the arts. With speakers and practical workshops for all ages, debates, films, music and art, 6 Billion Ways is your chance to inspire and be inspired, and to make connections with others who want to challenge injustice and inequality, both in the UK and globally....

    Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter - February issue

    2011-02-15, Issue 516

    Fahamu’s Refugee Programme is pleased to announce the February issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter , a monthly publication that aims to provide a forum for pro...

    6 Billion Ways

    2011-02-07, Issue 515

    From the grassroots to the global, communities and movements are imagining and creating a world where people and planet come before profit, and democracy trumps corporate power. 6 Billion Ways is a day that explores this resistance through discussion, ideas, action and the arts. With speakers and practical workshops for all ages, debates, films, music and art, 6 Billion Ways is your chance to inspire and be inspired, and to make connections with others who want to challenge injustice and inequality, both in the UK and globally....

    Request for Spanish–English article translation

    2011-01-27, Issue 514

    Do you have experience translating articles in Spanish into English? Would you be able to volunteer to translate an article for us? Please drop us a line at [email protected] if so.

    Request for French–English article translation

    2011-01-27, Issue 514

    Do you have experience translating articles in French into English? Would you be able to volunteer to translate an article for us? Please drop us a line at editor@pambazu[email protected] if so.

    World Social Forum meeting on aid effectiveness

    2011-01-31, Issue 514

    The African Women’s Development and Communication Network (FEMNET) has partnered with AWID and WIDE to organise a women’s consultation on aid effectiveness at the World Social forum in Dakar Senegal, as part of preparing for the Fourth High level For...

    Pambazuka News condolence page for David Kato

    2011-01-31, Issue 514

    Pambazuka News has set up a condolence page for David Kato, the murdered Ugandan gay activist. Visit http://www.pambazuka.org/en/category/action/70432, where you can leave messages of lov...

    Movement Building Boot Camp training programme

    2011-01-05, Issue 511

    Fahamu and UHAI are co-organising a training programme called the Movement Building Boot Camp. The goal of the MBBC is to grow and strengthen the base of leadership among East African activists working on sexual rights and LGBTI rights. As part of this, the training will build and deepen skills and knowledge on issues of sexuality, gender and human rights, power and accountability. Please do note that this Movement Building Boot Camp is for East African activists only. For more information and to participate in this exciting and novel journey, kindly fill in the online application form (www.surveymonkey.com/s/YRGD22R) by 22 January 2011.

    A celebration of the rich and wonderful life of Basil Davidson

    2011-01-06, Issue 511

    Sponsored by the Centre for International Studies and Diplomacy of the School of Oriental & African Studies Opening remarks by Prof. Stephen Chan, SOAS Co-chair: Victoria Brittain Speakers: Richard Gott, António Gumende, High Commissioner Republic of Mozambique, Adotey Bing, Lionel Cliffe, Peter Brayshore, Senait Jones, Extracts from Basil’s Channel 4 African History series, introduced by Mick Csaky. 27 January 2011, 6 – 9pm Khalili Theatre, Main Building, SOAS, Thornhaugh St, London WC1H 0XG. Co-sponsors: Institute of Race Relations, Review of African Political Economy and Action for Southern Africa RSVP: Nick Davidson, 75 Balfour Road, London N5 2HD or [email protected]

    Treasures we bring: Video testimonies of southern African migrants

    2011-01-06, Issue 511

    Through an initiative by Community Media for Development called 'Treasures we Bring' migrants of all kinds - refugees, economic migrants, students, cross border or from one city to the next - are being invited to share their stories thorough video testimonies about a treasured object that represents where they come from, their journey, their challenges, and their hope for the future. ...

    Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter - January issue

    2010-12-20, Issue 510

    Fahamu’s Refugee Programme is pleased to announce the January issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter [1.1 MB pdf], a monthly publication that aims to provide a forum for providers of refugee legal aid. With a focus on the global South, it aims to serve the needs of legal aid providers as well as raise awareness of refugee concerns among the wider readership of Pambazuka News....

    'We are the solution'

    Help fund African agro-ecological solutions to the food crisis

    2010-12-16, Issue 510

    Fahamu is supporting the 'We are the Solution' campaign to ensure that rural women’s associations have the skills to improve, promote and share their traditional agricultural knowledge, ensuring that this rich knowledge is not lost and is indeed promoted as an alternative to the Green Revolution methods. The three-year pan-African campaign, coordinated by ROPPA (Network of Farmers’ and Agricultural Producers’ Organisations of West Africa), launches in February 2011. Its objectives are to: - Strengthen the work of 12 rural women’s associations and their leaders through organisational and individual capacity building activities - Facilitate the participation of 75 rural women participants in media and advocacy activities so that they can engage in decision-making processes in local, regional and global campaigns - Mobilise and sustain an Africa-wide action oriented network of 1,000 stakeholders for information sharing, partnership and advocacy. You too can support 'We are the Solution': By making a donation through our globalgiving page, you'll help ensure that West Africa’s women farmers can campaign for an African agro-ecological solution to the food crisis.

    Emerging Powers December edition now available

    2010-12-16, Issue 510

    A China-Africa Dialogue took place recently in China, organised by the Heinrich Böll Foundation, Beijing office in collaboration with the Institute of West Asian and African Studies under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Institute of African Studies, Zhejiang Normal University. The first article of this edition, by Antony Otieno Ong’ayo, provides an overview of the implementation and the value of these Dialogues. The second article, by Chris Alden and Dan Large, looks at the existence of ‘exceptionalism’ in China’s relations towards Africa. They trace the development of this exceptionalism in China’s foreign policy and the rhetorical manifestation of this in China’s relations with Africa. This is followed by an article focused on an important domestic issue in China, the rising price of food and access to food amongst Chinese workers. Finally, a report by ActionAid just released puts SABMiller in the spotlight. It reports that the company has avoided paying taxes in African countries, as well as India. A number of important reports have recently become available, notably a series of Policy Briefs by the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) collaborative research China-Africa Project. A list of links to these Briefs are provided in this edition of the newsletter [pdf].

    Fahamu journalist study tour to India 2011

    Deadline extended to 8 December 2010

    2010-12-02, Issue 508

    The Fahamu Emerging Powers in Africa Programme is pleased to announce a call for applications for its Journalist Study Tour to India. Four successful applicants will be chosen to participate in a 6-day study tour. African media professionals in print, broadcast, radio and online fora throughout Africa are encouraged to apply for this study tour. African lecturers from journalism schools and media programmes on the continent may also apply.

    Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter - December issue

    2010-11-25, Issue 507

    Fahamu’s Refugee Programme is pleased to announce the December issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter [1.1 MB pdf], a monthly publication that aims to provide a forum for providers of refugee legal aid. With a focus on the global South, it aims to serve the needs of legal aid providers as well as raise awareness of refugee concerns among the wider readership of Pambazuka News.

    Samir Amin UK tour

    29 November – 2 December 2010

    2010-11-19, Issue 505

    Renowned radical economist Samir Amin, director of the Third World Forum, chair of the World Forum for Alternatives and one of the best-known thinkers of his generation, visits the UK at the end of the month. Amin will be speaking at Oxford (29 November), Liverpool (30 November), Edinburgh (1 December) and London (2 December). For more information, please visit the Pambazuka Press website.

    Journalist Study Tour to India 2011: FAHAMU Emerging Powers in Africa Programme

    Call for applications

    2010-11-15, Issue 505

    The Fahamu Emerging Powers in Africa Programme is pleased to announce a call for applications for its Journalist Study Tour to India. Four successful applicants will be chosen to participate in a six day study tour. African media professionals in print, broadcast, radio and online fora throughout Africa are encouraged to apply for this study tour. African lecturers from journalism schools and media programmes on the continent may also apply.

    Call for papers on ACHPR decision on African Lesbians

    Coalition of African Lesbians

    2010-11-12, Issue 504

    The African Commission on Human and People's Rights denied observer status to the Coalition of African lesbians. Their reason as set out in the report to the AU is that the organisation does not seek to protect rights guaranteed under the charter. This is not true. CAL works to protect the human rights of human beings. The charter confers the rights to all human beings. A special issue of Pambazuka News focusing on the implications of the decision on people who are vulnerable to human rights violations of human rights because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity will be published shortly. Please send your contributions to natasha [AT] amsher [DOT] net

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