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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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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 editor@pambazuka.org 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@pambazuka.org 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 nprdavidson@yahoo.co.uk

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

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

Call for applications

2010-11-11, Issue 504

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.

Jindal School of International Affairs seeks Africa specialist

2010-11-11, Issue 504

The JSIA is seeking a PhD candidate who has just finished or who is already on the job market with a specialisation in comparative politics and foreign relations of Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The candidate should be interested in coming to India for this exciting new school.

Synthetic biology: The next assault on biodiversity and livelihoods

ETC Group

2010-11-03, Issue 503

As global attention switches to the next climate talks in Cancun, Mexico, ETC Group releases a groundbreaking report that lifts the lid on the emerging global grab on plants, lands, ecosystems, and traditional cultures.

Kenya: Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat’s resignation from the TJRC

Change Associates

2010-11-04, Issue 503

'We hereby recognize the resignation of Ambassador Bethuel Kiplagat from the Chairmanship of the Truth Justice & Reconciliation Commission (TJRC). On behalf of all those Kenyans who wish to see a successful truth, justice and reconciliation process in Kenya, we applaud the former Chairman for taking what has certainly being a difficult option for him.'

Volunteer copy editors wanted

2010-11-04, Issue 503

Are you an experienced copy editor? Can you work quickly and accurately? Would you be willing to help Pambazuka News by volunteering a little of your time each week? Pambazuka News receives a growing number of articles every week, but we need help with copy-editing. If you think you can help, please get in touch with us.

Routledge offers World Development Information Day articles

2010-10-27, Issue 502

Routledge, in collaboration with editors and society partners, have selected research articles which engage with the UN World Development Information Day themes of: Sustainable Development, Human Settlements and Energy; Advancement of Women; Populati...

Politics in hard times: Routledge article database now available

2010-10-27, Issue 502

A turbulent year for the world economy has resulted in pressure for nations, individuals and the international system. To aid research in this field, Routledge have compiled 65 free articles under eight themes:...

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