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Africa Day

For 25 years, Africa Day has been the event that brings Africa to the Netherlands. With around 1000 visitors, speakers, volunteers and 40 partner organisations, it is the largest public event on Africa and international cooperation in the Netherlands. The day consists of workshops, lectures, talks, films, and music. With the event, we want to provide a stage for African voices and start conversations between citizens, politicians and NGOs about new cooperation between Africa and Europe based on equality. Africa Day is organised by the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) and the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS).

Africa Day 2023: Climate Justice for Africa
Everywhere on earth, people are struggling with the consequences of climate change, probably the biggest present-day challenge we are facing. The burden of impact, however, is unfairly distributed. On no continent is the challenge greater than on the African. Droughts and floods are on the rise, resulting in poor harvests and displaced communities. Meanwhile, African countries bear the least responsibility for climate change. Moreover, the climate crisis is hitting hardest those in Africa who are already most vulnerable - such as people in poverty, women, youth, indigenous peoples and LGBTQIA+ people.

A broad 'climate justice' movement in Africa is demanding action on just climate policies. How can we in Europe and the Netherlands take responsibility and listen to this call? How do we create fairer policies that match the African needs? At the same time, while action is needed, people in Africa are already finding creative ways to protect themselves, their communities and the environment. What can we in Europe and the Netherlands learn from them?

On Saturday 18 November 2023, we will show you this side of Africa. The challenges, but also the developments. We offer you a place where you can surround yourself by African culture, music, films and food. Together with activists, politicians and experts from Africa and Europe, we will discuss new cooperation through workshops and debates. On the basis of equality and climate justice. 

Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS) 
The Foundation Max van der Stoel is an independent foreign affairs foundation affiliated to the Dutch social democratic party. We work to enhance democratisation in the EU's neighbouring countries, fairer Dutch and EU policies towards developing countries, and we stimulate public debate on these issues in the Netherlands. 

Foundation of European Progessive Studies (FEPS)
The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) is the think tank of the progressive political family at EU level. Our mission is to develop innovative research, policy advice, training and debates to inspire and inform socialist and social democratic politics and policies across Europe. FEPS has mainly been funded by the European Parliament.

Practical information & Accessibility

Africa Day 2023 will take place on Saturday 18 November from 10:00 am at Pakhuis de Zwijger, Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam. 

The accessibility of Pakhuis de Zwijger is good. Pakhuis de Zwijger is about a 10-15 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. You can also take tram 26 towards IJburg from Amsterdam Central Station, and get off at stop Kattenburgerstraat. Alternatively, you can take bus 43 towards Borneo Eiland and get off at the Jan Schaeferbrug stop. Coming by car? Pakhuis de Zwijger is less than five minutes from the Amsterdam A10 Ring Noord (exit S116) and the Piet Hein Tunnel (exit S114 Zeeburg/Artis). You can park in nearby parking garages. Close to Pakhuis De Zwijger are parking spots where you can park with a disabled parking card. These parking spaces can be found at Vriesseveem 4 and Withoedenveem 16.

Pakhuis de Zwijger is accessible for wheelchair users and persons with disabilities. There are facilities throughout the building for accessibility. For example, all rooms are accessible via the lift and there is an adapted toilet on the second floor. Do you need anything else from us to make the most of your experience at this event? Feel free to contact us at