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Pakhuis de Zwijger


This is the programme for Africa Day 2023, organised by FEPS and FMS! The day consists of four rounds full of debates, discussions, workshops, lectures, talks, and culture. In the evening, there is a film screening and a live music performance. Put together your own programme for the entire day!

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Round 1 (10:30-11:30)

Election debate: the impact of your vote in Africa

Location: Grote-Zaal

Organiser:FMS & FEPS

Available:233 places left

Elections in the Netherlands are coming up! What will be the impact in Africa of your vote on the 22nd of November? Find out in this debate, where candidate MPs will debate the Dutch relationship with Africa.

Speakers: Joris Thijssen (PvdA), Marieke Koekkoek (Volt), Mpanzu Bamenga (D66), Derk Boswijk (CDA), and others!

Language: Dutch

Democracy Under Pressure in the Sahel

Location: IJzaal

Organiser:Pakhuis de Zwijger / NIMD

Available:47 places left

About the military coups which happened in rapid succession, and the loss of credibility of the West in the Sahel.

Speakers: Oyunga Pala (Kenyan journalist and editor), Tijmen Rooseboom (Sahel envoy to the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs), Lourdes Lobede (Global Capacity Booster), Dr. Otieno Ong'ayo (Political scientist by training, with specialization in Development politics, International Relations, and International Development Corporation), Thijs Berman (NIMD) - Moderator: Babah Tarawally (journalist and writer)

Language: Dutch/English

Is the West taking enough responsibility? A youth perspective on climate justice

Location: Studio

Organiser:FMS & FEPS

Available:38 places left

Is the West taking enough responsibility for climate injustice in Africa? A question that has been central to the Africa Day Youth Think Tank for the past two months. On the basis of lectures by academics and policy officials and conversations with youth organizations in the Netherlands and youth advocates from Africa, they have formulated an answer and advice for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to this question. A tip of the hat: the focus falls on local agency. Curious about how young people think the West can take sufficient responsibility for climate injustice? Hear it from the Africa Youth Think Tank.

Speakers: Hilda Nakabuye (Fridays for Future Uganda), Mohammed Chahim (PvdA Member of European Parliament), Ruth Carlitz (Assistant Professor African Politics UVA), Julia de Wit (Africa Youth Think Tank). With Hadiatou Barry (project leader diversity and inclusion D66) as moderator.

Language: English

Just transition - not without workers!

Location: Workspace

Organiser:FNV Dutch Trade Union

Available:42 places left

"No jobs on a dead planet." The international trade union movement - both the FNV in the Netherlands and its colleagues in Africa - endorses the urgency of taking action to prevent the worst effects of the climate crisis. Why is it vital that workers, trade unions and communities are involved in shaping a sustainable society?
In sub-Saharan Africa, energy poverty is a major issue, caused by the privatization of energy supply. A just transition to energy provision to all leads through the public way. Furthermore, Nigeria is a good example of a coalition between trade union and environmental movements.
In the Netherlands, the union movement enforced the "coal fund." Workers at Tata-steel came up with their own solution for the future. Also learning from examples from Africa?

Speakers: Rhoda Boateng and Bas van Weegberg

Language: English

Introduction to humanitarian communication (and announcement of nominations HuCom Awards 2023)

Location: Ruimte Expo

Organiser:Expertise Centre Humanitarian Communic...

Available:51 places left

In this workshop, the Expertise Centre Humanitarian Communication (HuCom) explains why and how they are working to improve communication on international cooperation and humanitarian aid. This will be done, among other things, by discussing the nominations of the HuCom Awards - the annual award ceremony for the most and least successful campaign of a Dutch INGO. Which campaigns can be regarded as ethically correct and which cannot be regarded as such? And why is it important to (continue to) critically view the portrayal of Africa and other continents in relation to development issues? The Expertise Centre Humanitarian Communication is an organisation dedicated to improving communication on international cooperation and humanitarian aid. HuCom considers representation as an integral part of the production of the global South and sees communication about so-called 'developing countries' by governments, corporations, INGOs and the media in the global North as part of (the failure of) the practice of international development. In short, HuCom sees communication not as a means to an end, but as an important, if not the most important, part of the end itself.

Speakers: Dr. Wouter Oomen (UU) and Dr. Emiel Martens (UvA; EUR)

Language: English

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. It is about a 10-15 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station, or reachable by car, bus and tram.

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