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Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen

With financial support of the European Parliament


Below the entire programme for the 2022 Afrikadag is shown. There are three rounds, per round you can choose one workshop. If you do not sign-up for a workshop in one of the rounds, of course you can use the time to enjoy our informative market fair. Workshops have been put into four broad categories: purple for politics, green for climate, blue for economics and pink for culture. The category is visualised with the bubble next to the workshop title. If workshops are described in Dutch or English, this also means that they will be given in this language.

BEWARE: There is also a closing ceremony for which you can sign-up. More information on this you can find here. To put together the rest of your ticket, you need to click on the workshop title or the bubble next to it.

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Round 2 (13:00-14:15)

Gesprek Jan Pronk en Kiza Magendane: ongelijkheid en de veranderende rol van Afrika


Location: Tropentheater

Available:85 places left

In een openhartig gesprek gaan Kiza Magendane en Jan Pronk in gesprek over ongelijkheid in de wereld en de veranderende rol van Afrika daarin. Beiden zijn terugkerende gasten op de Afrikadag!

Kiza Magendane (1992) is in 2007 vanuit Congo als vluchteling naar Nederland gekomen. Hij is politicoloog en schrijver. Elke twee weken publiceert hij een column voor het NRC en in 2021 kwam zijn eerste boek uit: "Met Nederland in therapie".

Jan Pronk (1940) is een prominente, principiële en voormalig PvdA-politicus. Hij is minister geweest in maar liefst vier verschillende kabinetten, is jarenlang lid geweest van de Tweede Kamer en is op verscheidene manieren werkzaam geweest bij de Verenigde Naties.

In deze boeiende dialoog besrpeken Jan en Kiza hoe Afrika al is veranderd, maar bovenal hoe het continent daar op dit moment in rap tempo mee doorgaat!

Sprekers: Jan Pronk, Kiza Magendane

Taal: Nederlands

Future of food and farming in Africa: the role for small-scale agroecological food production

Organisation:Oxfam Novib & partners

Location: Mauritszaal

Available:64 places left

Harvests and food value chains are threatened around the world, the number of undernourished people is on the rise along with unprecedented loss of biodiversity and natural habitats. Food systems need to be radically transformed: adapting to a changing climate, whilst safeguarding future yields without further eroding ecosystems. Agroecology, a holistic approach that puts ecological processes and the agency of small-scale farmers central in the transformation of food systems, provides a promising perspective on how to make agriculture more sustainable, inclusive and resilient.

Several African speakers will elaborate on the role of small-scale farmers in Africa to provide food for local markets, and the potential for farmers to adopt more agroecological approaches. An expert panel will further reflect on the role of Dutch and international actors in safeguarding food security, building strong economies and restoring ecosystems on the African continent.

This workshop will be organized by Oxfam Novib, WNF, Both ENDS and ActionAid.

Speakers: Rosinah Mbenya (PELUM Kenya), Christine Theunissen (PvdD), Million Belay (Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa)

Language: English

Does the Dutch Africa strategy work for women?


Location: Leeszaal

Available:63 places left

The current Dutch government is committed to developing a specific strategy for Africa, that will lead to equal and inclusive economic development, reduce poverty and improve human rights. These are promising ambitions that, if done well, can benefit African countries and its most marginalized groups, like women. Join us in taking a look at this strategy and discuss what is still needed!

We explore how to solve current power imbalances and why it is crucial to put women at the centre of the Africa strategy. Two speakers from South Africa will shine their light on the importance of a feminist approach when creating policy. From the case of manganese mining, the need for this approach becomes apparent. The session concludes with a panel discussion with representatives from Dutch politics and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

There will be much room for participants to ask their questions! So join us in this valuable conversation.

Speakers: Marit Maij (ActionAid Netherlands) as moderator, Fatima Vally (MACUA/WAMUA South Africa), Nondumiso Nsibande (ActionAid South Africa), Sahar Afzal (UNWomeNL), Samira Rafaela (MEP D66)

Language: English

Local security perspectives: security sector reform in the Sahel


Location: Community room

Available:52 places left

Since the fall of Afghanistan, security sector reform (SSR) as a concept risks becoming synonymous to failure. It raises the question whether the international community has succeeded at SSR elsewhere, not the least in the Sahel region in Africa.

Current trends show SSR being co-opted by the ‘hard’ security community. Strengthening the military, police and intelligence, without reinforcing governance institutions and taking into account local community perspectives, may lead to more problems than solutions. To help bring stability to the Sahel we need to heed the lessons from Afghanistan and change approaches to SSR.

During this event, experts will discuss the reality on the ground in the Sahel and push and pull factors that lead to implementation challenges. Policy makers and other stakeholders involved in justice and security provision will be challenged to think of a reset of SSR to make the it more fit for the future.

Speakers: Nikki de Zwaan (Cordaid) as moderator, Niagalé Bagayoko (African Security Sector Network), Jair van der Lijn (SIPRI), Marion Biermans (EUCAP Mali)

Language: English

Lessons on ethical communication about international cooperation

Organisation:Expertisecentrum Humanitarian Communic...

Location: Classroom 3

Available:29 places left

In this interactive workshop, the Expertise Center for Humanitarian Communication (HuCom) will explain why and how they are committed to ethical communication about international cooperation and humanitarian aid. They will do this, among other things, by announcing and discussing the nominations for the HuCom Awards, the annual award ceremony for the most and least succesful campaign by a Dutch development organization.

Which campaigns are ethically acceptable and which are not? And why is it important to (continue to) critically examine the image of Africa and other continents in relation to development issues?

Language: English

The social impacts of climate change in Sudan


Location: Clauszaal

Available:27 places left

It has long been clear that climate change does not only affect the physical state of the earth. Due to the rapid and disastrous changes, it also affects politics and society. One country in which such diverse effects can be clearly seen is Sudan.

In Sudan, desertification has led to war between different tribes, resulting in negative effects on the normal life of the people. In addition, there are several areas in the country where people were forced to leave their homes because the livability kept decreasing. And since October 2021, a political transition period marked by absence of authority has been added.

The first part of this workshop will be about the role that climate change plays in creating political situations in Sudan. Whereas in the second part, we will talk about what climate change adds to an already unstable political situation due to a military coup and mass demonstrations. Ask your questions and join our discussion!

Language: English

Climate justice in Africa: a call for action


Location: Bestuurskamer

Available:33 places left

Climate change is perhaps the biggest challenge we face in the world today. People everywhere are struggling with its devastating effects. Though African countries historically bear the least responsibility for causing climate change, they are hit hardest by its consequences.

Still, most important decisions regarding climate action are made by those who do not feel the biggest impact of the climate crisis and who generally have better capabilities to deal with the problems at hand. Especially for African countries, this makes the road to a climate-just transition long and winding. This needs to change!

In this interactive session we focus on the stories of climate change by Africans themselves. How does climate change affect them? What is needed mostly? And what then can the Netherlands and the EU do?

Joining us climate activists from Africa, politicians and the author our study 'Climate justice: African perspectives & EU policies - a call for action', as well as YOU! Do you have a story, an idea on what is needed or a question for our panel? Join the session and share it with us!

Language: English

Africa in global governance: a rising peace and security actor


Location: Emmazaal

Available:17 places left

More than ever peace and security are globalised concerns, increasing the need for global governance. Yet, we observe that the agency and role of African countries and its regional organization, the African Union, are limited. This concerns issues occurring within the continent or in other parts of the world.

This participatory session will bring together two specialists of the continent to discuss Africa’s role and agency in global governance and assess its future impact on international peace and security issues. The speakers’ presentation will be followed by a discussion where participants get the opportunity to exchange their thoughts on key questions.

How could we assess Africa’s position in global governance? What impact does Africa have on international peace and security issues occurring on its territory and elsewhere? To what extent can Africa be regarded as a future rising actor in international relations?

Speakers: Kawsar Laanani (ECDPM) as moderator, Lidet Tadesse (ECDPM), Professor Thomas Tieku (The University of Western Ontario)

Language: English

Equal trade, far beyond Fairtrade!

Organisation:Africa in Motion

Location: Raadzaal

Available:21 places left

About 86% of the cocoa beans worldwide, which are used in products such as chocolate, originate from the Ivory Coast and Ghana. The chocolate industry makes about $130B yearly, while the cocoa farmers who are the primary producers of the cocoa pods make only $1 or less a day.

Over the last decades, there have been several initiatives trying to improve the conditions of cocoa farmers, such as the Fairtrade movement. However, data proves that the extra income deriving from the Fairtrade project was insignificant and, in some instances, did not even reach the farmers. With the failure of Fairtrade, the poor economic conditions of cocoa farmers remain a large problem.

In this workshop Africa in Motion will present the Equal Trade Certification, aiming at tackling the farmer’s poverty from a completely new angle. It bears the potential to bring revolutionary change in the trade system of African raw materials.

Language: English

Film programme 1: Kimpa Vita

Organisation:iAfrica Film Festival

Location: Classroom 1

Available:29 places left

In this first part of the film programme organised by the iAfrica Film Festival, we are taken back to Africa’s past. The African people’s rich history was interrupted by slavery, genocide and the deportation of Africans to new lands. The great Kingdom of Kongo was no exception.

In 1704, a fearless young woman decides to fight for her country and while she tragically meets her demise and is burned alive in 1706, she is always remembered throughout history as Kimpa Vita: the mother of the African revolution.

The winning picture at the 2020 Papa International Historical Film Festival is shown, after which a dicussion follows. There will be opportunities for participants to engage in conversation with others in the audience and the organisers of the iAfrica Film Festival!

Speakers: Angélique Mbundu (iAfrica), Dady Kiyangi (iAfrica)

Language: film in French, English and Dutch subtitles