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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 3 (14:00-15:00)

Changing The Narrative: Importance of the Diaspora Lens

Location: Grote-Zaal

Organiser:International Foundation GroenLinks x ...

Available:234 places left

Join us for a session focused on reshaping the narrative about Africa through active engagement of the diaspora and Africans themselves. We aim to amplify the voices of those often sidelined in discussions about the continent – the diaspora from Africa and communities in Africa. We believe in fostering a more inclusive environment where the diaspora and people in Africa play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing Dutch trade and foreign policy. In this session, we also aim to challenge power structures and address gender imbalances in how we talk about Africa. Let's come together, empower each other, and rewrite the story to make global conversations fairer and more inclusive.

Speakers: Hilda Flavia Nakabuye (Fridays for Future Uganda), Tinebeb Berhane (Country Director, ActionAid Ethiopia); Didier Rwema (Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs); Abubakarr Bangura (Diaspora Ambassador for the IOM project CD4D2); Georgina Kwakye (Pimp My Village, Consultant for the IOM CD4Ds Ambassadors campaign)

//Moderators:// Sophie Kwizera (ActionAid) and Milka Yemane (International Foundation GroenLinks)

Language: English

Dialogue about the Dutch colonial past and slavery

Location: IJzaal

Organiser:GroenLinks / PvdA

Available:91 places left

On 1 July 2023, King of the Netherlands Willem-Alexander apologised for the Dutch history of slavery. Africa's role in this history is inescapable to highlight and so this session will seek the connection between the Netherlands, the Caribbean/Suriname and the African continent. Led by Kiza Magendane, we will explore the following: What is to happen after the apology for slavery? How do we view slavery apologies and what consequences should the Netherlands draw from them? What role can the diaspora play in making this a constructive dialogue? And how do we ensure that this does not remain just an apology and a year of dialogue but becomes part of our common history? These questions are at the centre of this session.

Speakers: John Leerdam, Samira Rafaela (D66 MEP). Moderator: Kiza Magedane

Language: Dutch

Raw Elegance: Exhibition and Fashion Show

Location: Ruimte Expo

Organiser:Marlena Blaauw


Raw Elegance is a combination of an exhibition and a fashion show. Showing photos, fashion and accessories from different parts of the African continent. All inspired by the raw elegance of tribes from Africa.

Organisers: Kadogo Nyawade and Wim Verdonschot (Stichting Kadowinja), Marlena Blaauw (stylist & fashion designer)

Language: not applicable

Global climate justice: an advice to the Dutch government

Location: Studio

Organiser:Advisory Council on International Affa...


In a new report, the Advisory Council on International Affairs (AIV) warns that the lack of international climate justice is undermining global efforts to reach the goals of the Paris Agreement. It offers a number of urgent and concrete recommendations to the Dutch government on how to step up its efforts towards climate justice. During this session we will explore the meaning of climate justice in the African context. Africa contributed least to climate change while suffering some of its worst consequences. Furthermore, Africa has least access to the resources needed to invest in the green transition, while facing the simultaneous challenge of scaling up total energy production for its economic development. The AIV will present the main messages of the report, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.

Speakers: Bert Koenders (president AIV), Annelies Zoomers (Utrecht University and chair of the development cooperation committee of the AIV); Fatima Denton (Director of United Nations University – Institute for Natural Resources in Africa and Prince Claus Chair on Just Transitions); Mohammed Chahim (Member of the European Parliament for the S&D)

Language: English

North African Literature

Location: Workspace

Organiser:El Hizjra

Available:50 places left

More information coming soon.


Language: Dutch

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