Annually the Afrikadag, the biggest event in the Netherlands on Africa and international cooperation, is organised by the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS). The foundation strives for the social democratic value of international solidarity within three areas: democracy, development and dialogue. Besides the Africaday, the FMS organises several public meetings and expert meetings on changes and developments within countries and regions of our interest. Hereby we work together with civil society, the PvdA or the diaspora of these countries. For more information about the FMS, its activities and its events, take a look at the website.
The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) is the European progressive political think tank, established as an intellectual crossroad between social democracy and the European project. As a platform for ideas, FEPS works in close collaboration with social democratic organisations, and in particular 50 national foundations and think tanks across Europe, to tackle the challenges that Europe faces today. FEPS is doing a lot of activities, both closed seminars and public debates. The FEPS also publishes a magazine called the Progressive Post.
The Afrikadag is an annual event with over 1200 attendants, 150 speakers from the Netherlands and abroad, and around 100 volunteers whom together with the FMS team make the Afrikadag a great success! Besides a broad cultural program, there are numerous political debates, workshops and speeches in which visitors can get in touch with politicians, professionals and each other.
Since 2012 we also organise an afterparty for the Afrikadag, "Africa at Night", with several artist, performers and DJ’s. This is the perfect place to relax and process all the impressions of the Afrikadag, while having a nice African meal and some great live music.
To highlight certain issues and developments, every year the Afrikadag has its own theme. In 2013 this was "Africa Works", 2014 was about "Democracy, good governance and human rights’’ and in 2015 focused on the "new players" in Africa. In 2016 it was all about "the relation between Europe and Africa".
On Saturday the 14th of April Afrikadag 2018 will once again take place in the beautiful Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. This year's theme is “Change we can believe in! The power of activism and citizens' initiatives in Africa”.
More information about the exact location, program and speakers comes online soon. Visit our website and the FMS Facebook regularly for updates on the programme, news about the afterparty "Africa at Night" and interesting background articles. Ticket sale will start the 12th of March and then the programme for 2018 will also be published. Register quickly, so you don’t miss out.
Photo's of last year? Go to our Flickr page (click in the upper right corner of this website, next to YouTube).
The Afrikadag Hub
The African continent is booming! African countries are developing rapidly and their economies are growing. Due to worldwide economic growth, trade, and technological development African countries are transforming as never before. The middle class is growing and people have more to spend. Yet, the continent has many challenges to overcome. Corruption, war, repression, climate change, and dictatorial leaders are still predominantly present. Nevertheless, the African continent has plenty of beautiful and spectacular things to offer. So stay up-to-date and let the Afrikadag Hub inform you with facts and figures about the developments in the different African countries.