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Convenings Reports

A seminar, discussion group, or the like, that emphasizes exchange of ideas and the demonstration and application of techniques, skills, etc.

Strengthening National Institutions and Civil Society Organizations for Effective Conflict Prevention and Peace-Building

The paradox of the African continent is this: At independence in the 1960s, the governance process was characterized by effective leadership armed with vision, strategic planning but crippled by the poverty of a human resource base to transform vision into reality — leaders, such as Kwame Nkrumah, Sekou Toure, Gamal Nasser, Nyerere, Houphouet-Boigny … had to recreate institutions from the ruins of colonialism and to try to beat a poor human resource base at home into shape, often complemented, as was the case in Nkrumah’s Ghana, by human resource from the Diaspora, to run the state machine.

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81.12 kB
Date:
10 September 2006
Author:
Abdel-Fatau Musah








Towards a New Pax Africana: Building peace in Africa

Post-colonial Africa has lived through an age of extremes. Since 1960, about 40 wars have resulted in over 10 million deaths and spawned more than 10 million refugees. Ali Mazrui, the foremost academic prophet of Pax Africana1, was one of the earliest analysts to articulate the need for Africans to take on the responsibility of keeping, building and consolidating peace on their own continent.

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104.17 kB
Date:
10 September 2006
Author:
Adekeye Adebajo








Report of Workshop on Citizenship and Identity in Africa

The Special Initiative for Africa (SIA) held its third and final agenda-setting workshop on the theme of citizenship and identity from June 9 - 12, 2003 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At this unique gathering, participants held lively, passionate debates about what citizenship and identity mean to them and how, together, they can help resolve some of the continent’s most pressing problems. Those who attended the workshop found the discussionsimmensely rewarding.

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495.42 kB
Date:
12 June 2003








I Don’t Believe in People with Single Identities

For participants at the recent meeting of the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative on Africa, the topic of ‘Citizenship and Identity’ turned out to be challenging in unforeseen ways. Most people arrived with the intention of having a discussion about the practical problems Africans face in asserting their chosen identities and citizen’s rights. Yet it quickly became clear that for most, there were deeply personal dimensions to the debate. For some Africans, living in the diaspora had meant a loosening of the ties with home, leaving children born abroad without deep roots and with uncertain roles and rights; for others, being born into families combining different national identities, living in exile, being in an ethnic or racial minority had meant learning to negotiate painful issues and grow defensive layers to cope.

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127.51 kB
Date:
23 May 2003
Author:
By Akwe Amosu








Report of Workshop on Regional Integration in Africa

The Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa (SIA) held its second agenda-setting workshop from November 25 to 28, 2002 in Addis Ababa. The focus of the meeting was regional integration. More than forty participants from a diverse cross-section of civil society organizations from all sub-regions of Africa attended the workshop. Participants represented research institutes, universities, women’s organizations, youth organizations, trade unions, inter-governmental institutions, political parties, media organizations, and funding agencies.

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492.67 kB
Date:
28 November 2002








Rapport de l’atelier sur la citoyenneté et l’identité en Afrique

Du 9 au 12 juin 2003, à Addis-Abeba (Éthiopie), l'Initiative spéciale pour l'Afrique (ISA) a tenu le troisième et dernier de ses ateliers destinés à identifier des domaines d'action prioritaires. Lors de cette rencontre exceptionnelle, consacrée à la citoyenneté et à l'identité, les participants ont débattu avec passion de la signification que revêt à leurs yeux cette thématique, ainsi que de la manière dont ils peuvent contribuer à régler certains des problèmes les plus graves auxquels se heurte le continent africain.

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583.37 kB
Date:
28 November 2002








Rapport de l’atelier sur l’intégration régionale en Afrique

Du 25 au 28 novembre 2002, à Addis-Abeba, l’Initiative spéciale pour l’Afrique de la Fondation Ford a tenu le deuxième de ses ateliers destinés à identifier des domaines d’action prioritaires. Consacré à l’intégration régionale, il a réuni plus de 40 participants appartenant à un échantillon représentatif d’organisations de la société civile de l’ensemble des sous-régions d’Afrique — instituts de recherche, universités, organisations féminines, organisations de jeunes, mais aussi syndicats, institutions intergouvernementales, partis politiques, médias et organismes de financement.

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492.67 kB
Date:
28 November 2002








Report of Workshop on Peace and Conflict in Africa

From June 23 to 27, 2002, the Ford Foundation’s Special Initiative for Africa (SIA) brought together a group of experts from 24 countries, representing the five sub-regions of Africa, for a workshop on Peace and Conflict in Africa. Participants, working primarily in small groups, discussed the problem of conflictin Africa and explored innovative regional solutions to foster peace. This was a pivotal convening in terms of its focus on initiating inter-African partnerships for peace.

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808.22 kB
Date:
27 June 2002








Rapport de l’atelier sur la paix et les conflits en Afrique

Du 23 au 27 juin 2002, dans le cadre de l’Initiative spéciale pour l’Afrique (ISA) de la Fondation Ford, un groupe d’experts en provenance de 24 pays, représentant cinq sous-régions d’Afrique, se sont réunis à l’occasion d’un atelier consacré à la paix et aux conflits en Afrique. Les participants, qui ont travaillé principalement en petits groupes, ont débattu du problème des conflits en Afrique et envisagé dessolutions régionales novatrices propices à l’instauration de la paix.

File Size:
492.05 kB
Date:
27 June 2002








 
 
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