2017 Africa Workshops

African gathering

From Militarism to Sustainable Security: Changing the Narrative in Northeast Nigeria

Boko Haram insurgency has caused years of displacement, infrastructure destruction, and insecurity in Northeast Nigeria. The Nigerian military and other armed actors, with support from the US government, have been at the forefront of the response in addressing humanitarian concerns. Join us to discuss current conditions in the Northeast and efforts by local humanitarian actors to address ongoing issues of food insecurity, interfaith tensions, and underlying drivers of Boko Haram recruitment. Explore steps that the US and international community can take to support existing responses and meet emerging gaps.

Speakers: Omolola Adele-Oso, Executive Director and Co-Founder, Act 4 Accountability, Nathan Wineinger, Director of Policy Relations, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, Charles Kwuelum, Legislative Associate for International Affairs, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office


The Next African Economic Crisis

Ten years after debt relief initiatives wiped out billions of dollars in African debt and fueled economic growth and humanitarian development gains across the continent, debt crises are back. The global economic recession and increased borrowing along with debt and corruption scandals have pushed countries like Mozambique and Ghana back into crisis. What is the international response to renewed economic crisis in Africa? How can trade, tax, anti-corruption and responsible lending and borrowing reforms shift the international financial system to stop financial crisis and fight poverty and inequality?

Speakers: Eric LeCompte, Executive Director, Jubilee USA Network, Stefanie Ostfeld, Deputy Head of US Office, Global Witness; Brian Adeba, Enough/Sentry Project


Confronting the Triple Threat in Ethiopia: The Role of Faith-Based Reconciliation in the Conflict and Protest Against Land Grab in Oromia and Amhara Regions

A roundtable will highlight the impact of Land Grab on major populations and communities in Ethiopia, and discuss the reconciliation efforts of faith based communities   ̶ Christian, Muslim, and Traditional Oromo Spiritual Values with a strong Creation Care practices  ̶  in light of militarized government response to non-violent protests against Land Grab in Oromia and Amhara Regions of Ethiopia. It will explore new strategies for moving the parties and the reconciliation process forward.

Panelists: Rev Etafa Gobena, Former President of Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus; Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa, Professor of History, Kettering University, Rev. Dr. Gemechu Olana, Chairperson, United Oromo Evangelical Churches Advocacy Commission; Sheik Abdurhim A Doyo, Imam, leader at Towhid Islamic Center, St. Paul MN, Moderator: Bonnie Holcomb – Elder, PCUSA, anthropologist of the Oromo in Ethiopia and Diaspora.


Africa, the US & the Internal Criminal Court: How important is ICC in US-Africa relations

The international Criminal Court (ICC) seems a most viable forum for holding Africa’s leaders to accountability regarding atrocities and mass crimes. Recently, however, some African countries have withdrawn from the ICC and others threaten to withdraw. A panel will shine the spotlight on current challenges facing the ICC, highlight the impact of countries withdrawing from the ICC, identify promising possible solutions, and recommend positive roles that African and American actors could play to improve official attitudes towards the ICC.

Speakers: Akwe Amosu, Africa Director at Open Society Foundations, NYC; Bonnie Holcomb of ADNA; Nii Akuetteh of ADNA; and Alex Carnes, staffer, Sen. Leahy’s office.