2017 Africa Workshops

African gathering

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The Next African Economic Crisis

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 2:00 pm

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… 

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Speakers:

Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA Networ; Stefanie Ostfeld, Global Witness; Brian Adeba, Enough/ Sentry Project.

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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

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

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 Amnhara Regions of Ethiopia. It… 

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Speakers:

Rev. Etafa Gobena, Former President of Ethiopian Evangelical Church Mekane Yesus; Dr. Ezekiel Gebissa, Kettering University, Rev. Dr. Gemechu Olana, United Oromo Evangelical Churches Advocacy Commission; Sheik Abdurhim A Doyo, Towhid Islamic Center, St. Paul MN

Moderator: Bonnie Holcomb, Anthropologist of the Oromo in Ethiopia and Diaspora

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

Saturday, Apr 22, 2017, 3:45 pm

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 U.S. 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… 

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Speakers:

Omolola Adele-Oso, Act 4 Accountability; Nathan Wineinger, 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative; Charles Kwuelum, Mennonite Central Committee U.S. Washington Office

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Africa, the U.S. & the Internal Criminal Court: How important is ICC in U.S.-Africa relations

Sunday, Apr 23, 2017, 2:00 pm

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… 

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Speakers:

Akwe Amosu, Open Society Foundations, NYC; Bonnie Holcomb, ADNA; Nii Akuetteh, ADNA; and Alex Carnes, Sen. Leahy’s office

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