Veranstaltungen des Berliner Afrikakreises

24.08.2015: South Africa – divided forever?, Berlin

24.08.2015: South Africa – divided forever?, Berlin

South Africa is still one of the socio-economically most divided societies in the world (with one of the highest Gini coefficients). Racial origins determine to a large extent identity politics in post-apartheid South Africa. Whereas, at the outset of democracy Nelson Mandela and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission received much attention and praise for their efforts towards reconciliation and nation building. Today’s continuity of racial, economic, and political division has massive implications for the development of South Africa, as large parts of society feel excluded and frustrated. Xenophobic attacks of recent years seem to be another aspect of a society at unease with itself.

Considering the state of the nation today, why are the apartheid cleavages so sustainable, never ending? How does this situation of a divided society influence developmental efforts of the South African government which stresses the concept of a developmental state based on collective and inclusive efforts for economic development? What needs to be done to overcome some of the dividing societal factors, if anything can be done at all?

Best regards

Rene Gradwohl

INISA e.V.

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02.07.2015: Fighting Boko Haram - War crimes and the Nigerian Military, Berlin

02.07.2015: Fighting Boko Haram - War crimes and the Nigerian Military, Berlin

The ongoing conflict with Boko Haram in north-east Nigeria has inflicted terrible hardships on the local population and is now spreading to neighboring countries. Amnesty International has documented multiple war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by Boko Haram, including the killing of at least 5,500 civilians, as it rampaged across north-east Nigeria during 2014 and early 2015. Furthermore, according to Amnesty International, at least 2,000 women and girls have been abducted by Boko Haram since the start of 2014 and many have been forced into sexual slavery and trained to fight.

At the same time, the population suffered from grave human rights abuses by the Nigerian military. Amnesty International´s new report “Stars on their shoulders. Blood on their hands. War crimes committed by the Nigerian military” finds that the Nigerian military has arbitrarily arrested at least 20,000 young men and boys since 2009 in their response to Boko Haram’s attacks in the north-east. Almost none of those detained have been brought to court and all have been held without the necessary safeguards against murder, torture and ill-treatment. Moreover, at least 7,000 people have died in military detention facilities since 2012 due to starvation, extreme overcrowding, torture and ill-treatment as well as denial of medical assistance. In addition, the Nigerian military has executed over 1,200 suspects, including more than 640 on one day.

Dan Eyre from Amnesty International and one of the co-authors of this report will present its key findings and discuss their political and legal implications, both for the Nigerian government and for the international community, as well as next steps for the government of newly-elected President Buhari. How to address the threat that Boko Haram poses? How to address past abuses and prevent such atrocities in the future?

Best regards

René Gradwohl

INISA e.V.

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11.06.2015: Die Krise in Libyen / The Libyan Crisis, Berlin

11.06.2015: Die Krise in Libyen  / The Libyan Crisis, Berlin

BERLINER AFRIKAKREIS 

Die Initiative Südliches Afrika (INISA) und die Society for International Development (SID-Berlin) laden Sie in Kooperation mit dem Afrika-Haus Berlin sowie dem Friedenszentrum Martin Niemöller Haus im Rahmen dessen Vortragsreihe „Weltsichten“ ein: 

Die Krise in Libyen  / The Libyan Crisis 

Donnerstag, 11. Juni 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Afrika-Haus Berlin, Bochumer Str. 25, 10555 Berlin (U-Bahn: Turmstr.) 

Referent: Salah Zater (libyscher Journalist, bis 2014 für die libyschen Fernsehsender AlAssema TV & ALNabaa, derzeit Gast der Hamburger Stiftung für politisch Verfolgte, Träger des Medienpreises der BBC 2015)

Diskutant: Wolfram Lacher (Wissenschaftler und Libyen-Experte der SWP - Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, Forschungsgruppe Naher / Mittlerer Osten und Afrika)  

Moderation: Henry Webel (SID-Berlin) 

Die Veranstaltung findet auf Englisch statt. Eine Anmeldung ist nicht erforderlich. 

 Afrikakreis_Libyen_11.6.pdf

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11.05.2015: Between TTIP and EPAs – What Future for African trade and development? Berlin

11.05.2015: Between TTIP and EPAs – What Future for African trade and development? Berlin

BERLINER AFRIKAKREIS

The Initiative Southern Africa (INISA) and the Society for International Development (SID-Berlin) cordially invite you in cooperation with the Afrikahaus:

Between TTIP and EPAs – What Future for African trade and development?
Monday, 11 May 2015, 19:00 – 20:30

Afrika-Haus Berlin, Bochumer Str. 25, 10555 Berlin (U-Bahn: Turmstr.)

Speaker: 

  • Prof Francis A. S. T. Matambalya (Head of Research, International Small Enterprise Promotion and Training (SEPT) Program, University of Leipzig)
  • Judith Helfmann-Hundack (Head of Foreign Trade & Development Policy, German-African Business Association) 
  • David Hachfeld (Policy Advisor Economy and Globalization, Oxfam Germany)

Chair: Mareike Brandt (Initiative Südliches Afrika, INISA e.V.)

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11.02.2015: Nigeria and the Presidential Election, Berlin

11.02.2015: Nigeria and the Presidential Election, Berlin

BERLINER AFRIKAKREIS

The Initiative Southern Africa (INISA) and the Society for International Development (SID-Berlin) cordially invite you in cooperation with the Afrikahaus:

Nigeria and the Presidential Election

 

Wednesday, 11 February 2015, 19:00 – 20:30
Afrika-Haus Berlin, Bochumer Str. 25, 10555 Berlin (U-Bahn: Turmstr.)

Speaker:
Tolu Ogunlesi (Journalist, West Africa Editor at The Africa Report, Winner of the CNN Multichoice African Journalism Award, Lagos)
Dietrich Becker (Head of Division, Central and Western Africa, Federal Foreign Office, Berlin)

Chair: Dr. Peter Ay (Society for International Development, SID-Berlin)

The discussion will be in English. No registrationnecessary.

Invitation_v_3_Nigeria-and-the-Presidential-Elections_11022015.pdf

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