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    Call for Articles on the Theme: WOMEN AND MIGRATION IN AFRICA

    BUWA! Journal on African Women’s Experiences, Issue 6

    2015-09-03, Issue 740

    Contributors should indicate their interest and focus of the selected piece by 15 September 2015. All full articles should be submitted by 15 October 2015.

    Pambazuka News annual break

    2015-08-14, Issue 739

    Dear Readers and Contributors The Pambazuka News Team takes its annual break from 17-31 August 2015. We would like to thank you most sincerely for your continued support that enables us to carry insightful, sharp and thoughtful analyses, making Pambazuka News one of the largest and most influential web-based forums for social justice in the Pan-African world. EDITORS

    Second Call for Papers: Pan-African Colloquium in Barbados University of the West Indies/Barbados, January 12-15, 2016

    Pan-African Colloquium

    2015-07-07, Issue 739

    The Departments of History and Philosophy; Government, Sociology and Social Work, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados and PANAFSTRAG are pleased to issue a second call for papers for this inaugural international Pan African Colloquium to be held at The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, Barbados over the period January 12-15, 2016.

    Call for applications: Master’s degree (LLM/MPhil) in human rights and democratisation in Africa


    Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

    2015-07-02, Issue 737

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    This prestigous degree is presented by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria in partnership with 13 leading African universities. APPLY ONLINE:

    2015 Drivers of Change Awards: A call for nominations

    2015-07-15, Issue 737

    Nominations for the 2015 Drivers of Change Awards are now open! Nominate individuals, businesses, civil society organisations and government agencies that are making a real impact to end poverty.

    Pan-African human rights defenders awards

    2015-07-08, Issue 736

    Pan-African Human Rights Defenders Network (PAHRD–Net) has opened a call for nominations for the 2nd Edition of human rights defenders awards. The awards will honor exceptional individuals who peacefully promote and protect universally recognized rights as stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

    Help rebuild a hospital in Gaza destroyed by Israel

    2015-07-21, Issue 736

    There is a fund to re-build a hospital in the Gaza strip, damaged in last year's brutal attacks by Israel. Please click here to donate.

    Invitation to Apply: 2nd West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy

    2015-06-19, Issue 732

    The University of Ghana School of Law, in collaboration with the Open Society Global Drug Policy Program and Open Society Initiative for West Africa, is inviting applications for its intensive 6-day 2nd West Africa Executive Course on Human Rights and Drug Policy to be held at the University of Ghana, Legon between July 27 and 1 August, 2015.

    First Christopher Freeman annual lecture

    2015-06-24, Issue 732

    The first Freeman lecture will be held on 31 July 2015 in India. This year’s theme is “Chris Freeman's Enduring Contributions to the Economics of Innovation.”

    Panel: Conflict minerals and human rights

    2015-06-04, Issue 730

    The New York City Bar’s Committee on African Affairs cordially invites you to a panel on: CONFLICT MINERALS and HUMAN RIGHTS: The Dodd-Frank Act’s Reforms and Reporting Requirements Tuesday, June 16, 2015 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the House of the Bar Association, 42 West 44th Street (between 5th and 6th Avenues) Conflict minerals in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) fuel conflict and finance armed groups committing horrendous human rights abuses. To halt this situation, Congress passed Section 1502 of the Dodd-Frank Act requiring the SEC to adopt rules requiring publicly traded companies to disclose whether “conflict minerals” used in their products come from the DRC or an adjoining country. If such minerals originate in the covered countries, companies must submit to the SEC an annual report describing the source and chain of custody of their “conflict minerals” (defined in the Act as columbite-tantalite (coltan), cassiterite, gold, wolframite, or their derivatives (tin, tungsten, and tantalum)). The second annual reporting date is on June 1, 2015 The panelists will discuss the effectiveness of the legislation, the reporting required by it, and the Court of Appeals’ decision on First Amendment grounds in the litigation that upheld most of the SEC’s conflict minerals rule. SPEAKERS HOLLY DRANGINIS, ESQ., Policy Analyst for the Enough Project, focused on the Democratic Republic of the Congo; MICHAEL LITTENBERG, ESQ., a partner at Schulte Roth & Zabel, where he advises on the Conflict Minerals Rule and oversees SRZ’s Conflict Minerals Resource Center; and ZORKA MILIN, ESQ., Senior Legal Adviser, Global Witness. MODERATOR: ELIZABETH BARAD, ESQ., International Law and Gender Consultant Co-sponsored by: Cyrus R. Vance Center for International Justice, (Alexander Papachristou, Executive Director); Securities Regulation Committee, (Sandra Flow, Chair); Financial Reporting Committee, (Michael Young, Chair); and International Human Rights Committee, (Elisabeth Wickeri, Chair). The program is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to [email protected]

    Third Assembly of the African Grantmakers Network

    Date: 1-3 July 2015; Arusha, Tanzania.

    African Grantmakers Network

    2015-06-02, Issue 729

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    We are pleased to inform you that the Third Assembly of the African Grantmakers Network (AGN) which was postponed in 2014 will now take place from 1 - 3 July 2015 in Arusha, Tanzania and will be hosted by the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF) and the Foundation for Civil Society (FCS).

    Call for papers: Heroes and heroines of the back to Africa movements

    2015-05-29, Issue 729

    The international conference in Barbados hopes to bring together scholars/researchers, activists and policy makers to interrogate the philosophical, political, socio-cultural and economic thoughts and legacies of these Africanists.

    Human Sciences Research Council: Seminar Invitation

    The last colony in Africa: Western Sahara and the right to self-determination

    2015-06-04, Issue 729

    His Excellence Mr Mohammed Salem Ould Salek, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Saharawi Arab democratic Republic Keynote address: The latest development on the question of Western Sahara Date: Friday 12 June 2015 Time: 14:00-16:00 Venue: Forum 150, HSRC, 134 Pretorious Street, Pretoria Ambassador Maitland, Chief Director of the Central and North Africa Directorate at DIRCO Presentation title: A renewed role of the African Union in Western Sahara Ms Catherine Constantinides, Lead SA Executive, Archbishop Tutu African Oxford Fellow and Social Cohesion Advocate for the Department of Arts & Culture Presentation title: The story of a forgotten people; my recent experiences in the refugee camps Kindly RSVP by 11 June 2015 to Sam Lekala at [email protected]; Tel: 0123169753; Cell: 0823281464

    KUWALA Journal: Call for Papers

    2015-05-07, Issue 726

    The African Academy of Languages invites Africa scholars in the continent and the Diaspora to submit contribution for publication in a special edition of KUWALA (ACALAN’s Journal), which will explore the academic, conceptual and practical elements on the contribution of African languages to Agenda 20163.

    Journal of Peacebuilding & Development: Call for Papers

    “Donor Driven Peace? A Critical Reflection on Donor Support to Peacebuilding in Practice” Volume 11 Number 1. With Visiting Editor: Cheryl Duckworth, Ph.D., Nova Southeastern University

    2015-05-07, Issue 726

    Key challenges include how to support genuinely addressing the root causes of many intractable conflicts, which often involve deeply entrenched inequalities of wealth and power, while often having to meet headquarter demands for short term, quantifiable results rooted in linear and problematic assumptions about how change manifests.

    Call for articles: African perspectives on the post-2015 agenda for development

    2015-04-16, Issue 725

    Pambazuka News, in collaboration with AfricAvenir (, invites contributions on the evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the question of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

    University of Bradford Call for Papers

    Annual Research Conference: “Rethinking Peace, Security and Development in Contemporary Africa”

    2015-04-02, Issue 723

    The conference aims to examine the past and current approaches to peace, security and development in Africa in light of confronting the new challenges and the opportunities offered. Key themes focus on the emerging security challenges, technology and innovative approaches to peace and security and celebrating African successes and development.

    Kenya: Pambazuka Dialogue Convergence, March 16-17, 2015

    2015-03-12, Issue 717

    This convergence will derive key proposals for social action for full transformation of the structures and relationships that lead to violence in Kenya. It is expected that the outcome of the dialogue will be tools for partners seeking to achieve long-term results to post conflict transformation in Africa.

    IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter: March issue

    2015-03-05, Issue 716

    The November issue of the International Refugee Rights Initiative’s Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter (formerly the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter) is out. Find the full newsletter here.

    African Higher Education Summit: Revitalizing higher education for Africa’s future

    2015-02-27, Issue 716

    The Summit in Dakar, Senegal, March 10-12, 2015 seeks to build a movement of like-minded institutions to transform the African higher education sector.

    Call for papers

    2015-02-05, Issue 715

    International Conference on Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Environmental Ethics: Implications for Peace-building and Sustainable Development: 28-30 April 2015, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa.

    Special Issue: Where next for the Millenuim Development Goals?

    African perspectives on the Post-2015 development agenda process

    2015-02-05, Issue 715

    Pambazuka News invites articles on the evaluation of the Millennium Development Goals and the question of the post-2015 Development Agenda in Africa to help readers make sense of the debate in order to influence the UN’s construction of a Post-2015 Development with Africa as an active partner.

    Join Mapinduzi Afrika!

    2015-02-12, Issue 715

    Fahamu has launched Mapinduzi Afrika Mailing List for progressive individuals and groups throughout the pan-African world to share their thoughts, experiences, events, strategies, struggles, opportunities and updates in the ongoing efforts to destroy entrenched oppressive, anti-people systems. Sign up!

    African Journalist Study Programme: Workshop in Nairobi 2015

    A call for applications

    2015-01-15, Issue 714

    The Fahamu Emerging Powers in Africa project will be conducting a three-day Journalist capacity building workshop in Nairobi. The workshop seeks to strengthen the voice of African media on investigating and reporting the impact that emerging actors (including China, India, Brazil, South Korea and Turkey) have on Africa’s external engagements and development landscape.

    Toward the 8th Pan-African Congress, Accra, Ghana

    2015-01-21, Issue 714

    The Local Organising Committee of the 8th Pan African Congress, Accra, Ghana wishes to inform the Pan African world that the 8th PAC will be held in Accra, 4 – 7 March, 2015 at the Accra International Conference Centre. Pan-African organisations and Pan-Africanists who are interested in participating in the 8th Pan African Congress may contact Mr. Kwasi Adu on: [email protected] For further information, interested participants should also visit the 8th PAC website at: where registration can be done online. Other relevant information about the Congress will be published online on a regular basis. Kwesi Pratt Jnr. Chairman Local Organising Committee

    Special Issue: Oppressions are interlinked in Africa - Can intersectionality be a political tool to inspire social justice organising?

    2015-01-27, Issue 713

    Pambazuka News invites articles on the question of oppression in Africa to help readers make sense of the need to be critical in analysing the connectedness of African struggles and to reflect on the role this intersectionality can play in building collaboration in speaking truth to power in Africa.

    Call for application as researcher/research team

    Monitoring of Compliance and Implementation of African Union Policy Standards and Legal Instruments by Kenya

    2015-01-15, Issue 713

    Fahamu, on behalf of the SOTU coalition, is seeking to engage a consultant researcher or team of researchers to conduct an assessment in Kenya to determine the level of compliance with and implementation of key AU legal instruments and policy standards and the impact of their implementation on citizens’ quality of life.

    IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter

    2015-02-06, Issue 712

    The November issue of the International Refugee Rights Initiative’s Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter (formerly the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter) is out. Find the full newsletter here.

    Understanding the Emerging Powers Footprint in Africa: A Civil Society Perspective and Guideline

    Calling applicants

    2015-01-08, Issue 708

    The Emerging Powers Programme based in Fahamu is offering a one-week course -- in Nairobi -- analyzing the footprint of Africa’s engagements with emerging powers from the Global South. The course provides a unique opportunity for civil society practitioners (in particular activists, community based leaders, undergraduate and postgraduate students, commentators, journalists and trade unionists) to unpack and debate the nature of the relationship between Africa’s regional economic communities and key actors from the Global South. The course is designed to provide insights into the linkages and influences these emerging powers have had on the “Africa Rising” narrative and the continent’s integration into the international system. 15 sponsored places are available for applicants for this course that intends to strengthen civil society's understanding of and engagement with Global South nations whose presence is growing in Africa. Follow the link below for more details on the workshop and how to apply. Understanding the Emerging Powers Footprint in Africa: A Civil Society Perspective and Guideline - See more at: Deadline: 15 January 2015

    Call for papers: Towards the 8th Pan African Congress

    2014-12-18, Issue 707

    The 8th Pan African Congress has been rescheduled to March 2015. Writers, researchers, academics and everyone else interested are invited to send in articles covering a broad range of themes.

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