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Perspectives on Emerging Powers in Africa: December 2011 newsletter

Deborah Brautigam provides an overview and description of China's development finance to Africa. "Looking at the nature of Chinese development aid - and non-aid - to Africa provides insights into China's strategic approach to outward investment and economic diplomacy, even if exact figures and strategies are not easily ascertained", she states as she describes China's provision of grants, zero-interest loans and concessional loans. Pambazuka Press recently released a publication titled India in Africa: Changing Geographies of Power, and Oliver Stuenkel provides his review of the book.
The December edition available here.

The 2010 issues: September, October, November, December, and the 2011 issues: January, February, March , April, May , June , July , August , September, October and November issues are all available for download.

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Call for Proposals

Strengthening Cameroonian Citizen’s Participation in Policy Development, Implementation and Monitoring within the African Union

2014-11-13, Issue 702

This call for proposals is open to NGOs, CSOs, NGO networks and social movements who seek to popularize, monitor and advocate for the ratification of key African Union legal instruments and implementation of policy standards in Cameroon. Find details in English here. The French version is here. For Proposal Application documents and other details, go here.

Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter

2014-11-06, Issue 701

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.

Special Issue: Transition Justice in Africa - Challenging contemporary knowledge, narratives and praxis

2014-09-22, Issue 699

Pambazuka News invites articles on the question of Transitional Justice in Africa to help readers make sense of the debate in order to effectively play their roles as citizens of Africa.

Follow a Pan African Conversation on Transitional Justice!

2014-10-03, Issue 696

The Transitional Justice Tafakari Forum Date: 6-10th October 2014 Venue: Kampala Theme: Towards a self sustaining Transitional Justice in Africa Fahamu in its efforts to create spaces for dialogue and debate to amplify Africa-centred voices, perspectives and solutions has partnered with Refugee Law Project, a Uganda based organisation to organise a dialogical space for conversation and reflection on the complexities of the current transitional justice policies and processes in addressing the concerns of post-conflict societies in Africa. The forum brings together representatives from the Civil Society, legal scholars/practitioners, researchers, anthropologists, economists, sociologists and activists working with communities that have been victims of collective violence from Burundi, Kenya, South Sudan and Uganda. The Tafakari Forum happening on the 6-7th October 2014, at At Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda followed by an Oral History Tour in Northern Uganda on the 8-9th, 2014. It aims at realising the following: • Advance on the ongoing critical analysis of Transitional Justice mechanisms in Africa to unearth their complexities, contestations and contradictions in promoting accountability for past atrocities, justice for victims of violence and reconciliation; • Deriving of context-based action points in promoting self-sustaining Transitional Justice processes that are considerate of the African realities and contexts. You can follow the conversations on Twitter #TransitionInAfrica and on live streaming at and engage in this crucial Pan Africa dialogue.

Save the date: Raising Her Voice Report Launch

2014-09-18, Issue 694

Oxfam, Fahamu and the State of the Union Coalition (SOTU) have pleasure in inviting you to a breakfast celebrating the of the forst country report under the Raising Her Voice project analysing the implementation in Kenya of the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa. Please save the date in your diary. Further information will follow shortly. Please contact Moreen Majiwa: e-mail: tel: 0700932170 with any queries in the meantime. WHEN 30 September 2014 WHERE Villa Rosa Kempinski, Chiromo Rd. Nairobi, Kenya TIME 8.00AM -11.30AM


2014-09-11, Issue 693

The African Centre for Migration & Society, at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, invites applications for an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Migration & Displacement at the continent’s leading academic institution on migration. Based in the School of Social Sciences, the African Centre for Migration & Society) is an interdisciplinary, internationally engaged and Africa-based centre that shapes global discourse on human mobility and social transformation. Our MA in Migration & Displacement encompasses public health, political science, sociology, urban planning, development studies and other disciplines. ACMS enrols a maximum of 20 students each year and limited tuition scholarships are granted. Please visit to APPLY ONLINE For more information: or visit Closing date: 30 September 2014

2014 African Grantmakers Network assembly - Accra, Ghana

2014-08-07, Issue 691

The African Grantmakers Network (AGN) invites you to the Third Biennial Assembly to be held in Accra, Ghana on 17th - 19th November 2014 and hosted by the African Women's Development Fund (AWDF). It will bring together leaders in philanthropy to discuss actions that will contribute to and sustain the growth of African economies through philanthropy development. Click here for details.

Call for participation to the 8th Pan African Congress

2014-07-10, Issue 689

The next Pan African Congress will be held in four months time. Nations, organizations and individuals from around the Pan African world are invited to offer support prepare for this event

The 8th Pan African Congress: Pre-Congress meeting of the North American Delegation

2014-07-31, Issue 689

The goal of the Pre-congress meeting is to mobilize Pan African organizations and activists in North America to organize and engage in the process leading up to the 8th Pan African Congress to be held in Ghana in November

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

Online course

2014-07-03, Issue 688

Ten 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

PAMBAZUKA NEWS: Call for volunteer translators

2014-03-20, Issue 688

Pambazuka News needs volunteers to translate articles. Published weekly in English and French, and every 15 days in Portuguese, our electronic newsletter sometimes translates articles from one language to another. Through this, we aim to break down language barriers, give more audience to relevant analysis for our contributors and encourage exchanges between linguistic communities in Africa and around the world. In this Pambazuka is unique. To deal with our increasing translation needs, we are looking for volunteers to strengthen our team of volunteer translators who assist us in this task and contribute to what Pambazuka is. We engage to sign all translated articles with the name of their authors. If you are a student or professional translator, we are counting on you. Write to the editors at the following address:

PAMBAZUKA SPECIAL: When will peace be created for the people of the DRC?

2014-06-05, Issue 687

The special issue on the DRC seeks to expose not only the realities of war that continue to have a traumatic and tragic impact on the lives of those directly affected, but also to address the complex realities and issues that the Congolese have faced in the past since the assassination of its valiant leader, Patrice Lumumba

Special issue on GMOs, Food Sovereignty and Africa: Call for articles

2014-05-15, Issue 686

Pambazuka News invites articles on the vexed question of GMOs and food sovereignty in Africa to help readers make sense of the debate in order to effectively play their roles as citizens

KENYA: Invitation to a book launch

2014-06-26, Issue 684

‘Global NATO and the catastrophic failure in Libya’ by Horace Campbell DATE AND TIME: Friday, 27 June, 2014 at 5.00pm VENUE: The Professional Centre, Parliament Rd, Nairobi ‘Meticulously researched and documented, Horace Campbell’s analysis convincingly connects the dots between NATO’s botched criminal operation in Libya, the global capitalist crisis, and the Western project for the recolonization of Africa. An essential handbook for Pan-Africanists and for the international peace and justice movement’. Norman Girvan, Professor Emeritus, University of the West Indies. A regular and long-time contributor to Pambazuka News, Horace Campbell holds a joint professorship in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Political Science at Syracuse University.

Call for articles: Africa and its diaspora in migration dynamics

2014-04-17, Issue 680

Pambazuka News proposes to address migration dynamics in a special issue in late June. Analysis may include historical, cultural, economic, psychological, developmental, social, legal and political dimensions of this age-old phenomenon.

PAMBAZUKA SPECIAL ISSUE: Africa in 50 years time – inventing a new Africa

2014-03-13, Issue 678

What kind of Africa do women, youth, trade union activists, environmentalists, human rights, LBGTI and sex worker activists envision? What are the dreams of African writers, poets, scientists, engineers, agronomists, musicians for the continent in 50 years time? Pambazuka would like to hear from you.

May 2014 Issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid newsletter

2014-05-08, Issue 677

The May 2014 issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is now available: Please help us distribute it, and consider contributing in the future. You can also like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter!



2014-04-10, Issue 674

The forthcoming African Odysseys programme will feature screenings of inspirational films by and about the people of Africa, followed by question and answer sessions with the film directors

RWANDA: 20 years after the genocide: A call for articles

2014-02-13, Issue 673

How has Rwanda fared in the past two decades since the 1994 genocide? And what does the future hold for this nation of 11 million people? Pambazuka News invites articles for a special issue to be published in April

Call for applications

Evaluation of the Fahamu transition plan: 01/09/2012-31/12/2013

2014-03-27, Issue 671

The proposed external evaluation seeks to find out to what extent members of the Board of Trustees, Senior Management Team and other members of staff of Fahamu have implemented recommendations provided by the Change Manager as part of the transition process of the organisation

March 2014 Issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid newsletter

2014-03-06, Issue 668

The March 2014 issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is now available: Please help us distribute it, and consider contributing in the future. You can also like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter!

LGBTI in Africa: A call for articles

2014-01-16, Issue 665

In February, Pambazuka News plans to carry a special issue dedicated to the LGBTI situation in Africa. Send in your contribution

February 2014 Issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid newsletter

2014-02-06, Issue 664

The February 2014 issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is now available: Please help us distribute it, and consider contributing in the future. You can also like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter!

Closing down for year-end holidays

2013-12-19, Issue 659

The Editorial Team would like to notify our readers, contributors and other partners that Pambazuka News will take a break from December 20, 2013 to January 6, 2014. We will publish the next issue on Thursday, January 9, 2014. We sincerely thank you all for your generous support for Pambazuka News and look forward to continued collaboration in the coming year. Happy holidays. The Editors

December 2013 Issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid newsletter

2013-12-05, Issue 657

The December 2013 issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is now available: Please help us distribute it, and consider contributing in the future. You can also like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter!

Call for articles: Amilcar Cabral

2013-11-06, Issue 657

Pambazuka News seeks to commemorate 41 years since the death of this important African political thinker. The Editors invite articles for a special issue on his life and work

New Video Series for How To Conduct Interviews with Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence

Matisse Bustos Hawkes


2013-11-26, Issue 656

A new six-part video series from WITNESS provides practical tips and insight from activists, survivors and experts on interviewing techniques, creating appropriate questions, safety and security, and the effects of trauma on survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. The video series accompanies our written guide on Conducting Safe, Effective and Ethical Interviews with Survivors of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence.

Short survey on regional legal aid service providers in Africa

2013-11-07, Issue 653

The Pan African Lawyers Union (PALU) is developing a Directory of individuals, organizations and law firms offering or ready to offer pro bono legal representation, or any other form of legal aid, to indigent clients appearing before African continental and (sub) regional Courts and tribunals. This Directory will also include any established funds or facilities offering pro bono legal aid.

November 2013 Issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid newsletter

2013-11-07, Issue 653

The November 2013 issue of the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Newsletter is now available: Please help us distribute it, and consider contributing in the future. You can also like our Facebook page, and follow us on Twitter!

Volunteer as a Portuguese-English translator for Pambazuka News

2013-10-30, Issue 652

Dear readers, Pambazuka News receives important and interesting articles in Portuguese, which we publish in the Portuguese edition of the magazine. But we believe these articles should also reach our English-speaking readers, hence the need for translation. We are urgently inviting volunteer translators to join our team. If you enjoy reading Pambazuka News, this is your opportunity to support the magazine by volunteering as a Portuguese to English translator. Your help will be greatly appreciated. Please get in touch with the editors via []. THE EDITORS

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