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The Inagural 2016 Pan African Colloquium, Barbados

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COP21: Special issue call for articles

2015-11-25, Issue 752

Another round of the annual circus game on climate talks is here with the COP 21 about to start. Would you like to amplify your radical perspective on the crisis of climate change to over 600,000 readers all over the world? Then send your reflections, rants, insights, critique, arts-speak and much more to [email protected] before Dec 3rd, 2015 to be published in a special feature themed: Climate Justice: Is a New Ambitious Climate Regime a Possibility!

North American regional Pan African meeting in Brooklyn

2015-10-28, Issue 748

The North American Delegation to the 8th Pan African Congress is holding a preparatory meeting to mobilize grassroots representation to the 2nd phase (to be held in 2016) on October 30‐31, 2015 in New York City at Medgar Evers College. The first phase of the 8th Pan African Congress was held in Ghana in March 2015.

Support Pambazuka via M-Pesa

2015-10-15, Issue 747

We are in need of donations to keep Pambazuka News running as an independent platform for cutting-edge analysis of topical debates within the pan-African world and global South. You can send you donation through M-Pesa, the Kenyan mobile money system that operates globally. See details Pambazuka News website.

Roundtable: Wildlife crimes

How poaching funds armed groups and terrorists

2015-10-13, Issue 746

The program will start with a short video, “The Last Days of Ivory”, evidencing how poaching funds armed groups including al-Shabab, the Lord’s Resistance Army, Boko Haram and Darfur’s Janjaweed; they smuggle wildlife products valued at $1.3 billion each year.

IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter: October 2015 issue

2015-10-06, Issue 745

The October 2015 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.

#PunchBack: Introducing Pambazuka’s new vlog

2015-09-17, Issue 743

Pambazuka News Team is pleased to announce to its readers and supporters the launch of a new video blog called #PunchBack. #PunchBack provides comment and analysis of current affairs from a pan-Africanist perspective. We invite our readers to watch #PunchBack, share the vlog, engage with the issues raised and share your views with us. A new post of #PunchBack will appear every two weeks in the Comments & Analysis section of your newsletter. Welcome! Click on this link to the first post of #PunchBack. Pambazuka News Team

IRRI Rights in Exile Newsletter: September 2015 issue

2015-09-17, Issue 742

The September 2015 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.

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

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

2015-09-03, Issue 742

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!

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