Posts filed under ‘debate’
Aly-Khan Satchu’s #Mindspeak Co-hosted with Vimal Shah: Guest IMF MD Christine Lagarde, Jan. 6 2013 @ Inter-Con Nairobi
Chief Guest: International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde
Aly-Khan Satchu is the CEO of RICH.CO.KE and convenor of mindspeak.
Prominent guests to grace mindspeak sessions in the past include sitting African heads of state [HE Paul Kagame & HE Yoweri Kaguta Museveni], European Ministers [HE Didier Reynders – Belgian Deputy Premier and Minister of Foreign Affairs & Ms. Lilianne Ploumen – Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation of the Netherlands] and industry captains.
Essential reads on M/s Christine Lagarde: The Guardian’s Christine Lagarde: can the head of the IMF save the euro? by Decca Aitkenhead
Nairobi Forum: ‘Other’ Kenya – Conversation w/ AlJazeera’ Mohammed Adow, Dec. 18 2013 @ KICC – Aberdares Room
Date: December 18, 2013
Venue: KICC Aberdares Room, Harambee Ave
Time: 6 – 8:30 pm
Entry: Prior RSVP here
Mohammed Adow’s documentary, Not Yet Kenyan, which aired on Al Jazeera English Channel on 14 November this year brought to the fore the divide in Kenyan society, revealing a history of institutionalised discrimination against ethnic Somalis of North Eastern Kenya since independence.
Born and raised in Garissa County of northeast Kenya, Mohammed Adow has lived through and witnessed at first hand the political and economic marginalisation of this part of Kenya. For Not Yet Kenyan he went back to see how the region and its people had survived and started to prosper, only to find that Kenya’s intervention in Somalia and the actions of al-Shabaab are threatening to throw the region into turmoil.
Event while we celebrate Kenya at 50
During this meeting organised by the RVI Nairobi Forum, Gabriel Gatehouse of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) will talk with fellow journalist Mohammed Adow about his experiences and the story behind this documentary. Dr Ekuru Aukot, a Constitutional Lawyer, who hails from Turkana in northwest Kenya will discuss the issues raised by Adow.
Mohammed Adow, Al Jazeera English
Gabriel Gatehouse, BBC
Dr Ekuru Aukot, Constitutional Lawyer
Argwings Odera runs the investigative blog informkenya.wordpress.com. It is in this blog you will find some great insights into the Westgate Mall tragedy.
Find more info here
Does translation open up new frontiers for art or does it lead to the loss of context and the purity of the work? Join 16 poets, spoken word and rappers from the SPOKEN WOR:L:DS project (that draws artists from Nairobi and Berlin) as they discover and debate the joys and challenges of translation and the translatability of lyrics. They shall also share their experiences of the project as well as subsequent performances. Rappers, Poets, Spoken Word artists are very welcome to present their work during the open stage segment. (Please register through email@example.com or at Goethe Institut by Wednesday, November 13th between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.) Karibuni nyote!
SPOKEN WOR:L:DS – lyrical performance between Nairobi and Berlin – is an international literature exchange project between artists from both cities, focusing on contemporary performance poetry.
It takes up impulses of Poetry, Spoken Word, Slam Poetry and Rap, which are art forms that mix literature, music, dance, and visual arts. Eight artists from Berlin, including Josefine Berkholz, Diamondog, Erko, Christian Filips, Josh, LMNZ, Madog, Sabine Scho will meet the following artists from Nairobi: Checkmate, L-Ness, Ogutu Muraya, Wanjiku Mwaurah, Namatsi, Sitawa Namwalie, Octopizzo, and Poetic B.
The project takes place in Nairobi November , 9th – 15th 2013 and in 5th – 12th April 2014 in Berlin.
SPOKEN WOR:L:DS is a project by Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, Maono Cultural Group and Kwani Trust in cooperation with Goethe-Institut Kenya. It is funded by the TURN Fund of the German Federal Cultural Foundation, Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung and supported by Goethe-Institut, Auswärtiges Amt, and Gangway e.V. The project’s media partner is AfricAvenir.
Adults are invited to attend.
Somalia CEWERU Conflict Assessment
Date: Thursday 7 November 2013
Venue: BIEA Seminar Room, Kileleshwa
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here.
Panellists: Osman Moallim – Somalia CEWERU Country Coordinator, Ali Ahmed – Consultant, Paul Simkin – Conflict Dynamics International
The Somalia Conflict Early Response Unit is pleased to announce the launch of their conflict assessment of Gedo, Middle Juba, Lower Juba, and Lower Shabelle: From the Bottom up: Southern Regions – Perspectives through conflict analysis and key political actor’s mapping of Gedo, Middle Juba, Lower Juba, and Lower Shabelle.
The purpose of this conflict assessment was to improve understanding of the conflicts in southern Somalia, and to contribute to stabilization and better reconstruction, local governance and development assistance. The report identifies key conflict hot spots and issues and the views of key political actors. As regions in southern Somalia emerge from al Shabaab control old grievances and tensions may re-emerge. The report examines historical, current and potential future conflict. The report therefore provides vital information for any person or institution wishing to promote peace in these regions.
The meeting will also hear a short presentation on options for political accommodation within Somalia presented by Conflict Dynamics international.
A Counter History of the Internets by Sylvain Bergère, produced by ARTE 2013, 52min on the occasion of the Canal France Internationale 4M Forum; followed by a cocktail-reception
Date: November 4, 2013
Venue: Alliance Francaise
Time: 6 pm
A look at the emergence of Internet freedom defense movements that have sprung up in reaction to growing regulation of the Web by governments and multinationals.Internet was created by hippies while being funded by the military! This improbable culture shock gave birth to an area of freedom that was impossible to censor or control. Yet for years, that is precisely what a certain number of political leaders have sought to do, prompting hackers and defenders of freedom to enter the political arena
API Policy Forum: Which way Transitional Justice in Africa – Restoration or Retribution? Nov. 7 2013 @ Laico Regency
The Africa Policy Institute (API) wishes to invite you to a Policy Forum on Africa’s experience with transitional justice that will take place on Thursday, 7th November 2013 between 0830-1230 hrs at The Laico Regency Hotel, Nairobi.
Two developments have drawn approaches to transitional justice in Kenya into sharp focus. First is the release in May 2013 of the report by the Kenyan Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC); second is the on-going stand-off between the African Union and the International Criminal Court over what is viewed as a retributive approach likely to expose African states to further insecurity in Africa.
The main aim of this and subsequent forums is to provide a forum for robust intellectual and policy debate on transitional justice with the hope of developing a clear and home grown roadmap for tackling past injustices while reconciling, stabilizing and healing victims, communities and societies affected by conflict and consolidating democratic governance.
These high-level policy forums bring together high-ranking governmental experts, practitioners and thinkers on transitional justice in think-tanks, academy, media and civil society.
Please call API with any questions or comments you may have about this event at +254 202 014 260 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm participation.
Kofi Awoonor Tribute Lecture
11.00am – 12.15pm| Louis leakey Auditorium
Founding editor of Kwani?, Caine Prize Winner and author of ‘One Day I Will Write About This Place’, Binyavanga Wainaina honours the late great Ghanaian Writer, Kofi Awoonor.
In Partnership with Kwani Trust
Community Policing and Online Activism: Am I My Brother’s Keeper?
11.00am – 12.15pm|Ampitheatre
Kenya: We are one… or are we? Join this engaging discussion on communities’ reactions and its effects on cohesion, segregation and shaping identity. How much have you done or given to secure the welfare of your community?
In Partnership with UP Magazine
Blogging In Kenya
12.45- 2.30pm|Louis Leakey Auditorium
Join David Mugo (BAKE Kenyan Blog of the Year: niaje.com), Njeri Wangari (POWO and kenyanpoet.com),Jackson Biko (BAKE Creative Writing Winner: bikozulu.co.ke) and Emmie Kio (Tracking The Agricultural Scent: http://emmiekio.blogspot.com) as they talk to Robert Kunga of the Bloggers’ Association of Kenya about their passions online and off.
In partnership with the Bloggers Association of Kenya
Real Life Events Inspire Fiction
12.45pm -2.00pm| Ampitheatre
Authors Kinyanjui Kombani (The Last Villains of Molo) and Richard Crompton (The Honey Guide) both set their novels against a backdrop of real life events – the Molo tribal clashes of 1992 and the electoral violence of 2007.
What are the issues and ethics of incorporating real-life events into fiction? How does reality work in a narrative context? And does there need to be a certain distance, in time or space, between the events described and the decision to create a work of fiction about them? Can novelists tell a greater truth about real events than journalists or historians are capable of? Or are they exploiting human tragedy for the sake of entertainment?
Disrupting Sanitised History: The ICC Witness Project
2.30pm – 3.45pm | Louis Leakey Auditorium
Powerful readings from ‘Their Justice Shall Be Our Justice: A Dialogue on the ICC Witness Project’, which originally appeared in The New Inquiry. The ICC Witness Project is a collaboration between Kenyan poets to imagine and amplify the voices of some of the missing witnesses for the ICC trial, to make sure the victims and survivors of the post-election violence that rocked Kenya in 2008 are not forgotten.
Mshai Mwangola with thanks to the New Inquiry
Drumbeats on Mobile
2:30pm – 3:45pm | Amphitheatre
Following the steamy launch of the Drumbeats Romance series at the Storymoja Hay Festival, where sexologist Getrude Mungai unveiled the secret territory before the point of no return… we invite you to join this second installation of Drumbeats on Mobile. Light the flame of East African love, and download Drumbeat stories on your mobile phone.
Art and Activism
4:15pm – 5:30pm | Louis Leakey Auditorium
Patrick Gathara is one of Kenya’s bravest cartoonists, whose blog is a must read – gathara.blogspot.com. He is joined by Kenyan performance scholar and renowned storyteller, Mshai Mwangola who is also the former chairperson of the Governing Council of the Kenya Cultural Centre in a discussion on transforming society through art.
2013/2014 Fire by Ten touring show
4:15pm – 5:30pm |Amphitheatre¬
The Th¬eatre Company’s exciting theatrical show is based on the thrills, temptations, desires and fears of Kenyan Athletes ‘Kimbia’ is a strong inter-disciplinary production that combines theatre, music, dance, and multimedia. Join Cajetan Boy, Joseph Murungu, Edward Nthiga, Joseph Gichinga and Ogutu Muraya- ¬The Th¬eatre Company’s Performance Lab
Mindspeak: Aly Khan Satchu Hosts Dutch Foreign & Trade Minister – Ms. Lilianne Ploumen, Oct. 30 2013 @ Villa Rosa – Kempinski Hotel
Guest speaker: Ms. Lilianne Ploumen – Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Co-operation of the Netherlands.
Book Discussion: End of Arrogance [Africa & the West – Understanding their Differences], Oct. 24 2013 @ Goethe
End of Arrogance: Africa & the West – Understanding their Differences by Dr. Helmut Danner
Date: October 24, 2013
Venue: Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Time: 6 pm
The book’s basic thesis is: The relationship between Africa and the West is disturbed: distrust here and arrogance there. The main two reasons for this have to be seen in the common history which was humiliating for the Africans: slavery, missionaries, colonialism; and in the lack of understanding of the mentality of the other side. Danner describes the rich, but unknown, pre-colonial history of Africa and the common history of Africa and the West since the end of the 15th century. He shows that the African social structure is founded on concrete communities, while the Western societies are based on individuals. As a consequence, the African ethical orientation is related to concrete persons; however, the Western ethics are guided by abstract norms. The African spirituality is from this world, while the Western religiosity is metaphysical, i.e. God is beyond this world. What do these different orientations mean for the encounter of Africans and Westerners, also for the development cooperation?
The book will be presented in the form of a panel discussion. The panelists will include: Dr. Joyce Nyairo, Ms. Jennifer Luesby, Mr. Jagi Gakunju, Dr. Helmut Danner (the author) and Ms. Njoki Muhoro (moderator).
For more information: GI website
Date: Friday 25 October 2013
Venue: The Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC), Safari Lounge – Ground Floor
Time: 9:30 am – 12pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here
Chair: Jan-Petter Holtendahl, Royal Norwegian Embassy, Nairobi
Panellists: Ambassador Mahboub Maalim – Executive Secretary, IGAD, Ambassador Mohamed Ali – Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) aims to promote peace, security, prosperity and economic integration in Eastern Africa. Since 2004, it has been active in supporting the re-establishment of a sovereign government in Somalia.
On 25 October 2013, the RVI Nairobi Forum is convening a distinguished panel of speakers to reflect on IGAD’s past and future role in Somalia. Ambassador Mahboub Maalim, the Executive Secretary of IGAD, will be the keynote speaker. He will be joined on the panel by Ambassador Mohamed Ali, Somalia’s Ambassador to Kenya. The meeting will be chaired by Jan-Petter Holtendahl, Counsellor for Somali Affairs for the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi.
Date: October 18, 2013
Venue: Pawa 254 Hub
Time: 4-7 pm
Tickets: Kshs 100
Does the African Union represent the African people or is it there to serve the egoistic lot that runs African governments? I bet no African country was forced into signing the Rome Statute. Why is it that they are now fighting as a unit to get out of it when things have become hot? Is African democracy real or is it still a fantasy? Do the people have a say in making such decisions as their countries being part of the ICC or is it simply a closed room presidents’ affair?
After an emotive session on relationships, this Friday we embark on discussions around the AU verdict that President Uhuru Kenyatta shouldn’t go to the ICC and how African leaders want to escape punishment for crimes against humanity. That, plus what we understand on our political rights as Africans, and how nepotism, injustice, sexism and classism have shaped our politics and cultural lives.
Come and watch some great performances (and maybe jump on stage yourself!)
Details and free registration:http://www.becauseartislife.org/blog/8/10/2013-shame-and-pleasure
Date: October 11, 2013
Venue: 3rd Floor, Alliance Française
Time: 6-8 pm (event starts 6.30pm sharp)
Being a Hero in Nairobi’s Urban Setting
On October 20, we celebrate Mashujaa day, a time to commemorate all the men and women who fought for Kenya’s independence. In keeping with this theme, our conversation this Friday will be on the topic of heroes.
Mashujaa = those of courage.
This courage is used towards creating a positive impact, however small, so as to improve the lives of people in society.
Join this conversation on Friday to explore the idea of being a “hero” in Nairobi’s urban setting.
LAPSSET: A Transformative Project or a Pipe Dream?
Date: October 4, 2013
Venue: Seminar Room, The British Institute in Eastern Africa (BIEA), Kileleshwa
Time: 2-5 pm
Entrance is by prior registration only. Register here.
The Lamu Port-South Sudan Transport Corridor (LAPSSET) is an extremely ambitious project. There are multiple elements rolled up in this project: the development of a new port at Lamu; an oil pipeline from that port to South Sudan; road and railway links; and a possible line to southern Ethiopia. There are also plans for a new international airport and new ‘resort cities’ along the line of the rail. The completion of any one of these elements would have a significant impact; in combination they might transform the region.
Each one of the multiple elements of the scheme carries a significant price tag, and LAPSSET has been derided by some observers as more of a pipe dream than a pipeline. Others have drawn attention to other kinds of cost, arguing that the project will have negative consequences for environments and communities, from Lamu itself to the many pastoralist groups who live along the planned line of the project. Political volatility in the region, especially in Somalia, is also a challenge. Yet the project evidently also has the potential to promote regional trade and boost national economies, overcoming the limitations of a transport network whose basic architecture is still that laid down in the early years of colonial rule.
The Nairobi Forum of the Rift Valley Institute (RVI) is organising a public meeting on the LAPSSET that will discuss the opportunities and challenges that this major project will have on individual member states and the wider region. Speakers and participants will be drawn from the government, academia, donors, researchers and the affected communities.
Chair: Prof. Justin Willis, University of Durham
Panellists: Mr Silvester Kasuku – CEO LAPSSET, Mr Jonathan Lodompui -Director Vision 2030, Ms Shakila Abdalla MP Lamu East, Mr Abdikadir Omar MP Balambala, Garissa, Dr Ekuru Aukot – Lawyer & Chief Spokesperson, G47
Lapsset Tracker: http://lapssettracker.blogspot.com/
Mindspeak: Aly-Khan Satchu Hosts IMF Resident Rep. in Kenya Ragnar Gudmundsson, Sept. 28 2013 @ InterCon Nairobi
Post Kenya – IMF Conference: Ready for Take Off
Frontier Economy Kenya Progresses with Financial Inclusion
A short documentary from the 4-part documentary series ‘Africa, History of a Continent’ will precede discussions with distinguished East African historian
This Month’s Topic: Making a living as a writer/artist: Opportunities, Revenue Streams and Future Planning
The September Catch-up brings a lot of insight from established writers and publishers at this year’s Storymoja Hay festival. Africa has long had the reputation of being a continent of non-readers. Though this is changing what are the underlying difficulties that make many still not have a reading culture in Kenya?
Panelists taking us through this conversation includes John Mwazemba, a writer, has worked extensively with publishing houses and regularly writes for the Nation. Oby Obyerodhyambo, a thespian, scriptwriter and has a master’s degree in Literature from the University of Nairobi, Faith Koli is a producer by profession who has consulted for several TV programs such as Mali, Agenda Kenya, Tazama 1,2,3,4, Biko Zulu (blogger) and Teddy Muthusi, an independent Creative Consultant, (advertising)
So you have either decided you want to make a movie or you have actually completed making a film – congratulations.
What´s next for you? Who will see my film?
Where will they see it and how? At the cinema? On DVD? On the internet or mobile?
How will I pay back the debts I took on during production? How do I make a living with filmmaking in the future, especially now that I have used up all my favours with my family and friends and sponsors?
Words like “exhibition”, “theatrical release”, “VOD” and “Minimum Guarantee” start entering your life and you wonder…. what do those things mean?
And why should I actually bother with marketing and distribution during production?
Philipp Hoffmann is discussing these questions and shares his experience on possibilities.
Please be on time!
Limited space only, admission on first come first serve basis.
In case of any questions, please inbox us.
This Lecture is part of the ONE FINE DAY FILM Workshops and a partnership project between the DW Akademie, ONE FINE DAY FILMS and GINGER INK. It is supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development , the Film- & Medienstiftung NRW, the Goethe-Institut Nairobi and ARRI Film- & TV Services.
Get to interact with the artist and share your thoughts on our history as Africans as we reflect on the events that took place 50 years before 1963.
Agenda: Looking at various faces of Panafricanism, from Gandhi to Mugabe, Miriam Makeba to Samora Machel.
Open to all.
Storymoja Hay Festival Premium Events: Global Celebs, Kanga Karnival… Sept.19-22 2013 @ National Museum
Tickets: Seasonal Pass Kshs 1500 – 4 days, Daily Tickets Adults Kshs 1000 & Kshs 500 Kids
Tickets Contacts: 0728 285 021 or email@example.com
What is cooking in the Technology and Social Change sectors?
TechChange and Amani Institute are excited to co-host a happy hour to welcome TechChange founder and President Nick Martin to Nairobi where he will be teaching a short course on Technology and Social Change as part of the Amani Social Innovation Management curriculum. Since this is a small world, we are curious to see how many degrees of separation are between our networks and how we can continue weaving a tapestry of change!
Hope you can join us on Wednesday Sept 11th at 7 – 9 pm
Venue: Louis Leakey Memorial Hall, National Museums of Kenya
Time: 6.30 pm
RSVP: Zahid Rajan/Zarina Patel Tel. 0722344900, 0733741085 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com
Topic: An exposition on his latest book SETTLED STRANGERS: ASIAN BUSINESS ELITES IN EAST AFRICA, 1800-2000
Gijsbert Oonk is Associate Professor of African and South Asian History at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication. He is Head of Department of History at the Erasmus School of History, Culture and Communication, Rotterdam, Netherlands.
His major interests include: Business, migration and economic history. He is particularly interested in the role of South Asian (Indian) migrants and settlers in East Africa.
For the programme and more info. visit the festival’s website: http://slumfilmfestival.net/
Date: Wednesday 11 September 2013
Venue: KICC – Aberdares Room
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entry: STRICTLY Prior Registration
Every year, Somali migrants around the world send approximately $1.3 billion to friends and families at home, dwarfing humanitarian aid to Somalia. Individual transfers are usually less than $300, and often as little as $35. Families depend on the money for basic costs such as food, water, education and healthcare, and to cope with new crises.
A recent report by the UN Food and Agricultural Organisation shows that up to 40 percent of families receive some form of remittance, and that the money is integral to their survival. However, banks and regulators are in danger of inadvertently undermining this financial lifeline and driving it underground, as interpretation of UK and USA money laundering and counter terrorism legislation becomes tighter. Banks in the West are closing down the accounts of money transfer operators, thereby threatening to cut the lifeline to hundreds of thousands of Somali families.
This meeting will examine the impact of the decision by UK and US Banks to discontinue their services to the Somali remittance companies and explore challenges raised by the international remittance sector.
Film Aid 7th Film Festival 2013 – The Right to Tell Our Stories, Aug. 21-23 2013 @ Alliance, Kibera & Mathare
Theme of the Festival: The Right to Tell Our Stories