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Featured Book – Dust by Yvonne Adhiambo Owour
[Updated] Mindspeak: Aly-Khan Satchu Hosts Kenya Pipeline Chairman – John Ngumi, Jan. 28 2017 @ the InterContinental Hotel
January 21, 2017 January 28, 2017
Venue: the Intercontinental Hotel, Nairobi
Time: 9.30 am – 12 noon
Presentation by John Ngumi – Chairman, Kenya Pipeline
Delayed a week https://t.co/ECpdBDPE1Z
— Aly-Khan Satchu (@alykhansatchu) January 20, 2017
Future Europe, Visions in Time: Discussion on Europe’s Future & DJ Set, Dec. 16 2016 @ Goethe Institut Auditorium
“The best future for Europe is no Europe.” (Vaginal Davis)
Struck by crisis, with racism and islamophobia on the rise and growing tensions between European nation states, Europe’s future and past seem to have lost their direction. In a moment of re-negotiation of history, identity and future there is a backlash into nationalistic nostalgia while new ideas of moving beyond capitalistic neo-colonial national states are amiss.
How can a future Europe, a future European identity look like? A Europe that constitutes itself in acknowledgement of its colonial past and globalised capitalistic present, instead of seeking refuge in overcome ideas?
These are problems and questions that shall be discussed in anticipation of the upcoming exhibition FAVT: Future Africa Visions in Time which will open in early 2017 in Nairobi. Based on the ideas of FAVT, the discussion’s title FEVT – Future Europe Visions in Time provides some fundamental questions in itself: What is Future? Who’s Future? What is Europe? Which visions are there and how did they change over time? Furthermore the exhibition conceptualises future as something linked to the past and was seeking ways how past and future can be re-connected and negotiated – for example through Optimizing, Destabilizing, Healing and Remembering or Intervening. Not focusing merely on Europe but on a Europe in relation to a world shaped by imperialist and racist policies, FEVT shall offer a platform to intervene in narrations by and about Europe as well as to talk about the ghosts of Imperialist Europe that haunt Nairobi, Kenya and the continent until today.
Turning the focus around and looking from Nairobi at Europe, the Goethe-Institut Kenya and the Worlds Loudest Library invite you to an evening of inspiring discussions, backed-up by a DJ-set by DJ Zontor, a bar and of course the usual book swap.
In cooperation with the World’s Loudest Library – WLL.
Rift Valley Forum Meeting: Kenya and South Sudan – What Next for the Peace Process? Dec. 15 2016 @ RVI Office
Date: December 15, 2016
Venue: RVI Office, Laikipia Road – Kileleshwa
Time: 10 am – 12 pm
Entry: Prior RSVP
On 15 December 2016, the Rift Valley Forum will host a panel discussion that will bring together experts from South Sudan, Kenya and the Enough Project to discuss the implications and potential impact of Kenya’s withdrawal from UNMISS, and its continued engagement in the IGAD-led peace process.
Priscillah Nyagoa, Amnesty International
Peter Biar Ajak
John Prendergast, Enough Project
Public Lecture: The Fight Against Terrorism & the Rule of Law by Hon. Didier Reynders (Belgian DPM), Nov. 21 2016 @ Strathmore Auditorium
* Hon. Didier Reynders is the Belgian Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Affairs
Development and its Discontents: Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa, Nov. 17 2016 @ Rift Valley Institute
Date: November 17, 2016
Venue: Seminar Room, Rift Valley Institute
Location: Laikipia road, Kileleshwa
Time: 10am – 12pm
Entry: Prior registration, RSVP here
Over the past decade, African countries have experienced significant economic growth rates. Despite this, most face a myriad of developmental challenges, and public dissatisfaction with how governments are addressing corruption and delivering public services. There is a common perception that government is run for the benefit of the few, rather than all its citizens.
On Thursday 17 November 2016, the Rift Valley Forum will launch a new report by the Pew Research Centre that investigates public attitudes to social and economic development in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria. Based on the annual Global Attitudes survey by the Centre, the study surveys opinions about the economy, government, corruption, perceived barriers to getting good jobs, access to clean water, health care and education, and civic participation.
Katie Simmons, the Associate Director of Research at the Pew Research Centre, will present the findings of this report.