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JICC JSPS Panel Discussion, Mar. 6 2015 @ the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Japan Information & Culture Centre

Every year, the Japan Information and Culture Centre (JICC) and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science Nairobi Centre (JSPS) hold a symposium at the Embassy of Japan.

This year, the symposium is titled The Second Maasai Olympic — Competition for Wildlife Conservation?. To discuss this issue, they have invited Dr. Toshio Meguro (Tokyo University of Foreign Studies), Mr. Lekishon Kenana (Kenya Wildlife Service), Mr. Salaton Tome (Wildlife and environment conservation, Maasai Mara University) and Mr. Sontika Melok, a leader of Maasai youth as panelists.

The symposium will be held on Friday, March 06, 2015 from 1:30pm to 4:00pm at the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Japan Information & Culture Centre at the Embassy of Japan (Mara Road, Upper Hill).

Find attached PANEL DISCUSSION_JICC&JSPS [Pdf] the Embassy’s note concerning the event, including the program as well as the panelists.

In order to attend the symposium, kindly note that it will be necessary to register beforehand. To register, send an email with your name, ID Number and contact details to or call 020-2898515.
Registration is strictly on a first come first served basis.

March 1, 2015 at 5:12 pm Leave a comment

Nairobi Forum: South Sudan – Peace beyond the ceasefire, Feb. 27 2015 @ Rift Valley Institute Office

Date and Time: Friday 27 February 2015 from 2pm to 4pm
Venue: Rift Valley Institute Office, Seminar Room
Location: Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Entrance is by prior registration only.
Register here.

South Sudan: Peace Beyond the Ceasefire
After fifteen months of civil war in South Sudan, regional and international mediators continue to broker talks for a permanent ceasefire and power-sharing arrangement acceptable to both sides. But such a settlement will be just the beginning of a process towards lasting stability in a country where the potential for conflict is rooted in a host of difficult and deep-seated problems. These range from poverty and insecurity, weak national and local political structures, entrenched conflict economies, and inter-ethnic rivalries, to the competing interventions of neighbouring countries.

On 27 February 2015, the Rift Valley Institute Nairobi Forum will host a panel discussion to launch the new book South Sudan: A Slow Liberation, by Eddie Thomas. The event will examine the limitations of the anticipated settlement and discuss opportunities for regional governments and the international community to work together – and with the South Sudanese – for a more enduring peace.

Moderator: Don Bosco Malish, Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa

Panellists: Eddie Thomas, Author; Peter Biar Ajak, Center for Strategic Analyses and Research; Casie Copeland, International Crisis Group

February 25, 2015 at 11:35 am Leave a comment

Humboldt Forum: Dialogue on World Cultures feat. Dr Frank Walter Steinmeier, Feb. 22 2015 @ the National Museum

Date: Sunday, 22 February 2015
Venue: Nairobi National Museum’s Louis Leaky Auditorium
Time: from 4:45 to 7:00 pm.

The Humboldt Forum will be dedicated to the dialogue of the world’s cultures.

The discussion is organised within the framework of an official visit of the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dr Frank Walter Steinmeier, who will participate, as well as Professor Dr Hermann Parzinger, the President of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation, and Professor Dr Klaus-Dieter Lehmann, the President of the Goethe-Institut.

A wider delegation with representatives of the German business and cultural spheres will also be present.

February 20, 2015 at 6:50 pm Leave a comment

Panel Discussion: ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ Really?! Philanthropy in a time of Ebola, Feb. 13 2015 @ BIEA

Do they know it is Christmas
Date: Friday, 13 February 2015
Venue: British Institute in Eastern Africa, Laikipia Road, Kileleshwa
Time: 3.00 pm- 5.00 pm
Entry: by RSVP –

Panelists: Dr. Firoze Manji (Pan-African Baraza), Dr. Christine Sagini (Parliamentary Health Committee)
Moderator: Wangui Kimari (York University)

From the Live Aid concerts of the 1980s, and again last December, to Kony2012, large-scale aid media events and philanthropic practices and discourses have proved remarkably persistent features of global North-South relations, despite being subjected to repeated critiques from both ends of the political spectrum. For example, Bob Geldof and his colleagues, unrelenting in their production of “quick fix” mechanisms for Africa, have faced considerable criticism for the recent “Band Aid 30” song recorded and sold to raise money for international efforts to contain the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, echoing resounding criticisms of previous, similar initiatives more than two decades ago. His two word “fuck-off” message to recent criticisms illustrate the contradictions and conceit that lie behind these charities, which hark back to their genesis in the philanthropy of industrial, class and merchant Capital during the Victorian era, and appear in some respects to have endured largely unreformed since. Moreover, these aid-as-spectacle events occur concurrently and conflictingly within and alongside the effects of continuing and expanding structural inequalities and neoliberal policies, such as the Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) of the 1990s, exploitative trade agreements and mineral extraction, and the militarization of the continent under the imprint of ‘security’ agendas, which emerge from the same global North-South dynamics as the new celebrity endorsed philanthropy. Enter Ebola. The recent announcement—met with relatively little fanfare on the continent—that the US would send troops to help stem the spread of Ebola, was also couched in terms of historical philanthropic practices and discourses that purport to bring “Christmas” goodwill to those in need, but in ways that arguably benefit the donor most, particularly long ailing rock stars, all the while reifying longstanding images of a savage and pathetic Africa.

Engaging with these events, our forum seeks to attend to the following questions: What imperial effects, international capital processes, stereotypes and local agency on the ground do such aid endeavours presuppose, entail, reveal, and disguise? How, and by which measure, ought we to evaluate the effectiveness, “good” or desirability of aid, particularly “celebrity aid”, this new philanthropy, as a mode of international engagement in Africa and beyond? What political opportunities for both would-be donors and recipients does this aid model, or even AID in general, open and foreclose, and at which scales, within which temporal horizons? What, then, is the way forward for “aid” on local, regional and international fronts?

February 11, 2015 at 9:05 am Leave a comment

Mindspeak: the world and Africa in 2015 by Aly-Khan Satchu, Jan. 31 2015 @ Intercontinental Hotel

Alykhan Jan
Date: January 31, 2015
Venue: Intercontinental Hotel – Nairobi
Time: 9 am – 12 noon
Entry: Free [rsvp:]

Presentation by Aly-Khan Satchu – CEO Rich Management Ltd

January 24, 2015 at 10:00 am 1 comment

Mindspeak Forum: Aly-Khan Satchu Hosts Maestro Aaron Rimbui, Dec. 20 2014 @ Inter Continental Nairobi

Date: December 20, 2014
Venue: Inter-Continental Hotel, Nairobi
Time: 9 am for 10-12 Noon
Entrance: Free
Guest Speaker: Aaron “Krucial” Rimbui

Aaron Rimbui on the keys at a previous function

December 15, 2014 at 1:27 pm Leave a comment

Panel Discussion: How has the New Media Act Affected Journalism in Kenya? Dec. 16 2014 @ Goethe-Institut

Date: December 16 2014
Time: 6.00 pm
Venue: Goethe-Institut, Auditorium
Admission: free

How has the New Media act affected journalism in Kenya?
In December 2013, Kenya’s National Assembly passed the Kenya Information and Communications (Amendment) Act (KICA), and the Media Council Act. The new media law enables a new government-controlled board (Communications and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal) to revoke journalists’ accreditation, and fine journalists up to 500.000/= KSh (media companies up to 20 million KSh) if they breach a government-dictated code of conduct.

Journalists and members of Parliament, moderated by Peter Murimi (investigative journalist and film maker), will examine the challenges the media face operating under this act.

In cooperation with the Embassy of Switzerland.

December 15, 2014 at 12:52 pm Leave a comment

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