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Mindspeak: Aly Khan Satchu Hosts CBK Gov. Patrick Njoroge, May. 28 2016 @ the InterContinental Hotel
Date: May 9, 2016
Venue: Rift Valley Institute Office, Seminar Room
Time: 2-4 pm
Entry: Prior registration
In 2013, almost half of Africa’s top aid recipients were ruled by authoritarian regimes. Many international donors such as USAID, DFID, the World Bank and the European Commission have had their policies entangled with the agendas of the ruling elites. Development policies are thus shaped with a view to maintain the status quo, compromising the rights and democracy of local citizens. This book raises the question: to what extent are foreign aid programmes actually perpetuating authoritarian rule?
On 9 May 2016, the Rift Valley Forum will host the launch of Aid and Authoritarianism in Africa, edited by Tobias Hagmann and Filip Reyntjens.
The book highlights the political and moral complexities that emerge from the relationship between foreign aid and autocratic governments in Africa. It brings to light changing donor interests and rhetoric, as well as the impact of foreign aid on military assistance, rural development, electoral processes and domestic politics in Ethiopia, Uganda, Rwanda, Cameroon, Mozambique and Angola.
Find more information about this event and registration details, here
The second edition of Displacement and Refuge focuses on Somali Refugees in Kenya.
The panel will include Abdullahi Mire, a staff member from World Food Programme and will be moderated by Rasna Warah. Abdullahi Mire, who lived in Daadab for the better part of his life, started activism for the rights of refugees and continues to fight for the rights of refugees from Nairobi. He has written for Al Jazeera, CBC and UNHCR on refugee rights. Warah is a journalist and author and her research interests include the politics of aid, cities and urbanization, Somalia and questions surrounding identity in Kenya.
Critical Conversations: Reporting the plight of refugees in France, Germany & Kenya, Apr. 26 2016 @ Goethe-Institut Auditorium
Journalists from France, Germany and Kenya will discuss the following questions. How is the refugee crisis presented by the media in France, Germany and Kenya? Who reports on which aspects and topics of the refugee crisis? Whose stories are told? What is the difference between the journalistic coverage in the three countries? Why is migration in many reports connected to questions of internal security and national defense?
The panel will be moderated by the Kenyan journalist and actor John Sibi-Okumu. The Kenyan participant will be Mohamed Adow, a Kenyan-Somalian journalist who is writing for Al Jazeera. The German contribution will be Katrin Lindner who is working for the German public-service television broadcaster ZDF. The French participant will be Andrea Palasciano who works for the French news agency AFP including the sector AFP Africa.