Miljarden worden geïnvesteerd om migranten en potentiële migranten in Afrika te houden. Of dit resultaat heeft, is onduidelijk. Mensen blijven met veel risico de vaak levensgevaarlijke routes nemen om hier een onzeker bestaan op te bouwen. Het wordt tijd om te investeren in zaken waar Afrikanen echt behoefte aan hebben. Laten we dat doen door met hen en met Afrikanen die al in de EU zijn te praten, in plaats van over hen. Migratie is van alle tijden. Tijd voor een nuchtere en effectieve aanpak.
Last Saturday, the 22nd of February, presidential elections were held in Togo. Despite many protests, current president Faure Eyadéma was re-elected, continuing the already 53-year rule of the Eyadéma family. Although the run up to the elections was quite chaotic, the election day was relatively calm. However, noticeable was the fact that 500 civil society observers lost their accreditation, as they were accused of interfering in the electoral process. This was in addition to 9000 observers from the Episcopal Council for Justice and Peace who were also not allowed to monitor the votes. The elections served as a good chance to update our knowledge on this country in West-Africa. We were therefore happy to speak with Kwassi Patrick Dadzie, general coordinator of Togo Focus, on the political situation in his country.
Het is zover! Het programma van de Afrikadag 2020 is bekend en de kaartverkoop is van start! Met ‘Climate Justice’ als thema vind dé dag over Afrika en internationale samenwerking op 4 april ook dit jaar in het Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen in Amsterdam plaats.
Are EU responses focusing on tackling the ‘root causes’ of migration effective? Are they sufficient? And how can we improve those migration policies? Last Tuesday, 18 February, we presented our newest report Migration: African perspectives. This report, in cooperation with our partner Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), shows how crucial it is to include African perspectives when discussing migration policies. As was mentioned during the presentation in Brussels: “We should not talk about Africans, but speak with them”.
Climate change is an issue about people. The African continent alone hosts 1.2 billion of those people most affected by the climate crisis. Yet, voices from the communities most at risk are highly underrepresented, both in the media and climate change research. Countless stories are ready to be told by African entrepreneurs, youth activists, women, farmers, families, and many more.
Dit is een van de belangrijkste conclusies in het vandaag verschenen rapport van Oxfam Novib “Time to Care”: het aantal miljardairs is in de laatste tien jaar verdubbeld, maar tegelijkertijd betalen de superrijken en multinationals steeds minder belasting. Geen wonder dat de ongelijkheid in de wereld is toegenomen. Ruim 2.000 miljardairs op de wereld zijn samen rijker dan 60% van de wereldbevolking, 4,6 miljard mensen. En helaas speelt Nederland hier als belastingparadijs een kwalijke rol in.
Last Saturday, 23 November, we organised our Political Cafe in The Hague Humanity Hub about the new power-sharing agreement in Sudan. In cooperation with Africa in Motion and CEM, the Sudanese association in the Netherlands, and hosted by Milka Yemane, it was an interesting and informative afternoon. In addition to the political conversations, the audience also got a glimpse into the Sudanese culture through, among other things, a small exhibition of Sudanese artist Ahmed Magzoub and live music by the band Kush.
Talks have begun between Sudan’s power-sharing government and Sudanese rebel groups, making the Sudanese people hope that this brings an end to the violence in the country and that 2020 can become the year of peace in Sudan. Sudan has been in war with rebel groups, mostly located in Sudan’s Western regions, since 2003. After ousting of Omar Al-Bashir earlier this year, who ruled the country for thirty years, the military and the protesters, represented by the pro-democracy movement, made a power-sharing agreement that also agreed on a six month timeline to make peace with the rebels. This meeting was possible after some rebel groups signed draft agreements last month, detailing plans for talks and trust-building measures. So, how did we get here?