Wednesday, 26 March 2014
Tuesday, 25 March 2014
Centre of African studies, Africa seminar series
Monday 24 March, at 5pm, Room 4429, SOAS
War in Northern Uganda: Background and Effects
By Vincent Oling, Facilitation for Peace and Development (FAPAD) Uganda.
This paper aims to discuss the background and consequences of the war in Northern Uganda. I will look at what have been seen as the main national and local-level causes for the war, the course the war took as it developed differently in different regions, and the war’s effects on national and regional services and community life. Moreover, I will consider the economic, ethnic, and class dimensions of the war for Uganda’s society, and the perceptions of the international community.
Bio: Vincent Oling is a Ugandan peace activist, and the founder of Uganda’s Concerned Parents Association in the aftermath of the Aboke Girls’ Abduction in 1996, as well as of several other development and post-war reconstruction-focused NGOs. Since 2004 he has been the acting Chairman of Facilitation for Peace and Development (FAPAD) Uganda.
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3nd Annual Igbo Conference
Igbo Heritage: Production, Diffusion and Legacy
Igbo Heritage: Production, Diffusion and Legacy
2nd-3rd May 2014, SOAS, Brunei Lecture Theatre and Suite
The third annual Igbo Conference will provide a platform to examine various aspects of the Igbo heritage, including but not limited to: Igbo Heritage and the Arts, Food, Diet and Lifestyle, Igbo Heritage in the Diaspora(s), Igbo Spirituality and the Igbo Worldview.
The two day conference will comprise of plenary panels and performances which will include live oja (Igbo flute) music, masquerade, a performance of exerts of a new play and film screenings. There will also be an Igbo Language Master Class (on Friday 2nd at 1pm) and a Natural Hair Care workshop (on Saturday 3rd at 1pm). Workshops are free to attend for registered conference attendees, but as space is limited please email firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm your place.
*Early Bird Discount* available on registration fees until 31st March. To register please visit www.igboconference.com/tickets
Please note, registration must be completed online prior to the conference. The conference registration fee will cover conference attendance, conference materials, lunch and refreshments.
Please visit the conference pages for more information:www.igboconference.com andhttp://www.soas.ac.uk/cas/events/conferences/igbo-conference/ The preliminary conference schedule is attached to this email and can also be accessed at www.igboconference.com/schedule
Douglas B. Chambers, Associate Professor in the Department of History, The University of Southern Mississippi.
Professor Chambers' research examines ‘Atlantic Africa’ in the era of the transatlantic slave trade, with a focus on the Igbo (Ibo) diaspora. His particular interests are in social and cultural history, including questions of creolization. Professor Chambers' current research centers on the slave trade from the Bight of Biafra in West Africa, ca.1650-1850, and its intersection with the new Atlantic history. His keynote address is entitled 'The Igbo Diaspora in the Era of the Slave Trade: Historical and Cultural Connections'
Chike Azuonye (Nigeria Art Society UK) will speak on 'The Relevance of Uli in Contemporary Nigeria Art'
Obi Okigbo (Christopher Okigbo Foundation) will be reading from Christopher Okigbo's Labyrinths followed by a discussion on how her father's poetry has influenced her artwork.
Emeka Keazor's (Alto Historical Media) presentation is entitled '30 Igbo Pioneers in History'
The conference will also screen Obi Emelonye's Igbo language filmOnye Ozi, followed by a Q&A with Obi Emelonye (The Nollywood Factory).
Please note that the conference will be filmed.
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Tullow’s tax disclosures torpedo Big Oil’s campaign for secrecy
UK oil company becomes the world’s first extractive firm to publish revenue payments to governments by project
The UK company Tullow Oil today became the world’s first extractive firm to publish details of its revenue payments to governments broken down by each project the company operates worldwide. The disclosures, released today in Tullow’s annual report, show the taxes, royalties, licence fees and other public revenues generated by the company’s operations across 21 countries – 14 of which are in sub-Saharan Africa – for the years 2012 and 2013.
Tullow’s voluntary disclosures are being released in advance of a new EU law, due to come into force in the UK in 2015, that will require EU oil, mining and logging companies to publish their payments to governments on a project-by-project basis. These detailed disclosures will enable citizens in economically poor but resource-rich regions to monitor public revenues worth hundreds of billions of dollars and hold governments to account for how the money is used.
The disclosures deal a heavy blow to a lobbying campaign being waged by some of Tullow’s industry competitors to keep revenue payments secret. The American Petroleum Institute, an oil lobby group whose leading members include ExxonMobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Chevron and BP, is trying to weaken the implementing rule for a U.S. law that requires U.S.-listed oil and mining companies to publish their payments on a project-by-project basis. The rule is currently under review by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
“Tullow’s welcome disclosure blows a hole in the argument made by some oil companies that project-level reporting will impose a heavy burden on business,” said Dominic Eagleton, a senior campaigner with Global Witness. “This should encourage the Securities and Exchange Commission to create a strong payment disclosure rule that allows citizens to identify which companies are making payments and the amounts they contribute.”
Tullow’s disclosure reflects the emergence of a new global reporting standard for natural resource payments. All 28 EU Member States are required to have project-level disclosure legislation in place by July 2015, with the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Sweden, Denmark and Finland publicly committed to swift implementation of the rules. Outside the EU, Norway brought an equivalent law into force in January 2014, Canada is on track to creating a matching legal standard by April 2015, and Switzerland’s government is developing options for similar legislation.
In addition, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a revenue reporting scheme that governments sign up to voluntarily, made project-level disclosure a requirement for all 44 of its implementing countries when the EITI’s global standard was revised in May 2013.
“Instead of trying to weaken transparency rules designed to combat corruption and poverty in resource-dependent countries, the oil majors should follow Tullow’s lead and embrace the fact that project-by-project reporting is now the new global standard,” Eagleton added.
Notes to Editors:
- Tullow Oil’s payment disclosures are on pages 176 to 179 of its 2013 Annual Report, available here: http://www.tullowoil.com/files/pdf/tullow_ar_report_2013.pdf
The Deputy Chairperson of the Commission meets with the Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 2014: The Deputy Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E Erastus Mwencha, received H.E. Eng. Sultan Bin Saeed AI Masnoori, Minister of Economy of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at his office today to discuss possible areas of cooperation.
The visit was part of an African Tour undertaken by the UAE Delegation of 50 people businessmen, aimed at reinforcing economic relations with the Continent, whereas Sultan Bin Saeed AI Masnoori, stressed the importance his country attaches to its relationship and cooperation with Africa in all areas. The UAE wishes to strengthen its business ties with AU Member States, through experience sharing in the fields of infrastructure, trade, Small and Medium Enterprise development using a transfer of technology, all aimed at increasing regional trade.
On behalf of the AUC, the Deputy Chairperson welcomed and congratulated H.E. Eng. Sultan Bin Saeed AI MAsnoori and his delegation for the excellent initiative to visit Africa that will no doubt boost the existing Business cooperation already underway with UAE. He also indicated that the African Union Commission greatly appreciates such ventures along with bringing support to the continent in areas where it has more experience and skills.
Monday, 24 March 2014
CAADP Awards Africa’s top agricultural journalists
Durban, South Africa - March 2014 – during a lively awards ceremony at the 10thComprehensive Africa Agriculture Development (CAADP) Partnership Platform conference in Durban, South Africa, on 20th March 2014, the continent’s winners of the African Union Commission and NEPAD Agency CAADP Media Awards were announced.
The media awards were announced at the on-going CAADP PP, which brought together African and global leaders from a number of international organisations, African Governments including ministers, private agribusiness firms, financial institutions, farmers, NGOs and civil society organizations to discuss and develop concrete investment plans for scaling agricultural development success in Africa.
“The media have a significant role to play in telling the CAADP story and ensuring our messages are heard across the continent said, H.E Tumusiime Rhoda Peace, Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture of the African Union Commission. “Through these strong voices we can reach small holder farmers, youth, and women that are critical to the advancement of our initiatives and Africa’s success.”
Winners and runner-ups were announced from Burkina Faso, Senegal, Uganda, Zambia, Cameroon and Ghana; all bringing a unique perspective to how the developing agriculture narrative is being told. Four finalists and four runner ups were brought on stage to accept awards – their work ranged from reporting on the crucial role woman play in agriculture to the importance of bio-gas.
Finalists of the awards are:
- News articles & stories category:Sitembile Siwawa from Zambia - “Female Farmers Empowerment Vital”
- News articles & stories category: Idrissa Konditamdé from Burkina Faso - “Le zaïou comment récolterdeux tonnes à l’hectaresur un sol aride”
- Video, documentary and television category:IbrahimaDiallo from Senegal “La Salinsation des Terres en Casamance”
- Radio and audio broadcast category: Richard KatamiBwayo from Uganda - “The Importance of Bio-gas in Promoting Sustainable Land Management”
Runners up included:
- Doreen Nawa from Zambia – “ICTs: helping farmers make the most of produce”
- Ngala Chimtom from Cameroon – “Farmers coping with water shortage in Cameroon”
- Adelaide Arthur from Ghana – “Push pull”
HelpAge International helps older people claim their rights, challenge discrimination and overcome poverty, so that they can lead dignified, secure, active and healthy lives. Our work in over 75 countries is strengthened through our global network of like-minded organisations - the only one of its kind in the world. In December 2013 a new emergency erupted in the form of fierce infighting between the two major ethnic groups in South Sudan the Dinkas and Nur which has caused the additional internal displacement of over 700,000 people and movement of 226,000 refugees into neighbouring Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. HelpAge East, West and Central Africa Regional Development Centre therefore seek an experienced professional to support in the development of a new programme of work to respond to the current emergency situation in South Sudan.
The Emergency Programme Manager will support HelpAge International to develop and manage a new programme of emergency work in South Sudan, networking with international and national partners and advocating for older people’s protection needs within the humanitarian response in South Sudan. A major aspect of the role will be around engaging with potential donors on aspects of the planned programming and developing solid proposals.
The ideal candidate will have substantial experience of proposal development, compiling and managing substantial multi-donor budgets. You will possess excellent networking and representation skills and ability to work flexibly (with tact and diplomacy) at the highest level to lobby and advocate for inclusion of older people’s issues. You should have an understanding of key technical issues in one or more areas of humanitarian protection, livelihoods and food security, health, nutrition, disaster preparedness and recovery as well as Substantial experience in developing, implementing, managing and reporting of humanitarian programmes at field level in crisis and chronic complex emergencies. Good budgeting, financial management and reporting skills is also essential.
Closing date: 30th March 2014
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Sunday, 23 March 2014
Victory: CPS to prosecute G4S guards
for the manslaughter of Jimmy Mubenga
Please keep signing the petition
Keep up pressure for corporate manslaughter charges against G4S, and for the government to revoke their contracts.
|It has taken nearly four years of pressure from the family and supporters of Mr Mubenga, and much public outrage, for the Crown Prosecution Service to finally bring criminal charges against his G4S killers. |
An inquest in 2013 heard how three G4S guards deporting Mr Mubenga on a British Airways flight, violently restrained him in a position known to cause asphyxia. Having considered the evidence of Mr Mubenga’s harrowing death, the jury found that he had been “unlawfully killed”.
Despite the verdict, Mr Mubenga’s relatives heard nothing from the CPS for a further eight months. They wrote in February, reminding the CPS that the jury had found that the guards “were using unreasonable force and acting in an unlawful manner.” The family said: “the CPS should act following the comprehensive verdict of the inquest. We urge you to bring justice to our family with due speed. We cannot rest while this trauma hangs over us.”
The All Africa Women’s Group, a self-help group of women asylum seekers some of whom who attended the inquest, said: “The family has suffered terribly; no one should have to endure that. What happened to Jimmy could have happened to one of our members; a number of us have suffered assaults in detention and violent deportations. Unless those abusing asylum seekers – women, children and men fleeing genocide, war and rape – are stopped, all our lives are at risk.”
Over 70 members of AAWG signed the petition, plus hundreds of others including MP Jeremy Corbyn, Linton Kwesi Johnson, whistle-blower Ayo Amotade (who protested against a violent deportation on another BA flight), Melissa Benn, poet Dean Atta; members of family campaigns for justice including Carol Duggan, Nas Mahmood, Marcia Rigg, Becky Shah, Myrna Simpson; and Winston Silcott, Satpal Ram, Alfie Meadows, Deepa Naik and Trenton Oldfield.
Despite the death of Mr Mubenga and harrowing evidence from the Inquest, a report this month found that brutal and inhuman deportations continue. Racist violence and other degrading treatment in detention centres remain largely unreported. Vulnerable and traumatised people are facing daily cruel and degrading treatment. 70% of women in Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre report being victims of rape and other torture and are being held in detention in breach of gender guidelines.
In September last year, the Observer reported rape and sexual assaults by guards in Yarl's Wood. Instead of acting against criminal guards, the authorities routinely threaten to deport detainees before they can bring the perpetrators to justice.
Mr Mubenga's family should never have had to wait so long. Nor should the many others whose loved ones have been killed in custody – or who have had their lives destroyed in other ways. Increasingly the public is demanding justice and an end to the police and other cover ups, lies, corruption and botched CPS and IPCC inquiries and investigations, like the ones into the killings of Stephen Lawrence, Ian Tomlinson, Jean Charles de Menezes, the 96 Liverpool fans at Hillsborough, the victims of undercover policing, and the victims of rape like Layla Ibrahim and Gail Sherwood who were prosecuted and imprisoned while their attackers went free.
Please continue supporting Mr Mubenga's family's efforts to get justice. Pressing on the demands below helps keep up momentum for: the CPS to present a robust case in court against the G4S guards; G4S corporation also to be brought to justice not just the guards; an end to all violence against detainees; and an end to police and guards being allowed to rape and kill with impunity.
Sign the on-line petition here to demand that:
• G4S to be charged with corporate murder and their government contracts to be revoked.
• A proper compensation for the family.
• BA crew and staff who allowed the assault to continue to be sacked and prosecuted.
• Anyone involved in assaulting people in detention or being deported, to be prosecuted for these crimes.