HMS Lancaster docks at the V&A waterfront, Cape Town

HMS Lancaster, one of the Royal Navy’s state of the art Type 23, Duke Class frigates will berth at the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town between 23-28 September. HMS Lancaster’s entry into the harbour on Wednesday 23rd September will be announced by a 21 gun salute from the ship, returned by the South African navy from Signal Hill.

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English: The HMS Lancaster, a Type 23 frigate of the British Royal Navy. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ship will be open to the public on Heritage Day, 24 September. This will enable members of the public to board and view the ship. Visitors will be able to tour the upper deck, view the impressive weapon systems and see the new Wildcat Helicopter and her aircrew.

On the evening of Saturday 26 September, the Commanding Officer of the Ship, Commander Peter Laughton MBE will host a reception on board for South African partners across Government, business, culture, sport and others. The British High Commissioner, Her Excellency, Judith Macgregor will attend and speak at the reception. The reception will be followed by an exclusive screening of the Rugby World Cup match between South Africa and Samoa. The screening will be live and conducted by Supersport TV.

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USAID Provides Learning Materials to Schools to Promote Literacy

 

Highlighting the importance of literacy in South Sudan, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) distributed educational materials to five Central Equatoria State schools on September 22, including books and other learning materials, classroom supplies including chalk boards, tools for making teaching and learning aids and storage equipment.

The event at Gumbo Primary School in Juba celebrated International Literacy Day, which has been observed annually by United Nations member states since 1966.

From USAID site "Sudan: Using Radio to Br...

From USAID site “Sudan: Using Radio to Broadcast Interactive Student Lessons. These rural schoolchildren participate in the USAID-funded Southern Sudan Interactive Radio Instruction project, which uses radio to broadcast interactive student lessons. The lessons, based on Southern Sudan’s primary school syllabus, complement classroom instruction in literacy, English, mathematics, and life skills for grades one through four. July 2010.” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

South Sudan has one of the world’s lowest literacy rates. According to a 2009 household survey, only 27 percent of people age 15 and over were literate. The rate was even lower among women and girls – only 16 percent age 15 and over were literate.

The conflict that broke out in December 2013 has decreased access to education, as some 400,000 children affected by conflict have been displaced and dropped out of school. Many children and youth have been conscripted to fight, losing access to school. Early and forced marriage and early pregnancy have also contributed to illiteracy among women and girls.

“Literacy is a key driver of sustainable development. To meet South Sudan’s massive development challenges, children must be given the keys to unlock their potential to contribute to the nation’s future,” said U.S. Ambassador to South Sudan Molly Phee. “USAID has a long history of helping to expand access to education and to improve the quality of education. The Room to Learn project is the most recent example of support from the American people for increased literacy in South Sudan.”

Through the Room to Learn project, USAID aims to reach 800,000 out-of-school children and youth over five years, either by directly enrolling them in school; improving retention by addressing the quality, safety and relevance of their instruction; or through distance learning, such as radio instruction for the hardest to reach populations. The program uses a community-based approach to reach out-of-school and marginalized children and youth with emphasis on early grade literacy, gender equity, conflict mitigation and reaching marginalized populations.

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Message on World Tourism Day 27 September 2015

This year´s World Tourism Day highlights the global potential of tourism for socio-economic development. With more than one billion international tourists now traveling the world each year, tourism has become a powerful and transformative force that is making a genuine difference in the lives of millions of people.

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Diagram showing aspects of sustainable development as Ecology, Economy and Society bounded by Environment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The potential of tourism for sustainable development is considerable. As one of the world’s leading employment sectors, tourism provides important livelihood opportunities, helping to alleviate poverty and drive inclusive development.
As tourism revolves around encounters between different peoples, the sector can foster multicultural understanding and raise awareness on the need to preserve cultural and natural heritage.
As the world prepares to adopt a new sustainable development agenda, tourism should be recognized for its ability to create jobs, promote local culture and products and champion the conservation and sustainable use of marine and terrestrial habitats.
Let us work together to maximize the immense potential of tourism to drive inclusive economic growth, protect the environment and promote sustainable development and a life of dignity for all.

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WIN an Invitation to the 2015 edition of AfricaCom – the biggest and best tech event in Africa

APO (http://www.apo-opa.com) will award one African journalist/blogger with transport, accommodation and a daily allowance to attend the 2015 edition of AfricaCom – the biggest and best tech event in Africa (http://africa.comworldseries.com), to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 17-19 November 2015.

Each year APO offers journalists the opportunity to attend major African events such as the African Development Bank Annual Meeting and AfricaCOM as a part of its commitment to supporting journalism in Africa.

The two previous recipients of the AfricaCOM invitation are science journalist Aimable Twahirwa from Rwanda (http://www.apo.af/nsQpxT) and journalist John Churu from Botswana (http://www.apo.af/QpEYBG).

APO also sponsors the APO Energy Media Award (http://www.apo.af/IVnNJR) and the APO Media Award (http://www.apo.af/erwHiu) where a journalist wins $500 a month for one year, one laptop and one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of his or her choice as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges.

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WHO welcomes appointment of Chair-elect of Gavi Board Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

The World Health Organization welcomes the appointment of the Chair-elect of the Board of Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. She will take up the position of Chair from January 2016.
Dr Okonjo-Iweala is a renowned development economist and former Nigerian Finance Minister. She brings more than 33 years of development and financial expertise to the Gavi Board at a critical period for immunization in developing countries.
Earlier this year, WHO warned that vaccines are not being delivered equitably or reliably and that only 1 out of the 6 key vaccination targets for 2015 is currently on track – the introduction of under-utilized vaccines, a target to which Gavi has contributed significantly.
In taking up the position of Board Chair, Dr Okonjo-Iweala will succeed Dagfinn Høybråten, a former Norwegian Minister of Health and current Secretary General of the Nordic Council of Ministers. She will also work closely with Dr Flavia Bustreo, WHO Assistant Director-General for Family, Women’s and Children’s Health, who is Vice Chair of Gavi.
Since 2000, Gavi has supported the immunization of more than half a billion additional children, leading to seven million future deaths being averted.
WHO is one of the founding members of Gavi, a public-private partnership formed in 2000, to address global inequities in access to and coverage of available lifesaving vaccines. Over the next 5 years, WHO will continue to lead collective efforts to achieve and sustain universal vaccination coverage as outlined in the Decade of Vaccines Global Vaccine Action Plan. WHO plays a critical role providing global recommendations on immunization, ensuring that vaccines are safe and of assured quality, and providing support to countries to implement immunization programmes.

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African Union Customs Experts meet to prepare for the 7th Meeting of Director Generals Customs

The 7th meeting of the African Union Sub-Committee of Directors General (AUSCDGs) of Customs at Experts’ level commenced today in Kinshasa under the theme: “Co-ordinated Border Management-Enhancing Security and Facilitating Trade.” During the next three days, experts from Member States, Regional Economic Communities (RECs), World Customs Organization (WCO), United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), and World Bank, will examine the work done so far, consider the recommendations of the experts and reflect further on the issue of Coordinated Border Management in order to secure Africa’s borders and Boost Intra-African Trade in preparation for the DG Customs Meeting on Thursday and Friday.

The Chairman of the meeting, Mr. Narcisse Milandou, highlighted the slow customs procedures, poor transport infrastructure, roadblocks and stressed the need to promote intra-African trade for the benefit of the African people. He urged the assembly to continue efforts tirelessly and continue to forge contacts to victory over disorder at borders and corridors. He concluded by asking the experts to be imaginative to present to their principals with pragmatic recommendations.

Mrs. Treasure Thembisile Maphanga, Director of the Department of Trade and Industry of the African Union Commission, expressed her sincere thanks and appreciation to the Government and people of DRC for agreeing to host the meeting. She highlighted the relevance of the theme taking into account both regional and global developments. She underscored the low levels of intra African trade due to obsolete infrastructure, inefficient and uncoordinated functions at ports and inaccessible roads, red tape and armed conflicts in some areas which make business in Africa more expensive as compared to other continents. She also underlined the fact that despite robust economic growth on the continent, Africa stills lags behind in terms of competitiveness. “Although both Africa and South East Asia had approximately the same levels of GDP per capita in the 1960s, South East Asia’s GDP per capita has since risen considerably more rapidly than Sub-Saharan Africa. Most worrying is that, Africa is not benefitting from its human capital potential and the entire region is underperforming significantly in various sectors”, she indicated.
Mrs. Maphanga however also pointed out the positive steps being taken by leaders and experts such as the implementation of the Single Windows, Coordinated Border Management and the organization of the first Forum of customs experts on trade facilitation. She referred to the WTO Agreement on Trade Facilitation that highlights border management as a major component of achieving trade efficiency. She highlighted the fundamental policy direction taken by the AUC towards the actual creation of trade potential by developing a flawless trade facilitation environment through incorporating the Boosting intra-African Trade program in the African Union’s “Agenda 2063”.
In his statement, the Director General of Customs of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mr. Deo Rugwiza Magera, thanked the audience for the choice of Kinshasa to host the meeting and welcomed all participants in Kinshasa. He reminded the participants that during three days, they will have to consider some very important points regarding customs issues given the negotiations that were launched in June 2015 by the African Union Assembly for the establishment of the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA). According to the Director, issues such as Single Window, Co-ordinated Border Management, Trade Facilitation, Private Sector’s Involvement in the negotiations on the CFTA, use of new Communication Technologies in commercial transactions etc. will be discussed in order to come up with strong recommendations. He then pointed out that all these actions can be performed if there is a good coordination among RECs and Member States. Finally, he declared open the proceedings of the meeting.

The Opening Session of the 7th Meeting of the Sub-Committee of Directors General of the African Union at DG’s level, will kick off on 24 September 2015.

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WIN an Invitation to the 2015 edition of AfricaCom – the biggest and best tech event in Africa

APO (http://www.apo-opa.com) will award one African journalist/blogger with transport, accommodation and a daily allowance to attend the 2015 edition of AfricaCom — the biggest and best tech event in Africa (http://africa.comworldseries.com), to be held in Cape Town, South Africa, on 17-19 November 2015.

Each year APO offers journalists the opportunity to attend major African events such as the African Development Bank Annual Meeting and AfricaCOM as a part of its commitment to supporting journalism in Africa.

The two previous recipients of the AfricaCOM invitation are science journalist Aimable Twahirwa from Rwanda (http://www.apo.af/nsQpxT) and journalist John Churu from Botswana (http://www.apo.af/QpEYBG).

APO also sponsors the APO Energy Media Award (http://www.apo.af/IVnNJR) and the APO Media Award (http://www.apo.af/erwHiu) where a journalist wins $500 a month for one year, one laptop and one intercontinental flight ticket to a destination of his or her choice as well as one year of access to over 600 airport VIP lounges.

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Special Session of the Fridays of the Commission: “Petition to the United Nations General Assembly proposing that 9th September be declared the World Great Apes Day and seek to build support for the initiative

The African Union Commission on the 18th of September 2015 hosted the conference-debate of the “Fridays of the Commission” under the theme “World Great Apes Day: Improving the wellbeing of communities through conservation of great Apes and Critical ecosystems and eliminating illegal wildlife trade”. The event organized by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with United Nations’ Great Apes Survival Partnership(GRASP) and the Embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, brought together representatives of the African Union Commission ,Officials from United Nations ,Members of the Diplomatic Corps in Ethiopia ,Development Partners, and Civil Society. The main objective of this event was to make petition to the United Nations General Assembly , proposing that 9th September , the date when Kinshasa Declaration on Great Apes was signed in 2005, be declared the “World Great Apes Day” and seek to build support for the initiative.
In her welcoming remarks, the AUC Director for Rural Economy and Agriculture agreed that Grate Apes are endangered species, with their populations and habitats continuing to experience decline and further stressed on the importance of conserving and protecting them. “The Great Apes protection plays crucial role for sustainable socio-economic and environmental development through contributing to sustainable tourism, livelihoods of the local communities and conservation of the unique ecosystems in which they live.” She further highlighted the efforts of the African Union, which in its efforts to conserve Africa’s wild flora and fauna as well as fight against wildlife crime, adopted Decision EX.CL/Dec 832(XXV) on African Wild Flora and Fauna Conservation and Illegal Trade in Wildlife at its June Summit held in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
Mr. Samba Harouna, UNEP Regional Representative, Addis Ababa Ethiopia, underscored the essential role that Great apes and their habitats play in economic development of many African nations since they provide direct and indirect benefits to local communities and contribute to poverty alleviation through development of regulated ecologically sustainable eco-tourism. “Habitat loss is the primary threat for great apes in Africa, caused by rapid population growth and natural resource exploitation illegal hunting among others. “ In this regard, Mr. Harouna emphasized that the establishment of the World Great Apes Day will draw and focus global attention towards the protection of great apes and forest ecosystems in their critical role in supporting surrounding human communities.
Mr. Doug Cress, the Great Apes Survival Partnership (GRASP) coordinator in his speech presented a brief over view of GRASP that was established in 2001, with the objective of curbing illegal wild life trade and lifting the imminent threat faced by the four main kinds of great apes i.e. Bonobos, Chimpanzees, Gorillas and Orangutan and their habitats. The GRASP coordinator noted that GRASP, which is the only United Nations species conservation programme, engages peoples from all walks of life to impact local national and international attitudes towards great apes conservation. Mr. Doug in his closing remarks called upon African countries to spear head the drive to push for the petition to recognize 9 September as World Great Apes Day as the continent has the highest number of great apes ranges.
Mr. Fidel Ruzigandekwe, Deputy Executive Secretary for Programmes of the Greater Virunga Trans-boundary Cooperation (GVTC)highlighted the experiences of the cooperation in the Greater Virunga area affirming that the collaboration is a mechanism for strategic, trans-boundary collaborative management of the Greater Virunga Landscape that covers Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, set up by ICCN, RDB and UWA with their partners in the region and was started with ranger collaboration to protect mountain gorillas in Mgahinga, Bwindi, Virunga and Volcanoes in the 90s. The GVTC is steered by a ten year strategic plan as well as a five year implementation plan which sets as goal improved conservation mechanisms of species, habitats, and ecological services contributing to increased socio economic benefits through effective trans-boundary collaboration.
Director of conservation through Public Health Dr. Gladys KalemaZikusoka underscored the importance of conservation through public health as it encourages sensitization of communities on prevention and control of diseases that could easily be passed on from humans to great apes and vice versa. Mrs. Gladys also commended President Kagame of Rwanda for his role in spear heading and signing the petition for the recognition of 9 September as World Great Apes Day. The Public Health Officer emphasized the urgent need to protect great apes habitats and to improve the health as well as livelihoods of communities living adjacent to Great Ape habitats which will in turn bring about sustainable development.
In her closing remarks, representative from Rural Economy and Agriculture, Olushola Olayide, Senior Policy Officer, underscored the rich biodiversity we have in Africa saying it need conservation and protection. She commended the partnership that is helping the conservation and assured the commitment and readiness of the AUC to collaborate with all partners within the framework of the African Union strategy on illegal exploitation and illicit trade on wildlife flora and fauna and in the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
The conference ended with an interactive session which gave opportunity to participants to ask questions and get clarifications. The Fridays of the Commission are quarterly events and constitute a policy dialogue forum on current economic, political, social and cultural challenges faced by the continent. It presents an opportunity for staff of the commission, diplomats and staff of international institutions in Addis Ababa and academics to interact and share information and experiences on policy options towards Africa’s Social-economic transformation.

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Facebook in Africa

 

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Facebook Pages: Updated for Mobile, Better for Business

 

Majority of people on Facebook in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa connect to a small business

 

JOHANNESBURG, South-Africa, September 15, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ Now that there are more mobile connections around the world than there are humans on the planet, people are spending more time on mobile, and they expect to be able to do more from their phones and tablets. They expect information to be available at their fingertips and that people and businesses will reply to their messages as soon as possible. These trends have far-reaching conclusions for businesses, the biggest of which is that it’s never been more important to make your business easily accessible on mobile.

 

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“With more than a billion people visiting Pages on Facebook every month, Pages are the best place for businesses, and in particular small businesses, to reach the people who care about their business and want to learn more exactly where they are – on mobile. We are committed to providing the 45 million businesses with better ways to achieve their goals and supporting these with the right tools” says Helen Smyth, SMB Community Engagement for Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) (http://www.facebook.com).

 

“For people on Facebook who want to learn about or interact with a business, a business’s presence on Facebook is the best place to do this because it the simplest way to find all the information you need or take action, where you already spend time, and because it is a place to have a genuine and trustworthy interaction with the businesses you care about” Smyth continues.

 

A few weeks ago we updated messaging features for Pages to help people and businesses connect faster and more conveniently (http://www.apo.af/PftBuv). Today we’re adding new features to Pages to make it easier for the more than 45 million active businesses on Facebook to highlight important information and reach their goals. The new features for Pages reflect our belief that no matter if you’re a plumbing company, a flower shop, a non-profit or a brand, your Page should house the information people are looking for, help you communicate with your customers, and support your unique goals.

 

New and more prominent call-to-action buttons

 

Call-to-action buttons bring a business’s most important objective to the forefront of its Page, whether it’s encouraging people to book an appointment or browse an online shop. And now, Page call-to-action buttons on mobile are more prominent, making it easier for businesses to use their Page to accomplish their goals.

 

The new look of the call-to-action button on mobile is bigger, brighter and directly under the Page cover photo.

 

We’re also testing several new call-to-action buttons on mobile, including “Call Now”, “Send Message” and “Contact Us”, making it easier for people and businesses to connect directly. Over time, we’ll add additional calls to action to further help businesses drive their unique goals.

 

New sections for Pages

 

Until now, Pages have been largely the same for every business. Now we’re beginning to add new sections to Pages, so different types of businesses can prominently feature the information that is most relevant to their organization.

 

Today we’re announcing two new sections for Pages. The new Shop section helps retail businesses bring their products to the forefront of their Page, while the new Services section enables professional services businesses to showcase a list of their offerings at the top of their Page. So now, for example, a spa can add their services menu to their Page or highlight the line of products they sell, helping people get to know their business faster. And understanding the services and products a business offers is key to deciding to work with that business.

 

Because different types of organizations need to highlight different information to meet their goals, we plan on building additional sections for Pages in the near future.

 

Improved Page layout

 

As more people connect with Pages from phones and tablets, we want to make it easier to navigate through Pages on mobile. We’re updating the Pages layout so information is easy to find without lots of scrolling and clicking. One way we’re doing this is by giving each Page section a corresponding tab, just like how videos and photos have their own tabs. When this new layout launches in the coming weeks, Page visitors will be able to click on the tab associated with a section to see more details. The Home tab, which is the landing tab on Pages, will also contain highlights of each section, so relevant information is front and center when someone first gets to a Page.

 

The coming layout changes to Pages organize information better, so people can find what they’re looking for quickly.

 

Update your Page for mobile

 

People are spending more time on their phones and tablets, which means businesses need to keep up with people’s expectation that they can find information and communicate with a business anytime, anywhere, on any device. The recent updates to Pages help businesses communicate easily with people through messaging and emphasize the information that helps them drive their goals, making Facebook the mobile solution for your business. And this is just the beginning.

 

Make your business more accessible on mobile today by adding new sections and a call-to-action button.

 

As we continue testing and adding new features to Pages, look for updates here.

 

Resources ((https://www.facebook.com/business) for getting started with updated Pages:

 

Small businesses can now speak directly to potential and existing customers, and generate sales. They can do this in a cost effective way, and they can measure the results very easily. In effect, SMEs can now do what big brands have been doing for decades, and it they can do it immediately.

 

Facebook also offers global scale. African small businesses can interact with customers around the corner, across the country, over the continent or around the world. Factoring global reach into a low budget entrepreneurial business strategy is no longer a dream. It’s a matter of choice.

 

Small Business Mobile marketing Success

 

EatOut (https://www.facebook.com/eatoutkenya?fref=ts) is an online restaurant guide, booking system and magazine. Founded in 2010 by Mikul Shah who, after living in London for over a decade, returned to Kenya and found there was no single place to find, review and book restaurants. EatOut has since grown from a blog with 1 employee to a full-fledged company with an amazing team of 13 and growing. Facebook is the only marketing platform used by the company. They have since won numerous awards including Kenya Tourism Award for Best Digital.

 

Wakaberry (https://www.facebook.com/wakaberryfroyo), a South African yoghurt dessert brand, used to rely on passing trade. Now it uses social media to showcase its stores, products and promotions. Thanks to Facebook, many customers entering a Wakaberry store already know where they are going, and what they want. This new context has powered a big sales shift for the brand. Wakaberry’s 30 Days of Summer Facebook campaign resulted in a three-fold increase in post-campaign sales.

 

Businesses used to be confined by the limitations of geography and budget. Today, they use Facebook to achieve local, national and international growth. The innovative children’s brand FunKidz (https://www.facebook.com/funkidz) opened 4 years ago. It provides high quality children’s furniture designed and manufactured in Kenya. Owner Ciiru Waweru founded the business as when she was pregnant she was unhappy with the quality and styles available. The brand built solely through Facebook. The company has expanded into Uganda and Rwanda in response to Facebook demand.

 

Thando’s (https://www.facebook.com/ThandosShoes?fref=ts) is the brainchild of entrepreneurial couple, and NYU Alums, J.G. and Taffi Ayodele. They have designed Africa’s first foldable ballerina flat shoe. Their company aims to create a platform for creative talent on the African continent by crowdsourcing designs from African men and women who would otherwise have limited opportunities to design for a global audience. Each purchase results in shared profits for the designers who were crowd sourced or selected as brand ambassadors. Thando’s are a new company but love the traction they’re seeing from Instagram and Facebook.

 

KEY STATS

 

Kenya:  Q2 2015

 

63% of people on Facebook in Kenya are connected to an SMB

Internal FB data as of May 2015.

  • 2.2 million total daily active users (DAUs)
  • 2.1  million mobile DAU
  • 4.5 million total monthly active users (MAUs)
  • 4.3 million mobile MAU (95% of MAUs)

 

Nigeria: Q2 2015

 

54% of people on Facebook in Nigeria are connected to an SMB

Internal FB data as of May 2015.

  • 7.1 million total daily active users (DAUs)
  • 6.9 million mobile DAU
  • 15 million total monthly active users (MAUs)
  • 15 million mobile MAU (100% of MAUs)

 

South Africa: Q2 2015

 

61% of people on Facebook in South Africa are connected to an SMB

80% of people on Facebook in South Africa are connected to a Page

Internal FB data as of May 2015.

  • 7.3 million total daily active users (DAUs)
  • 7 million mobile DAU
  • 12 million total monthly active users (MAUs)
  • 12 million mobile MAU (100% of MAUs)

 

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Call for papers – Making Heritage in Ethiopia

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Annales d’Éthiopie, vol. 31 (2016)

Special issue: Making heritage in Ethiopia

Heritage is an important aspect of contemporary Ethiopia. Material or “intangible”, it is part of development policies, and it is deeply linked with the will to increase the Ethiopian touristic potential. It is now a repeated key concept when dealing with environmental conservation issues, with concerns regarding the management of paleontological or archaeological sites, and with the preservation, revival or enhancement of popular and especially rural cultures. Public, private, local, regional or national heritage-related projects often imply different actors and institutions at various scales, from small communities and administrations to international organizations. They have an impact on the relations between people and their environment, especially when the space (productive, sacred or filled by people with any particular meaning) is supplemented by a natural or landscape “remarkable” dimension. They change the relations with the cultural legacy and the cultural practices themselves. Thus they create networks of power and influence which spread different representations of spaces and cultural facts. Heritage is therefore a particularly relevant entry to analyze the social, political and economic dynamics which have built and are still building the Ethiopian cultural, social and political landscape. The aim of this special issue of Annales d’Éthiopie is to study these dynamics in a multidisciplinary perspective, and to foster empirical data collection and critical analysis.

View of Fasilides' Castle from the Royal Enclo...

View of Fasilides’ Castle from the Royal Enclosure in Gondar, Ethiopia (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There is a strong need to document the diffusion in time and space of the “heritage” notion in Ethiopia. Heritage is an imported concept that has been re-appropriated and often superimposed to preexisting practices of selective conservation and valorization of the traces of the past, or flora and fauna. These practices have been little studied up to now. Attention should be drawn on the actors and the institutions that have initiated and administrated the Ethiopian heritage in a context of political independence, through the 20th and 21th centuries. Their practices as well as the representations they produced and spread in Ethiopia and outside of the country have to be carefully studied since they have shaped are still framing the Ethiopian heritage policies. Contributions dealing with the relations between heritage-making and political dynamics, from the initial process of Ethiopian nation-building to the construction of the ethno-federal Ethiopian republic, are particularly welcome. In the contemporary context, the emergence of claims based on the enhancement of “local heritage” appears particularly interesting.

Natural or cultural conservation policies must not be analyzed without a careful attention to the daily experience of people who live in or with it. The conflicts or negotiations that could occur in heritage-transformed places, for example, tell us a lot about the contemporary Ethiopian society: relations between social classes, between the State, its regions and the citizens, and between the city and the rural areas. The development of tourism and the international recognition related to heritage – for example through the Unesco world heritage lists – give Ethiopians reflected and modified representations of themselves. The spread of these representations and their use in the country sometimes confront local memory. It raises the question of the relations between Ethiopian development policies and memory – including material and intangible traces of the past. Another interesting aspect is the slow development of a sense of heritage, especially among the intellectuals, who draw the attention to disappearing aspects of Ethiopian past or “traditions” that have been poorly considered by administrations until now (such as the old urban buildings and landscapes). This new phenomenon has to be analyzed, since it may (or not) prefigure future reorientations of Ethiopian heritage policies.

Papers discussing the following topics with a historical, social, political, spatial and/or comparative approach are welcome:

  • Vernacular and institutional practices of conservation
  • Analysis of the trajectories, practices, and networks of the actors of the Ethiopian heritage.
  • Heritage and identity, nation/nations-building
  • Institutional heritage, development and memory
  • Changes in configuration and/or hybridizations of practices and representations related to heritage

Deadline for abstract submission: October 19th 2015 (1000 characters, English or French)

Acceptance will be notified to authors in the beginning of November 2015.

Deadline for full article submission: February 1st 2016 (max. 50 000 characters, English or French)

Please send your abstracts by email to the following address: secretariat.scientifique@cfee.cnrs.fr

Editors for the special issue: Guillaume Blanc, Marie Bridonneau and Thomas Guindeuil

Annales d’Éthiopie is a multidisciplinary academic peer-reviewed journal with an international scientific committee, published by the French Centre for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE) and De Boccard, with the support of the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), and under the patronage of the Ethiopian Authority for Research and Conservation and the Cultural Heritage and of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It covers all scientific fields, from the natural sciences (paleontology and earth sciences) to the humanities and social sciences and publishes articles on Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. Submissions, in English or in French, are anonymously evaluated by two external referees. Articles published in French are accompanied by an English short version. The journal, launched in 1955, is currently engaged in the creation of a systematic online archiving system, available for consultation one year after the publication of paper copies.

Contact Info:

Thomas Guindeuil

Project manager, French Centre for Ethiopian Studies (CFEE), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

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Categories: AFRICA, AFRICAN COUNTRIES, CONFERENCES, CULTURE, Ethiopia

Re-Imagining the African City: The Arts and Urban Politics

Call for Papers: Re-Imagining the African City: The Arts and Urban Politics

09.09.2015 10:10

Basel, March 11-12, 2016

The Collaborative Research Group “Visual and Expressive Cultures” of the Africa Europe Group of Interdisciplinary Studies organises, together with the Institute for Urban and Landscape Studies, the Centre for African Studies and the Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Basel a workshop on the theme

Re-Imagining the African City: The Arts and Urban Politics
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The workshop aims at rethinking the place of the arts in African urban politics as a subject of analysis, as a driving force of social and political change or as an arbiter of culture. Contributions on all arts and all parts of Africa are welcome. Scholars working on topics related to the theme are invited to send abstracts of a maximum of 250 words and a short CV (max. 500 characters) to ethnologie-at-unibas.chby October 16, 2015. A limited number of travel grants will be available for African scholars working in Africa.
The Centre for African Studies will provide a letter of invitation to assist individuals in expediting visas and securing funding. If you need a letter of invitation, you should submit a request at the same time you submit your paper proposal.

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Contact Info:

Fiona Siegenthaler, Dr. des.
Art Historian and Social Anthropologist
Senior Lecturer in Visual Culture

Art/Articulation: Art and the Formation of Social Space in African Cities (SNF project 2015-2018)

University of Basel
Institute of Social Anthropology
Münsterplatz 19
CH-4051 Basel
Tel: +41 61 267 27 38

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The African Union Commission signs an MoU with Earls Media for the promotion of Sports personalities in Africa

BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo, September 8, 2015/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The African Union Commission and Earls Media signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on Saturday 5th September 2015 aiming to promote sports personalities in Africa. The signing ceremony took place in Brazzaville in the framework of the 11th Edition of the African Games between the AUC Commissioner for Social Affairs, H.E Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kaloko and the Director of Earls Media, Mr. Olive Banwo Olajide.

The purpose of this MoU is to provide a framework for cooperation in the promotion of sport development in Africa through the recognition of outstanding personalities in sport and rewarding of sporting legends in Africa, the encouragement of sport celebrities to give back to their communities as well as the promotion of social responsibility activities such as HIV/AIDS advocacy in sports, sport for development and peace, youth empowerment, humanitarian causes, stopping violence against women, and communication of key AU messages.

H.E Dr Kaloko described the MoU as an excellent opportunity to publicize African sports celebrities who are not well known by the younger generation on the continent. Moreover, he highlighted that the partnership will contribute to build a strong narrative on sport legends through a new lens in line with African realities.

In the same vein, the CEO of Earls Media welcomed this new step between Earls Media and the AUC and reiterated the commitment of his organization to support the commission in its efforts to empower African youth through sports.

The duration of the partnership is five (5) years and it shall be renewable by mutual consent of the parties six (6) months prior to its expiration.

Earls Media is an entertainment/sports events management outfit headquartered in Manchester, United Kingdom and Lagos, Nigeria.

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