Contents with tag: Africa
On the opening day of the 10th Ministerial Conference (MC10) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in Nairobi, global activists welcomed trade ministers from over 100 countries with a protest. Some 200 activists from 12 countries joined grassroots organizations in Nairobi, Kenya to protest 20 years of the WTO’s broken development promises. Simultaneous actions were held in the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan and other countries spearheaded by the Asian Peasant Coalition and the International League of Peoples Struggles.
20 years of WTO have been 20 years of opening up the world to transnational corporate plunder and the languishing of billions of people in poverty, landlessness, unemployment, precariousness, and environmental catastrophes. The 10th WTO Ministerial in Nairobi is set to perpetuate the same neoliberal free trade agenda, and more! Corporations and governments are pushing for new rules to strengthen corporate control and reverse the hard-won rights fought for by people through their collective action.
In West Africa, tax evasions by multinational corporations are costing billions in local currencies to ECOWAS countries. According to several estimates they exceed international development assistance. So these losses affect government budgets and public spending on basic social services. This, in turn, affects poor and low income families.
Imperialist attacks on peoples in the form of increasing foreign military presence and new free trade agreements were raised as important issues that confront Africa today.
The Climate Justice Core Group is a team of social justice activist on Climate Justice (CJ) from 5 sites in Kenya namely: Migori, Mfangano Island, Cherangani, Malindi and Mathare in Nairobi.
Development justice is an alternative framework that aims to redistribute resources, wealth, power and opportunities to all human beings equitably. It compels us to dismantle the existing systems that channel resources and wealth from developing countries to wealthy countries and to develop economies that enable dignified lives, accommodate needs and facilitate capabilities, employment and livelihoods available to all.
IBON International partners in Senegal hold capacity building workshop on agriculture and climate change adaptation for peasant organizations from May 26 to 29, 2015. The objective of the workshop aims to equip the participants with basic knowledge on the relationship between agriculture and climate change, as well as, inform them about the international negotiations on climate change.
An open letter dated July 17, 2014 has been drafted by several global civil society formations and representatives based in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), expressing sympathy with the people of Gaza and the rest of the Palestinian people, condemning the unjustified attacks by Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on defenseless civilian communities, and calling on the United Nations and its human rights agencies to take urgent steps to safeguard the Gaza communities and uphold its people’s basic human rights and welfare.
Around forty (40) civil society educators, facilitators and trainers gathered in Johannesburg, South Africa on June 25 to 27, 2013 to attend the first Global Training of Trainers (Global ToT) on CSO Development Effectiveness. The Global ToT was among the major activities of the CSO Partnership for Development Effectiveness (CPDE) through its Working Group on CSO Development Effectiveness (WG on CSO DE)* to reach out and encourage more civil society organizations to look closely into their organization’s praxis as accountable and effective independent development actors. The CPDE is the unified platform coming out from the two civil society processes, post-Busan High Level Forum IV, i.e. the Better Aid (BA) and the Open Forum on CSO Development Effectiveness (OF).
The People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), in partnership with IBON International’s Reality of Aid Network (RoA), Better Aid and partner civil society organizations (CSOs), went full swing in the conduct of trainings on food sovereignty and consultations on aid effectiveness in Agriculture and Rural development (ARD) in Nepal, India and Uganda in September.