La sécurité énergétique est un élément clé pour la viabilité économique d’une société moderne qui fonctionne. L’Afrique est un important fournisseur de combustibles fossiles cependant la tendance mondiale à adopter des combustibles au carbone neutres pour contribuer aux mesures de lutte contre le changement climatique donne également à l’Afrique australe l’opportunité de tirer parti de ses grandes sources de biomasse et de la capacité de production industrielle pour développer et déployer les technologies bioénergétiques dans les secteurs clés des biocarburants, de la bioénergie et des énergies renouvelables. Cela devrait être une opportunité pour l’Afrique dans son ensemble de concurrencer favorablement les régions les plus avancées économiquement et, ce faisant, créer de nouvelles technologies, des emplois et des revenus.
Le NEPAD organise un Atelier sur l’Investissement dans la Bioénergie à Dakar , Sénégal les 30 et 31 Août 2012 pour aider à tirer profit des opportunités d’investissement dans la bioénergie en Afrique de l’Ouest, surtout en sensibilisant et en stimulant un partenariat public-privé fécond et l’adoption d’un mécanisme de financement novateur. L’objectif global est d’encourager l’investissement dans la bioénergie par le secteur privé africain pour améliorer la sécurité énergétique, accroitre la production et l’utilisation de l’énergie propre au niveau local, augmenter la création d’emplois, faciliter le transfert de technologie et atténuer l’impact environnemental des déchets industriels. L’atelier devrait identifier et chercher à lever les obstacles d’investissement du secteur privé dans la bioénergie.
Les autorités gouvernementales, le secteur privé, les bailleurs de fonds et les fournisseurs des technologies participeront à cet atelier qui sera un cadre unique pour promouvoir les demandes et les investissements dans la bioénergie au niveau de la sous-région en présentant les technologies, l’expertise et les sources de financement éligibles pour un tel investissement.
http://www.bioenergyinvestment-westafrica.com/fr/component/content/article/103-nepad-bioenergy-investment-symposium-west-africa-region.html

La sécurité énergétique est un élément clé pour la viabilité économique d’une société moderne qui fonctionne. L’Afrique est un important fournisseur de combustibles fossiles cependant la tendance mondiale à adopter des combustibles au carbone neutres pour contribuer aux mesures de lutte contre le changement climatique donne également à l’Afrique australe l’opportunité de tirer parti de ses grandes sources de biomasse et de la capacité de production industrielle pour développer et déployer les technologies bioénergétiques dans les secteurs clés des biocarburants, de la bioénergie et des énergies renouvelables. Cela devrait être une opportunité pour l’Afrique dans son ensemble de concurrencer favorablement les régions les plus avancées économiquement et, ce faisant, créer de nouvelles technologies, des emplois et des revenus.

Le NEPAD organise un Atelier sur l’Investissement dans la Bioénergie à Dakar , Sénégal les 30 et 31 Août 2012 pour aider à tirer profit des opportunités d’investissement dans la bioénergie en Afrique de l’Ouest, surtout en sensibilisant et en stimulant un partenariat public-privé fécond et l’adoption d’un mécanisme de financement novateur. L’objectif global est d’encourager l’investissement dans la bioénergie par le secteur privé africain pour améliorer la sécurité énergétique, accroitre la production et l’utilisation de l’énergie propre au niveau local, augmenter la création d’emplois, faciliter le transfert de technologie et atténuer l’impact environnemental des déchets industriels. L’atelier devrait identifier et chercher à lever les obstacles d’investissement du secteur privé dans la bioénergie.

Les autorités gouvernementales, le secteur privé, les bailleurs de fonds et les fournisseurs des technologies participeront à cet atelier qui sera un cadre unique pour promouvoir les demandes et les investissements dans la bioénergie au niveau de la sous-région en présentant les technologies, l’expertise et les sources de financement éligibles pour un tel investissement.

http://www.bioenergyinvestment-westafrica.com/fr/component/content/article/103-nepad-bioenergy-investment-symposium-west-africa-region.html

Columbia/Institute of African Studies Spring Event Calendar

Ifriqiyya Seminar 
Bruce Hall: The Morality of Descent: African Histories of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960

Date: Thursday, January 26, 2012
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Room: Knox Hall 208

Bruce Hall is Assistant Professor in the Department of History and the Department of African and African American Studies at Duke University. His most recent book is A History of Race in Muslim West Africa, 1600-1960, about the development of ideas surrounding racial difference along the West African Sahel.

Book discussion with Simon Gikandi: Slavery and the Culture of Taste
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Room: Knox Hall 509

Panelists include:
Simon Gikandi (Princeton University)
Carroll Smith-Rosenberg (University of Michigan)
Saidiya Hartman (Columbia University)
Madeleine Dobie (Columbia Univeristy)
Moderated by Mamadou Diouf (Columbia University)

Simon Gikandi?s new book Slavery and the Culture of Taste (Princeton UP, 2011) demonstrates that these slavery and the culture of taste—the world of politeness, manners, and aesthetics were surprisingly entwined. Ranging across Britain, the antebellum South, and the West Indies, and examining vast archives, including portraits, period paintings, personal narratives, and diaries, Simon Gikandi illustrates how the violence and ugliness of enslavement actually shaped theories of taste, notions of beauty, and practices of high culture, and how slavery’s impurity informed and haunted the rarified customs of the time.

This event is sponsored by the Institute of African Studies, The Institute for Research in African American Studies and the Institute for Comparative Literature and Society.

University Seminar: After Antiretrovirals, During Cancer, Before Death in an African Oncology WardTalk by Julie Livingston

Date: Friday, February 3, 2012
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Knox Hall 208
Seminar Chairs: Gregory Mann and Hlonipha Mokoena

IAS Film and Q&A with Dr. Grace Kodindo: Dead Mums Don’t Cry

Date: Thursday, February 9, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: TBD

Becoming a mother in Africa can be among the most frightening and dangerous jobs in the world.  This documentary documents the struggle of Grace Kodindo, an obstetrician in the poverty-stricken central African country of Chad, to stop mothers in her country from dying.  Cutting maternal mortality by 75% by 2015 was one of the eight Millennium Development Goals set by 189 countries in 2000. Five years on, progress is far behind schedule, but “Dead Mums Don?t Cry” shows there is reason for hope.

Dr. Kodindo, Assistant Professor of Emergency Obstetrics care at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health and Medical / Advocacy Advisor to the Reproductive Health Access, Information and services in Emergency Settings (RAISE) Initiative, will be at the event to answer questions.

Elections in Africa: Senegal 2012
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Room: International Affairs Building 1501

Panelists:
Mamadou Diouf (Columbia University)
Souleymane Bachir Diagne  (Columbia University)
Alioune Badara Diop (Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar)
Etienne Smith (Columbia University)
Chair: Alfred Stepan  (Columbia University)

This panel discussion is part of the Institute of African Studies’ 2011-2012 series focusing on elections in Africa.  Panelists will discuss the historical context, current debates, and prospects for change in the upcoming Senegalese election.  This event is sponsored by the Institute of African Studies, the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion, and the School of International and Public Affairs.

IAS Film:  African Underground: Democracy in Dakar
Date: Monday, February 13, 2012
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: International Affairs Building 1501

"African Underground: Democracy in Dakar" is a groundbreaking documentary film about hip-hop youth and politics in Dakar, Senegal during the controversial 2007 presidential election.  The film follows emcees, graffiti writers, and DJ’s who used their music and spray cans to educate and empower each other as a response to decades of single party political rule with little attention paid to urban poverty, unemployment, crime, and corruption.  This documentary bridges the gap between hip-hop activism, video journalism and documentary film and explores the role of youth and musical activism on the political process.

Reinventing Citizenship and Political Leadership: The Role of Civil Society and Social Movements in Consolidating Democracy in Senegal
Lecture by Professor Alioune Badara Diop
Discussant: Professor Ousmane Kane

Date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Room: Knox Hall 208

Alioune Badara Diop is a Professor of Political Science at Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar.  His latest book is De la Gouvernementalité du Phénix: Elections, Logiques Sociales et Démocratie Représentative au Sénégal.

Ousmane Kane has served as associate professor of international and public affairs at SIPA at Columbia University since 2002. His most recent book is The Homeland is the Arena: Religion, Transnationalism and the Integration of Senegalese Immigrants in America.

This event is sponsored by the Institute of African Studies and the Center for the Study of Democracy, Toleration, and Religion.


Ifriqqiya Seminar:

Anne Bang: Islamic Reformist Ideas in East Africa c. 1880-1940
Date: Thursday, March 1, 2012
Time: 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Location: Knox Hall 207

Dr. Anne Bang is Senior Researcher at the Chr. Michelsen Institute in Norway.  She is co-editor of the Indian Ocean series published by Hurst&Co (London) and of the journal Islamic Africa (NWU Press).

Charles Taylor and Liberia: Ambition and Atrocity in Africa’s Lone Star State
Book Talk with Colin Waugh

Date: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 8:00pm
Location: TBD

Campaigner, insurgent, arms dealer, warlord, commodity trafficker, elected president, international fugitive and finally prisoner, Charles Taylor sought to lead his native Liberia to change but instead destroyed it in a frenzy of violence, greed and uncontrolled personal ambition. In the process he threw much of Liberia’s neighbouring region into turmoil for over a decade, finally facing judgement in The Hague for his role in the Sierra Leone conflict.  In this remarkable and eye-opening book, Colin Waugh draws on a variety of sources, testimonies and original interviews - including with Taylor himself - to recount the story of what really happened during these turbulent years. In doing so, he examines both the life of Charles Taylor, as well as the often self-interested efforts of the international community to first save Liberia from disaster, then, having failed to do so, to bring to justice the man it deems most to blame for its disintegration.

University Seminar: The King of Spices: Mapping Rights to Grains of Paradise from Chaucer to Herbal Viagra
Talk by Abena Dove Osseo-Assare (Berkeley)

Date: Friday, March 23, 2012
Time: 10:30am to 12:00pm
Location: Fayerweather Hall 411
Co-sponsored with the Center for International History

Elections in Africa: Mali 2012
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Time: 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: International Affairs Building 1501

Panelists include:
Susanna Wing (Haverford College)
Jaimie Bleck (University of Notre Dame)
Brandon County (Columbia University)
Moderated by Manthia Diawara (New York University)

This panel discussion is part of the Institute of African Studies’ 2011-2012 series focusing on elections in Africa.  Panelists will discuss the historical context, current debates, and prospects for change in the upcoming Malian election.  This event is sponsored by the Institute of African Studies and the School of International and Public Affairs.

IAS Film:  Bamako sigi-kan (Bamako’s pact
)
Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2011
Time: 6:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: International Affairs Building 1512

'Bamako sigi-kan” brings a new perspective to the modern African city of Bamako, exploring how democracy took root in Mali.  Filmmaker Manthia Diawara lets citizens of Bamako tell their own stories, revealing how traditions stay alive within a changing city and society.


Ifriqiyya Seminar

Beverly Mack: The 21st century ‘Yan Taru
Date: Thursday, April 5, 2012
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Knox Hall 208

Beverly Mack is Professor of African Studies in the Department of African and African American Studies and the Director of the University of Kansas African Studies Center (KASC).  Her books include: One Woman’s Jihad: Nana Asma’u, Scholar and Scribe(Indiana University Press, 2001), and Muslim Women Sing: Hausa Popular Song(Indiana University Press, 2004).  

The 7th Greater New York Area Africa Historians Workshop
Date: Friday, April 13, 2012
Location: Barnard Campus
Hosted by the History Department at Barnard College

Ifriqiyya Seminar

Timothy Cleaveland: Ethnogenesis in the Sahara, using Arabic sources
Date: Thursday, May 1, 2012
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Location: Knox Hall 208

Timothy Cleaveland is Associate Professor of History at the University of Georgia.  His latest book is Becoming Walata: A History of Saharan Social Formation and Transformation.

/INTERVIEW
INSPECTING CONTINENTAL AGRICULTURE: SO FAR SO GOOD

Although the decade has witnessed continental economic surge, with an average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of five per cent, Africa still wrestles with food self-insufficiency. Pushing agriculture, the mainstay of most African economies, to the forefront of economic and political decision making will be imperative to alleviate food insecurity, claims Ibrahim Assane Mayaki (PhD), Chief Executive Officer of the New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), in a group interview with a partnership of newspapers including Fortune, Sud Quotidien (Senegal), Les Echos du Mali (Mali), Le Républicain (Niger) and Afronline.org (Italy). The interview was facilitated by Joshua Massarenti of Afronline and Getachew T. Alemu, OP-ED EDITOR OF FORTUNE.
@addisfortune

/INTERVIEW

INSPECTING CONTINENTAL AGRICULTURE: SO FAR SO GOOD

Although the decade has witnessed continental economic surge, with an average Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth of five per cent, Africa still wrestles with food self-insufficiency. Pushing agriculture, the mainstay of most African economies, to the forefront of economic and political decision making will be imperative to alleviate food insecurity, claims Ibrahim Assane Mayaki (PhD), Chief Executive Officer of the New Economic Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), in a group interview with a partnership of newspapers including Fortune, Sud Quotidien (Senegal), Les Echos du Mali (Mali), Le Républicain (Niger) and Afronline.org (Italy). The interview was facilitated by Joshua Massarenti of Afronline and Getachew T. Alemu, OP-ED EDITOR OF FORTUNE.

@addisfortune

Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI)
Following the endorsement by the 16th African Union Assembly of the seven (7) regional infrastructure projects (covering the five AU regions) to be championed by Heads of State and Government, under the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), the NEPAD Agency, as the technical coordinator and Secretariat for this Initiative, undertook a status analysis of the projects. This was augmented with field missions to the countries and sub-regions involved, where deemed necessary.
download more information @nepad

Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI)

Following the endorsement by the 16th African Union Assembly of the seven (7) regional infrastructure projects (covering the five AU regions) to be championed by Heads of State and Government, under the Presidential Infrastructure Champion Initiative (PICI), the NEPAD Agency, as the technical coordinator and Secretariat for this Initiative, undertook a status analysis of the projects. This was augmented with field missions to the countries and sub-regions involved, where deemed necessary.

download more information @nepad

rfi

L’idée d’un grand projet d’un mur de verdure d’ouest en est, pour freiner l’avancée du désert, est née il y a 7 ans, jour pour jour. Les 1er et 2 juin 2005, lors de la 7e Conférence des chefs d’Etat et de Gouvernement de la communauté sahélo-saharienne, Olusegun Obasanjo, ancien président du Nigéria, propose de faire face aux multiples défis environnementaux auxquels les pays de la zone ont été et sont encore confrontés. Cette idée reprise et conceptualisée par Abdoulaye Wade, actuel président du Sénégal, a commencé à se concrétiser en 2008… Reportage de Michèle Diaz à Tessékéré, un village dont la vie de ses habitants change grâce à la Grande muraille verte…

@rfi

Conference on mobilising investment in infrastructure and agriculture in Africa

2011 NEPAD-OECD Ministerial Conference 26-27 April 2011 - Dakar, Senegal

Hosted by the Government of Senegal, this conference was organised within the framework of the NEPAD-OECD Africa Investment Initiative.

DAY 1: the Forum, Mobilising investment in infrastructure and agricultureidentified key challenges and conditions for increased investment in sectors that are crucial to reinforcing Africa’s productive capacities. Governmental decision-makers debated with experts and business sector representatives on the means for:

  • strengthening private investment in infrastructure, including by improving the enabling environment in this area
  • boosting the attractiveness of the agricultural sector for foreign and domestic investors
  • better mobilising green investment for growth and job creation
  • enhancing business integrity in Africa
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The Aid for Investment in Infrastructure project was launched during this event. This project analyses the support that development partners bring to improving investment conditions in African infrastructure. 

DAY 2: the Ministerial Meeting brought together top-level African actors key to investment policy reform to explore ways to accelerate existing reforms targeting the improvement of the investment climate in African countries. Discussions highlighted best-practices and successful experiences in reform implementation. They also identified key obstacles to the expansion of reforms - along with the means for tackling them.

Conference documents

Documents will be posted on this conference website as they come available. Please visit regularly for updates.

Session 1: Bridging the investment gap in infrastructure

Session 2: Mobilising more and better investment in agriculture

Session 3.1: Green investment for growth and job creation in Africa

Session 3.3: Promoting Business Integrity

Ministerial Meeting

Further Reading

Also available: Conférence sur la mobilisation d’investissement dans les infrastructures et l’agriculture en Afrique (French) @oecd