Most of our programme is already fixed. Some workshops are still mentioned with their working titles and we are still waiting for confirmation of some of our speakers.


From 3.00 pm Registration

4.00 pm Open Introduction

Introductory Workshops, Theatre and Project Exchange (see below)

7.00 pm Critical Perspectives on Migration, Development and Ecological Crisis – Opening Lectures with subsequent Fishbowl Discussion

Boniface Mabanza (Kirchliche Arbeitsstelle Südliches Afrika, KASA, Heidelberg)
Freweyni Habtemariam (Eritrean Initiative for Dialogue and Cooperation, Berlin)

9.30 pm   Theatre, Film and Discussion in Small Groups



09:30 – 11:00 Uhr Kick-off Podiums

Women’s Struggles for Self-Determined Development
Mercia Andrews (Trust for community outreach and education (TCOE), South Africa)
Dora Sandrine Ndedi (Aktivist, Berlin)
Nyima Jadama (Journalist, Freiburg)

Living at the Expense of Others: Capitalism, (Neo-)Colonialism and the Exploitation of Humans and Nature
Ulrich Brand (University if Vienna, Austria)
Lucía Muriel (Founding Member and Chairwoman of the Migrant Federal Association Migration, Development and Participation MEPa e.V., Berlin)
Carolina Tamayo Rojas (University of Bielefeld)

On the Topicality of Anti-Colonial (Development) Concepts
Gbassycolo Konaté (Ecological Artist Collective Faso Kele / Afrique-Europe-Interact, Guinea)
Hamado Dipama (Pan-Africanism Working Group, Munich)

Social Movement in Africa, Ecological Crisis and Alternatives to Development
Victor Nzuzi (Farmer and Activist, Afrique-Europe-Interact / La Via Campesina, DR Congo)
Nnimmo Bassey (Architect and Environmental Activist, Nigeria – solicited)

11.30 am – 7.00 pm Workshops, Films and Networking meetings

You will find an overview on our workshops and film HERE

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm Theatre

“Eldorado – Europe”: Riadh Ben Ammar (Afrique-Europe-Interact/Theatre for Freedom of Movement)

8.30 pm – 10.00 pm  Podium Discussion: Criminalization of Migration and Marshall Plan with Africa – Contradiction or Two Sides of the Same Coin?

Alassane Dicko (Afrique-Europe-Interact, Mali)
Rex Osa (Refugee Activist, Stuttgart)
Napuli Paul Göhrlich (Refugee Activist, Berlin)

From 10.00 pm Party, Concert, Dancing, Film



9.30 – 11.00 am  World Cafe on the Key Questions of the Conference

11:30 – 13:00 Uhr What’s next? Conclusions after Two Days of Debate. Final Debate and Final Declaration

With input by Emmanuel Mbolela (Afrique-Europe-Interact, Netherlands) and Maria do Mar Castro Varela (Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences, Berlin – solicited)

Overview on the Workshops of the Conference

You will find an overview on the workshops of our conference here. During the weeks to come we will publish more detailed information on the content of the workshops. You can find a list of the speakers HERE.

1. Migration: On the Need to Leave

Staying or Leaving? Chances and Risks of Information Campaigns amongst Young People in African Countries

Circular Migration as Real Alternative to Deportation or “Voluntary” Departure

Stress as Basic Condition: Refugees between Isolation, Racism and Fear of Deportation

Raising Your Voice – Self-Organised Journals by and for Refugee and Migrant Women

2. Causes of Flight from a Decolonial Perspective

Agro-Industry contra Small-Scale Farming

Climate Change and Migration

Exploitation of Resources and Corrupt States (Congo, Niger and Mali)

Occidentalization: On the Identification of African Elites with Western Thinking and Strategies for Action

Ecocide in the Niger Delta: Flight and Migration as Consequence of Western Natural Resource Policies

Colonial Legacies: On the Dominance of Colonial Languages in the Education Systems of African Countries

On the Consequences of Neoliberal Trade Agreements between Africa and Europe

Global Justice, Climate Change and Migration

3. Critique of Development & Alternatives to Development

Development Policy in or with Authoritarian Regimes – and Resistance. The Example of Ethiopia

How Migrants Contribute to Self-Determined Development from Below through Transfer of Money and Experience

The History of Inequality between North and South from the Post-Development Perspective

Alternatives to the Western Development Model in the Zapatista Movement

From Life at the Expense of Others to Global Solidarity

Ecological Agriculture and Freedom of Movement: The Artist Village Faso Kele in Guinea

Commercial Agriculture, Migrants and the Role of Unions. The Example of South Africa

4. Alliances and Cooperations: Together for Global Justice

Transnational Connections: The Work of Voix des Migrants in Europe and Cameroon

Reparations for Enslavement and Ecological Destruction – Experiences from the Carribean

On Dealing with Different Positions and Privileges in Transnational Cooperation. Experiences from the Work of Afrique-Europe-Interact

Diaspora meets Refugee Movement: Possibilities and Limits to Solidarity


Films & Exhibitions

There will be several small exhibitions in the welcome and lounge area of the conference.

Furthermore, we will show – amongst others – the following films:

God is not working on Sunday!, Rwanda 2015, 84 minutes

A film about the pulsating network of women-activists who in the fight for reconciliation and equal rights after the 1994 genocide have created new spaces for women. The entrance to this world is through the work of Godelieve and Florida – community organizers and powerful forces. The film reflects the women’s appeal to direct action at the individual and community levels. With the director Leona Goldstein.

Revolution with Bare Hands, Ouagadougou/Vienna 2015, 90 minutes

The film approaches protagonists of the 2014 revolution and visits emblematic symbolic places. It asks about reasons and motivations based in the living conditions of the population as well as in memories of foregone struggles during previous decades. Hans-Georg Eberl (who made the film together with Moussa Ouédraogo) will be present.

Kamerun – Autopsy of an independence, France 2008, 52 minutes

France’s dirty secret war against the independence movements in Cameroon. The filmmaker Richard Djif and the author Péguy Tadkou Ndie will present this film.

Concerning Violence, Sweden/USA/Denmark/Finland 2014, 85 minutes

Documentary on colonialism and wars of independence, based on the anti-colonial classic “The Wretched of the Earth” by Frantz Fanon.

The Man Who Stopped the Desert, 2013, 52 minutes

Yacouba Sawadogo is a farmer from Burkina Faso who has been successfully using a traditional farming technique called Zaï to restore soils damaged by desertification and drought.


Names of Speakers

Mercia Andrews (director of Trust for community outreach and education, South Africa), Riadh Ben Ammar (theatre producer, AEI, Berlin), Olaf Bernau (AEI, Bremen), Daniel Bendix (glokal, Berlin), Ulrich Brand (University of Vienna, Austria), Julia Daiber (AEI, Bremen), Tahir Della (Initiative Black People in Germany, ISD / glokal), Abbas Diallo (AEI, Magdeburg), Alassane Dicko (AEI, Mali), Hamado Dipama (Pan-Africanism Working Group, Munich), Peter Donatus (Environmental and human rights activist, Cologne ), Stephan Dünnwald (Bavarian Refugee Council, Munich), Richard Djif (filmmaker, AEI, Berlin), Carina Flores (Development Network Sachsen, Leipzig), Dorette Führer (AEI, Bremen), Geraud Potago (NoStress-Tour), Hans-Georg Eberl (AEI, Wien), Gustavo Estava (post-development activist, Mexico), Julia Friese (AEI, Guinea), Patterson Geraune (activist, Corasol, Berlin), Conni Gunnßer (Refugee Council Hamburg), Miriam Gutekunst (Laboratory for New Economic Ideas, Leipzig), Leona Goldstein (filmmaker, Berlin), Nyima Jadama (journalist, Freiburg), Gbassycolo Konaté (Faso Kele, Guinea), Lydia Lierke (Laboratory for New Economic Ideas, Halle), Boniface Mabanza (Kirchliche Arbeitsstelle Südliches Afrika, KASA, Heidelberg), Manuela Matthes (Friedrich Ebert Foundation, Berlin), Emmanuel Mbolela (AEI and ARCOM, Netherlands), various Activists (Corasol, Berlin), Ermyas Mulugeta (political scientist, Potsdam), Franziska Müller, University of Kassel / kassel postkolonial), Lucía Muriel (Federal Association Migration, Development and Participation, Berlin), Dora Sandrine Ndedi (activist, Berlin), Péguy Tadkou Ndie (author, AEI, Berlin), Victor Nzuzi (La Via Campesina, Democratic Republic of Congo), Rex Osa (refugee activist, Stuttgart), Carolina Tamayo Rojas (Bielefeld), Miguel Ruiz (Development Network Sachsen, Leipzig), Matthias Schmelzer (Laboratory for New Economic Ideas, Berlin), Trésor (Voix des Migrants, Berlin), Miriam Trzeciak (Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus), Ekanga Claude Wilfried (author, Frankfurt), Darik Yonkeu (NoStress-Tour, Berlin), Aram Ziai, University of Kassel / kassel postkolonial … AND FURTHER SPEAKERS ….