You’ll find the entire programme below.
We’ll also have some exhibitions.
The Programme in pdf.

Venue: In general the conference will take place in the Westbad.  Only the rooms Mekatili wa Menza, Emiliano Zapata and Lottas Kaufladen are outside and not far to walk. See here for the maps.


From 3.00 pm Registration

4.00 pm Open Introduction

CANCELLED (ILLNESS) Alternatives to Development: Self-Organization and the Struggle of Indigenous Women in the Northern Andes mountains in South-AmericaCarolina Tamayo Rojas (University Alice Salomon/ReachOut, Berlin)

How is Your Liberation Bound up with Mine? Transnational and transidentitary organizing in spite of different starting points, Activists of Afrique-Europe-Interact, Foyer Ken Saro-Wiwa

CANCELLED (SPEAKERS LATE BECAUSE OF STORM) Global inequality as context of migration, development and ecological crisis – the case of Ethiopia, Ermyas Mulugeta (freelance expert for sustainable water and land management, Loewenherz e.V., Netzwerk Migrantenorganisationen Brandenburg – NeMiB e.V.)

Neoliberal trade agreements between Africa and EuropeBoniface Mabanza (Kirchliche Arbeitsstelle Südliches Afrika, KASA, Heidelberg) & Franziska Müller (Universität Kassel/kassel postkolonial)

Film: The man who stopped the desert

Project exchange and exhibitions

7.00 pm Opening: Critical Perspectives on Migration, Development, and Ecological Crises

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

9.30-10.30pm: Theatre play “Fear and the City” by Club Al-Hakawati



09:30 – 11:00 Uhr Four parallel panels

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)

Venue: Saal May Ayim

Social Movements in Africa, Ecological Crisis and Alternatives to Development
Victor Nzuzi (Farmer and Activist, Afrique-Europe-Interact / La Via Campesina, DR Congo)

Venue: Salon Lilian Masediba Ngoyi

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)

Venue: Foyer Ken Saro-Wiwa

On the Topicality of Anti-Colonial (Development) Concepts
Ekanga Ekanga Claude Wilfried (Author, Frankfurt)
Hamado Dipama (Pan-Africanism Working Group, Munich)

Venue: Mekatilili wa Menza

11.30 am – 1.00 pm Workshop-Phase

Stress as a Usual State: Refugees between Isolation, Racism, and Fear of Deportation, Geraud Potago & Darik Yonkeu (NoStres-Tour and Afrique-Europe-Interact) (Saal May Ayim)

Exploitation of Resources and Corrupt Statehood. Kongo and Niger as example cases, Emmanuel Mbolela, Olaf Bernau & Ousman Oumarou Hamani (all Afrique-Europe-Interact) (Foyer Ken Saro- Wiwa )

Circular Migration (as a Development Strategy) instead of Deportation or “Voluntary“ Departure, Alassane Dicko (Afrique-Europe-Interact); Stephan Dünnwald (Bavarian Refugee Council) and others (Lilian Masediba Ngoyi)

Ecocide in the Niger Delta: Flight and Migration as a result of Western Resource Policy, Peter Donatus (freelance journalist, environmental and human rights activist, Cologne), (Mekatilili wa Menza)

50 years of Eyadéma-Family-Dictatorship are Enough! The Latest Mass Protests in Togo, (Togolese) activists, some of which are active with Afrique-Europe-Interact (Studio Frantz Fanon)

Decolonizing Knowledge and the Epistemology of the South, Miguel Angel Ruiz Martínez (Entwicklungspolitisches Netzwerk Sachsen); Conrad Schmidt-Bens (Netzwerk Studieren & Transformieren), (Loge Thomas Sankara)

Reparations for Colonial Crimes and Ecological Destruction – Experiences from Tanzania, Fulgence Kisalya (Association of Tanzanians in Berlin and Brandenburg, Berlin), (Emiliano Zapata)

Film: God is Not Working on Sunday, Eh! (Lottas Kaufladen)

1.30-2.30pm | Lunch

2.30-4.30pm | Workshop-Phase 2

Occidentalization and Development: Which are the Challenges for Africa?, Dora Sandrine Koungoyo Ndedi (activist with Corasol and founder of the magazine « Stimme », Berlin), Péguy Takou (Afrique-Europe-Interact) & Ekanga Ekanga Claude Wilfried (author, University of Frankfurt) (Saal May Ayim)

Escaping climate change – climate-related flight and migration in the international context, Sophia Wirsching (Bread for the World) & Oscar Choque (expert on commodity markets, developments and migration flows – Saxony) (Foyer Ken Saro- Wiwa )

How migrants’ money transfers and other aids contribute to self-determined bottom-up development, Alassane Dicko, Abbas Diallo, Conny Gunßer and others (all Afrique-Europe-Interact), (Lilian Masediba Ngoyi)

Agricultural Industry versus Small Rural Farming, Victor Nzuzi (Via Campesina Kongo) & Julianna Fehlinger (Via Campesina Austria), (Mekatilili wa Menza)

Acknowledge Entanglement – Reject Development – Organise Un-development, Aram Ziai (University of Kassel and kassel postkolonial) & Daniel Bendix (glokal and University of Jena, Berlin), (Studio Frantz Fanon)

The Global Compact for Migration as a colonial rule on human mobility, Claudio Feliziani (Filmmaker, Berlin), (Loge Thomas Sankara)

From Life at the Expense of Others to Global Solidarity: Critique of Growth, Degrowth and alternative economic patterns in the Global North, Miriam Lang (Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar, Quito), Nina Treu (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie, Leipzig) & Matthias Schmelzer (Konzeptwerk Neue Ökonomie, Leipzig), (Emiliano Zapata)

Causes and Experiences of Flight and the Current Situation of Eritrean people living in Germany, Freweyni Habtemariam (Eritrean Initiative for Dialogue and Cooperation e.V.),(Casablanca), In Tigrigna

Film: Revolution with bare hands (Lottas Kaufladen)

5.00-7.00 pm | Workshop-Phase 3

Ecological Agriculture and Freedom of Movement: The Artists’ Village Faso Kele in Guinea, Julia Friese-Konaté (Faso Kele) & Julia Daiber (Afrique-Europe-Interact)

Bitter grapes. Labor disputes in South African wineyards,
Mercia Andrews (Director of TCOE, Trust for Community Outreach and Education, Kapstadt) & Karel Swartund Deneco Dube (Member and activist at CSAAWU)

To Stay or to Go? Chances and Limits of Information Campaigns aimed at Young People in African Countries, Diory Traoré, Abbas Diallo & Dorette Führer (all Afrique-Europe-Interact)

Raising the Voices – Autonomously Organized Magazines for and from Refugees and Migrant Women, Sandrine Dora Ndedi & Dunia Dunaev (both “Stimme Magazin”, Berlin)

Joint Struggles and Strategies of Black/ People of Color and Refugees – and their Obstacles, Adam Bahar (refugee activist, Berlin) & Tahir Della (Initiative of Black People in Germany, Berlin)

Transnational Links: The Work of “Voix des Migrants” in Cameroon and Europe, Fatou Katoufe & Trésor (Voix des Migrants)

Alternatives to the Western Model of Development in the Zapatistas movement, Gustavo Esteva (Menschenrechtler, Begleiter und Berater der Zapatisten, Mexiko Stadt), Miguel Angel Ruiz Martinez (Entwicklungspolitisches Netzwerk Sachsen, Leipzig) & Miriam Trzeciak (Universität Cottbus)

Movie: Cameroon: Autopsy of an Independence (France 2008, 52 minutes), Documentary by Valérie Osouf & Gaëlle Le Roy

7.00 pm | Dinner

8.00 pm – 8.30 pm | Theatre

Theatre “Eldorado-Europe”, with and by Riadh Ben Ammar (Afrique-Europe-Interact/Theatre for Freedom of Movement)

8.30 pm – 10.00 pm  Panel 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 Langa (Refugee Activist, Berlin)

From 10.00 pm Party, Concert, Dancing, Film

Movie: Concerning Violence (Direction: Göran Hugo Olsson, Sweden/USA/Denmark 2014, 85 minutes)



9.00-10.00 am: breakfast

From Talking and Analysing to Practical Solidarity

10:00-11:30am: Worldcafé (discussion in small groups)

12.00-12:30am: Short impressions of the conference, amongst others from Victor Nzuzi & Diory Traoré

12:30-1:30pm: Collective plenary


The African Revolution. Burkina Faso 2014

In October 2014 mass protests forced autocratic president Blaise Compaoré out of office. The revolting population of Burkina Faso took control of the cities’ streets for several days. They had succeeded in overthrowing a government that for decades had served as a pillar of neocolonial interests in Africa, supported and kept alive by France and other European powers. This exhibition displays works by Hippolyte Sama, Issa Nikiéma, Harouna Marané, Nomwindé Vivien Sawadogo and others, who have documented the opposition movement and the revolution since 2013. The exhibition was created by Dr. Peter Stepan.


The Third World in the Second World War

Millions of soldiers from Africa, Asia and Oceania fought in World War II to free the world from German and Italian Fascism and Japanese megalomania. Both the fascist Axis powers and the Allies recruited people from their colonies as auxiliary soldiers and workers, often by force. Moreover, vast areas of the Third World served as battle grounds and were left devastated and full of mines after the War. All these facts do not feature as part of the official historiography of World War II, even though it had severe after-effects for the Third World.


With women power to independence

Since 20 years the independent women’s center Xochilt Acalt in Nicaragua fights against discrimination and the oppression of women to initiate change within society. Pictures of the “Exhibition on a clothesline”, developed by INKOTA, powerfully prove that this societal transition is not just an empty phrase, but has become concrete reality for the women of Xochilt Acalt.


Faso Kele – Ecological arts, crafts and photographies

Social justice, environment and resource protection, global freedom of movement, collective and social-ecological responsibility, collective life, transculturality and humanity – these are key issues featuring in Faso Kele’s work. Faso Kele is a transcultural and multidisciplinary artist and activist collective that formed 2010 in Mali. Since April last year they build up an ecological artist village in Guinea (Conakry). The exhibition displays Faso Kele’s arts and crafts as well as photographies by artist Julia Daiber from Bremen who visited Faso Kele 2017 for several weeks.