Workshops, Friday, 4-6pm

Alternatives to Development: Self-Organization and the Struggle of Indigenous Women in the Northern Andes mountains in South-America

Carolina Tamayo Rojas (University Alice Salomon/ReachOut, Berlin)
Venue: Salon Lilian Masediba Ngoyi // DE (or Spanish, interpreted in DE–FR–EN)

This workshop is about the idea of feminism comunitario (communitarian feminism) and about the self-organisation of indigenous women in the Northern Andes mountains. For indigenous women from the region, the idea of ​​feminism is white and Western. This is why they could never identify with this idea, because their realities of life did not find any room in the hegemonic feminist discourse. However, especially in recent years, there has been a strong debate on social, economic and political issues that are very specific to indigenous women because they are both women and indigenous people. What are the self-organized processes of indigenous women in the region? Where do indigenous women see the intersection between colonialism and patriarchy? How are alternative and counter-proposoals to development shaped from the perspective of indigenous women? How are they campaigned for, conveyed to the public and eventually put on the political agenda of the region?

Tamayo Rojas is lecturer for gender and queer studies at the ASH and active at ReachOut (counseling for victims of right-wing extremist, racist and anti-semitic violence). Her research focuses on alternatives to development, indigenous resistance, postcolonial theories, racism and empowerment.

How is Your Liberation Bound up with Mine? Transnational and transidentitary organizing in spite of different starting points

Activists of Afrique-Europe-Interact
Venue: Foyer Ken Saro Wiwa // DE+FR (inerpreted in DE–FR–EN)

As early as at the beginning of the 1990s in the feminist movement and later during the anti-racist border camps (1998–2003), time and again in this country the question was raised if or how, under the given racist conditions, something like an equal rights cooperation between refugees and non-refugees or between People of Colour and European-white socialized activists can be possible. Starting from our different experiences in the transnational network Afrique-Europe-Interact (since 2010), we would therefore like to discuss, if or how it is possible to avoid dominances, ignorances, and paternalisms – in view of different starting points and therefore different rights and privileges.

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.)
Venue: Studio Frantz Fanon // DE (interpreted in DE–FR–EN)

The global North continues to deny its responsibility for undesirable developments in the South, does not recognize positive transition processes in these regions, and negates the persistence of colonial racism. At the same time, actors from the global South have brought about a paradigm shift with the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals, because the latter – for the first time at an international level – declare the global North a development region and responsible for global crises. Departing from this global perspective, the workshop casts a glance at Ethiopia. It deals with the relationship between global power structures, human rights, environmental degradation, climate change, flight and migration in the context of this country. The workshop addresses the question, why hitherto attempts for transformation have failed, what a coherent policy for ecologically sustainable, socio-economically and democratically adequate progress could look like, and which structural change rural Ethiopia needs so that young people see prospects there.

Ermyas Mulugeta is amongst others part of the Netzwerk Migrantenorganisationen Brandenburg – NeMiB e.V. He deals with socio-ecological challenges in rural regions of Ethiopia’s North-Western Massif Central and is active against discrimination and social inequality in Germany.

Neoliberal trade agreements between Africa and Europe

Boniface Mabanza (Kirchliche Arbeitsstelle Südliches Afrika, KASA, Heidelberg) & Franziska Müller (Universität Kassel/kassel postkolonial)
Venue: Emiliano Zapata-Room // DE (interpreted in DE–FR–EN)

On the EU’s political agenda, Africa plays an important role and is increasingly promoted as an area full of potentials that only await European investment. Since 2002, the EU is negotiating so-called “Economic Partnership Agreements” (EPAs) with its former colonies situated in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific Islands. From the EU’s perspective, the EPAs facilitate a successful integration of the ACP states into the world economy. However, a closer analysis reveals that the EPAs will threaten food sovereignty, government revenues, trade relations and productivity of most countries, and will intervene into their sovereignty in a neocolonial manner. For the ACP states this would mean a mere prolongation of their subaltern status. However, African civil society has been able to mobilise resistance against the EPAs. So far, only few countries have finalised agreements with the EU; other agreements are still pending. This workshop will explain European trade relations with Africa. We will put focus on civil society struggles and will outline perspectives for fair trade relations. We will also discuss, whether the “Compact with Africa” and the “Marshall Plan with Africa” still play a political role following the G20 summit.

Franziska Müller is a political scientist at the University of Kassel, her research focuses on EU-Africa relations, energy governance and “development” studies; furthermore, she is a member of the group kassel postkolonial.

Boniface Mabanza is philosopher and theologian. Since 2008 he is coordinator of Kirchliche Arbeitsstelle Südliches Afrika (KASA) in Heidelberg, his work focuses mainly on EU trade relations with Southern Africa.

The man who stopped the desert (director: Mark Dodd, Burkina Faso 2013, 52 minutes)

Venue: Lottas Kaufladen (Erich-Köhn-Str. 68) // German synchronization

A farmer with an extraordinary idea follows his inner voice and stands up to the desert. At the edge of the Sahel zone in the north of Burkina Faso, Yacouba Sawadogo starts to open the completely encrusted and dried-out soil around his home village Gourga with a simple pickaxe. And with an old method, handed down to him by his ancestors, the Zaï, he transforms the soil back to fertile land. Yacouba has success. And envious ones who become enemies, chatter him into gradually flourishing craftsmanship. However, Yacouba does not give up and finally succeeds in a unique reconstruction of forests and fields in the middle of the desert, with which he can feed abundant families.

Project exchange

We would like to enable initiatives that deal with the topics of the conference in their day-to-day work to present themselves at the conference. Here you can get together with others, inform yourself and make plans. Particularly at the beginning and end of the conference there will be room for the project exchange. We will provide tables. We also count on the fact that this will be self-organized. If you would like to present your initiative, simply come directly to us during the conference or go to the project exchange in the hall May Ayim.