ADS2021: Public Policy Forum (May 28)
Session VI: Roundtable On Human Capital: Culture And Heritage, Unleashing The Potential
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The final thematic roundtable discussion aims to examine the role that culture and heritage play in contributing towards unlocking the potential of African people and the development of a strong African cultural identity, ownership, innovation and creativity. The transformative power of culture, tradition and customs for human capital development – either in education, health, social protection and inclusion or job creation – has been increasingly recognized as a critical enabler for sustainable development. What enabling role will they continue to play going forward?
CHAIR OF THE SESSION: Mr. Hussein El-Shaar, Economic Affairs Officer, OSAA
- Ms. Thokozile Ruzvidzo, Director of the Gender, Poverty and Social Policy Division, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA)
- Mr. Joachim Emmanuel Goma-Thethet, Full Professor at the Universities of the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education (CAMES)
- Prof. Ola Uduku, Acting Joint Head of Architecture, Manchester University
- Mr. Stanlake Samkange, Senior Director for Strategic Partnerships, World Food Programme (WFP)
- Prof. Charles Binam Bikoi, Research Director and Executive Secretary, International Centre for Research and Documentation on African Traditions and Languages (CERDOTOLA), Cameroon
- Prof. Shadreck Chirikure, Head of the Department of Archaeology, University of Cape Town
- Ms. Emily Drani, Co-founder and former Executive Director of the Cross-Cultural Foundation of Uganda
- Prof. Hamady Bocoum, Director, Museum of Black Civilizations, Senegal
- Dr. Ishanlosen Odiaua, Senior Social Development Specialist, Social Sustainability and Inclusion Global Practice, World Bank
- Ms. Erinna Dia, Principal Adviser on Early Childhood Development, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)
MODERATOR: Mr. Bryan Koffi Opoby, African World Heritage Specialist, World Heritage Centre, UNESCO
Session VII: Closing of Africa Dialogue Series 2021
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A session closes the three-day Public Policy Forum – and the monthlong Africa Dialogue Series 2021 – featuring remarks from Prof. Eddy Maloka, Chief Executive Officer of the African Peer Review Mechanism; and closing remarks from H.E. Ms. Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations.
CHAIR OF THE SESSION: Ms. Juliet Wasswa-Mugambwa, Senior Programme Management Officer, Coordination, Advocacy and Programme Development Branch, OSAA
- Remarks by H.E. Mr. Issimail Chanfi, Permanent Representative of Comoros to the United Nations and Chair of the African Group for the month of May
- Remarks by Prof. Eddy Maloka, Chief Executive Officer, African Peer Review Mechanism
- Closing Remarks by H.E. Ms. Fatima Kyari Mohammed, Permanent Observer of the African Union to the United Nations
CONCLUDING POEM: Ms. Arao Ameny, writer and poet, recites her award-winning poem, “Home Is a Woman”
ADS 2021 - The New Sounds [Part 2]
The celebration of Africa month continues, this time with new sounds. Join this celebration of Africa's diversity, creativity and rich cultural heritage through this selection of contemporary music.
This week’s selection features music with a message that, while celebrating culture, also challenges some cultural practices that need to change in order to enhance development in Africa, such as the song Bado Mapema. Singers songwriters Mercy, MLay and Queen Lisa are working together in Kakuma Refugee Camp where they live to change people's perceptions, and protect girls from being married against their will. The music video was directed by Abdul Patient.
ADS 2021 - The New Sounds [Part 1]
May is Africa month, and a time to celebrate the continent! We all know that a celebration is incomplete without music. Join this celebration of Africa's diversity, creativity and rich cultural heritage through this selection of 33 contemporary sound tracks.
ADS 2021 - The Classics
As we celebrate African culture and heritage throughout Africa month this May, we invite you to join us on Fridays to sample 20 songs from some of the most creative talented musicians of today and yesterday, curated from publicly available videos online.
Resistance and Liberation - History Of Africa with Zeinab Badawi [Episode 20]
In the 20th episode Zeinab Badawi makes a huge and broad sweep across Africa examining the struggle for freedom, even in the face of bloody crackdowns: a veteran Mau Mau fighter in Kenya, a member of the resistance in Algeria’s brutal war of independence, from one African president whose ancestor fought the French and from the grandson of the Mahdi who defeated Britain’s General Gordon. And she talks about that heady time of independence with the families of three of Africa’s best known independence leaders: Ghana’s Kwame Nkrumah, Congo’s Patrice Lumuba and Senegal’s Leopold Senghor as well as the son of the legendary Nigerian singer Fela Kuti.