3 November - 2012

Karibu Seminar: Tourism and Globalization

Travel and Globalisation:  The Impact of Tourism on Global Peace and Justice

Globalization Conference / Norwegian Social Forum
Folkets Hus, Oslo, Norway

10:00 am - 11:30 am

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), the tourism industry, and many governments claim that tourism is ‘a motor for development’; that it contributes to poverty alleviation and peacemaking in developing countries.  But how do the poor and marginalized really benefit?  And how can our choices reinforce the control of narratives and power norms on the ground, often exacerbating conflicts?  This seminar will explore these challenges of an expanding tourism industry, and how we, as tourists, impact global justice and peace worldwide.


Ranjan Solomon, former Executive Director of the Ecumenical Coalition On Tourism – Panelist

  Zoilamérica Narváez, Director of CEI- Centro de Estudios Internacionales (Center for International Studies) in Nicaragua – Panelist

  Eilert Rostrup, Director of Karibu Foundation, Norway – Panelist

  Linda Veråsdal, Director of Ethical Travel Portal, Norway - Panelist

  Tyler Dale Hauger – Information and Project Manager, Karibu Foundation, Norway – meeting leader

For more information on registration and more, visit the Norwegian Social Forum / Globalization Conference.

23 October - 2012

Karibu Board Meeting
The Karibu Foundation's Board meets in Oslo on October 23th, 2012.

All applications for funding must be received by October 10th, 2012.

For more information, contact director Eilert Rostrup at post(a)

20-22 October - 2012

Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative Conference

The Iraqi Nonviolence Group, “La’Onf,” together with NOVACT, the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI), and other Iraqi and international partners will convene the Second Iraqi Nonviolence Forum this year in Basrah, in southern Iraq, on October 20-22. The second day of the Forum will include the Fourth Conference of the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI).

More than 200 Iraqis, including peace and nonviolence activists, representatives of Iraqi NGOs, trade union members, members of the media, university professors, authors, and   intellectuals are expected to attend the Forum and participate in its working sessions. The Iraqis will be joined by activists from the Middle East, Europe and North America who will share experiences from their societies with the Iraqis while learning about current nonviolence and civil society activities in Iraq.

Building upon our previous Forum held in Shaqlawa, Erbil in 2009, the Second Iraqi Nonviolence Forum will present current information about nonviolence activities in Iraq, how nonviolence ideology and practice is developing, and the prospects for the future growth of a nonviolence movement in Iraq and the neighboring region. Our goals are:

  1. To provide strong support for nonviolent strategies to address problems that prevent effective state and community building in Iraq.
  2. To recognize the extremely high price the Iraqi people have paid due to the violence caused by foreign occupation and by the regime left in power after the occupation forces withdrew; to encourage peace-building projects and efforts to promote freedom so that this suffering is ended; and to reject violence as a tool for change or resistance.
  3. To acknowledge the political crises that Iraq is experiencing, especially the lack of productive dialogue and discussion about how to solve the Iraqi peoples’ and society’s problems. The Forum encourages all blocks and factions to pursue development and the creation of a better tomorrow for Iraq, by becoming active partners in building structures that promote dialogue, discussion, and cooperation with government authorities and other institutions.
  4. To affirm the important role that nonviolent tactics and strategies can play in advancing security, providing vital services, and ending corruption.
  5. To defend Iraqi civil society against forces that would limit citizens’ rights and freedoms, curtail the freedom of expression, or oppose trade unions and their right to organize.

In order to further these goals, to seek solutions to Iraq’s problems, to promote a peaceful gathering, and to defend Iraqis’ rights and freedoms, we convene the Second Iraqi Nonviolence Forum in Basrah. We come together to advance the following ethics, values and hopes:

We seek your support for all our work and invite you to register as individuals or organizations to participate in the Second Iraqi Nonviolence Forum. Internationals who need a visa for Iraq should register within the 10th of September. Fill in the registration form here:

More information on logistics and security conditions in Basra is available at the above address.

The Second Iraqi Nonviolence Forum is made possible by voluntary work. Even if you’re not coming, please consider providing financial support for the forum. Donate here:

The organizing committee in Basra is willing to receive your suggestions and answer your questions. Please email in Arabic to

or in English to

The forum is supported by: Basra Cultural House, Barcelona Council, Fondation Assistance Internationale, Karibu Foundation

12-18 October - 2012

Karibu visit to the Philippines
Karibu staff to visit partners in the Philippines.  For more information on visit, contact tyler(a)

16-18 October - 2012

Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF) General Assembly
The EBF is a fellowship of bishops in the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, the United Methodist Church, the Episcopal Church in the Philippines, the Iglesia Filipina Independiente and the Roman Catholic Church.

The EBF is united by the common desire to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in the particular context of the Philippines. Such service takes concrete form in providing pastoral guidance to the flock, especially the poor, deprived and oppressed, as to current socio-political, economic and cultural issues that confront the Filipino nation.

The EBF was inspired by the 1984 Ecumenical Conference on the Philippines against the backdrop of the human rights in the Philippines and the social ravages brought about by President Marcos Martial Rule

The EBF is concerned with the ecumenical movement and the struggle of the people for genuine freedom, justice and peace. At the core of the regular fellowship meetings are profound studies on the economic, political, social and ecclasiastical issues in the country.

The EBF takes on the important role of prophetic teaching ministry, in defense of human rights and in promoting the peace process as a viable means for peace and justice. Vigorously, it issues statements and ecumenical pastoral letters and joins hands with other organizations and agencies in advocating human rights.

The EBF committed itself to the continuing call for the resumption of the peace talks. At the same time, it calls on the clergy and people to stand firm and hold our ground defending human rights. We encourages on and all to remain vigilant and ever faithful to the truth of the Gospel – of Jesus drawing all people to Himself. We do all these through resolves to walk with the lowly, the marginalized and with the other faith communities.

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