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Migration in Africa in the context of climate change and terrorism

Voices from the South - June/July

In May 2017, participants from eight African countries gathered at a regional Churches Witnessing with Migrants (CWWM) consultation held in Nairobi, Kenya.   The consultation was arranged by the National Association of Women’s Organizations in Uganda-NAWOU and Council for Anglican Provinces in Africa-CAPA, and aimed to paint a factual picture of migration trends on the African continent.  Although Africans were popularly portrayed desperately fleeing the continent in droves, and dying in deserts and at sea trying to get to Europe, the actual fact is that there is more migration within the continent than out of it.  There are already regional solutions occurring to address the root causes of migration.    

In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we hear from Monica Emiru Enyou, Executive Director of NAWOU, about some of the solutions and alternatives that are already occurring on the African continent, and their plans for a platform for a coordinated response on migration and trafficking in the region.

Rojava: An experiment for a future democratic and peaceful Syria?

Voices from the South, March/April 2017

Since their declaration of their autonomy in 2014, the inhabitants of Rojava in Northern Syria (primarily Kurds, along with Arabs, Assyrians, Armenians and Yezidis living in the area) are in the process of building a society based on gender equality, economic cooperation, and grassroots based direct democracy.  In this month’s “Voices from the South”, Ms. Sinam Mohammed, Foreign Representative for the Democratic Self-Rule Administration of Rojava, details this democratic society movement that is unfolding in northern Syria - a movement that consists of 50% female and 50% male leadership.


Different but same-same?

Movement building in times of right-wing populism

Tetet Nera-Lauron of IBON International in the Philippines reflects on the question of how social movements and peoples’ organizations can build power in times of a wave of far-right populism, a populism that is marked with protectionist governments and rhetoric, blatant xenophobia, sexism and discrimination, and power remaining in the hands of the wealthy elite and corporations.  Tetet explores the question of whether this wave of populism is new at all, or if it is the same tendencies of power and distribution the world has seen for decades with a different packaging.   She also explores the question of how we confront these challenges whilst holding onto our vision of long term systemic economic and political change. Tetet will speak on this theme at the upcoming conference of the EDGE Funders Alliance, “Reorganizing Power for System Change”, which will be held in Barcelona in April 2017.

Palestinian Christians:

A presence of hope and action

Each week, Al Quds Newspaper (the largest circulation daily newspaper in the Palestinian territories), publishes a column that is authored by Kairos Palestine.   The column, “A Moment of Truth,” is named after the Palestinian Kairos Document that was published in 2009. 

In December 2016, Rifat Kassis (former coordinator for Kairos Palestine, and current member of the coordination group) was published in an article entitled “The Future of Christians in Palestine: Presence rather than Existence.”  In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we present an adapted article that was based on Rifat’s original Arabic piece.  Rifat discusses three theological elements that are crucial to understanding how Christians in the region have managed to preserve their existence and role in their societies.

From Subject to Citizen

Follow-up interview with young Ghanaian leader

Last summer, Karibu spoke with then-28 year old Cedric Dzelu from Ghana about his participation in the African Alliance of YMCA's Subject to Citizen (S2C) program.  The S2C program aims to move youth to a state of citizenship where they are able to identify the root causes of problems in their own societies, and to make positive change at various levels of decision-making.  Karibu speaks to Cedric again, a year later, to hear about his experiences in the program and the role of young people in making change in Africa.

Grants shared in 2015

The Karibu Foundation is committed to supporting organizations and networks in Latin America, Asia, and Africa (and in some occasions global networks) that provide alternatives to the dominant paradigms of power, distribution, and development.  Karibu has contributed to the following partners and projects in 2015:

Global Civil Society letter on the Nairobi WTO Ministerial

OWINFS issues a joint letter leading up to the Nairobi meetings, Dec 15.-18.

The World Trade Organization (WTO) begins its ministerial meetings in Nairobi this week, to discuss the future of the current global multilateral trade system.   Karibu partner Our World Is Not For Sale (OWINFS) has issued a joint letter with 460 organizational signatories on the meeting, with the demands from civil society

Will free trade deals affect the climate talks in Paris?

Breakfast seminar in Oslo, Nov 26th from 09:00-12:00

Karibu, Norway Social Forum, Changemaker and the Norwegian Trade Campaign will host a breakfast seminar on the theme of climate justice and trade issues on Thursday, November 26th at Eldorado Bookstore in Oslo.   Karibu partner Marjorie Pamintuan (APRN) and board member Heidi Lundeberg will be speaking.  More information below.  

Forced Migration: Pain and Tragedy, Challenges and Responsibilities

Statement from the CWWM Istanbul Consultation

Faith-based institutions, migrants, and representatives of migrant-serving organizations from around the world met at the sixth international consultation of the "Churches Witnessing with Migrants" platform in Istanbul, Turkey, on 10-11 October 2015. Below is the statement from the consultation.

Iraqi Social Forum on Coexistence and Civil Peace begins in Baghdad

Invitation to live skype conversation with Baghdad on October 3rd

A thematic Iraqi Social Forum on Coexistence and Civil Peace has begun by Iraqi civil society organizations, taking place in Baghdad (in Abu Nawas Gardens, on the Tigris River) from the 1st to the 3rd of October 2015. A live skype conversation with Baghdad will take place in Oslo on Saturday, 3rd October.

Letter to the President of Colombia

Karibu endorses joint letter on the peace process in Colombia

On the occasion of Juan Manuel Santos Calderón's, President of Colombia, visit to Norway, the Norwegian Colombian Forum issues a letter to the president related to the peace process between the Colombian Government and the FARC.   More information (in Spanish and Norwegian) is found below.

Village Under the Forest - 2-årsjublieum

Få en gratis kopi av DVDen (med norsk tekst)

10.juni 2015 er det 2 år siden verdenspremieren for den sørafrikanske filmen "The Village Under The Forest".  For å feire 2-års jubileet, vil vi gjerne sende deg en gratis kopi av DVDen (med norsk tekst), samt et nylig utviklet samtaleopplegg til filmen. Opplegget er laget av filmskaperne, og tilrettelagt i norsk oversettelse. Klikk for mer informasjon... 

Press Release: Alternativer til ekstremisme er mulig

Titusenvis av aktivister samles i Tunisia få dager etter terrorhandlingen

Presse release (found in Norwegian only): Terrorhandlingene i Tunisia onsdag (18.03) er et forsøk på å undergrave demokratiprosessen i Tunisia og i regionen.   Massiv deltagelse på Verdens Sosiale Forum er viktigere enn noensinne. Mobilisering av fredelige og demokratiske krefter er den eneste riktige responsen til terroren, for å kjempe for en fri og mer rettferdig verden, sier Abderrahmane Hedhili, leder i VSFs lokale koordineringskomiteen i Tunis.

Karibu Partners to Present at World Social Forum

List of Events and Workshops in Tunis, March 24-28

Several of Karibu's partner organizations will be meeting and presenting at the upcoming World Social Forum, to be held 24-28 March 2015 in Tunisia.  The WSF is a space to democratically debate ideas, deepen reflection, develop proposals, share experiences and connect social movements, networks, NGOs and other civil society organizations which oppose extremism, neoliberalism, the domination of capital over the world and any type of imperialism.  An overview of the workshops and events offered by Karibu partners can be found below.

Join Iraqi Activists at the World Social Forum

Iraqi Socil Forum Releases Statement Releated to the Upcoming Tunis Forum

A delegation from the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF) and the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) will be present at the upcoming World Social Forum to be held in Tunis, Tunisia in March 2015.   More information can be found below.

The Role of Faith Communities in the Colombian Peace Process

CLAI to hold International Ecumenical Consultation in April 2015

The Latin American Council of Churches (CLAI) Colombian Roundtable invites to an International Ecumenical Consultation for Peace in Colombia.   The consultation will explore the role that faith communities can play in upholding the expected peace agreement between the Colombian Government and FARC.     It will be held in Bogota, Colombia from 9-11. April 2015.   More information is found below.

Grants Shared in 2014

The Karibu Foundation is committed to supporting organizations and networks in Latin America, Asia, and Africa (and in some occasions global networks) that provide alternatives to the dominant paradigms of power, distribution, and development.  Karibu has contributed to the following partners and projects in 2014:

Life with Dignity

Conference Statement of the 5th Anniversary of Kairos Palestine

From December 2–4, 2014, over 250 participants from Palestine and many other countries gathered in Bethlehem to commemorate the 5th anniversary of “A Moment of Truth: A Word of Faith, Hope, and Love from the Heart of Palestinian Suffering,” known as Kairos Palestine.   Below you will find the final conference statement.

Karibu partners to speak at 2014 Globalization Conference

Program and Information for Norwegian Social Forum in Oslo, 30 Oct.-2. Nov.

Coordinated by the Norwegian Social Forum, the Globalization Conference is a meeting place and a forum for collaboration, trade unionists and others involved in the communities in Norway working for a world where concern for people, communities and environment are put in front consideration of economic profit.   Several of Karibus partners, including the Iraqi Social Forum and Beverly Keene of Jubilee South, will be speaking.   More information and the program can be found below.

Iraqi and international civil society gather in Oslo

ICSSI Conference Begins October 27, 2014 + Live Stream Video

Iraqi and international activists will meet to build solidarity with civil society in Iraq, as they take part in the 2014 Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) conference from October 27-29. On the agenda are the challenges currently faced by civil society in Iraq, particularly how Iraqi civil society can respond to the current crisis, and how Iraqi society can address the root causes of extremism that caused the crisis, through political and social reform. Click for more information.



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