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ACF Colloquium 2015







“Strengthening Solidarity: Building Bridges between Programming and Advocacy Work”

Register now and join the Africa-Canada Forum for its annual colloquium: a day of stimulating and engaging presentations and workshop sessions on a variety of priority thematic areas. This year’s theme: Strengthening Solidarity: Building Bridges between Programming & Advocacy Work. Our community partner is the University of Ottawa’s School of International Development and Global Studies! We have a strong coordination committee working hard to provide you with an engaging agenda that can be moved forward by the Africa-Canada Forum and influence the activities within our member organizations. With the help of CODE, United Church of Canada and CCIC we hope to bring you a colloquium full of rich and thought provoking exchange.

Colloquium objectives:

  • To better understand how some African civil society organizations are building bridges between programmatic work, research, policy development and dialogue, and explore what Canadian civil society organizations can draw from this in their approaches at home.
  • To provide space for African and Canadian civil society organizations to discuss and share their respective experiences and perspectives on emerging opportunities and challenges in Africa, and shape common, mutually reinforcing messages and responses.
  • To inspire Africa-Canada Forum members to form and lead small working groups around a variety of Africa-Canada Forum priority thematic areas for the year.

For those visiting from out of town and/or interested in continuing to network we would like to suggest a place for dinner and drinks after the conference. Head to Memories, a fifteen minute walk from the conference venue. Please continue the conversations and get to know your colleagues in the sector. Networking leads to opportunities!

Africa-Canada Forum members are welcome to continue the conversation after parliament is formed, date TBD, with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development. Join us for our annual meeting with the goal of promoting open dialogue on a variety of issues/priories and Canadian engagement in sub-Saharan Africa. Space is limited, so just one person per organization can register, please contact Kimberly MacMillan ( if you have any questions. 

Please refer to the Concept Note for more information regarding the colloquium background and objectives.

The colloquium agenda is now available.

This colloquium will bring together members of the Africa-Canada Forum: NGOs, churches, unions and solidarity groups from across Canada that have a specific interest in development cooperation and social justice in sub-Saharan Africa. Attendance is open to other members of the community working on African issues. Please register for the conference on the CCIC website.

Conference Highlights Include:

  • Keynote Speaker – Akua O Britwum - Associate Professor & Civil Society Leader, Head, CEGRAD, University of Cape Coast, Ghana: Convener of the women’s right advocacy organisation, the Network for Women’s Rights in Ghana (NETRIGHT).
  • Visiting Partners from Kairos, United Church of Canada, and Presbyterian World Service & Development – Visa’s pending
  • Building Common Messaging Together: Participate in breakout groups on a variety thematic areas to help develop Africa-Canada Forum key messages that will inform our meetings with the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development in the coming months.
  • Network and Build Relationships: Connecting the work of the Africa-Canada Forum with Canadian Council for International Co-operation’s Coalitions. We will help to inform each other’s work and create Africa specific messaging.
  • ACF Social: After the colloquium head to Memories for dinner and/or drinks!


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