Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

March 11 2016


African Studies Newsletter

Event @ Carleton: “Perspectives on Canada’s shifting approaches to Africa: 2003 to 2016”

  • When: March 30, 2016
  • Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
  • Location: Paterson Hall
  • Room: 433
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Institite of African Studies
  • Email contact:
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2600 x 2220

The Institute of African Studies presents a Brownbag Seminar talk entitled “Perspectives on Canada’s shifting approaches to Africa: 2003 to 2016” with Dr. Peter Henshaw, Privy Council Office.

Event @ Carleton: “UNHCR and Changing Responses to the Global Refugee Crisis”

  • When: March 22, 2016
  • Time: 3:00 pm5:30 pm
  • Location: River Building
  • Room: Second floor conference rooms
  • Cost: Free

Join us for a special session with Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

©UNHCR/S. Hopper

The UNHCR works in 126 countries providing protection and assistance to nearly 60 million refugees, returnees, internally displaced people and stateless persons. Grandi has been engaged in international cooperation for over 30 years, focusing on refugee and humanitarian work. He previously served as Commissioner-General of the UN agency for Palestine refugees, UNRWA, from 2010 to 2014, after having been the organization’s Deputy Commissioner-General since 2005. Prior to that, Grandi served as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General in Afghanistan, following a long career first with NGOs and later with UNHCR in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and at the organization’s Geneva headquarters.

Grandi will be presenting a keynote address “UNHCR and Changing Responses to the Global Refugee Crisis”. Following the keynote a panel will continue the discussion on one of the most important topics in the world today. The panel features:

A reception will follow in the Atrium.

For more details and registration, go to:

Event @ Carleton: “Global and International Studies Launch Conference”

Carleton’s Faculty of Public Affairs (FPA) is proud to host a special conference to launch its innovative new Bachelor in Global and International Studies (BGInS) degree on March 16, 2016.

When: Wednesday, March 16, 2016, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Where:  River Building Conference Room and second floor Atrium


Cost: Free

The BGInS degree provides students with an interdisciplinary education in global and international studies.  It provides students with the language skills, cultural competencies, international experience and detailed subject matter expertise required to become active and engaged globally-literate citizens.

The conference asks what it means to be an engaged global citizen in today’s world.  It will feature a keynote address by Dr. James Orbiniski, former president of Doctors Without Borders, and renowned international humanitarian.

There will be two student-led panels showcasing the research of BGInS students in the areas of international law and global history.  Attendees will also have the opportunity to learn at a third panel from professionals who are working in international engagement.

Event @ uOttawa :An evening with Eugene Owusu

An evening event with Mr. Eugene Owusu the UN Resident Coordinator, UN Humanitarian Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in South Sudan with South Sudanese Diaspora and Friends of South Sudan shall take place at uOttawa.

When: March 21st,
Time: 1830-2100hrs.
Where: Room 4006 in the Social Sciences building (FSS), 120 University Private

Please, RSVP- limited seating to

Ghana’s 59th Independence anniversary celebration

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Marconi Centre, 1026 Baseline Road, Ottawa, ON K2C 0A6


A night of Singing, Poetry, Ghanaian dances & food and good music. Admission: Adults: $40; Students & Children(7-17yrs): $20; Children below 7yrs: Free. Anyone who has paid the 2016 membership dues should reserve their tickets from the President at a discount of $35. Locations to get tickets:  M&J Tropical Foods, African Queen, Nana’s, Afrodiva, Ghana House Cuisine and Golden Hair Beauty Supplies Contacts: Bismark Otoo 613.447.1446, Dinah Boadi 613.218.6575, Michael Sakyi 613.265.7735, Samuel Laryea 613.612.1961, Prince Afram 613.884.0417

7th Annual Reconciliation Day in Ottawa

Sunday, March 13, 2016
St. Alban’s, 454 King Edward Avenue, Ottawa

A Black History Month offering byJ’Nikira Dinqinesh Education Centre, Every Child is Sacred, in collaboration with St. Alban’s Social Action Team (SASAT). Theme: We desire a better county Focus: The Call to Action of the Truth and Reconciliation  Commission (TRC). Featuring Cindy Blackstock (Gitxsan activist for child welfare and Executive Director of the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada), speaking on Shannen’s Dream, and Ed Bianchi (Kairos). Also speaking: Rev. Mark Whittall, St. Alban’s Anglican Church, Rev. Dr. Anthony Bailey, Parkdale United Church; Imam Zijad Delic, South Nepean Muslim Community; Rubin Friedman, Canadian Race Relations Foundation and Waubgershig Rice. For more info:

Call for applications- APORDE 2016

African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics

5th to 16th of September 2016
Johannesburg, South Africa
Supported by
The South African Department of Trade and Industry of South Africa (the dti),
The Industrial Development Corporation (IDC)

We are pleased to announce that the tenth edition of the African Programme on Rethinking Development Economics (APORDE) will be held in Johannesburg (South Africa) from 5th to the 16th of September 2016.

APORDE is a high-level training programme in development economics which aims to build capacity in economics and economic policy-making. The course is run for two weeks and consists of lectures and seminars taught by leading international and African economists. This call is directed at talented African, Asian and Latin American economists, policy makers, academics and civil society activists who, if selected, will be fully funded to participate in the course.

Please note that we receive many high quality applications and that, as a result, entry into APORDE will be very competitive (only 25 applicants will be selected). It is therefore important that applicants complete and submit all the required documentation.
APORDE is an initiative of the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) with the support of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC). APORDE lecturers in 2016 include among others the internationally renowned economist Ha-Joon Chang (University of Cambridge) as well as leading lecturers from SOAS and Cambridge University.

For more information, click here

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