Institute of African Studies - Carleton University

November 27 2015


African Studies Newsletter

Event @ Carleton:The contribution of martial arts in the social development of Ethiopians and Africans

Martial Arts in Ethiopia
  • When: December 09, 2015
  • Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
  • Location: Paterson Hall
  • Room: 433
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Institute of African Studies
  • Email contact:
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2600 x 2220

The Institute of African Studies presents a talk entitled “The contribution of martial arts in the social development of Ethiopians and Africans” on Wednesday, December 9th at 6:00 pm in 433 Paterson Hall (History Lounge) with Dr. Tsegaye Degineh.

Dr. Tsegaye Degineh is an Ethiopian-German with a 5th degree black belt in JuJitsu. He’s also the Vice President of the Ju-Jitsu African Union, a Project Management specialist and a Diversity manager. Over the last decade, Dr. Degineh has diligently worked to establish the development of Judo and JuJitsu in Ethiopia. His presentation will highlight the many challenges, opportunities and milestones that have been reached both in Ethiopia (and Africa) in developing these amateur combat sports. Also, he’ll share what motivated him to pursue this initiative in Ethiopia, along with the contributions of Judo and JuJitsu to the youth and social development of Ethiopians and Africans.

Dr. Tsegaye Degineh along with Mr. Hannes Daxbacher, the former Technical Director of the German Judo Federation and member of the International Judo Federation’s Military and Police Commission are both subjects in a documentary on the development of Judo and JuJitsu in Ethiopia, by Canadian documentary filmmaker Garmamie Sideau. A short trailer of the documentary also will be shown along with a few words from Garmamie Sideau, followed by a Q&A session.

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Event @ Carleton: Impact of Documentaries and Mobile Cinema in Africa

Our films and workshop on Saturday, December 5th, including a contribution by  Decky KIPUKA KABONGI | Ph.D. Candidate (Norman Paterson School of National Affairs) and representing the IAS, Carleton University.

The workshop on Saturday early afternoon should be especially interesting with the Film-maker sharing her experience and views.

It’s open to the public and FREE!

SATURDAY DEC 5 | 1 p.m.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre
Fauteux Hall | FTX570

The Impact of Documentaries and Mobile Cinema in Africa

with Femke van Velzen

Femke will talk about her experience as a film maker, on how to make a documentary, and will provide tips and tricks such as how to get funding for such initiative, etc. She will also develop on the impact of documentaries and outreach campaigns.

This workshop is made possible through a cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands and IFPRODUCTIONS.


SATURDAY DECEMBER 5 | Fighting the Silence

SATURDAY DEC 5 | 4 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium

Fighting the Silence
Femke van Velzen & Ilse van Velzen | Netherlands | 2007 | 53m | English, with French subtitles.

During the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s seven year war, more then 80.000 women and girls were raped. “Fighting the Silence” tells the story of ordinary women and men struggling to change their society. Husbands talk of the pressures that led them to abandon their wives. Soldiers and policemen share their (shocking) views about why rape continues to flourish in the Congo.

This screening is made possible through a cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, IFPRODUCTIONS and the Institute of African Studies (Carleton University).


  • Decky KIPUKA KABONGI | Ph.D. Candidate (Norman Paterson School of National Affairs) | Representant of the Institute of African Studies (IAS-CU), Carleton University




SATURDAY DEC 5 | 7 p.m.
Alumni Auditorium

Weapon of War
Femke van Velzen & Ilse van Velzen | Netherlands | 2007 | 59m | English, with French subtitles.

In Weapon of War, military perpetrators unveil what lies behind their brutal behavior and the strategies of rape as a war crime in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

This screening is made possible through a cooperation with the Kingdom of the Netherlands, IFPRODUCTIONS and the Institute of African Studies (Carleton University).


  • Decky KIPUKA KABONGI | Ph.D. Candidate (Norman Paterson School of National Affairs) | Representant of the Institute of African Studies (IAS-CU), Carleton University

Colloque Annuel du Cerclecad : « La chine et l’inde en afrique. Une approche pluridisciplinaire et postcoloniale ».

UNIVERSITE D’OTTAWA, Salle du Sénat (Tabaret 083).
Au sous-sol du pavillon Tabaret (Salle 083, 75, Avenue laurier Est ou 119, Rue Wallers ou 550, Rue Cumberland),
SAMEDI LE 12 DÉCEMBRE 2015  DE 9H00 À 19H00.
I. Conditions de participation :
Vous devez confirmer votre participation au Colloque en nous écrivant au courriel suivant : impérativement avant le 30 novembre 2015. La participation est de 30 dollars pour tout participant. Les membres actifs du Cerclecad, et en ordre avec leurs cotisations annuelles, paieront 20 dollars. À titre de rappel, je signale que les cotisations annuelles comme membres du Cerclecad sont de 100 dollars par an pour les membres ordinaires et 60 dollars pour les étudiants dûment inscrits dans un établissement d’enseignement). Seuls les participants qui figurent sur la liste et qui auront payé les frais d’inscription sur place pourront accéder à la salle du Sénat de l’Université d’Ottawa. Nous encourageons vivement tous les participants à bien vouloir confirmer leur participation par retour de courriel à l’adresse ( &  avant le 30 novembre 2015. Nous avons besoin du nombre exact des participants pour préparer adéquatement la logistique (Repas, chaises, arrangements divers…). Toutefois, les participants pourraient aussi s’inscrire le matin à l’entrée de la salle du Sénat. Venez-y donc nombreux pour nourrir nos esprits et réfléchir en profondeur sur les enjeux locaux et globaux de l’irruption de l’Empire du milieu en Afrique. Nous encourageons vivement tous les collaborateurs et collaboratrices du Cerclecad qui ont déjà publié des ouvrages à préparer un stock conséquent de leurs ouvrages pour les exposer et les vendre au public.

Of Trophies & Ivory-Informational Session/Fundraiser


Of Trophies & Ivory-A film by Nyasha Mandiveyi

Informational screening, Entertainment,Live music & Fundraiser!

When: December 5,2015 at 3pm

Where: LIVE on Elgin, 220 Rue Elgin St, Ottawa


REMINDER-Talk @ Carleton: “Democracy in Danger in Democratic Republic of the Congo”

  • When: December 01, 2015
  • Time: 2:30 PM – 4:00 PM
  • Location: Paterson Hall
  • Room: 433 ( History Lounge)
  • Cost: Free
  • Intended Audience: Anyone
  • Event contact: Institute of African Studies
  • Email contact:
  • Phone contact: 613-520-2600×2220

The Institute of African Studies presents a talk entitled “Democracy in Danger in Democratic Republic of the Congo” by Decky Kipuka Kabongi
(Carleton University) on Tuesday, December 1st, 2:30 p.m. in 433 Paterson Hall (History Lounge).

Decky Kipuka Kabongi is a Ph.D candidate in international development policy at the NPSIA at Carleton University. His area of research interest is on the nexus of security and development in the African Great Lakes Region. For his Ph.D dissertation, Decky is investigating, using econometrics analysis, the determinants of variations in military spending in Africa across time and sub-regions. Decky holds master’s degrees in economics and public affairs. He was born and educated in the DRC where he also worked for the United Nations. He teaches the political economy of the African Great Lakes at Carleton University and is the founder of the Emmanuel Centre for Development Initiatives, a not-for-profit organization that is helping poor children have access to education in Uganda and eastern DRC.

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Job Opportunity: Country Coordinator – Liberia

Salary: £39,963 per annum, with benefits including accommodation, relocation package, annual flight back home and medical insurance cover.

Based: Monrovia, Liberia

We are looking for an exceptional candidate to join our Africa programme. You will be responsible for leading Alert’s peacebuilding work in Liberia. This will involve managing upcoming projects and developing the country programme, supervising the work of partners with a focus on DM&E and quality control of project outcomes, as well as financial oversight. The post holder will also shape the priorities for longer term programming in the country.

To be great in this job you are likely, first and foremost, to have a talent for entrepreneurial and strategic programme development and monitoring and evaluation. To do this you will have strong process and interpersonal skills which will enable you to gain and maintain the trust and respect of both local actors and international donors.

You will have significant experience of leading field-based peacebuilding or development projects preferably in Liberia or elsewhere in West Africa and you will have experience of responsibility for financial management of projects.

To apply, please send a completed application form and equal opportunities form to , both of which can be found under ‘Downloads’.

Please note we do not accept CVs.

Closing date: Wednesday 9th December 2015 at 5pm (UK time).

Initial interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place via Skype from the 14th December 2015.

While International Alert will endeavour to contact all candidates within a reasonable time, this may not always be possible due to limited resources.  Therefore, if you have not heard from us within two weeks of the closing date, you can assume that your application has, on this occasion, been unsuccessful. International Alert is an equal opportunities employer. All applicants will be judged strictly on the basis of merit.

Application deadline:
Wednesday 9 December 2015
Recruitment type:

Job Opportunity: Ethipoian SUMM Project Coordinator

Project No. 2014 – 078  Ethiopia: Supporting the Ministry of Mines (SUMM) Project

Target start date:  January – May 2016

Position:  Ethiopian SUMM Project Coordinator

The Canadian International Resources and Development Institute (CIRDI) is a coalition of the University

of British Columbia (UBC), Simon Fraser University (SFU), and École Polytechnique de Montréal (EPM].

CIRDI’s mission is to improve, in a measurable way, the ability of developing countries to manage, and

benefit from their extractive sectors in order to catalyze sustainable economic growth and reduce

poverty. The Institute was established as a through a five year—2013-2018 – agreement with the

Department of Foreign Affairs Trade and Development (DFATD) to implement projects that secure

opportunities for developing countries to improve fiscal and regulatory governance, integrated resource

management and livelihoods and employment. CIRDI works with all levels of government to develop

training, tools and approaches that address their unique circumstances and needs. CIRDI’s portfolio is

managed through its operational Headquarters (HQ), at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver,

British Columbia, Canada.

The “Supporting the Ministry of Mines” (SUMM) in Ethiopia project is a five year, $15 million DFATD-

funded project lead by CIRDI. The project is designed to strengthening the capacity and organizational

management of Ethiopia’s Ministry of Mines at operational and strategic levels. The project’s ultimate

objectives are to improve resource governance and sustain investment in Ethiopia’s mineral sector.

The project aims to enhance the quality of data, data acquisition capacity of the Geological Survey of

Ethiopia (GSE), and strengthen mineral licensing and administration institutions of the MoM. Overall,

the project aims to design and implement priority capacity-building interventions, systems development

and organizational initiatives to support country-driven strategies to encourage increased revenue

generation and transparency, mitigation of negative environmental impacts and stimulation of

sustainable economic growth.


The Ethiopian Project Coordinator will be responsible for providing administrative and logistical support

in Ethiopia to support the Inception phase.  This includes coordinating the inception schedule,

supporting logistics of incoming inception team members, liaison with the Ministry of Mines, the DFATD

ECCO office, and supporting the process of the project setting up an office and securing legal status to

operate in Ethiopia

Specific tasks include:

 Assisting with travel arrangements for Canadian inception team (letters of invitation, visas,

arrangement of local transportation, regional travel within Ethiopia).

 Develop the schedule for the inception team members including working closely with the

Ministry on setting up meetings.

 Arranging translation and other logistical support to inception team on the ground.

 Liaising with and assisting with drafting of documents and agreements between CIRDI and the

Ministry of Mines and its Directorates (Licensing & Administration, Environmental and

Community Development, Gender Mainstreaming Management), Geological Survey of Ethiopia,

Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, Ethiopia.

 Providing logistical support for organization and delivery of inception mission training

workshop(s), Project Steering Committee meetings; and other meetings for inception team

including sourcing venues and equipment, recording meeting minutes, preparation of briefing


 Assisting with sourcing space for the project office.

 Input into the tender posting for an Ethiopian HR service provider including supporting follow up

and liaison.

 Input into the draft job descriptions for the local staff including: Finance Officer, Project Officer,

Administrative Assistant, Communications Officer, Drivers, Translators etc.

 Assisting with set up of the local office in Addis Ababa, including  bank accounts, legal

permissions, registration with relevant authorities and compliance with local law.

 Providing sourcing information for the procurement of equipment for project office as well as

shipment of Canadian project team personal effects from Canada and related customs


 Support the Canadian Field Director with identifying appropriate home and related information.

 Other tasks as may be required

Reporting to: the Director, Major Projects CIRDI and when in place the Canadian Field Director based in

Addis Ababa.  Indirectly interacts with other CIRDI staff and all three coalition members.

Duration of assignment including start and end date:  January 2016 – May 2016 (4 month contract)

Number of days:  up to 86 days

Total Contract Value:  TBD

Note: this position is open to Ethiopian nationals only.

 Appendix A: Additional DFATD clauses as part of CIRDI’s contribution agreement

 Appendix B: Confidentiality agreement

2CIRDI terms of reference for short term contractors

 Appendix C: Invoice submission information

 Appendix D: Timesheet reporting

 Appendix E: CIRDI travel guidelines (most updated version online at

 Appendix F: Emergency contact and travel insurance

 Appendix G: Branding, acknowledgement, media

 Appendix H: UBC standard terms and conditions

Signature required: Yes, I have read and agree with the UBC Purchase Order – Standard Terms and

Conditions as outlined in Appendix H of this agreement:

 Appendix I: One of the following as appropriate to your situation:

o Appendix Ia: EFT-Form-Cdn (electronic funds transfer for Canadian contractors and vendors)

o Appendix Ib: EFT-Form-US (electronic funds transfer for US contractors and vendors)

o Appendix Ic: Wire Transfer Form (wire transfer for funds to international contractors and


CALL FOR PAPERS-NMCGSA 20TH Anniversary Symposium (U of T)

The Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations Graduate Students’ Association of the University of Toronto invites proposals for the 20th Annual Graduate Students’ Symposium to be held on March 3, 2016 (Hart House).

The NMCGSA Symposium provides an opportunity for promising graduate students to share their original research with the broader scholarly community in a conference-like forum, and to publish their presentations as proceedings. By annually bringing together specialists in the ancient, medieval and modern Near and Middle East, the symposium provides a unique opportunity for interdisciplinary discourse focused on the study of this region and its cognates.  The 2016 symposium aims to highlight this diversity in order to foster communication and exchange across disciplinary boundaries, celebrating archaeology, history (modern, medieval and ancient), anthropology, art, comparative literature, philosophy, language, religion and political science.

The NMCGSA has established a very broad and inclusive theme this year. We hope to accommodate a diversity of topics and student proposed panels. We will consider all topics related to the study of the Near and Middle East, as well as cognate regions such as the Mediterranean, Indian Ocean, Central and South Asia. We encourage pre-planned panels and will do our utmost to accommodate student proposals. Graduate students are invited to submit an abstract of 250 words or less via e-mail attachment by January 30th, 2016 to the committee at:
*Note: Submissions should include the following information in the body of the email: name, program (M.A., PhD.), year of study, area of specialization, department and university, title of paper, and audio-visual requirements. If your paper is being submitted as part of a proposed panel or specific theme, please include the proposed panel title or the theme under the title of the paper on the abstract.




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IAS News: Video of “The African Child in Colonial Postcards of the Early 1900s” talk is now Posted

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The video of the African Studies Brownbag talk, “Troubling Tropes: The African Child in Colonial Postcards of the Early 1900s,” which Prof. Monica Patterson (Carleton University) gave on 18 November 2015 is now available.

It can be found on our Youtube channel.

IAS News: IAS congratulates Daniella Niyonkuru for winning a Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement


The Institute of African Studies is pleased to congratulate Ms. Daniella Niyonkuru for receiving a Senate Medal for Outstanding Academic Achievement when receiving her Master’s degree in Systems and Computer Engineering at the recent Fall convocation.  Such recognition is one of many this Burundian student has achieved.

In 2013, she graduated from the Université de Quebec en Outaouais (UQO) with top honours and she was awarded the prestigious Governor General’s Academic Medal. Her performance has been impressive ever since. During her master’s studies, she held two Ontario Graduate Scholarship (she was one of the 90 International candidates in the Province obtaining the scholarship, one of the 5 at Carleton and the only one in the Faculty of Engineering.); she won a Gabriel David Warshaw Memorial scholarship and has been finalist of numerous scholarship competitions including the Mackenzie King open scholarship. Repeatedly, Daniella has been recognized for her academic abilities at the university, provincial and federal levels.

She received an A+ in all her graduate courses. Her thesis was accepted with no revisions, which is extremely rare in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering.

She has already published three papers, including in the Proceedings of ACM SIGSIM Conference on Principles of Advanced Discrete Simulation (PADS) and the Proceedings of 2015 SCS/ACM/IEEE Symposium on Theory of Modeling and Simulation, TMS’15. PADS and TMS are the two top conferences in the field of simulation, and the acceptance rate of these top conferences is very low. She managed to get her research published in these prestigious conferences and in Computing in Science and Engineering, edited by the American Institute of Physics, and the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE).

Daniella has the ability to wrap her mind around any concept, break it apart into its basic pieces and come up with new and interesting ideas. She asks the right questions in a way that lets you know she understands what you have explained and will build upon it. She also has the capability and drive to tackle challenging engineering problems, no matter how hard. Also, Daniella is able to communicate her ideas in a simple way that requires a mastery of knowledge. As her supervisor, Professor Gabriel Wainer observed, “Daniella is an outlier and is without question one of the top systems and computer engineering students we have ever had.”
Daniella’s thesis topic required her to understand not only concepts related to the modeling and simulation field, but also know about the complex field of embedded systems. There was a tremendous amount of work involved, and still she managed to deliver two different kernels that were later deployed onto multiple devices. She is a truly hardworking student that cares about what she does and always strives for excellence.

In addition to her academic tasks, Daniella is involved in a large number of extra-curricular activities. She is particularly interested in activities that encourages youth especially girls to pursue careers in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). She currently sits as an executive member for the Carleton University Women in Science and Engineering (CU-WISE) group. She is one of the most consistent and popular CU-WISE blogger and her posts are always positive, sincere, well researched, and thought provoking. She has covered topics including: the power of positive thoughts, celebrating women’s unique characteristics, reviews of conferences she’s attended, retrospectives of our outreach activities and the dos and don’ts of tech interviews.

Furthermore, Daniella has actively participated in outreach events and lead teams of volunteers to instruct elementary and high school students’ basic programming skills. She has also lead several workshops during Go ENG Girl, Girl Guide Engineering Badge Day and Pathfinder STEM Badge Day events for the past two years. She also served as a mentor for Virtual Ventures’ summer camps and gave lectures for the Carleton’s Enrichment Mini-Course Program. Daniella launched an initiative that rewards high school girls in Burundi and has been a keynote speaker at various youth events in and outside of Carleton. She has also been a part of various events that are too numerous for me to track.

Besides the previous activities, Daniella was a finalist of Carleton’s 2015 Three Minute Thesis Competition. She has also been featured as a portrait of strength in TechGirls Canada campaign and was one of the 30 in 30 women in science and engineering featured earlier this year by the NSERC / Pratt & Whitney Canada Chair for Women in Science and Engineering Ontario. She was also awarded a Google travel award – granted to female university students and industry professionals excelling in Computing across North America – for the Grace Murray Hopper conference, the world’s largest technical conference for women in engineering

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