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Dialogue Forum with Ibrahima Hathie: “Is the current consensus on the post-2015 agenda favourable to Africa?“

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Info   U2 Eberswalder Str. / Tram M1 Schwedter Str.; Donations welcome! The event will be in English.

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The question of what comes after the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) has been on the agenda of the UN and its member states for some time now. High-level committees have begun to formulate a new agenda to succeed the current development goals. Ambitious, realistic and measurable as well as easily communicable and limited in numbers – that's the formula for the new agenda and the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). There are claims that these have been drawn up in a broad dialogue in which representatives of worldwide civil societies participated in an open and participatory consultation process.

Dr. Ibrahima Hathie, board member of the “Southern Voice Initiative” and research director at the “Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale” (IPAR) Senegal, will analyse the process for an African setting and the development of the Common African Position (CAP) on the post-2015 development agenda. He will share the results of a recent study and answer the question whether the current consensus on the new agenda is favourable to Africa.

Furthermore, he will analyse the role and how the outcomes of the MDG are discussed in civil society and among the supposed "beneficiaries" in Africa and the much-praised involvement of the civil society in drawing up the new agenda. He will indicate who has been involved most noticeably in the decision-making processes on the SDG and the new agenda and how the so-called stakeholders have been a part thereof.

Lastly, the specific role of so-called “experts” (i.e. the High Level Committee installed by AU heads of state) in the development of the CAP will be critically reviewed. Correspondingly, Dr. Hathie will discuss the themes identified by civil society organisations and participants as crucial which however have been excluded from the CAP and the reasons for their exclusion.

 

Dr. Ibrahima Hathie is an agricultural economist. He is currently the research director for the “Initiative Prospective Agricole et Rurale” (IPAR), a research center and think thank based in Dakar, Senegal. Besides, he is a board member of the “Southern Voice Initiative”, a network of 48 think tanks from Africa, Latin America and South Asia which have identified a unique space and scope for themselves to contribute to the post-MDG dialogue. From 2009 to 2011, he was a value chain manager at the USAID Economic Growth Project in Senegal with a focus on a business approach to food security. He has also served as a professor at the National School of Applied Economics (ENEA, Senegal) from 1992 to 2009 where he assumed the position of director of studies and fieldwork from 2004 to 2007. Dr. Hathie has closely collaborated with NGOs and Community Based Organizations and has provided training and support to their members. His work focuses, among other things, on rural development issues such as the contemporary debate that entwines around large scale land acquisitions ("Land grabbing") in so-called "development countries". He is strongly engaged in the current discussion about the Post-MDG scenario where he analyses from a scientific perspective the theoretical and practical problems of the MDG’s and calls for a stronger "Common African Position" (CAP) in the current and upcoming debate.

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7pm
Location: GLS Sprachenzentrum (Lounge)
Kastanienallee 82
10435 Berlin
U2 Eberswalder Str. / Tram M1 Schwedter Str.

The Dialogue Forum will be held in english.

With the friendly support of the Landesstelle für Entwicklungszusammenarbeit und Engagement Global.

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