Africa-UK Connections in Practice - New Approaches for 2015
Saturday, 10 January 2015 from 10:30 to 15:30 (GMT)
This event brings together people from the UK and from English-speaking sub-Saharan Africa.
This event is based on the practical projects of guests who are pioneers in the field and it will also draw on the expertise and interests of all participants.
Our emphasis is on how things have changed (and are changing with increasing rapidity) now that communication is easier. This is because of the Internet, mobile phones, social media and such-like. We are taking a long view, recognising that 2015 is half way between the turn of the century and 2030. This is not about hype, or theory, or imaginings. It is practical.
The lessons learned through these projects are applicable not just between Africa and UK but in other situations as well.
• Come to listen
• Come to share your experience
• Stay to get involved in the next steps at "After-Event" 3.30-5.00pm (main event 10.30-3.30)
- We are particularly interested in the shift from traditional top-down approaches to approaches where the emphasis is on two-way communication, mutual respect and equal participation.
Our initial reality-checks will be based on the relationship between Fantsuam Foundation in rural Nigeria, Dadamac in the UK, and the wider community online. This began in 2004 and has been enabled by Zittnet a trail-blazing rural Internet Service Provider at Fantsuam. We will be looking at lessons learned in Dadamac through many years of collaborative projects enabled by weekly UK-Nigeria online meetings, as well as more inclusive monthly online meetings. Dadamac will be represented by John Dada, Nikki Fishman and Pamela McLean.
Collaboration, communication and community development
We will also look at other UK-Africa collaborations where two-way communication is the key to success. Representatives of various projects will attend as exhibitors and also take part in the group discussions during the day.
We'll be looking at barriers to Africa-UK collaboration, and how they can be overcome. We'll consider opportunities and challenges around genuine integrated community development.
For participants who are interested in taking forward the lessons of the day in a practical way there will be an “After-Event” at 3.30. This will be an extended tea break to continue discussions with the guest speakers, exhibitors and participants. The after-event is an opportunity to reflect, to make practical plans, consider how we can help each other, and explore possible collaborations before everyone goes their separate ways.
Joint Launch Event
The event also marks the launch of:
- Dadamac Foundation 2015 strategy - to extend our work around the model www.dadamac.org
- RSA UK-Africa Network - announced here
More background - and how to join in afterwards at 2015: Happy Connected New Year (and Africa-UK Connections in Practice)