2022#1 6 January

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world

Nelson Mandela



Call for proposals

Prize D4D is back! The Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA) and the Belgian Directorate-General for Development Cooperation and Humanitarian Aid (DGD) are pleased to announce the fourth edition of the Prize ‘Digital for Development-D4D’.

The call for proposals for Edition 2022 of the Prize D4D is now open. Applicants have until March 15, 2022 (5pm, Brussels time) to submit their project.

Prize D4D rewards outstanding initiatives that use digitization and (new) technologies as a lever for development towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Everyone with a convincing project or innovative idea on Digital for Development (that has a clear link with Belgium and one of the partner countries of the Belgian Development Cooperation).

All information on registration, entry rules and more can be found on the Prize D4D website: https://prized4d.africamuseum.be/en.

Bijzondere parlementaire commissie ‘Congo – Koloniaal verleden’

Vacature deskundigen

De experten aangesteld door de Bijzondere Commissie belast met het onderzoek over Congo-Vrijstaat (1885-1908) en het Belgisch koloniaal verleden in Congo (1908-1960), Rwanda en Burundi (1919-1962) hebben onlangs hun rapport aan de commissie overhandigd zie hier.

De commissie heeft beslist om zich bij haar verdere werkzaamheden te laten begeleiden door een team van academische deskundigen. De deadline voor het indienen van kandidaturen is 9 januari.

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Launch calls Global Minds Fund 2022

The calls of the Global Minds Fund of Ghent University 2022 have been launched at www.ugent.be/globalminds:

1. University Development Cooperation capacity building for an  explorative mission 2022 to prepare a UDC project proposal, engaging staff new in the field

2. Sensitizing events for the Ghent University community and its partners

Global Minds Fund Ghent University provides funding for initiatives that enhance the university’s research and/or teaching capacity with respect to collaboration with the Global South.

Applications can be submitted by 7 January 2022 and 22 April 2022.

Open Doors Fellowship Program for women researchers in Africa

Call is open

The Open Doors Fellowship Program (ODFP) for women researchers in Africa is now receiving applications from early to mid-career women researchers working at research and academic institutions in Africa interested in receiving the necessary scientific and leadership skills to help them advance their research careers.

The program targets women scientists working at national and international research centers and universities in agriculture-related fields in agro-biotechnology, plant breeding, molecular biology & genetics, microbiology, chemical ecology, plant & soil health. The fellowship is strictly for post-doctoral researchers who must have completed their studies in the last three years.


Upcoming events

Doc Afrika - Africa Film Festival Ghent - cancelled

WHEN 20-01-2022 at 20:00
WHERE De Centrale, Ham 72, Ghent
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association, De Centrale, Afrika Filmfestival Leuven
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/docafrika-%E2%80%93-afrika-filmfestival-gent-cancelled

The DocAfrika evening of 20 January 2022 will be cancelled - we will be looking for another date later this semester.

save the date: Mandela Lecture 2022

Human rights and social rights in an international perspective

WHEN 16-02-2022 at 20:00
WHERE Het Pand, Onderbergen 1, Ghent
ORGANIZER Africa Platform of Ghent University Association and the Advisory Council International Solidarity City of Ghent
CONTACT Annelies.Verdoolaege@UGent.be
WEBSITE https://www.africaplatform.ugent.be/event/mandela-lecture-2022-human-rights-and-social-rights-international-perspective

At the 2022 Mandela Lecture in Ghent the following three speakers will engage in a panel discussion dealing specifically with human rights and social rights, both in the international arena and on the local level.

Navi Pillay is an international authority on human rights. As a South African jurist she served as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. She was the first non-white woman judge of the High Court of South Africa, and she has also served as the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
Based on her personal experiences, Ms. Pillay will give an overview of the contemporary challenges with respect to human rights and she will discuss possible future avenues for local actions.

As discussants, Prof. Eva Brems and Mr. Luc Cortebeeck will reflect on Ms. Pillay’s presentation and add insights from their respective domains of expertise. They will also explore in which way a city, as an increasingly important driver of socio-economic development, can play a role in local and international human rights policy.

Gie Goris will lead the discussion.