Sharing with Africa

  • A football tournament, a bridge towards fraternity

    The fifth edition of the Sports for Peace football tournament, an initiative geared towards building peace and harmony among the pastoral communities of Marsabit County, took place in August 2017 in Marsabit, Northern Kenya. The aim of the tournament was to bring together communities that have been experiencing inter-ethnic wars.

    Marsabit 1Born in a pastoralist community which has experienced inter-ethnic clashes and cattle rustling for many years, and having seeing many of his colleagues die fighting for their community, Johnstone Ndumba deeply thought of how he could be involved in building lasting peace in his community. Johnstone adopted the idea of sports among the youth, an avenue that he has been using to speak about peace. Peace that he thinks can lead to unity and cohesion among all the communities living in the region.

  • African Diplomacy: the case of Gambia

    GambiaOften the news circulating on the most read newspapers and the most watched/listened broadcasters convey the image of an extremely poor Africa: its endless civil wars, epidemics such as AIDS, ebola, malaria, etc. A continent where population growth is a threat. People constantly fleeing war or poverty by migrating to neighboring countries or to Europe, etc.

    The purpose of this article is not to contradict this image conveyed by certain media, but rather to highlight the other face of Africa that is not often shown. It is an Africa in search of its own unity. An Africa that struggles to find the most appropriate solutions to its problems. We could share several initiatives in this direction, but we would rather analyze the Gambian experience as a living witness of an Africa in search of negotiated solutions, specifically in the area of conflict resolution, as described in the document of the African Union: 'Vision 2064: an Africa without the sound of weapons.’

  • Botswana: A model for Africa

    If several African countries are known because of civil wars, extreme poverty, dictatorship, and corruption, Botswana can be considered an exception in the continent. In fact, it is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, mostly desert, rich in diamond resources, sparsely populated – only around two million inhabitants.

    BotswanaEconomically speaking, it is one of the few African countries which has experienced one of the greatest growth in the world since the 1960s, out of the exploitation of its very rich diamond resources, but also thanks to the good management implemented by its leaders since independence. As to economic growth, for example, while the rest of Africa experienced an average negative economic growth rate of -0.3% over the period 1965 to 1998, Botswana recorded an average 7.7% growth rate over the same period. Such performance was, at the time, higher than the one of the ‘Asian tigers’ - which performed miracles of economic growth during the last quarter century. In this perspective, this country of reference for Africa multiplied by 11 the standard of living of its citizens between 1960 and 2007 according to the 2008 World Bank Report.

  • Kenia: Sharing the Samburu culture with the world

    Located on the northern Central Kenya, Samburu County has communities that have preserved their culture up to date. Samburu people are semi nomadic pastoralists who heard cattle and move from one place to the other looking for pasture to feed their cattle. Walking around the county, one is in a position to experience the rich culture of the Samburu people. The refreshing Samburu culture has attracted thousands of people from all over the world.

    Samburu 1Due to the rich culture of the Samburu people, many people would wish to go and experience the Samburu culture. From July 26th to 5th August, 30 young people and adults organized and went to live with the Samburu people for a period of ten days. During their stay in Samburu, they managed to learn and experience the real Samburu culture.

    The young people visited the Samburu people in their Manyattas, cooked with them, went to collect water with them from the rivers, and cooked using the traditional way the Samburu people use. In addition, the group managed to interact with school children in the nearby schools, played games with them, shared their experiences to the students among many activities.

    From the ten-day experience in Samburu, the young people came out with positive ways of looking at life. There were lessons learned from the Samburu people by this young people. Lessons that made them look at life from a different angle and in a positive way.

  • Kenya: imparare dalla cultura Samburu

    Nel distretto di Samburu, situato nella parte centrosettentrionale del Kenya, vivono comunità che hanno preservato la loro cultura fino ad oggi. I Samburu sono un popolo seminomade, dedito alla pastorizia e all'allevamento, che si sposta da un luogo all'altro in cerca di pascoli. Visitando il distretto, si può sperimentare la ricchezza della loro cultura comunitaria. 

    Samburu 1

    Sono molti i viaggiatori che desiderano visitare e sperimentare la cultura del popolo Samburu.

    Qui, vi raccontiamo l'avventura di una trentina di giovani che, accompagnati da alcuni adulti, dal 26 luglio scorso, hanno vissuto con questo popolo seminomade per circa dieci giorni, imparando e sperimentando dal vivo le loro tradizioni.

  • L'Accordo di pace di Roma tra gli attori del conflitto nella Repubblica Centrafricana

    Roma - Il 19 Giugno 2017, presso la Comunità di Sant’Egidio è stato firmato l’accordo di pace che prevede un cessate il fuoco immediato tra il governo della Repubblica Centrafricana e 14 gruppi ribelli armati.

    mappa Rep. Centro Africana

    La Repubblica Centrafricana è un Paese dell'Africa centrale con oltre 5 milioni di abitanti e una superficie di circa 623.000 km2. Confina con il Camerun a ovest, il Ciad a nord, il Sudan e il Sud-Sudan ad est, la Repubblica Democratica del Congo e il Congo-Brazaville a sud.

    L'importanza dell'Accordo di Roma non può essere compresa senza una panoramica storica di questo Paese.
    Infatti, dall'indipendenza ottenuta nel 1960, il Paese ha vissuto numerosi colpi di Stato ed episodi di violenza politica. Tuttavia, la crisi esplosa nel 2012, è considerata dai centrafricani la più tragica nella storia del Paese. Secondo diversi analisti (Emmanuel Chauvin, Christian Seignobos, ecc.), dopo la presa del potere da parte degli ex Seleka, principalmente musulmani, nel marzo 2013, il presidente deposto, François Bozizé, ha invitato i suoi sostenitori a prendere le armi per difendere la loro patria. Di conseguenza, i numerosi abusi commessi da membri degli ex-Seleka a danno della popolazione, hanno spinto i centrafricani di fede cristiana a formare a loro volta una milizia armata, chiamata anti-Balaka, che ha preso di mira direttamente la popolazione musulmana. 

  • Promoting Participatory Citizenship: «African Youths Held Hostage»

    AfricaYouth is a broad subject, that has sparked a lot of discussion, especially amongst youth movements worldwide (the Arab Spring, the « outraged » in Europe, and demonstrations against abuses perpetrated by African leaders, etc.). However, this article shall focus only on the role young people are supposed to play. 

    As a matter of fact, young people have been considered as a marginalized category for a long time, but today they are being targeted. And this is happening not only because of the enormous potential they represent and the self-confidence they seem to have, but also because they are able to change the world for the better and, unfortunately, also for the worse. Experts believe that many young people try to enhance their potential, but do not always succeed. When opportunities are lacking, their ambition turns to frustration, which is then exploited by groups who are working to promote their own agenda such as politicians, extremists, drug cartels, armed groups, etc. Analysts believe that young people are vulnerable to indoctrination, especially because they lack experience and historically-conscious knowledge. 

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