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June 26th - July 2nd 2004 - INTERNATIONAL ROOTS FESTIVAL IN THE GAMBIA - http://www.everygeneration.co.uk/Roots/roots_festival.htm The International Roots Foundation (IRF) will hold its biennial Roots Cultural event from June 26 to July 2 in 2004 in The Gambia. The program offers a close encounter with Roots Culture - a diverse culture and heritage and a unique celebration of a full circle of the encounters of life.

SIGN THE PETITION: PROTOCOL ON THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN AFRICA Sign Now!!! On 11 July 2003, the African Union adopted the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, marking a significant step forward in promoting the rights of women within Africa. But almost a year after its adoption, only one member state of the AU, The Comoros, has signed and ratified the Protocol. Twenty-eight member states have signed but are yet to ratify it as at May 12, 2004. This calls for 14 more countries to ratify in order for it to come into force. Oxfam GB, Equality Now, FEMNET, CREDO for Freedom of Expression and Associated Rights and FAHAMU have started a campaign targeting 14 countries that have already signed with the aim of lobbying them to ratify. A petition has been drafted that will be presented to the AU Summit in July 2004. You can sign up at http://www.pambazuka.org/petition/petition.php?id=1.

August 4-6 2004  BETTER AFRICA EVENT FOR NONPROFITS, MEDIA AND NGOS  Better Africa Foundation is holding the first-ever special event for nonprofits, Media and NGOs. This conference will be inspirational and informative for staff, volunteers, and directors. This is a great opportunity for West African Nonprofits (Churches and grassroots organisations) Media and NGOs to gather together to celebrate their important work and role in the lives of the poor and needy in West Africa. Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=22054

Auguest  2004 - PLAY FAIR AT THE OLYMPICS - http://www.fairolympics.org/en/index.htm A new Make Trade Fair campaign is calling for sportswear companies to respect garment workers' rights. Visit this website to find out more and click on the logo of international sportswear companies and send them a message.

30 August - 03 September 2004, 3RD ADALEST CONFERENCE  Malawi The 3rd ADALEST Conference will be hosted by the University of Malawi, Centre for Language Studies. The conference will be combined with the 5th Malawian National Language Symposium and will be held in Mangochi,  Malawi, from 30 August until 04 September 2004. Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=21055

1-20 September 2004, Harare, Zimbabwe REGIONAL COURSE ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS - http://www.hrea.org/erc/Calendar/display.php? doc_id=1596&month=9&year=2004 The course is intended for professionals, researchers, activists, defenders and trainers to broaden their knowledge and further develop their human rights expertise about the substantive and institutional aspects of the promotion and protection of economic, social and cultural rights at national, regional and international levels.

September 2-3, 2004, "(POST) CONFLICT AND THE REMAKING OF PLACE AND SPACE: ECONOMIES, INSTITUTIONS AND NETWORKS" Khartoum, Sudan,  Call For Papers Dominant conceptualizations of conflict tend to posit it as a temporal state of abnormality. Within the context of the Middle East and Africa this is further nuanced by discourses of belatedness (e.g. Palestinian negotiation of settler-colonialism) or failed projects of modernist statecraft altogether (e.g. sub Saharan Africa). This workshop begins with a premise that questions these temporal modes of understanding conflict. Positing (post) conflict as a non-linear continuum that marks the articulation of diverse modernity projects in these two regions, the workshop seeks to explore ways in which economies, spatialities, sociality, and subjectivity are produced by and negotiate (post) conflict. Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=22216

09 - 12 November 2004, Entebbe, Uganda, 11TH EASTERN AFRICA REGIONAL FUNDRAISING WORKSHOP http://www.resource-alliance.org/page.php . This conference will focus on: * Providing the participants a platform for sharing regional and international best practices and success stories;* Bringing people together to discuss and network on issues of common concern; * Providing fundraisers with the opportunity to learn the basic principles and new skills and techniques of fundraising; * Promoting fundraising as a profession.

PUBLIC HEALTH IN COMPLEX EMERGENCIES TRAINING PROGRAMME - 2004 Course Dates For Uganda, Thailand And Lebanon The Public Health in Complex Emergencies training program (PHCE) is a two-week residential course that focuses on critical public health issues faced by NGO/PVO personnel working in complex emergencies. The goal of the course is to enhance the capacity of humanitarian assistance workers and their organizations to respond to the health needs of refugees and internally displaced persons affected by these emergencies. Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=22215

27 - 29 June 2005, University Of Manchester, UK - RECLAIMING DEVELOPMENT?: ASSESSING THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANISATIONS TO DEVELOPMENT ALTERNATIVES -  What roles can NGOs and civil society organisations play in reclaiming development? To what extent can they be seen as the agents for social justice, human realisation and social transformation, principles that have inspired so many to commit themselves to the work of NGOs? Further details: http://www.pambazuka.org/index.php?id=22371

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