CAF 2018

 Global Racial Polarisation and the Rise of Right-wing Politics

Johannesburg, 10 – 11 November 2018
@CommonActionCAF #CAF2018

Presentation

Countries are increasingly becoming antagonistic towards immigrants and minorities for a number of sociopolitical and economic reasons. There has been a rise of radical anti-immigration and right wing movements across Europe in particular. In Africa, tribal tensions are once again emerging threatening development in the continent. Unfortunately some African politicians are readily taking advantage of those situations whenever they occur. Moreover the continuing movement of Africans across the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe has brought a spotlight on Africa’s ability to retain its people and provide desperately needed economic opportunities. Furthermore the conflict in Syria, regarded as one of the greatest catastrophe of our time, has impacted tremendously on the plight of refugees. Moreover, as geographical borders get redrafted across the globe, there are thousands who find themselves internally displaced and stranded for relief.

CAF will be hosting CAF 2018 Annual Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa on 10 – 11 November 2018. The forum will gather experts, politicians, journalists and academia to engage in an open and deep discussion on multiculturalism, racial polarisation and the rise of right-wing politics. The outcomes of the conference will be compiled into a report which will then be circulated widely to policymakers and the media.

Notwithstanding its important role and position in the Global South, South Africans mark the 100th year since the struggle stalwart and politician Nelson Mandela was born. The timing of CAF 2018 Annual Forum in South Africa is in that regard appropriate. Furthermore, South African political miracle was by and large due to its ability to navigate the delicate tribal and racial political trappings. The country has since 1994, at various levels, assisted in a political discussion involving multi-culturism and non-racial politics across the globe. When the majority black South Africans had convincing reasons to embrace Black Nationalism they opted for an inclusive non- racial politics. Therefore as the world continues to deal with racial polarisation and the rise of right-wing politics, the South African experience is becoming indispensable.

Program

Gala Dinner

SATURDAY 19:00-21:00

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Opening Session

SUNDAY 10:00-10:15

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1st Session

SUNDAY 10:30-12:00
Deadly immigration into Europe and the rise of right-wing politics.

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2nd Session

SUNDAY 12:15-13:45
Populism and future of politics: youth perspective.

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3rd Session

SUNDAY 15:00-16:30
Non-racialism and multi-culturalism, a dream defeated.

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Vote of Thanks

SUNDAY 16:30-16:45

SUNDAY 12:00-12:15

SUNDAY 13:45-15:00

Participants

Ayo Obe

1st Session Panelist
Legal practitioner and partner, Olasupo Shonibare, Lagos Nigeria, Chairpeson Goree Institute, Senegal. She is trustee of the Brussels-based think tank, the International Crisis Group. In Nigeria she is on the boards of the Z.O. Dibiaezue Memorial Libraries and the Ajegunle Community Project.

Cheryl Carolus

3rd Session Panelist
Executive member of the board, International Crisis Group, Former South African High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. Cheryl served on the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress, the governing party in South Africa.

Chumani Maxwele

2nd Session Panelist
South African Political activist best known for his involvement in #Rhodesmustfall. In October 2015, Maxwele was involved in a nationwide protest against rising costs of attending university otherwise known as the #FeesMustFall movement, during which he was arrested outside the parliament of South Africa.

Faith Abiodun

2nd Session Panelist
International Affairs analyst and a writer. His early career in journalism involved stints as a reporter for the Guardian and as a radio host, interviewing personalities including Nobel Laureates Wole Soyinka and Leyman Gboyee.

Fatima Muneer

2nd Session Panelist
Research analyst at Earnscliffe Strategy Group, Canadian government consulting firm. She is a graduate of Georgetown’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and holds an M.S. from Columbia University. Muneer is part of the Leadership Team at Columbia Alumni Association Ottawa and an award-winning photographer.

Khalid Hajji

1st Session Panelist
President of Brussels Forum of Wisdom and World Peace. Khalid is an academic researcher, author and Professor in the Department of Anglo-American Studies at Mohamed Premier University in Morocco. He is also a founding member of Al Jazeera Centre for Studies founding member of Al Jazeera Centre for Studies.

Layla Dean

1st Session Moderator
Barrister in England and Wales. She is a visiting Law Lecturer,  Academic Researcher at the University of Westminster. Former CEO of an international non-profit organisation Basic Human Rights.

Michael Amoah

3rd Session Panelist
Visiting Fellow at the Firoz Lalji Centre for Africa, Institute of Global Affairs, London School of Economics (LSE). He specializes in foreing policy and diplomacy, international political economy, international relations, politics of Africa and theories of nationalisms.

Mohammad Dangor

1st Session Panelist
He is the former South African ambassador to Libya, Syria and Saudi Arabia. Dangor and his siblings joined the struggle at an early age. Five of the nine siblings actively took part in the struggle.

Muhammad Kabir Isa

1st Session Panelist
Associate Professor (Governance) Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, Nigeria. He has been an academic and teaching staff of he Department of Local Government and Development Studies since September 1992 and a visiting lecturer of political science at Gombe State University since 2006.

Nazinine Moshiri

1st Session Panelist
UN, member of Somalia and Eritrea panel of experts. This involves investigating violations of the sanctions regime on Somalia and Eritrea, for the UN Security Council. Prior to that, during her 17-year career in broadcasting and news, she thrived in some of the most dynamic newsrooms in the world, leading teams on complex and often dangerous missions.

Neeshan Balton

3rd Session Panelist
Executive Director Ahmed Kathrada Foundation. He has been involved in community and political activism for the past 35 years with involvement ranging from teachers unionism, civic organisations, youth activism and formal and underground ANC activism.

Parks Tau

Keynote Speaker 
President of South African Local Government Association (SALGA), President United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG). He is the current Gauteng Provincial Treasurer of the African National Congress, the governing party in South Africa. He is also the former Executive Mayor of Johannesburg.

Rafael Heiber

3rd Session Moderator
Co-Founder and the Executive Director of Common Action Forum. He is geographer, M.A. in Territorial Analysis and holds a Ph.D. in Sociology and a Diploma in Advanced Studies in Communication, Knowledge and Culture. His expertise is the political relations between technology, society and territory.

Sami Zeidan

Master of Ceremonies
Principal presenter, Al Jazeera English. Sami Zeidan is an award winning Senior Presenter with Al Jazeera English since 2005. He was chosen to present the channel’s first live broadcast when AJE launched on November 15th, 2006. Sami joined Al Jazeera after presenting with a number of the largest broadcasters in the world including CNN, CNBC and NBC.

Simon Allison

2nd Session Moderator
Is the Africa Editor at the Mail and Guardian. He is also a researcher/consultant at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). Before joining Mail and Guardian, Simon worked as an African correspondent for the Daily Maverick.

Soud Hyder

2nd Session Panelist
Data and Insights Lead at TRT, member of the founding team AJ+. He has a background in Computer Science and Economics and has a wealth of experience at the intersection of technology and business. He has spent most of his career advising and executing around internet technologies.

Thembisa Fakude

Event Coordinator
Academic Researcher at Al Jazeera Centre for Studies and a deputy Chairperson of Common Action Forum. He served as the Bureau Chief of Al Jazeera Media Network in Southern Africa and was the Chairperson of Foreign Correspondents Association of Southern Africa (FCSA).

Wadah Khanfar

Keynote Speaker 
Former Director-General of the Al Jazeera Networks, he is currently President of Al Sharq Forum, an independent international network with a mission to develop long-term strategies to ensure the political stability an economic prosperity of the Arab world and the region. Mr Khanfar is also president and co-founder of Common Action Forum.

Sessions

Gala Dinner
Speakers:
David Makhura
Wadah Khanfar

Master of Ceremonies:
Sami Zeidan

Opening Remarks
Speaker: 
Parks Tau
1st Session − Deadly immigration into Europe and the rise of right-wing politics
Speakers: 
Ayo Obe
Mohamed Dangor
Muhammad Khabir Isa
Nazinine Moshiri

Moderator:
Layla Dean-Verity

2nd Session − Populism and future of Politics: Youth Perspective
Speakers: 
Chumani Maxwele
Faith Abiodum
Fatima Muneer
Soud Hyder

Moderator:
Simon Allison

3rd Session − Non-racialism and Multi-culturalism, a dream deferred
Speakers: 
Cheryl Carolus
Neesham Balton
Mohamed Dangor
Michel Amoah

Moderator:
Rafael Heiber

Vote of Thanks
Event Coordinator: 
Thembisa Fakude

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