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Events 2011

Events 2011: The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung at the World Social Forum in Dakar

Series of seminars during the World Social Forum

from February 6-11, 2011 in Dakar, Senegal



“Globalization has to be shaped in social and democratic ways.”

Links to the official WSF 2011 website


It is in this spirit that the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) participated in the 10th World Social Forum (WSF) in Dakar, Senegal 2011 and organized and supported a set of seminars and workshops in cooperation with various partner organizations.


Watch the Video: FES at the World Social Forum!
We compiled the highlights of our activities in Dakar - that provided a platform for dialogue between representatives from trade unions, NGOs, and other organizations and members of civil society - in a video that you can watch here:

Although most speakers and dates are confirmed, changes may occur. For programme updates and seminar room information, please check below or visit our stall at the official WSF venue, University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD).



OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES:      (corresponding literature below)


Workshop (English/French)
8 February 2011, UCAD, Time: 12.30-15.30hrs, Place du Souvenir
Meeting Point: FES Stall at UCAD (shuttle bus available)
Thinking Ahead: Towards a New Development Paradigm
The world is confronted with an unprecedented coincidence of global crises: the economic and financial crisis, the food crisis, as well as the intensifying climate crisis. These unresolved crises reflect the failure of the dominant model of development and economic progress that is oriented on a modernization approach, which is blind to environmental and human rights aspects, confuses economic growth with progress in society. It is time to draw lessons from these crises, to look beyond conventional development concepts and goals and to fundamentally rethink the models and measures of development and social progress – in North and South.
With: Barbara Adams (Global Policy Forum New York), Roberto Bissio (Social Watch, Uruguay), Yao Graham (Third World Network Africa, Ghana), Jens Martens (Global Policy Forum Europe), Filomeno Sta. Ana III (Action for Economic Reforms, Philippines), Francine Mestrum (University of Brussels);
Partners: GPF Europe, Social Watch, Third World Network Africa.



Workshop (English/French)
8 February 2011, UCAD, Time: 16.00 – 19.00hrs, Place du Souvenir

Meeting Point: FES Stall at UCAD (shuttle bus available)
Defuse the Debt Crisis
The financial troubles in Ireland, Greece and elsewhere have demonstrated how the global financial crisis, brought about by private sector financial speculation can turn into a sovereign debt crisis. European strategies to deal with possible state insolvencies, seem to repeat errors that already contributed to turning the debt crisis in the 1980s into a development crisis. Rather than holding investors responsible for the risks of their investments, public funds are being used to bail them out. For many years, NGOs and debt campaigns have been working on alternatives. Today they call upon governments to implement quick, fair and transparent debt workout mechanisms, rather than condemning debtor countries to protracted adjustments which ultimately make the poor pay.
With: Koos de Bruijn (Jubilee Netherlands), Oygunn Brunnildsen (EURODAD), Nick Dearden (Jubilee Debt Campaign UK), Jürgen Kaiser (erlassjahr Germany), Fanwell Bokosi (AFRODAD), Oscar Ugarteche (LATINDADD);
Partners: erlassjahr, AFRODAD, EURODAD, Jubilee Netherlands, Jubilee UK, LATINDADD.


Workshop (English/French)
February 8, 2011, UCAD, Time: 16.00-19.00hrs
FES Dakar, Avenue des Ambassadeurs, Villa Ebert.

Meeting Point: FES Stall at UCAD (shuttle bus available)

Power Ethics – Citizens’ Ethics and Responsibility
The year 2011 is a special political year in Africa. Indeed, no less than ten countries are facing major elections. In addition to the controversies and contradictory democratic debates that pit the political forces against each other in competition, worrying signs of tension are perceptible here and there. Moreover, within the framework of the WSF it is a question of taking up a position by taking steps to prevent conflicts with disastrous consequences for the states, their citizens and their assets. This workshop will focus on defining, in democratic political life, the relationships between the Executive Power and the institutions of the republic, the public goods, citizens, pressure groups, etc.
With: Mame Less Camara (CESTI/University of Dakar, Senegal), Ramatoulaye Diagne (University of Dakar, Senegal), Mame Moussé Diagne (University of Dakar, Senegal), Laye Bamba Diallo (Nouvel Horizon newspaper, Senegal), Fatou Mboup (Senegal), Penda Mbow (Citizens’ Movement/University of Dakar, Senegal).
Partner: RADDHO – African Assembly for the Defence of Human Rights.


Workshop (English/French/Spanish)
09 February 2011, UCAD, Time: 09.00 – 12.00hrs, Place du Souvenir

Meeting Point: FES Stall at UCAD (shuttle bus available)
Decent Work for Domestic Workers
Domestic Workers are exposed to the risk of exploitation and abuse reaching terrible extremes. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO) more than 100 million persons work in private households very isolated and dependent on the goodwill of their employers. Work contracts seldom exist, the access to systems of social security is limited, and their rights as employees are minimal. Furthermore, their isolation in private households makes the organization of domestic workers a challenge for trade unions. In addition as their work relationship is informal, they are often deprived of their right to form or join a union, either in law or in practice. The first half of the year 2011 is crucial to ensure that the International Labour Conference in June will adopt an ILO Convention on decent work for domestic workers.

With: Sonu Danuwar (NIDWU), Ida Le Blanc (NUDE), Vicky Kanyoka (IDWN/IUF), Ernestina Ochoa (IDWN), Myrtle Witboi (IDWN), Fatou Bintou Yaffa (CNTS, tbc), Claire Courteille (ITUC). Partners: ITUC, IDWN, IUF, GPF, Solidar.



Workshop (English/French)
9 February 2011, UCAD, Time: 12.30-15.30hrs, Place du Souvenir

Meeting Point: FES Stall at UCAD (shuttle bus available)
From the Washington Consensus to the Seoul Consensus:
More of the same or a new approach to development?

The G20 "Seoul Development Consensus for Shared Growth" is historic, as it represents the first ever development policy declaration jointly signed by leaders from the major economies from both North and South. Does the Seoul Consensus represent a "New Thinking for the Global Economy" as claimed by some? Or is it nothing else than an updated version of the discredited neo-liberal "Washington Consensus"? Our workshop will critically analyze the G20-policy recommendations and action plans on development, compare them to current policies and review them against past commitments made by the old G8.
With: Filomeno III Sta. Ana (Action for Economic Reforms, Philippines), Sascha Raabe (Member of Parliament, Germany), Oscar Ugarteche (Institute for Economic Research, UNAM, Mexico), Siphamandla Zondi (Institute for Global Dialogue, South Africa), Olga Zrihen (Member of the Senate, Belgium (tbc)).


Workshop (English/French)
9 February 2011, UCAD, Time: 12.30-15.30hrs, Place du Souvenir

Meeting Point: FES Stall at UCAD (shuttle bus available)
Social Security For All – From Social Protection to Social Development
Even though many international declarations, conventions and recommendations have acknowledged social security as a human right, the gap in implementation especially in developing countries is still considerable. The ILO’s Social Protection Floor Initiative is targeting this gap by arguing that social protection is feasible and affordable even for least developed countries. The workshop will discuss the concept of a “Basic Social Protection Floor”, and look at social protection from a human rights perspective. Challenges of social protection in the informal economy and the role of social protection as a shock absorber and automatic economic stabilizer in times of crisis will also be highlighted. Practical examples of a basic social floor through conditional and unconditional cash transfers (e.g.
Bolsa Familia, Basic Income Grant) will be presented and discussed.
With: Claire Courteille (ITUC), Couty Fall (UNDP), Bheki Nthsalintshali (COSATU South Africa), Uhuru Dempers (BIG Coalition, Namibia, tbc), Roberto Bissio (Social Watch Uruguay, tbc), Expedito Solaney (CUT, Brazil). Partners: ITUC.



Workshop (English/French)
February 10, 2011, UCAD, 09.30-12.30hrs, Place du Souvenir

Meeting Point: FES Stall at UCAD (shuttle bus available)
Ending with the Economic Partnership Agreements?
Challenges for Regional Integration in Africa

Analysis of the development of free trade reveals that Africa has not benefited from the advantages granted and that in spite of all the agreements and tariff preferences the percentage of African commerce in world commerce has diminished significantly, from 6% in 1980 to less than 2% in 2010. Since 1980, African exports have in fact increased at an average annual rate of 1.5%, while worldwide exports have increased by 5.8% per annum. Thus, Africa has lost portions of the market every year in relation to the rest of the world. The social consequences of such an economic decline are serious. In the agricultural sector, Africa has been subject to double pressure resulting both from competition from
the subsidized products from the North on African markets and from various obstacles that prevent the African products from gaining access to both their own markets and the markets of the North. This situation also largely applies to industrial products. This situation should be well analysed, taking into account the challenges of the African continent to the attainment of effective policies, particularly with regard to the negotiation of an Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union.
With: Cheikh Tidiane Dièye (ENDA, Senegal), Dot Keet (South Africa), Jacob Kotcha (Central African Negotiation Team), Jane Nalunga (East African Negotiation Team).



Workshop (English/French)
February 10, 2011, UCAD, Time: 09.30-12.30hrs, Place du Souvenir

Meeting Point: FES Stall at UCAD (shuttle bus available)
Freedom of Expression: Professional Ethics in Journalism
Ethics and deontology are the backbone of journalism since they form the basis of the social legitimacy and responsibility of the journalist while at the same time protecting him or her from all kinds of risks. Journalists have set themselves the goal of serving the public interest. Citizens and public opinion rely on them to provide them with information about issues that affect their existence. In order to achieve this goal, journalists are bound strictly to observe the standards of truth, rigour and exactness, integrity, equity and accountability. These standards, which are contained in the journalists’ charter, are the basis of the deontology and ethics of the practice of this profession. This law lays down the rights and duties, i.e. respect for the facts, protection of the freedom of information, etc.
However, practising this profession that demands the provision of good and accurate information unfortunately includes risks to the journalist. Threats, some of which are serious, develop in the relations of a journalist with the actors of the political, economic and religious worlds, etc. How can the freedom of expression and information and respect for the standards be reconciled with political governance? This workshop will attempt to find answers in an open debate on the question “What is the situation as regards the standards of the journalists’ charter in the practice of the profession of journalists in Senegal and Africa?

With: Mame Less Camara (University of Dakar, Senegal), Abdou Azizz Diop (ISSIC, Senegal). Partners : SYNPICS


Download a printable version of the complete overview of activities (in English)

Télécharger un version imprimable de l'aperçu des activités complet (en français)





The UN Social Protection Floor Initiatives:
Turning the Tide at the ILO Conference 2011

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L’Initiative pour un socle de protection sociale des Nations Unies: Renverser le cours des choses à la Conférence internationale du travail 2011

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From »Good Spirit« to Employee?
Strengthening Domestic Workers‘ Employment Rights in Latin America

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Resolving Sovereign Debt Crisis - Towards a Fair and Transparent
International Insolvency Framework
(by Jürgen Kaiser)

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Résoudre les crises de la dette souveraine - Vers un cadre international de
désendettement équitable et transparent

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Thinking ahead - Development Models and Indicators of
Well-being Beyond the MDGs
(by Jens Martens)

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Although most speakers and dates are confirmed, changes may occur. For programme updates and seminar room information, please check again here or visit our stall at the official WSF venue, where all FES activities will take place: University Cheikh Anta Diop (UCAD):




Hubert Schillinger +49-30-26935-7415, e-mail contact



Ulrike Ehnes +221 - 77 - 484 46 09
Friedrich Kramme-Stermose + 221 - 33 869.27.27, e-mail contact

The FES office is located at Villa Ebert, Avenue des Ambassadeurs, Fann-Résidence, Dakar.



Go to the official WSF website to locate venue etc.:

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