Afar Forum Conference 2018

Bridging the Gap: Current Opportunities and Challenges Facing the Afar People

The bi-annual Afar Forum Conference will be held on July 26-28, 2018, at Rue Washington 40, 1050 Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium. The conference is organized as part of the Afar Forum bi-annual conference that provides an attractive platform for exchanges of ideas and knowledge relevant to Afar people and bring various political organizations, institutions, NGOs and scholars to debate and educate in a spirit of collaboration to identify the challenges and the opportunities that could advance the Afar society and land.

The Horn Africa in general and the Afar people are facing multiple challenges. However, inherent in nearly all challenges are opportunities for renewal and transformation. Addressing current challenges offer us a chance to re-evaluate our engagement to harness the opportunities systematically. This conference is held at a moment of crisis in the region that directly impacts the social, economic and the social landscape of Afar people. Hence, forward looking and solution oriented approach shall be the central issue to be discussed.

The objectives of the 2018 Afar Forum Conference are: first, to examine challenges currently faced by the Afar people socially, economically, and politically. Thereafter, emphasize on mechanisms that enhance and facilitate identified challenges in dialog with research community, political organizations, policy makers, civil society groups and nongovernmental organizations. Second, the outcomes of the elaboration shall address the possibilities to bridge the gap between identified challenges and opportunity.

Founded in 1991 Afar Forum has grown to become a gathering place for discussion surrounding the Afar experience. Afar Forum is a civic and non-profit organization dedicated to bringing together the global Afar community to engage in being the part of the solutions in the Horn of Africa. As a nonpartisan organization Afar Forum does not subscribe to any political organization in and outside Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti. For the last 27 years Afar Forum has been advocating for and setting the agenda for peace-building, good governance, democracy, human rights, gender equality, and development in the Horn of Africa.

The Afar Forum invites scholars and concerned organizations to present a paper on Afar people in Ethiopian, Eritrea and Djibouti. The paper must be brief for 30 minutes presentation, and can be written in English or French. The paper should be mailed to: not later than June 15, 2018.
We sincerely hope you will join us and we look forward to welcoming you all.

Executive Committee
March 7, 2018


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