Land Grabs in Africa: Economic Growth or Re-Colonization?
Anuradha Mittal of The Oakland Institute
Thursday, May 3rd, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
At the James Irvine Foundation Conference Center at the
East Bay Community Foundation, 200 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Oakland
12th Street/City Center BART
This event is FREE and OPEN to the public
RSVP Requested: Call or email Priority Africa Network (PAN)
Tel: 510 663 2255
African countries are recording unprecedented economic growth while incomeinequity is higher than ever. The current model of economic structure is considereda success as countries compete with one another to open up their markets to foreigninvestors buying mass acres of land and extracting resources. When land is owned/leased by foreign investors, what happens to communities forced off their ancestral homes? Many are internally displacedwhile others migrate in search of better opportunities elsewhere. These considerations are challenging traditional concepts of nationhoodand sovereignty, examining historic experiences of colonialism of the past and present.
The talk will provide an overview of the reality of land grabs in Africa, based on extensive research and advocacy conducted by the OaklandInstitute. Learn about resistance from impacted communities, grassroots and national organizations in Africa, and solidarity networks.
Anuradha Mittal is founder and executive director of the Oakland Institute. Starting 2011, the Institute has unveiled land investment deals in Africa that reveal a disturbing pattern of a lackof transparency, fairness, and accountability. The dynamic relationship between research, advocacy, and international media coverage has resulted in an amazing string of successes and organizing in the U.S. and abroad.
African Immigrant Social & Cultural Services (AISCS)
African Women's Development Fund,USA
Black Alliance for Just Immigration (BAJI)
Center for African Studies, U.C. Berkeley
International Development Exchange (IDEX)
Global Fund for Women
New Field Foundation