On September 5th, Right Livelihood Award Laureate Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal (RLA Laureate 1982) and Glorene Das, representative of Tenaganita (Irene Fernandez, RLA Laureate 2005), were invited to a public panel discussion at the historic Old City Hall in Bonn to talk about their work as activists. The topic of the panel discussion revolved around Human Rights and the Empowerment of the Marginalized and was organized by a cooperation of the Centre for Development Research, Working group for Development Services and the City of Bonn. The discussion was facilitated by Dr. Merjam Wakili from the Deutsche Welle. The two panelists talked about the challenges and success of their organizations fighting against Human Rights abuses.
Glorene Das shared some of the stories working for women migrants and trafficked people in Malaysia, stressing the importance of involving companies in their work to ensure the implementation of gender policies. Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal shared experiences of his long work history for the protection of consumer rights in Asia. You can watch the full discussion here:
RLC Workshop on Human Rights
From 3th to 8th of September, more than 20 PhD students from various countries participated in the RLC workshop on Human Rights and the Empowerment of the Marginalized in Bonn. The workshop was a co-operation between the RLC and the Association for the Development Services (AGdD) of which also 10 returnees joined the workshop. Furthermore, two scholarship students of the Institute for International Cultural Relations (ifa) also attended. The workshop was accompanied by RLA Laureate Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal and Glorene A. Das (Tenaganita Malaysia) sharing their expertise and experiences with the PhD students.
In the course of the program, the participants presented, discussed and analyzed case studies of participatory empirical research in a cohesive transdisciplinary way, benefitting from each other’s expertise. The workshop’s program also included a public panel discussion with both Glorene A. Das and Prof Dr. Anwar Fazal at the historic Old City Hall in Bonn, sharing insights into their work as activists, discussing challenges and achievements.
Due to dangerous circumstances, the human rights lawyer Raji Sourani is working under in Gaza Strip, he was not able to attend the Workshop, unfortunately.
In cooperation with the Bonn based “Association of German Development Services” (AGdD), the RLC Campus Bonn organised an international workshop focusing on research and practice concerned with human rights and marginalized people in Asia and Africa. From September 3-8, 2016, concepts and approaches of human rights, empowerment and marginalization were discussed in applied development contexts. Three Laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize” have confirmed their participation, namely:
On June 4-9, 2016, 25 young researchers from nine countries worked together with distinguished scientists, practitioners and a RLA Laureate representative on sustainable agricultural with a focus on smallholders in rural areas in Africa, Southern Asia and Latin America.
Key notes were given by Dr. David Amudavi, Director of Biovision Africa Trust in Nairobi, Kenya (RLA awarded organisation), Mr. Thomas Cierpka (Deputy Director of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements, IFOAM), Dr. Wolfram Laube (Senior Researcher at ZEF), and Dr. Irene Kadzere ( Senior Researcher at the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Fibl, in Switzerland). During the intense workshop sessions, the workshop participants presented and discussed their research in a cohesive transdisciplinary way by building on each participants’ expertise and experience. The workshop sessions were facilitated by Mr. Laurens van Feldhuizen, Royal Tropical Institute , KIT, in The Netherlands).
The workshop sessions and key notes were imbedded in a series of scientific and cultural outbreak events, such as an excursions to an organic farm, to the German Historic Museum and Botanic Gardens of the University of Bonn.
[Update] Please watch the key note by Dr. David Amudavi (Director of RLA awarded organisation Biovision Africa Trust) here:
From September 26 until October 1, 2015, 18 young researchers from ten different countries worked together with representatives of two awarded human rights organisations at the Right Livelihood College Campus in Bonn. The workshop focused on research and education on human rights in Asia and Africa as well as on practical concepts and approaches to empower marginalized social groups. Case studies of participatory empirical research were presented, discussed and analyzed in a cohesive trans-disciplinary way by building on each participant’s expertise and experience.
Next to that, Sakina Qasimi of the Gawharshad Institute of Higher Education in Kabul (Afghanistan) and Ovais Sultan Khan, working for the Lokayan Network based in New Delhi (India), were invited as experts to participate in the public talk in the historic Old City Hall in Bonn.
During the workshop ‘Food security and sustainable agriculture: The future of smallholder farmers?’ which was organized by RLC Bonn in June 2015, a public panel discussion in the Old City Hall Bonn, took place. The panel discussion “Who will feed the World? Global Agriculture between Population Growth, Business, Sustainability, and Poverty” was led by Mirjam Gehrke of Deutsche Welle Academy and offered a platform to
Dr. Hans R. Herren (Right Livelihood Award-Laureate (“Alternative Nobel Prize”), President of the Millennium Institute and President of Biovision), Dr. Stephan Krall (German Corporation for International Cooperation (GIZ))
Timo Beiermann (Food First Information und Action Network (FIAN)) and to a well attended audience.
Between May 30 and June 4, scientists, practitioners and 27 PhD students from 15 different countries participated in an international workshop at the Right Livelihood College (RLC) in Bonn.
The workshop focused on the role of smallholder farmers in rural areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America, and future pathways for a more sustainable agriculture. Inputs were presented, discussed and analysed in a cohesive transdisciplinary way, thus building on each participant’s expertise and experience. Right Livelihood Award Laureate Hans Herren, one of the world’s leading experts on sustainable and organic agriculture and President of the Millennium Institute (Washington DC), shared his expertise and knowledge with both researchers and the public.
The workshop was embedded in a variety of social and cultural side-events and was kindly supported by DAAD and the Robert Bosch Foundation.