Africa Works! Creating new partnerships, 16-17 October 2014

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The Africa Works! conference on 16 & 17 October was a big success! More than 700 people joined us in the Holiday Inn in Leiden. The ASC and the NABC organized this international conference that brought together knowledge institutes, companies, NGOs and policymakers to create new partnerships. The keynote speech by Julia Duncan-Cassell, the Liberia Minister of Gender and Development, impressed many conference visitors. Hans Docter, Dutch Special Envoy on Ebola, received a petition that was drawn up during the conference and asked for immediate action on Ebola from the Dutch government and the EU. Rabobank's Berry Marttin gave a presentation on the Banking4food programme. The ASC's Stephen Ellis in his keynote speech considered economic growth in Africa in a broader context. Lilianne Ploumen, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, called for new partnerships during the closing ceremony and witnessed the signing of a partnership between Medical Credit Fund and Philips. Nearly forty workshops were held.

For an overview of media coverage of Africa Works, (e.g. on Nieuwsuur, RTL XL, Oneworld or in de Volkskrant), see ASC in the Media.

Did you miss the conference? Have a look at the selection of photos below, check out the photo album on Facebook or take a look at the more than 400 photos on Picasa (can be logged into with a google-account)!

ASC director Ton Dietz during the opening speech (photo Maaike Westra).

Speech by the NABC's Marina Diboma (photo Maaike Westra).

The Ambassadors' panel: Mr Karabaranga (Rwanda to the Netherlands), Ms Cuelenaere (Netherlands to Rwanda), Mr Toga (Ethiopia), Ms Remmelzwaal (NL to Ethiopia), Ms Mahase-Moila (Lesotho), Mr Koloane (South Africa), Ms Sneller (NL to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, photo Nadine Siddré).

The foyer in the Holiday Inn, venue for Africa Works! (Photo: Nadine Siddré).

At the country stands (photo Nadine Siddré).

Berry Marttin, member Executive Board Rabobank, gives a keynote speech.
(photo Nadine Siddré).

Creating new partnerships (photo Nadine Siddré).

Prof Stephen Ellis of the African Studies Centre considering economic
growth in a broader context (photo: Nadine Siddré).

Drawing up a petition to ask the Netherlands and EU for action on Ebola (photo: Nadine Siddré).

Julia Duncan-Cassell, Liberia Minister of development
(photo: Maaike Westra).

Pedzisai Maedza, winner of the Africa Thesis Award
(photo: Maaike Westra).

Marina Diboma, Minister Ploumen and Ton Dietz during the closing ceremony
(photo: Maaike Westra).