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February 23-26, 2003
Africa and the Middle East
Advocacy Days

Washington, DC


Workshop Descriptions

Africa Track
Daily Schedule


Monday:  2:00 - 3:15 pm

1A. AIDS: Funding and treatment access

Heather Nolen, National Council of Churches / Church World Service, and Kathy McNeely, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, facilitators

How the US government can step up its commitment and response to the global AIDS crisis, with background and strategies to advocate effectively for the US financial "fair share" of the global AIDS response and for universal access to AIDS treatment

2A. Debt: An unfinished agenda

Tom Hart, Episcopal Church Office on Government Affairs and Marie Clarke Brill, Jubilee USA Network, facilitators

Given that countries that have actually completed the debt relief process of the World Bank and IMF still have "unsustainable debt," what should our emphasis be now to address what is arguably the single greatest obstacle for development in Africa?

3A. Conflict: Emphasis on resource exploitation

Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame, facilitator

Given that the links between natural resource extraction and warfare are strong, and the reports from Africa disturbing, knowing the global linkages of political violence and resource extraction is critical to our addressing the key dilemmas of warfare in Africa .

4A. Sudan: After Machakos, what?

Dan Griffin of Catholic Relief Services, facilitator

What are the prospects for peace in the Sudan after the Machakos negotiations, and how can we understand US-based advocacy at this stage?

5A. Economic Justice: African Development vs. the USA Trade Agenda

Jim Hug, Center of Concern, and Yao Graham, Third World Network, facilitators

Ethical considerations in trade and trade negotiations, and how they apply to people in Africa at the grassroots level.

6A. Development assistance: Making Sense of the Millennium Challenge Account 

Kathy Pomroy, Bread for the World, and Nancy Alexander, Citizens for Essential Services, facilitators

What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of US development assistance as foreshadowed in the US Administration's new initiative?


Monday:  3:45 - 5:00 pm (same workshops repeated)

7A. AIDS: Funding and treatment access

Heather Nolen, National Council of Churches / Church World Service, and Kathy McNeely, Maryknoll Office for Global Concerns, facilitators

How the US government can step up its commitment and response to the global AIDS crisis, with background and strategies to advocate effectively for the US financial "fair share" of the global AIDS response and for universal access to AIDS treatment

8A. Debt: An unfinished agenda

Tom Hart, Episcopal Church Office on Government Affairs and Marie Clarke Brill, Jubilee USA Network, facilitators

Given that countries that have actually completed the debt relief process of the World Bank and IMF still have "unsustainable debt," what should our emphasis be now to address what is arguably the single greatest obstacle for development in Africa?

9A. Conflict: Emphasis on resource exploitation

Carolyn Nordstrom, University of Notre Dame, facilitator

Given that the links between natural resource extraction and warfare are strong, and the reports from Africa disturbing, knowing the global linkages of political violence and resource extraction is critical to our addressing the key dilemmas of warfare in Africa .

10A. Sudan: After Machakos, what?

Dan Griffin of Catholic Relief Services, facilitator

What are the prospects for peace in the Sudan after the Machakos negotiations, and how can we understand US-based advocacy at this stage?

11A. Economic Justice: African Development vs. the USA Trade Agenda

Jim Hug, Center of Concern, and Yao Graham, Third World Network, facilitators

Ethical considerations in trade and trade negotiations, and how they apply to people in Africa at the grassroots level.

12A. Development assistance: Making Sense of the Millennium Challenge Account 

Kathy Pomroy, Bread for the World, and Nancy Alexander, Citizens for Essential Services, facilitators

What are the potential benefits and pitfalls of US development assistance as foreshadowed in the US Administration's new initiative?


Joint workshop
(open to Africa and Middle East track participants)

Monday: 2:00 - 3:15

1J) Terrorism and US policy toward the Middle East and Global South

Jim Matlack, American Friends Service Committee, facilitator

Here is an opportunity for participants to share in an open discussion of the preoccupation of the United States with terrorism and national security and its implications for the needs and hopes of peoples in the Middle East and Global South

Monday, 3:45 - 5:00 pm

2J) Terrorism and US policy toward the Middle East and Global South (repeated)

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