Evey year Trinity College partners with the African Heads of Diplomatic Missions located in Ireland, to host a key event to celebrate Africa Day, which is facilitated by TIDI. This event is hosted in collaboration with:

Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Ireland
Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia in Ireland
Embassy of the Republic of Kenya in Ireland
Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Ireland
Embassy of Morocco in Ireland
Ebmassy of South Africa in Ireland

 

Past Africa Day Celebrations have focused on the following themes:


25 May 2017- 'Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth'

Africa Day, which falls on 25 May annually, is the official day of the African Union and marks African unity.  In Ireland, events to mark Africa Day, celebrate African diversity and the cultural and economic potential of the continent are held around the country. Africa Day also represents an important opportunity to raise awareness of the progress which is being achieved in development, focusing the lens very much on the development challenges which remain.  For further information on Africa Day, visit: http://www.africaday.ie.The year 2017 marks the African Union’s theme ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth.’ Young people in Africa are an enormous resource for the continent’s developments and thus the African Union Heads of State and Government declared the theme for 2017 to be ‘Harnessing the Demographic Dividend through Investments in Youth’. To celebrate this day, TIDI is hosting a series of seminars. Our annual seminar, hosted in association with the African Embassies accredited to the Republic of Ireland, takes place from 14:30 - 16:45 on Thursday 25th May 2017. TIDI is also supporting two other seminars on education and young people in Africa, organised through the TCD School of Social Work and Social Policy


25 May 2016- 'The African Year of Human Rights'

The Trinity International Development Initiative (TIDI), with the support of the African Embassies accredited to the Republic of Ireland are delighted to collaborate on this conference to mark Africa Day 2016. The African Union marks 2016 as the ‘The African Year of Human Rights, with particular focus on the Rights of Women’, as well as the 35th anniversary of the adoption of the African Charter in 1981.


25 May 2015 - 'Inspiring Change: Empowering Women’s Futures in Africa'

This conference looked at key issues in gender; on how movements towards equality for women and girls has progressed globally, what the barriers are to female empowerment and gender equality and how can they be overcome and what opportunities exist in 2015 to progress the gender equality platform. Heydi Foster-Breslin, CEO of Misean Cara & Irish Human Rights and Equality Commissioner gave the opening address, which was followed by presentations from Lilian O. Ajayi, Executive Director/Founder of Global Connections For Women Foundation (GC4W) and Ambassador of Goodwill to the State of Arkansas; Faiza Mohamed, Director, Equality Now;Minna Salami, Member of Duke University's Corporate Educator Network & The Guardian Africa Network & founder of Ms. Afropolitan. Closing Address was given by H.E. Anas Khales, Ambassador of Morocco to Ireland. Prof. Martina Hennessy, Chair of TIDI and Head of Undergraduate Learning, School of Medicine, TCD chaired the event. This event was held in collaboration with the African Heads of Diplomatic Missions located in Ireland.


23 May 2014 - 'Imagining Land: Significance of Land in African Economics, Politics & Culture'.

President Michael D. Higgins gave the opening address at this conference, with key note key note speech from Prof. Howard Stein Dept. of Afroamerican and African Studies, University of Michigan. Panel Members included Gregory L. Akall, Dept. of Geography, University of Cambridge; Thomas Sommerhalter, Concern Worldwide; and Dr. Michelle D’Arcy, Dept. of Political Science, TCD. Closing Address was given by H.E. Anas Khales, Ambassador of Morocco to Ireland. Prof. Martina Hennessy, Chair of TIDI and Head of Undergraduate Learning, School of Medicine, TCD chaired the event. This event was held in collaboration with the African Heads of Diplomatic Missions located in Ireland.


24 May 2013 - 'Africa Rising: New Paradigms of Development in Post 2015 Africa'.

Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello, TD gave the opening address at this conference, with key note speeches from Prof. Adrian Hill, Director, The Jenner Institute, Oxford University; Mr. Adewale Soyingbe, Director, EMEA Trade, Citi Europe plc, Dublin; Mr. Vinay Nair, Head of International Business Development, Acumen; and Mr. Dereje Habtewold, Director, Environmental Units Programe Directorate, Ethiopian Environmental Authority. Respondent were Prof. Padraig Carmody, Dept. of Geography, TCD and Prof. Attracta Imgram, UCD School of Politics & International Relations, with H.E. Paramente Phamotse, Ambassador of Lesotho to Ireland giving the closing address. Prof. Martina Hennessy, TIDI Chair and Head of Undergraduate Learning, School of Medicine, TCD chaired the event. This event was held in collaboration with the African Heads of Diplomatic Missions located in Ireland. To listen to the podcast of the event please click here: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/itunes-u/tidi-trinity-international/id426141532?mt=10.


23 May 2012 - 'Scaling Up Agriculture: Sharing challenges and experiences of modernising agriculture in Ireland and Africa

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine Simon Coveney, TD gave the opening address, along with Minister of State for Trade and Development Joe Costello, TD and H.E. Catherine Muigai Mwangi, Kenyan Ambassador to Ireland. Panel discussions with Prof. Patrick Paul Walsh, School of Politics and International Relations, University College Dublin, Dr. Philip Damas, Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Tanzania, Ms. Lara Ladipo, Director, Partner Africa, Kenya, Dr. Carol Newman, Department of Economics, Trinity College Dublin and Mr. Kevin Friel from the Irish Dairy Board, also featured as part of this Africa Day celebration. The event was chaired by Prof. David Taylor, Department of Geography and Chair of TIDI, TCD and held in collaboration with the African Heads of Diplomatic Missions located in Ireland. To listen to the podcast of the event please click here: https://itunes.apple.com/ie/itunes-u/tidi-trinity-international/id426141532?mt=10.


25 May 2011 - 'Investing in Africa: Society, Agriculture and Enterprise'

Minister of State for Trade and Development, Jan O’Sullivan and H.E. Catherine Muigai Mwangi, Kenyan Ambassador opened this event. Speakers included: Dr. Marcela Villarreal, Director Gender, Equity and Rural Employment Division, Food and Agriculture Organisation and co-author of the FAO's recently published 'Women in Agriculture' report; Kalongo Chitengi, Zambia Country Director, Self Help Africa; Prof. Margaret Kigozi, Executive Director, Uganda Investment Authority; Dr. Eoin Gahan, Head of Trade, Environment and Survey Analysis, Forfás and Prof. Keith Palmer, Executive Chairman, AgDevCo
The conference was chaired by Charlie Bird, Chief News Correspondent, RTE. This event was held in partnership with Self Help Africa, the African Heads of Diplomatic Missions located in Ireland and proudly supported by Irish Aid. To listen to the podcast of the event please click here: https://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/tidi-trinity-international/id426141353?mt=10.


25 May 2010 - 'Food for Thought: Revitalising African Agriculture for Food Security and Poverty Alleviation'.

This conference was addressed by keynote speakers: Dr. Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa, International Food Policy Research Institute and Dr. Steven Were Omamo, Deputy Director, Policy, Planning and Strategy Division, UN World Food Programme. Justin Kilcullen, Director, Trócaire delivered the Irish response.  This event was held in collaboration with IIIS (The Institute for International Integration Studies) and the African Heads of Diplomatic Missions located in Ireland. To listen to the podcast of the event please click here: https://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/tidi-trinity-international/id426141353?mt=10.


25 May 2009 - 'Africa – Moving Forward'.

Speakers included: Dr. Louis Kasekende, Chief Economist of the African Development Bank; Ambassador Tunji Olagunju, Special Advisor to the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on NEPAD and Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power TD. This event was held in collaboration with IIIS (The Institute for International Integration Studies) and the African Heads of Diplomatic Missions located in Ireland. To listen to the podcast of the event please click here: https://itunes.apple.com/itunes-u/tidi-trinity-international/id426141353?mt=10