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Event date: 16/09/2016 - 18/09/2016 Export event

Tuin van Digters

Tuin van Digters

From 16 to 18 September, the Tuin van Digters poetry festival takes place at the Breytenbach Centre in Wellington in the Western Cape. This year, Flemish poetry slammer Martijn Nelen will be part of the performance poetry programme. Martijn Nelen was a runner-up in the 2015 Belgian poetry slam championships and will be performing in South Africa for the first time. Catch his performance on 16 September at 15:00 and his poetry workshop on 17 September at 10:00. On 17 September, he also features in the Inzync Digterspaartie en Open Mikrofoon at 19:15. 

In addition to this, Professor Yves T'Sjoen (Ghent University) will be part of the Digitale Digkuns panel on 17 September at 15:45.

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Farmers union project in Malawi hailed for enhanced district coordination of activities

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Media consultant Paida Kadzakumanja recently visited two agricultural projects implemented by the Farmers Union of Malawi and funded by the Government of Flanders. After meeting with the beneficiaries, she wrote three articles about the projects.

The District Stakeholder Panels project (2013-2016) is a three-year project which aims to improve agricultural extension services in Malawi. Tamanya Haraw, the Director of Planning and Development at Mzimba District Council, recently praised the project for promoting and strengthening the participation of farmers in policy formulation and implementation at district level.  Through the creation of District Stakeholder Panels, the project brings together government, agricultural organisations and the farmers themselves. One of the innovations, introduced by the Panels, are Agriculture Fairs that provide a link to markets for the farmers, as well as keeping them informed of new technologies and improved production methods and agricultural practices.

Another project is the Sustainable Trade Project (2012-2015) focusing on capacity building of female households by increasing their incomes through the production and sale of chickens. Vulnerable women in the Mzimba District are now earning stable incomes through this breeding project. A follow up project (2015-2020) on nutrition programmes using the chicken programme as a benchmark has been awarded MK2 billion.

This article discusses the District Stakeholder Panels project.

New grant for continuation of cooperation between NYDA and Flanders

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On 2 May, the Flemish minister for Culture, Youth, Media and Sport, Sven Gatz, approved a new grant to the National Youth Development Agency. The grant goes towards the implementation of a project to promote and up-scale youth volunteering in civil society organisations in South Africa. The project seeks to cultivate an enabling environment so that youth volunteering can flourish in civil society organisations and is intended to help develop a culture of volunteering in South Africa by providing quality volunteering opportunities for young people.

Flemish development cooperation explores new direction

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On 18 April the first States-General of the Flemish development cooperation took place in Brussels. This meeting was intended as an open dialogue on how Flanders can integrate the Sustainable Development Goals into the Flemish development cooperation. Minister-president Bourgeois invited 120 stakeholders of the Flemish development cooperation for a debate. Keynote speakers Erik Solheim (Chairman of OECD / DAC) and Patrick Gomes (Secretary General of the group of ACP countries) provided the global perspective.
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