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The Rise of Africa

"Africa and theGlobal Economy: The Future of Nation Branding, Tourism and InternationalInvestment on the African Continent"

(Berlin, from09th - 12th March 2011)


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CulturalDiplomacy in Africa - A Forum for Young Leaders

"Africaand the Global Economy: The Future of Nation Branding, Tourism andInternational Investment on the African Continent"


(Berlin,from 09th - 16th March 2011)



Dear Colleagues and Friends, <br style="mso-special-character:line-break"><br style="mso-special-character:line-break">



On behalf of the ICD, I am writing to bring to yourattention the next two major programs hosted by the ICD in partnership withother leading organizations.We are currently accepting applications to attend these programs and I wouldtherefore be grateful if you could share the announcement within your networkand forward the information below on to anyone who you feel may be interestedin attending. The programs are under the patronage of Sir James Mancham,Founding President of the Republic of Seychelles and member of the ICD AdvisoryBoard Member:







The Rise ofAfrica



"Africaand the Global Economy: The Future of Nation Branding, Tourism andInternational Investment on the African Continent"



(Berlin, from 09th - 12th March 2011)



www.icd-riseofafrica.org







CulturalDiplomacy in Africa - A Forum for Young Leaders



"Africaand the Global Economy: The Future of Nation Branding, Tourism andInternational Investment on the African Continent"



(Berlin, from 09th - 16th March 2011)



www.icd-africa.org







We would also bedelighted to have you involved and to welcome you to Berlin. Thank you inadvance for your cooperation and support in raising awareness of our upcomingevent.







MarkDonfried



GeneralDirector & Founder







Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)



Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus)



Kurfürstendamm207-8 Berlin, Germany-10719



Phone:00.49.(0)30.2360-7680



www.culturaldiplomacy.org



info@culturaldiplomacy.org







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ProgramAgenda







TheRise of Africa



"Africa and the Global Economy: The Future ofNation Branding, Tourism and International Investment on the AfricanContinent"



(Berlin, from 09th - 12th March 2011)



www.icd-riseofafrica.org







As the world slowly recovers from the global financialcrisis, international economists and politicians are looking once again to thefuture. Whilst the emergence of neweconomic powerhouses in Asia and Latin America is widely agreed upon, however,the influence of the African continent on the global political economy remainsunclear. The year 2011 therefore represents an important opportunity toconsider this role, and to examine strategies that will strengthen developmentand foster growth within Africa.











ProgramBackground



The economic challenge facing Africa is unique.Despite a wealth of natural resources, large parts of the continent areunderdeveloped and face severe obstacles on their path to growth. Efforts bythe international community to support economic and societal development havehad, at best, mixed results: A lack of infrastructure, brain drain, politicalinstability, and corrupt practices by actors on both sides have weakened theimpact of these efforts. In addition to these challenges, African governmentsand companies are faced with a changing playing field brought about by thedigital revolution, the 24-hour news cycle, the financial crises, andinternational pressure to combat climate change.







Despite these challenges, progress is well being made.The hosting of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, through controversial, was asymbol of the continent’s growing prominence and should have a positivelong-term impact on tourism and investment. Micro-finance schemes have provideda unique way of combining philanthropy with profit, and there success can beseen by their recent introduction in developed countries. The changing playingfield outlined above also has its benefits, allowing the continent to ‘skip’ technologicaldevelopment stages - such as wired telecommunications.







In their efforts to foster stable economic growth,African countries will rely heavily on their ability to attract tourists andexternal investment. The image of a country abroad, its national brand, istherefore of paramount importance. As was apparent in the run-up to the SouthAfrican World Cup, African countries will have to work hard to convince oftheir security and stability. The ICD will therefore hold “The Rise of Africa”to explore the concept of nation branding, and how African governments,companies, and other stakeholders can engage with it.







“The Rise of Africa” will be held in conjunctionwith the Berlin International Economics Congress 2011. For further informationabout this event please visit www.biec.de.







Speakers



The speakers during theconferences will include leading figures and experts from internationalpolitics, academia, the diplomatic community, civil society and the privatesector, from across the world. These speakers will include a number ofindividuals from the ICD Advisory Board (for further information about theAdvisory Board please click here).







ConferenceParticipants



The conferenceparticipants will include young professionals, students and scholars, civilsociety practitioners, private sector representatives, journalists, and otherinterested stakeholders from across the world.







To apply:







http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/exp...plication-form







http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/aca...pplicationform







Certificate ofAttendance



All conferenceparticipants will be awarded an official certificate of attendance at the endof the program. This certificate will confirm attendance and provide details ofthe speakers who took part during the program and the topics discussed.







Participant Papers



The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy encouragesresearch and progressive thought into the fields of culture, globalization andinternational relations. In this regard, the ICD welcomes participants of theConference to submit papers on this subject. The papers can cover any topicwithin these fields, according to your own particular interests and passions.Participants can submit work that they have completed in the past for otherpurposes, ongoing research or a paper written specifically for the conference.Groups of students are also allowed to submit collaborative pieces of work.







SustainableNetwork



Conferenceparticipants will become part of a growing international network of people fromacross the world with different fields of interest and levels of experience,who share a commitment to intercultural exchange. Participants will be able toremain in touch with each other through the ICD Online Network.







CulturalDiplomacy in Africa - A Forum for Young Leaders



"Africaand the Global Economy: The Future of Nation Branding, Tourism andInternational Investment on the African Continent"



(Berlin, from 09th - 16th March 2011)



www.icd-africa.org







Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for YoungLeaders (CDA) is a network of young, dynamic individuals from across the world,who share an interest in the African continent. The program is based on therecognition that cultural diplomacy represents an important tool in helpingAfrica to address the challenges it currently faces. The network conductsongoing activity aimed at supporting development and strengthening relationsbetween different countries and cultural groups within Africa, and betweenAfrican and external partners.







Individuals can join the CDA Forum by taking part inone of the CDA Weeklong Seminars, which are held every 3-4 months in Berlin,Germany. Each CDA Weeklong Seminar will be focused on a specific theme relatedto the African continent and the goals of the Forum. These Weeklong Seminarsinclude lectures, seminars, and workshops lead by experts from the fields of politics,academia, and civil society, as well as cultural and social activities. Inaddition to raising awareness amongst the participants of the field of culturaldiplomacy and salient issues concerning the African continent, the week alsoprovides an opportunity to network and experience the vibrant Berlin.







Once they have joined the CDA Forum, members aresupported by the ICD in organizing leadership initiatives, conducting academicresearch, and are invited to join the ICD Online Forum - enabling them to shareinformation and communicate with likeminded individuals across the world







ConferenceParticipants



The forthcomingCDA Weeklong Seminar is open to applications from young professionals andstudents with an interest in international relations and the African region, aswell as international stakeholders from civil society, the media, the privatesector, and international politics.







To apply:







http://www.culturaldiplomacy.org/exp...plication-form







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The Institutefor Cultural Diplomacy



www.culturaldiplomacy.org







TheInstitute for Cultural Diplomacy is an international, not-for-profit,non-governmental organization with headquarters in Berlin, Germany. The goal ofthe ICD is to promote global peace and stability through strengthening andsupporting intercultural relations at all levels. Over the past decade the ICDhas grown to become one of Europe’s largest independent cultural exchangeorganizations, whose programs facilitate interaction between individuals of allcultural, academic, and professional backgrounds, from across the world.







Previous Events



Previousevents held by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacyinclude "The Future of US Foreign Policy" (Washington DC, January 4th-6[sup]th[/sup]– www.icd-usforeignpolicy.org). Speakers inthis event included the Honorable Michael Chertoff- Former UnitedStates Secretary of Homeland Security; Senator WilliamEmerson Brock III - 18th United States Secretary of Labor; Admiral James Milton Loy- FormerUnited States Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security; Former Commandant of theCoast Guard; [img]file://localhost/Users/richardhowarth/Library/Caches/TemporaryItems/msoclip/0/clip_image002.png[/img]VivianSchiller - CEO and President of NPR; Governor William Weld - Former Governor of Massachusetts and the Hon. Senator Tim Hutchinson - FormerUnited States Senator from Arkansas.







InNovember 2010 the ICD hosted “A World without Walls: An InternationalConference on Peacebuilding, Reconciliation and Globalization in anInterdependent World”, which marked the twentieth anniversary of the fall ofthe Berlin Wall (www.world-without-walls.org). Speakers in this eventincludedLord AnthonyGiddens (Baron Giddens, of Southgate) - Professor Emeritus at the London School ofEconomics; Former Director of the London School of Economics; Janez Janša - Former Prime Minister ofSlovenia; Joaquim Chissano - FormerPresident of Mozambique; Former Chairperson of the African Union; andLord Jack McConnell -Former First Minister of Scotland.







InMay 2010 the ICD hosted The International Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy 2010(www.icd-interantionalsymposium.org ). Speakers in this eventincluded Bertie Ahern - Former Prime minister of Ireland; EmilConstantinescu - ICD Advisory Board Member - Former President of Romania; Sir Malcolm Rifkind - Former ForeignSecretary of the United Kingdom; KjellMagne Bondevik - Former Prime Minister of Norway; and Dr. VairaV??e-Freiberga - ICD Advisory Board Member - Former President of Latvia.







InFebruary, 2010, the ICD hosted the Berlin International Economics Congress: AnInterdisciplinary Analysis of the Roles of Global Politics & Civil Societyin International Economics (www.biec.de).







Formore information on speakers who have attended previous ICD events, pleaseclickhere.







For any additional information please address any queries to cda@culturaldiplomacy.org







With warm regards and gratitude,







Mark Donfried



Director & Founder







Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD)



Ku´damm Karree (3rd Floor/Hochhaus)



Kurfürstendamm 207-8 Berlin, Germany-10719



Phone: 00.49.(0)30.2360-7680



Fax: 00.49.(0)30.2360-76811



www.culturaldiplomacy.org



info@culturaldiplomacy.org







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