Celebrating 30 years!

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Welcome to the celebration of AFJN's 30th Anniversary Conference: "Justice for Africa-Justice for the World"  on March 1-3, 2013 at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana! 


Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana
President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

Emira Woods
Co-Director of Foreign Policy in Focus for the Institute for Policy Studies

And entertainment by . . .
The Rwandan-American Community of the Midwest
The conference starts Friday evening at 6pm and concludes at noon on Sunday, click here to view the schedule



Charity or Justice for Africa? Examining International Aid to Africa in the Light of Catholic Social Teaching. This workshop will examine foreign assistance in the light of Catholic Social Teaching, its impact on African people and their livelihood, how it contributes to build strong men rather than a strong society. Presenter: Aniedi Okure, OP, AFJN Executive Director

Climate Change and Its Impact on the People of Africa. Climate change is a global threat caused mainly by the developed world; the effects are staggering in Africa--how will it shape the continent and its people? Presenter: Madeleine Philbin, CRS Mid-West Regional Director.

AFRICOM: US Focus on Terrorism and Expansion of Military Activities in Africa. Specifically looking at AFRICOM's focus on terrorism and unique role as a regional command, we will examine both the impact of increased militarism, non-military security solutions, and what the U.S. can do to create a more just relationship with Africa. Presenters: Emira Woods, Co-director of Foreign Policy in Focus at the Institute for Policy Studies and Melaura Homan-Smith AFJN Specialist on Militarism

 Land Grabs and Good Investments in Africa. This session will update participants on the practice taking place by private companies, sovereign wealth funds and similar violations of the rights of African people, as well as provide examples of good land practices and investment policies. Presenter: Brother David Andrews, CSC, Senior Representative for Food and  Water Watch; Member of Nourishing the Planet's Advisory Group

Models of Restorative Justice by African Council of Elders: The Case of Rubare in the Democratic Republic Congo and Abashingantahe in Burundi. This workshop will examine how the Council of Elders in Rubare and Abashingantahe, the oldest traditional institution in Burundi, are making a difference in post-conflict resolution, violence prevention, ensuring harmony, justice and peaceful coexistence in places where ethnicity serves as the base for violence and injustice. Presenters:  Jacques Bahati, AFJN Policy Analyst & Rev. Célestin Musekura, Ph.D., President & CEO, African Leadership & Reconciliation Ministries

C.    Students as Transnational Agents of Social Change
Explores how the Center’s ISSL Program short-term service in Africa provides students with experience to become advocates for global justice on behalf of Africa in the US Presenter: Rev. Paul V. Kollman, CSC, Associate Professor of Theology,  Notre Dame, Executive Director, Center for Social Concerns, CSC

 CRS Advocates: University Students Effecting Change in US Policy Toward Africa. A workshop designed to help energize and empower students with the tools to advocate for positive policy changes toward Africa. Presenter: Rev. Robert Dowd, CSC, Director, Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, University of Notre Dame

Human Trafficking in Africa.  Human trafficking throughout Africa is becoming a growing problem with serious political and social implications. Congregations of Religious Women are leaders in the abolition of Human Trafficking. Presenter: Sister Kayula Lesa, RSC, Programme Manager, Faith & Justice, Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection in Lusaka, Zambia, Chicago Theological Union.

 The Future of Catholic Peacebuilding: Ethics and Practice.  This workshop will look forward into the theory and practice of Catholic peacebuilding on a changing global stage. Presenter: Gerard F. Powers, Professor of the Practice of Catholic Peacebuilding, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, University of Notre Dame

 Please email 30thconference@afjn.org with questions!

  • Register early (before February 1st) for $155 (this includes dinner Friday, lunch and dinner Saturday, breakfast Sunday, and all conference workshops, events and materials)
  • Notre Dame and St Mary's students may attend for free.
  • Other university students pay $85; Please inquire about student scholarships.
  • There are many options to get to Notre Dame: Fly Delta, United or US Airways to South Bend Airport, or fly into Chicago and use a bus or car rental service.  The Amtrak and Indiana South Shore Line also run trains to South Bend. 
  • Fairfield Inn by Marriott and the Inn at St Mary's are both very accessible for conference participants.