The TICAD People's Forum: New Horizon of Africa and Japan

Africa Japan Forum (AJF) works with African People for African People's better life.

In 2016, the Tokyo International Conference on Africa Developme nt (TICAD) celebrates its first convention in Africa. Throughout the past TICAD conferences, the African and Japanese civil societies have advocated for policies that deliver the voices of the African people and that achieve TICAD that truly serves the citizens of Africa. The TICAD People’s Forum brings together representatives of the African civil society to introduce the activism they have been committed to in the run-up to the TICAD VI.

Africa is the great continent of diversity and dynamics. During the two-day sessions, we will draw upon grassroots knowledge and discuss with the African civil society representatives active in Af rica and the Japanese experts on Africa, and will put together a joint polic y proposal for the TICAD VI.

Come and feel the momentum of Africa and TICAD VI!

Learn Africa in Seminars

Discussions with the African & Japanese researchers and NGO members, on Africa's health and environmental issues, peace-building and more.

Feel the Dynamics of Africa

Youth activist embodying passion for Africa; African citizens living in Japan bridging the two origins; and other diverse speakers introduce Africa to you.

Enjoy the African Food

Chef Emile offers the rare Burkinabe cuisine in a 500-yen bento lunch box! Hibiscus juice and other side menus also for you to enjoy.

Open 2016.3.19(Sat) ⇒ 20(Sun): 10:00am-5:30pm (Venue opens at 9:30am on both days.)
Venue Waseda Hoshien Student Christian Center: 5 min walk from Waseda Station, Tokyo Metro To-zai Line/ 8 min walk from Nishi-Waseda Station, Tokyo Metro Fukutoshin Line
Entry Fee 500YEN for 15 years old and senior; ticket valid for either one-day or both days entry Entry Reservation: Book your entry tickets at the Japan Citizen’s Network for TICAD website


Day 1 - 3.19 (Sat)

Opening Session [10:00-12:00] 2016 the Year of TICAD VI:New Horizon of Africa and Japan
• Keynote Speech "Dialogue Opened: From the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet"... Mr. Abderrazak BEN HAJ ZEKRI (Executive Director, Tunisian Human Rights Defenders League)
• African Journey ... Mr. Atsushi SHIBUYA Photographer
Thematic Session 1 [13:00-14:30] Environment and Living of the African People
• Environment and the Sustainable Development Goals ... Ms. Tomoko HOSHINO (Vice Executive Director, Environmental Partnership Council)
• Climate Change in Africa ... Mr. Mithika MWENDA (Secretary General, Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA))
• Environment and life of African people ... Dr. Yukino IWAI (Professor, Waseda University)
The Power of Youth in Africa and Japan [14:45-15:50] • Working with African and Japanese Youth ... Ousmane SANKHON (Ambassador Assistant, the Republic of Guinea)
• Japanese Drum Concert in Togo ! ... Mikuni YAMAE (Graduate Student) and other
Thematic Session 2 [16:00-17:30] Women and Youth: Next Generation of Africa
• Employment of Women and Youth in Africa ... Ms. Mitsuko HORIUCHI (President, Child Labour Network)
• Women’s Empowerment in Africa ... Ms. Maungo MOOKI (Secretary General, Development Diversity Services)
• Youth Employment and Child Labour ... Mr. Akira KONDO (Ghana Project Manager, ACE)

Day 2 - 3.20 (Sun)

Thematic Session 3 [10:00-12:00] The Sustainable Development Goals in Africa
• The SDGs and Japan ... Mr. Masaki INABA (Executive Director, GCAP Japan (Ugoku/Ugokasu))
• The SDGs and Africa ... Ms. Florence SYEVUO (Executive Director, GCAP Kenya (Global Call to Action Against Poverty))
• Food and Agriculture in Africa and SDGs ... Ms. Naoko Tsuyama (President, Africa Japan Forum)
Thematic Session 4 [12:30-14:00] Conflict and Reconciliation in Africa
• Conflict and Peace Building in Africa ... Dr. Willibroad Dze-NGWA (Executive Director, African Network against Illiteracy, Conflict and Human Rights Abuses)
• Elections and Conflicts: Towards Democracy and Overcoming Violence ? Reports from Burkina Faso ... Mr. Oumarou Paul KOALAGA (Executive Director, ONG - Diplomatie et Paix Internationales)
  Mr. Shinichi TAKEUCHI (commentator) (Director General, Institute of Developing Economies, JETRO)
Bridging Between Africa and Japan [14:15-15:45] • Nigerian Community in Japan .... Mr. Kennedy Fintan NNAJI (President, Nigerian Union Japan)
• Ghanaian Community in Japan .... Mr. Kwasi kyei Amoabemg (Former President, Council of Ghana Association)
• People's Cooperation/ Ethiopia and Japan ... Mr. Tasfaye GELAYE (President, NPO Ethiopian Future Children)
• Africa Heritage Festival in Japan ... Mr. Tony JUSTICE (President, Africa Heritage Committee)
Closing Session [14:15-15:45] Dialogue Between Civil Society and TICAD VI Coorganizers
• Civil Society’s Proposal for TICAD VI ... Dr. Mountaga TOURE (TICAD Consultant, Goureli Conseils)
• Prospects of the Japanese Government and Coorganizers for TICAD VI
• Action Plans by the Civil Society ... Mr. Masaki INABA (Board Member, Japan Citizen’s Network for TICAD (Afri-Can))

Organised by : Japan Citizen's Network for TICAD (Afri-Can), Africa Japan Forum
Supported by : Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), World Bank Group, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Tokyo Office, United Nations Information Centre (UNIC), Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs
*This event is funded by the Global Industrial and Social Progress Research Institute

Contact: Japan Citizen's Network for TICAD (Afri-Can) Secretariat Office
(c/o) Africa Japan Forum Maruko Bldg. 3rd Floor, 1-20-6 Higashi-Ueno, Taito-ku Tokyo 110-0015 Japan
Tel: +81-(0)3-3834-6902 Fax: +81(0)3-3834-6903   e-mail: Website:

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