Interdisciplinary event »African experience« (27 February 2012) on development, migration and gender equality from pan-African perspective and on reconciliation processes in Rwanda and South Africa started with the lecture Options for positive development, immigration and gender equality in Africa: a utopian dream or a possible objective? by prof. Gertrude Fester from South Africa currently lecturing at the Centre for Gender, Culture and Development in Rwanda. After the lecture, the projection of documentary film by prof. Vlasta Jalušič from the Peace Institute Save yourself? The life of a development project in Rwanda have been presented followed by the discussion on the reconciliation process in Rwanda (the case of gachacha courts) and in South Africa (the case of truth and reconciliation commission) with Vlasta Jalušič, Gertrude Fester and Vestine Mutangampundu, member of Nyamirambo Women’s Centre from Rwanda.
Round table discussion »What are we ‘developing’ in the concept of development cooperation and what is the role of migration?« (28 February 2012) discussed the understanding of the concepts of development and international development cooperation, which is more and more present also in Slovenian public discourse, and which officially represents the assistance that “developed countries” – countries of the global “centre” or “North” are donating to the political, economic and social development of the “developing countries” – countries of the global “periphery” or “South”. Speakers were: Vlasta Jalušič from the Peace Institute, Ljubljana, Franci Zlatar from Slovene Philanthropy, Ljubljana, Nikolai Jeffs from the Faculty of Humanities Koper and Gertrude Fester from Centre for Gender, Culture and Development from Rwanda. The discussion was moderated by Maja Ladić from the Peace Institute, Ljubljana.