Several powerful figures in Kenya’s political left are expected to converge today in Nairobi for a seminar on neoliberal globalization. The meeting atÂ Mother Theresa van Miert Retreat House, SFIC Sisters, Mukinduri Garden, near Bomas of Kenya, brings together academics, political activists, civil society members and students of political economy and social justice leanings.
Among key discussants include long time university lecturer and political detainee Prof Akang’o Oyugi, Civil Society activist Davinder Lamba and Human Rights defender Wafula Buke.
Others include Mwamndawiro Mgagha, Onyango Oloo, Gachiri Gacheke, Oduor Ong’wen, Dickson Korir, Jamilla Mohammed, Omukuti Humphrey and Booker Ngesa.
The seminar has been organized by IBON International, a Phillipines Non-profit organization. It will focus on neoliberal globalization and the forces that keep the system alive such as financialization , capital accumulation and the crisis of capitalism for democracy and development in the global south.
IBON initiates and implements international programs, develops and hosts international networks, initiates and participates in international advocacy campaigns, and establishes regional and country offices. IBON strengthens links between local campaigns and advocacies to international initiatives.
At the national and sub-national levels, IBON brings development issues from the international arena in a way that peoplesâ€™ organizations and social movements can engage with them.
At the regional and international levels, IBON organizes and co-sponsors parallel and alternative civil society events that engage with those sponsored by governments and international organizations. The main objective of IBON in such activities is to provide a venue for CSOs to express and build consensus around their concerns and demands, engage official processes meaningfully and forge cooperation for strengthened campaigns.