Foundation for Democracy In Africa
 
 
 
     
 

AfrICANDO 2008

Promoting The Use of Appropriate Technology for Rural Community Development in Africa

September 17 – 20, 2008

Conference Agenda

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

 

Conference Registration and Exhibition Setup

MDC  North Campus
William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre Lobby

6:30 pm – 9:30 pm


7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

 

 

 

Welcome Reception
 Official Opening of the Conference

Mistress of Ceremony:
Malou Harrison, Dean of Students, Miami Dade College North Campus

Welcome Remarks:
Honorable Wayne Slaton, Mayor, Miami Lakes
Commissioner Mary Collins, Miami Lakes

Proclamation

Remarks:
Mr. William D. Talbert III, CDME, President and CEO, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Vote of Thanks:
Dr. Gershwin Blyden, Director, Institute for Democracy in Africa

Sponsored by: Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau

Shula’s Hotel & Golf Club
Grand Slam Ballroom

Thursday, September 18, 2008

8:00 am – 9:00 am

 

9:00am – 5:00 pm

9:00 am – 10:30 am

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by: Miami Dade College North Campus

Exhibits Open and Registration continues

Opening Ceremony/Welcome Remarks

Master of Ceremony:

Welcome Remarks:
Mr. Fred Oladeinde , President, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa                     
Dr. Jose Vicente, President, Miami Dade College, North Campus
Mr. J.A.”Tony” Ojeda, Jr., Executive Director, The Jay Malina International Trade Consortium (ITC)

 Remarks:
Honorable Carlos Alvarez, Mayor, Miami Dade County
Commissioner Dennis C. Moss, Chairman Health and Public Safety Committee  Commissioner Natasha Seijas, Chairman Jay Malina International Trade Consortium; Commissioner Audrey M Edmonson, Chairman, Economic Development
Dr. Sarah E. Moten, Chief Education Division, Africa Bureau, USAID

Keynote Speech:
Dr. Toga McIntosh, Former Minister of Planning and Economic Affairs, Republic of Liberia

MDC North Campus
Atrium

William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre
Room 5120

10:30 am – 10:45am

Coffee Break and Networking

Sponsored by: The Western Hemisphere African Diaspora (WHADN)

Atrium

10:45 am –12:15 pm

Plenary Session I: Energy usage- Regional Synergies and Indigenous Knowledge and Cooperation – What makes Sense?  Access to reliable, affordable and safe energy is fundamental to development. The more developed an economy is, the more energy per unit of economic output it will need to function properly. Fuel and Power Supply are very expensive yet very necessary to sustain life in the developing countries - for cooking, heating, lighting, communication and for income generation. Significant number of Africans lack access to electricity, modern fuels for cooking and heating and relied more on wood, etc. The cost of energy import, takes away from healthcare, education and infrastructure development in Africa. Low cost energy efficient, simple and appropriate technology such as renewable energy will be one of the solution, allowing for an improved, cleaner cooking fuels, reduced indoor and urban air pollutions, decrease related respiratory illnesses, reduces infant mobility and mortality due to the inhaling of smoke from firewood used for cooking. Therefore, the use of renewable energy such as solar and bio fuel will absolutely help in reducing poverty in rural community of Africa.

Chair: Dr. Ing. Lionel F. Lopez, Country Director, Techno Serve

Panelists:

  • Mary Graham, Executive Director, Practical Small Projects, Inc.
  • Dr. Getachew Tikubet* Institute for Integrated Biofarm Enterprise (East Africa)
  • Dr. Susan H. Skemp, Executive Director, Center of Excellence in Ocean Energy Technology, FAU
  • Mr. J. L. Martinez, Sr. Director Project Development, FPL

William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre
Room 5120

12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

LUNCH

Keynote Speaker:  David Peebles, ETH Bioenergy, Inc.
Keynote Address: Investing in Bio-energy in Africa

Sponsored by: Miami International Airport (MIA)

Executive
Dining Room

 

 

2:15 pm – 4:15 pm

Master of Ceremony:  Marie Etienne, Professor, Miami Dade College North Campus
Plenary Session II: Health, Water and Agriculture: Diseases prevent millions of people in Africa from leading a productive life. Access to potable water and sanitation prevents systemic diseases such as diarrhea, malaria and reduces medical expenses. Therefore, the use of appropriate technology in developing low – cost solutions to several health problems in Africa is required. Agriculture is central to economic development in Africa.
Africa will need to capitalize on her natural resources to stimulate economic growth and development in the continent. The use of water pump powered by solar and human energy is also necessary in the rural areas of Africa as a low – cost micro – irrigation tools to extend the growing seasons for small scale farmers, thus resulting in crop yield and increase income. This can be one of the most effective ways for the rural poor to emerge from poverty..

Water and Agriculture – The Role of Appropriate Technology to improve water usage and conservation 

Chair:  Mr. George Dunlop, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army
            (Civil Works)

Panelists:

  • Major Shannon Beebe, Senior Africa Analyst, Office of the United States Army Deputy Chief of Staff, Intelligence

 

 

William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre
Room 5120

4:30 pm – 5:45 pm

Plenary Session III: Using Education to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS in Africa and Expand Treatment in Rural Communities throughout Africa: Using education to fight diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria should be of interest to educators. Today, education is being used as a tool for social and economic empowerment. And we believe that education must be used to control and contain the geometrical spread of HIV/AIDS, especially among peoples of African descent. Africans believe that good health is wealth, therefore, the use of appropriate technology to enhance this method of educating citizens is  imperative.   

Chair: Marie Etienne, Professor, Miami Dade College North Campus

Panelists:

  • Dr. Deborah Homes, Aids Health Foundation, Magic Johnson Healthcare Center
  • Daniel Whitman, Foreign Service Officer, US Department of State
  • Anthony Okonmah, Executive Director, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa

William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre
Room 5120

 6:00 pm

Back to the Hotel / Dinner on your own

Friday, September 19, 2008

8:30 am – 9:30 am

 

9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Registration and Continental Breakfast

Sponsored by: Institute for Democracy in Africa

Exhibits Open and Registration continues

MDC North Campus
Atrium

 

 

9:30 am –10:45 am

 

 

 

Master of Ceremony: Dr. Joseph D. McNair, Professor, Miami Dade College

Plenary Session IV:  Roundtable on Universal Primary Education (UPE): Using education to fight poverty. Education is a tool for social and economic empowerment. A disproportionate number of Africans, especially women living in rural communities in Africa are marginalized and lack access to basic education. The use of appropriate technology such as portable microfilm libraries, wireless networks, and gaining access to the internet via satellite or low- cost broadband and light-emitting diodes to conduct community classes in health, agriculture, literacy education for the adults and using simple solar operated laptop computers and projectors to teach children in the rural community in Africa.

Remarks: Becky Norton Dunlop, Vice President External Relations, The Heritage Foundation
 
Keynote SpeakerDr. Sarah E. Moten, Chief Education Division, Africa Bureau, USAID

Chair: Wilbert “Tee Holloway, Member, Miami-Dade County School Board, District 1*

Panelists:

  • Dr.  William Salifu, Vice President, Cuttington University, Liberia
  • Dr. Jacques L. Bonefant, Florida Memorial University

 

 

William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre
Room 5120

10:45 am –11:00 am

 

Coffee Break

Sponsored by:  Enterprise Florida

Atrium

 11:15 am –12:00 pm

 

 

Plenary Session V: Roundtable on: Addressing the issues of, Orphan and Vulnerable Children (OVC), illegal Child labor and Child Trafficking, in rural communities. Children need to be rescued from traffickers and should put a stop to human slavery and child labor, especially among the Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Africa.

ChairDr. Bill Jong- Ebot, Associate Professor, Florida Memorial University

Panelists:

  • Ms. Natia Kvitsiani, International Organization on Migration (IOM), Accra, Ghana
  • Carmen Morris, Founder, Sanctuary of Moses Ministries, Cotonou, Republic of Benin

 

William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre
Room 5120

12:15 pm – 2:00 pm

 

LUNCH

Keynote Speaker:
Traver Gruen – Kennedy, Chairman and CEO, Eco Energy Corporation

Sponsored by: The Jay Malina International Trade Consortium

Executive
Dining Room

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2008
(Concurrent Session)

 

 9:00 am – 9:30 am

 

9:30am –10:45 am

 

11:00 am  -11:30 pm

 

 

 
11:30 am – 12:00 pm

12:15 pm

 

Dr. Rev. Robert B. Ingram Youth Leadership Program

Registration

 

Youth will participate in Plenary Session IV on Education

 

Youth Panel: “ Using Education to Fight Poverty in the 21st Century” – A Myth or Reality

Chair: Erhabor Ighodaro, Miami Dade Public Schools

Speaker: Dr. Joseph Mc Nair, Professor, Miami Dade College

Lunch

Youth Program Concludes

Sponsored by: The Institute for Democracy in Africa

 

William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre

 

 2:15 pm - 4:15 pm

 

 


Master of Ceremony:

 Plenary Session VI: Roundtable on Transportation & Road Construction in the Rural Community: Access to markets in urban communities sustain rural economies, without road linkages between the rural communities and urban markets, the lifeline of rural citizens are curtailed and the harvest of their hard labor does not translate to wealth and economic empowerment. Lack of transportation linkage, year round also result in loss of potential income for the rural poor particularly for seasonable perishable commodities that go to waste despite the high demand in urban communities and export markets. The lack of transportation access to rural communities also limit, sometimes discourage investments in value addition small and medium businesses in rural communities. The ability to expand road access to markets is primary to addressing the poverty issues in Africa. This panel will look at technologies and inventions that will reduce the cost of building roads in rural communities in Africa, thereby facilitating market access and subsequent economic activity in the rural community.

Chair: Fred Oladeinde, President, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa
Panelists:

  • Reducing cost to increase road linkages: Steronica Dunston, International Transportation, Specialist, US DOT, Office of International Transportation & Trade
  • Public Private Partnerships cooperation to finance road construction: Bryant Salter, Enterprise Florida
  • Using consolidation models to facilitate transportation systems:  Speaker: TBA

 

 

William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre
Room 5120

4:30 pm

6:00 pm

Bus Departs Miami Dade College for Shula’s Hotel (Optional)

Bus Departs Shula’s Hotel for Miami Dade College North Campus

6:00 pm  - 7:00 pm

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

 

Pre Gala Reception

Gala Awards Dinner

Special Guests and Honorees:
 Mr. Manny Mencia, US-Africa Trade Development Award 2008
 Dr. Sarah E. Moten, Medal of Glory  (MOG) 2008

Chair:  Honorable Dennis E. Moss, Chair Health and Public Safety Committee

Master of Ceremony:

Invocation:

Welcome Remarks:
Fred O. Oladeinde, President, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa

Presentation of U.S.-Africa Trade Development Award: Mr. Manny Mencia
 Honoree Remarks: Mr. Manny Mencia

 Presentation of MEDAL OF GLORY Award: Dr. Sarah E. Moten
Honoree Acceptance Speech: Honorable Sarah E. Moten, (MOG)

Vote of Thanks:
Anthony D. Okonmah, Executive Director, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa

Awards Ceremony Adjourned

Miami Dade College
North Campus
Executive
Dining Room

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2008

7:30 am – 8:30 am

 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

9:00 am – 11:00 am 

 

11:15 am –12:30pm

 

 

 

 

Exhibits Setup 
 
African Market Exhibition: Arts/Crafts, Book show,  and Cultural Performances
Health Fair, Music and Cultural Entertainment, Book Show and Signing

Master of Ceremony:

Workshop I: African and African – Derivative religion and spirituality describe the value sets, beliefs and practices drawn from ancient indigenous faiths of sub- Sahara African peoples. However, African spiritual traditions in the Diaspora for the most part, is known to be derived from major cultures in ancestral Africa, such as the Yorubas of Nigeria, Benin, etc. Today, scholars are publishing books on the African Religion. The authors will discuss the content of their books in the setting of the African Oral Traditional literature. 

Chair:   Babalawo Charles L. Stewart III, Ifatokun Awolola
Authors:

  • Dr. Joseph McNair, Professor, Miami Dade College, Book Title:  “O Se S ango”
  • Dr. Mercedes Cros Sandoval, Professor Emeritus, Miami Dade College, Book Title:  Worldview, the Orichas, and Santeria: Africa to Cuba and Beyond
  • Chief Adedoja Aluko, Book Title: Sixteen Major Odu Ifa from Ile Ife
  • Ms. Jessica Alarcon, Book Title: (RE) Writing Osun
  • Mr. Preston Allen, Book Title: All or Nothing
  • Mr. Sam Grant, Book Title: The Opposite Sex: A Graphic Novel
  • Mr. Geoffrey Philp, Book Title: Grandpa Sydney’s Anancy Stories

William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre
Room 5120

 

 

 

 

 

12:45 pm -  1:15 pm 
 
1:30 pm  - 3:00 pm

 

 

 

 

 
3:00 pm – 3:30 pm

3:30 pm  

Cultural Entertainment

 Western Hemisphere African Network: Supporting Nation Building Efforts in Africa
Chair: Fred Oladeinde, President, The Foundation for Democracy in Africa
Panelists:

  • Liberia Center
  • International Organization on Migration (IOM)
  • African Development Foundation
  • DRC
  • Cameroon

Conference Report and Recommendations

Cultural Performances continue

William and
Joan Lehman
Theatre
Room 5120

 

 

 

  

Atrium


 

 

 

 
 

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