Africa: African Knowledge Hub Launched

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Knowledge Management Africa (KMA) has launched the Knowledge Hub at its second biennial conference in Nairobi, Kenya. This Knowledge Hub, according to information from the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA), will serve as a central point of access to all information and knowledge management, services and products and all development related topics in Africa. It is intended to be a central depository of Knowledge and Information on all development related topics in Africa.

Speaking at the conference, Paul Baloyi, DBSA Chief Executive Officer said, "The hub will provide users throughout the African continent with access to reliable and efficient information. Our intention with the hub is to encourage users to use knowledge-based information in their decision-making on issues related to, amongst others, health, education, tourism, poverty and communication".

KMA initiative is intended to promote knowledge as an enabler for African development. It facilitates the harnessing of knowledge to improve development outcomes in Africa in the socio-economic spheres. KMA also encapsulates an undertaking to support relevant research from institutions based in Africa.

The conference forms an integral part of these initiatives by bringing together key partners from around the continent to share their best practices.

"We encourage academics and researchers to not only use the hub to access information, but to register their case studies so that users can have access to valuable information", said Snowy Khoza, DBSA Executive Manager and Chairperson of KMA.

The KMA plans to work with various other development agencies to promote the development of infrastructure, as well as play a role in addressing the challenges of endemic diseases such as HIV and Aids, Malaria and Tuberculosis.

"We need to emphasise the need to develop Africa, eradicate poverty and reverse dependency. DBSA is making efforts to address these challenges including the development of human capacity and developing innovative technologies that are sustainable and suitable for Africa," concluded Baloyi.

The KMA conference took place in Nairobi, Kenya from 17th to 19th July 2007.

(The Voice (Francistown), 24 July 2007)

§ Africa Broadcasting and Media Congress 2007 (29 October – 2 November 2007 – Johannesburg, South Africa)

The Africa Broadcasting and Media Congress 2007, (29 October – 2 November 2007) is committed to improving technology, service and ROI in this rapidly evolving African market. Bringing together leading companies with senior decision makers and helping to drive African broadcasting and media into the 21st century and beyond.

By popular demand the Africa Media and Broadcasting Congress 2007 is proud to add an extra IPTV masterclass to the event. This separately bookable day will provide you with some essential insight into IPTV as well as its potential for the African continent.

www.terrapinn.com/2007/mediaza

(t) +27 11 516 4016
(f) +27 11 707 8342
(e) evashnee.pillay@terrapinn.co.za

§ People to People – Documentary Conference event (13th-15th September, Atlas Studios, Johannesburg, South Africa)

An exciting new initiative in the Southern African documentary film industry is to be inaugurated in September this year, the PEOPLE to PEOPLE International Documentary Conference. Scheduled for the 13, 14 and 15 September at Atlas Studios in the precinct of Stanley Avenue in Johannesburg, PEOPLE to PEOPLE is South Africa’s first full scale, dedicated documentary conference event.

“This is a pioneering event for the industry,” says Rehad Desai of the 3 Continents Film Festival, one of the organisations behind the conference. “It is a timely indication of the growth and development of the local industry”.

The high profile and well established festivals, the 3 Continents Film Festival and the Encounters South African International Documentary Festival, together with the Southern Africa Communications for Development (Sacod), a long standing network of industry practitioners from 11 southern African countries, are the joint initiators of the conference. “To be able to host an international documentary conference presupposes a certain level of national industry development,” Desai says, “including in financing, production, creativity, exhibition, global industry interaction and social engagement”.

“The conference takes forward the work of our respective organisations to fulfill the critical role of documentary film in the South”.

Filmmaker Feizel Mamdoo, appointed as the director of the inaugural conference, says that international experience has shown the documentary conference “as an event to uniquely support the development of the genre and its role in engaging the interests and concerns of society”.

“PEOPLE to PEOPLE aims to do so even more pointedly,” he says, “driven by the pressing concerns of the South and its lived consequence for documentary filmmakers of the South”.

A central tenet of the conference is to promote relationships and resulting opportunities between filmmakers across the world, in particular between the resource deficient countries of the South.

Conditions in the South, the organizers say, “for democracy, development and a more equitable word order”, and conditions globally “to stem the demonization of and polarization between peoples,” compel an ever-important role by documentary film. The conference aims to build fraternal relations “between the peoples of the world on the basis of a critical consciousness”.

A stimulating conference programme will see delegates engage the financial, organisational, infrastructural, craft and subject concerns of the genre. While participants are still being confirmed, leading personalities are billed to participate in a feast of panel discussions, debates and master classes.

Programme highlights include:

- A keynote address to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the death in detention of Steve Biko on the value of his thinking for self-referential documentary filmmaking in the South;

- instructive sessions, including master classes, across the full spectrum of the production value chain;

- an interrogation of the ground-breaking National Indigenous Television Channel (NITV) launched recently in Australia;

- a roundtable on South Africa’s national debate, crime, with reference to Mick Davies’ thought provoking “The Choir”;

- consideration of Chavez, Venezuela and the shutting down of the county’s most popular TV network;

- testimonies of repressive social, political and legislative conditions under which documentary is produced, particularly in the South;

-a devil’s advocate provocation on the validity of the 1960s “Africa Addio” representation of Africa following decolonisation;

- promotion of the negotiation between SA industry organisations and the SABC on Intellectual Property;

- an exploration of filmmaking as a spiritual experience;

In concept and design the conference seeks consciously to promote public access and interaction between peoples. Strategies for this include the dynamic setting and use of conference space at Atlas Studios, which is in the precinct of the new city regenerative developments at Stanley Avenue, and the offer of accommodation to visiting guests in the homes of local filmmakers and community members.

The conference, to be held every two years, is timed to coincide alternately with the 3 Continents Film Festival in September and, Encounters South African International Documentary Festival in June.

To register contact:
Lavinia Jonasi
Conference Administrator

Cell: +27 (0)76 909 6555
Tel: +27 (0)11 403 8416 / 8471 / 8472
Fax: +27 (0)11 403 8474
info@sacod.org.za

§ 9th annual PAMRO Meeting and All Africa Media Research Conference (Club Makokola in Malawi on August 19)