Who We Are

Afrodescendant Population of Latina America
The afrodescendants, which represent about 20 to 30% of the population in Latin America, experience disproportionate levels of poverty anof the afro-Panamanian populationd social exclusion, and continue facing a severe discrimination in every field. Even though the existence of national legal frames and the creation of a variety of institutions to ensure the exercise of the rights of the afro populations, the enforcement of the laws and regulations is...

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Multimedia

Watch the videos of "Rights of afrodescendants of Latin America", which took place in Managua (Nicaragua) in October 2010, under the organization of UNDP regional project "Afrodescendant Population of Latin America".

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Bank of Experiences

Link to SOMOS AFRO

Somos Afro is a blog that compiles the work of the Seminar-Workshop for Multimedia Reporting, The Afro Population in Latin America (June 7-12, 2010, Cartagena, Colombia), organized by Afrodescendant Population of Latin America Project , UNDP, the Fundación Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano (FNPI) and Deutsche Welle-Akademie.

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Publications


La ruta del esclavo en el Río de la Plata. Aportes para el diálogo intercultural.

Compilation: Marisa Pineau. Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero. Argentina, 2011. Language: Spanish


This publication is a contribution, from a rioplatense perspective, to UNESCO's great project research on slavery and the slave trade in the world. Compiled by Marisa Pineau, consists of seven sections containing a total of 26 studies, plus an initial filing chapter. This is a compilation of papers read at an international seminar on this subject held in Buenos Aires, on October 26-27, 2009.

The authors, from Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay -that is, from Rio de la Plata extended to Brazil, excepting Paraguay- and Cuba, Spain, USA, France, Haiti and Nigeria, lay out various topics all related to the trafficking of enslaved people, from different perspectives: historical, anthropological, sociological and architectural.

Those interested in this thematic, can find within the book an updated compilation of the issues being investigated and addressed in the region through these articles, uneven in extent and depth, but with immense value, updated bibliography, and "visibility" of the Afrodescendant population of Latin America.

This book is the result of work towards dialogue and intercultural understanding carried out by the Universidad Nacional de Tres de Febrero and the Association of Friends of the National Museum of Fine Arts of Argentina.
 

Desde Cabo Verde a la Argentina. Migración, parentesco y familia.

Author: Marta M. Maffia, Editorial Biblos, Buenos Aires, 2010. Language: Spanish

We just received this issue that we are sure will be of great interest to our readers, for those interested in learning more about Afrodescendants Latin America in general, and the population in Cape Verde. In particular, will be interesting to those studying anthropological issues related to the structure of families and and migration.
 
The book comprises 7 chapters plus a chapter on conclusions and 35 pages with bibliography and sources. The reader will surely appreciate this wealth of bibliographic data.

The author analyzes in depth the successive waves of immigrants from Cape Verde to Argentina from the early twentieth century until 1970 and their settlement in different geographic locations, primarily in the Province of Buenos Aires and Buenos Aires City (Chapters 5, 6 and 7 ) starting with the islands of Cape Verde and its geographical, economic and cultural that became a point of expulsion of population to other continents (chapters 1 and 2). She also studied with various methodologies and theoretical approaches from basically the anthropological sciences, the family and parenting dimensions (Chapters 3 and 4), both in Cape Verde and Argentina, which is responsible of the structure and organization of the Cape Verdean migration condition.

Dr. Marta Maffia is Professor of Philosophy degree in Anthropology and a Doctor in Natural Sciences. She currently serves as professor at the Universidad Nacional de La Plata and as a researcher at CONICET, Argentina.

 

Policies for social inclusion of
Afrodescendants

Co authors: UNDP Virtual School and Afrodescendant Population of Latin America Project.

Pedagogical booklet about concepts of human development and social inclusion policies for afrodescendant population, and including activities for a full understanding of these notions. May be used by governments, organizations, and students among others, and especially by all forum members and students of the fora and online courses on Public Policy for Afro-Latin Americans, that the Afrodescendant Population Project together with UNDP Virtual School taught in 2010 (in Spanish).

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Los medios de comunicación y la población afrocolombiana. Visibilidades, voces y asuntos de los temas afrocolombianos en los medios de comunicación (Mass Media and the Afro Colombian Population. Visibilities, voices and matters related to Afro Colombian theme in the mass media)

Co authors: Camilo Andrés Tamayo Gómez, Julián Penagos Carreño and Patricia Boadas Villaseca.

Publication of the Regional Project “Afrodescendant Poblation of Latin America” United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). City of Knowledge, Panama. 2010. 106 pages.

 

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Los medios de comunicación y la población afroecuatoriana. Período considerado: 1996-2009 (The Mass Media and the Afro Ecuadorian Population. Considered Period: 1996-2009)

Co authors: Carlos de la Torre and Patric Hollenstein.

Publication of the Regional Project “Afrodescendant Poblation of Latin America” United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). City of Knowledge, Panama. 2010. 53 pages.

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Políticas públicas para el avance de la población afrocolombiana: revisión y análisis (Public Policies for the Progress of the Afro Colombian Population: Review and Analysis)

Author: Gustavo I. de Roux

Publication of the Regional Project “Afrodescendant Poblation of Latin America” United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). City of Knowledge, Panama. 2010. 54  pages.

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Presential and virtual forums

ONLINE FORUMS
Forums organized in partnership with UNDP Virtual School achieved excellent results

Online forums on "Public Policies with a Human Development Approach aimed at the Afrodescendant Population," organized together by the “Afrodescendant Population of Latin America” Project and the Virtual School for Latin America and the Caribbean of the UNDP in July and August 2010 achieved excellent results.

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News 

PUBLICATION
Policies for social inclusion of Afrodescendants
The UNDP regional "Afrodescendant Population of Latin America Project" in partnership with UNDP Virtual School, is pleased to announce the publication on this website, of the educational booklet "Policies for social inclusion of Afrodescendants".
The booklet contains basic concepts of human development and social inclusion policies for afrodescendant population and includes activities for a full understanding of these notios. May be used by all those concerned-governments, organizations, students, among others, and especially by all forum members and students of the fora and online courses on Public Policy for Afro-Latin Americans that the Afrodescendant Population Project together with UNDP Virtual School taught in 2010. We hope that this booklet is an effective tool has better policies for social inclusion in the Latin American region (in Spanish).

 

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VIRTUAL SCHOOL
High participation in courses and forums on the afrodescendant population

Courses and forums organized jointly by the "Afrodescendant Population of Latin America" Regional Project and the UNDP Virtual School for Latin America and the Caribbean are being developed until mid-December 2010.

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COLOMBIA
Forum brought together Mayors and prospective candidates from municipalities with afrodescendant populations

The Forum-Workshop on "Regional and Municipal Governance for the Afrodescendant Population in Northern Cauca” was carried out by the "Afrodescendant Population of Latin America" Regional Project and took place on November 19, 2010 at the cultural centre in the municipality of Villa Rica, Valle del Cauca (Colombia).

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IN THE MEDIA
The News Agency IPS published article on our Workshop in Managua


“Black People Recognised, But Needs Neglected” is the title of the article by José Adán Silva which was distributed to 3,000 Press outlets and tens of thousands of civil society groups and other users by the Inter Press Service (IPS). Information was disseminated on the “Rights of the Afro-descendant Population in Latin America: Challenges for their Implementation” Workshop carried out in Managua, Nicaragua and organized by this Regional Project.

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ARGENTINA
Rerun of “Calunga Andumba”, Afro-Argentine theatrical play

With a totally renewed aesthetic, “Calunga Andumba”, the play that sisters Susana and Carmen Platero created in the 70’s, returns to the Buenos Aires scene. Calunga, Bantu name for a goddess of the sea and Andumba, an afro onomatopoeia from Rio Plata who encourages the movement, contributes to the name of this theatrical piece which -uniting several expressive languages- tells about the historical invisibility of the afro descendants in the Rio de la Plata.

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COLOMBIA
Agreement with PROLOGO to conduct a course in Cartagena

The “Afrodescendant Population of Latin America” Regional Project (APLA) and the Project of the Latin American PROLOGO Network entered into a co financing agreement for the "Diploma in Governance and Political Action for the Afro Population in Cartagena." The agreement was signed on October 12TH by the coordinators of both projects, Silvia García Savino and Gerardo Berthin, respectively.

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NICARAGUA
Workshop on Afrodescendant Rights with Journalists from Latin America

In order to update the press on afrodescendant rights and promote its dissemination, a workshop on “"Rights of the Afrodescendant Population of Latin America: Challenges for its Implementation" was carried out on October 6th in Managua. This workshop focused on information contained in the book of the same name, published by the "Afrodescendant Population of Latin America” Regional Project of the UNDP.

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The Black Roots of Argentina

We would like to recommend the reading of an interview with the argentine philosopher Dina V. Picotti Camara entitled "La filósofa que rescata la raíz negra de la Argentina" (The philosopher that rescues the black roots of Argentina)", signed by Alejandra Rey and published by the Buenos Aires newspaper “La Nación” on October 9th.

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PANAMA
Seminar offers support to social inclusion of the afro-Panamanian population

The “Social Inclusion Policies and Programmes of the Afro-Panamanian Population” Seminar was held on September 22nd at the Holiday Inn Hotel in the City of Knowledge, Panama, under the coordination of the “Afrodescendant Population of Latin America” Regional Project.

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FAIR "SOMOS AFRO
Available online is the in depth summary on the Institutional Strengthening Workshop  

Our readers can now download the in depth summary on the Institutional Building Workshop conducted by Maria Elisa Bernal, Marta Palomares and Marilyn Pasco. The event took place last August 12th and was part of "Somos Afro," Fair of Social Inclusion of the Afrodescendant Population in Colombia, Ecuador and Panama hosted by the UNDP Regional Project "Afrodescendant Population of Latin America. Available only in Spanish-

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PANAMA
The Project sponsored a meeting of afro-Panamanians women 

The VI Meeting of Afro-Panamanian Women under the theme: Empowerment and Identity of Afrodescendant Women: Challenges and Opportunities was held in Cerro Azul, an activity sponsored by the Regional Project "Afrodescendant Population of Latin America. 

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COLOMBIA
Highly positive balance for the "Somos Afro " exhibition

"Somos Afro" (We Are Afro) Fair of Social Inclusion of the Afrodescendant Population of Colombia, Ecuador and Panama which was hosted by the UNDP regional project "Afrodescendant Population of Latin America" in the framework of popular XIV Petronio Alvarez Pacific Music Festival (Cali, Colombia, August 11-14, 2010) received an excellent reception.

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