Training and Exchange Workshop 11/29/2019 – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research, in partnership with the Institut Afrique Monde (IAM), organized a training and exchange workshop on interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Côte d'Ivoire.

Theme: Contribution of youth to the Promotion of a Culture of Peace, Non-Violence and Prevention of Religious Extremism in Côte d'Ivoire

Date: November 28 and 29, 2019

Location: Headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research - Yamoussoukro

On November 28 and 29, 2019, a training workshop was held on the theme: "Youth contribution to the promotion of the culture of peace, non-violence and the prevention of religious extremism" organized by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) in cooperation with the Institut Afrique Monde (IAM).

This workshop brought together forty young leaders from seventeen faith-based organizations and associations and academics. Its objective was to equip participants with adequate tools for the promotion of peace and social cohesion in Côte d'Ivoire.

Training and Exchange Workshop on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Côte d’Ivoire – Videos

A training and exchange workshop on interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Côte d'Ivoire was held in Yamoussoukro from November 26 to 27, 2019, organized by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) in partnership with the Institut Afrique Monde (IAM) for religious leaders. It brought together some 40 Christian and Muslim leaders on the theme: "Contribution of religious leaders to the promotion of the culture of peace, non-violence and the prevention of religious extremism in Côte d'Ivoire".

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Training and Exchange Workshop – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research, in partnership with the Institut Afrique Monde (IAM), organized a training and exchange workshop on interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Côte d'Ivoire.

Theme: Contribution of Religious Leaders to the Promotion of a Culture of Peace, Non-Violence and Prevention of Religious Extremism in Côte d'Ivoire

Date: November 26 and 27, 2019

Location: Headquarters of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research - Yamoussoukro

The workshop had the following objectives:

  • to pacify inter-religious relations in Côte d'Ivoire by cultivating non-violence, tolerance and acceptance of cultural diversity;
  • to prevent religious extremism in Côte d'Ivoire;
  • to get religious people involved in the consolidation of peace and social cohesion;
  • and to create the platform of religious leaders in Côte d'Ivoire.

Training and Exchange Workshop for Religious Leaders on Interreligious and Intercultural Dialogue in Côte d’Ivoire – 26 11 2019

A training and exchange workshop on interreligious and intercultural dialogue in Côte d’Ivoire was held in Yamoussoukro from November 26 to 27, 2019, organized by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation) in partnership with the Institut Afrique Monde (IAM) for religious leaders. It brought together some 40 Christian and Muslim leaders on the theme: “Contribution of religious leaders to the promotion of the culture of peace, non-violence and the prevention of religious extremism in Côte d’Ivoire“.

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Opening of the Exhibition organized by the Institute of African History, Art and Archaeology – Photos

Opening of the Exhibition organized by the Institute of African History, Art and Archaeology (IHAAA) in partnership with the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research on the theme: "The train from Abidjan to Ouagadougou 1898-1958", on November 25, 2019 in the Great Hall of the FHB Foundation in Yamoussoukro.

Exhibition curators: Evelyne Lodugnon Kalou and Mathias Savadogo.

On November 25, 2019, the opening of the photographic exhibition on the theme: "The train from Abidjan to Ouagadougou: 1898-1958" took place at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Research Foundation (FHB Foundation). This exhibition was organized by the association "Images et Mémoires" in partnership with the FHB Foundation, the History Department of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University and the Institute of African History, Art and Archaeology (IHAAA). It aimed at raising awareness of the active participation of Côte d'Ivoire in the implementation of the railway from 1898 to 1958. Photographs illustrating the vision of the railway, the engineering railway school, the earthworks, the completion and laying of the track marked this exhibition.

In his opening speech, the Secretary General of the FHB Foundation congratulated the two curators of the exhibition, namely Dr. Evelyne Lodugnon Kalou and Dr. Mathias Savadogo. He added that this exhibition was part of the noble mission of the institution he directs, namely to be a place of meetings and exchanges. For him, people need to know their history which is the memory of their identity. He concluded by affirming that the railway has been a factor in bringing together the peoples of Burkina Faso and Côte d'Ivoire.

Opening of the Exhibition on the train from Abidjan to Ouagadougou – 25 11 2019

On November 25, 2019, the opening of the photographic exhibition on the theme: “The train from Abidjan to Ouagadougou: 1898-1958” took place at the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Research Foundation (FHB Foundation). This exhibition was organized by the association “Images et Mémoires” in partnership with the FHB Foundation, the History Department of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University and the Institute of African History, Art and Archaeology (IHAAA). It aimed at raising awareness of the active participation of Côte d’Ivoire in the implementation of the railway from 1898 to 1958. Photographs illustrating the vision of the railway, the engineering railway school, the earthworks, the completion and laying of the track marked this exhibition.

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The FHB Foundation received two awards at the first edition of the “African Foundations Awards” (AFA)

The 1st edition of the “African Foundations Awards” (AFA), organized by the Africa Event agency, took place on Saturday 16 November 2019, at the CRRAE-UMOA conference room in Abidjan-Plateau.

Doudou Stevens Cissé, Executive Director of Africa Event, took the opportunity to explain the motivations of this event: “For a long time, foundations and associations have been confused because both are dedicated to the general non-profit interest. Today their characteristics are very different. While an association is the grouping of several people with the will to act together around a common objective, a foundation exists by the irrevocable allocation of assets for the realization of a work of general interest. A foundation is private money made available to a public cause. If both are necessarily non-profit-making, the association can defend the interests of an organized group: former students of a school, defenders of the environment, while the foundation is an association dedicated to the general interest. The State’s supervision is there as a guarantor of the public utility. The association disappears with the dispersion of its members while the foundation can survive. Governance is very different. An association is by nature democratic in nature, decisions are taken by the general assembly during which each member has one vote, while the foundation has a governance based on a board of directors that takes decisions”.

16 award-winning foundations plus 3 special prizes

This ceremony was also the occasion to award 16 foundations for their numerous efforts to improve the daily lives of the population. Among others, the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research, which was awarded the AFA Super Prize and the Peace Prize, the Magic System Foundation, which was awarded the Education Prize and the Amadou Hampâté Ba Foundation, which left with the African Cultural Heritage Prize. In addition to these awards, special prizes were also awarded to the Children of Africa foundations (led by the First Lady of Côte d’Ivoire, Dominique Ouattara), Congo Assistance and Servir le Sénégal.

According to the president of the jury, Makani Diaby, 1st vice-president of the Senate, these Awards were awarded according to the following criteria: “To be a foundation. Have at least 3 years of existence on January 30, 2019. Be active on the African continent or in the African diaspora. Have a functional website, have already carried out quality actions in the field, having a lasting impact on beneficiaries. Be proposed by the organizing committee, associations, the media or a third person as a foundation”.

Leading the inaugural conference of the 1st edition of the Africa Foundations Awards on the theme: “African Foundations, Perspectives and Impacts on the African Continent”, Professor Aliou Mané, President of the Atlantic University, underlined the “imperative” need to legislate only for foundations. For him, the need to create a specific legal framework for foundations lies in the role they play in the socio-economic development of countries.

“Many schools and health facilities that we encounter in isolated areas have been built and are the subject of sustained attention from foundations in general. If the foundations did not exist, they would have had to be invented. Fortunately, like their counterparts in the northern hemisphere, many African and African-based foundations continue to support public action. Whether it is a question of creating banking institutions, oil companies, electricity companies, cellular telephone companies, initiated by public or private personalities, foundations act” he argued.

For him, the challenges of development, the specificity of the problems according to the regions and sectors of the population concerned, require that NGOs and associations take charge of the training of management staff and the management of daily activities. “Managers and foundation execution staff must be supervised to ensure that the destination of the funds made available to them is an effective destination and that the money does not disappear along the way. The qualification of the agents responsible for identifying, identifying, evaluating and carrying out material and financial support tasks is the essential basis for the success of their actions”. According to the academic, this will avoid the losses observed in the management of the administration of foundations and in the identification of the destinations of contributions in equipment and finance. The second conference was moderated by Diabaté Fatoumata, Deputy Executive Secretary, DG Lonaci Advisor on the theme: “Theme: Foundations, social actions and the well-being of African populations”.

Source: Intelligent d’Abidjan on November 19, 2019. (in french)

Dinner-Gala – Presentation of the FHB Research Award – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organised on October 17 and 18, 2019 the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. These days ended in the evening of October 18, 2019 with a gala dinner at the FHB Foundation which was enhanced by the effective presence of the former First Lady Mrs Henriette Konan Bédié. During this dinner, the winners of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Research Award were honoured. It is about:

  • Dr. Charles Gadé Sylvain for doctoral theses
  • and Mr. Kassoum Zié Ouattara for the master's theses.

At the end of the days commemorating the birth of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny, the winners of the second edition of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Prize for Research were awarded on the evening of Friday, 18 October 2019, during a gala dinner hosted by the Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research (FHB Foundation). This prize is awarded each year for the best research work relating to President Félix Houphouët-Boigny. This award ceremony was held with the effective presence of Mrs Henriette Konan Bédié, wife of the President of the PDCI-RDA and Senator Mrs Makani Diaby, 1st Vice-President of the Senate, who represented the President of the said institution.

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Book Signing Ceremony – Photos

The Félix Houphouët-Boigny Foundation for Peace Research organized the Commemorative Days of the Birthday of President Félix Houphouët-Boigny on October 17 and 18, 2019. A dedication ceremony for the books published by FHB Editions and/or on Félix Houphouët-Boigny took place at the FHB Foundation Bookshop in Yamoussoukro in the late afternoon of October 18, 2019. The authors who signed their works are:

  • Prof. Jean-Noël Loucou for the 6 volumes of "Discours et Messages" by Félix Houphouët-Boigny
  • Prof. Frédéric Grah Mel for the biography in 3 volumes on Félix Houphouët-Boigny
  • Professor Thot'o Amani Sroboua for "The Akhan and Pharonic Egypt"
  • Professor Amani N'goran for "Oedipal Psychodrama - The Psychodynamic Issue of the Football Game"
  • Prof. Ferdinand Tionan Ouattara for "History of the Institute of African History, Art and Archaeology (IHAAA) of the Félix Houphouët-Boigny University Côte d'Ivoire (1969-2017)".
  • Mrs. Sophie Koné Boating for the comic strip on Félix Houphouët-Boigny
  • and Mr. Jérôme Kouakou Ya for "Public Tribute to Félix Houphouët-Boigny"

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