Cultural Diplomacy in Africa: A Forum for Young Leaders (CDA) is an ever-increasing network of young individuals from across the world who share an interest in Africa and want to take an active role in improving intercultural and inter-state relations across the continent. The program fully promotes the use of cultural diplomacy as a basis for advancing these relationships and focuses on the recognition of cultural diplomacy as an important tool in addressing the array of complex challenges that Africa currently faces. The forum conducts on-going activities and discussions aimed at supporting the development of communication between African states and strengthening relations between different countries and cultural groups within Africa. The continent is characterized by a myriad of different identities, cultures and traditions, and the forum seeks to celebrate and recognize the advantages of such diversity. African cultures are diverse and varied and not static, and like most of the world have been impacted upon by both internal and external forces.
The network also endeavors to promote stronger and more amicable connections between African nations and the rest of the world. The forum approaches these objectives in a number of ways, including inviting participants to weeklong seminars which focus on a variety of themes and involve a series of lectures from high profile speakers with extensive knowledge and/or experience on the relevant themes, follow up discussions, debates, a variety of workshops and leadership initiative programs. Outside the seminars, participants are also involved in conferences, festivals and the turning in of papers, all dedicated to the topic of improving intercultural dialogue across the African continent. Taking part in the Young Leaders Forum allows like-minded individuals to share their thoughts and ideas and work together towards establishing a better cultural climate for future generations both in and across Africa and around the world.
You are warmly invited to participate!