Partos event

Inputsession Africa Strategy: Due diligence and fair work

  • Date and time 28 June 2022, 15:00 - 16:30 CEST
  • Where Online
  • For whom Partos-members and relevant stakeholders

The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs is currently working on an Africa strategy. A publication is expected in the third or fourth quarter of this year. Partos – the Dutch membership body of more than 100 Dutch development NGOs – organises several thematic input sessions in June 2022. These sessions aim to arrive at recommendations for the Africa Strategy.[1] For each session, a panel of experts (f.e. civil society organisations, African representatives) will be assembled to discuss the topic at hand and try to come up with recommendations, led by a moderator. The discussion will be streamed and participants will also be able to provide input.

[1] The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is currently developing its new policy document for the coming cabinet period (2021-2025). Part of this process is the drawing up of a new strategy that describes how the Netherlands perceives its relationship with the African continent, and how this relationship should develop in the years to come. MVO Platform and Mondiaal FNV are organizing this session.

 

Goal of this session:

To hear from people whom it concerns: CSO and trade union representatives from various African countries provide input, recommendations and insights for the upcoming Africa Strategy of the Dutch government on the topics: Responsible Business Conduct (Due Diligence*) fair work and trade policy.

 

Programme:

15:00   Welcome, goal and programme (Gisela ten Kate – MVO Platform)

15:10   Round 1: Business and Human Rights – Extractives Zimbabwe

  • Darlington Chidarara, ActionAid Zimbabwe
  • Nyaradzo Mutonhori, Gender Expert and Natural Resources at Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association (ZELA)

15:25 Round 2: Living income and the importance of social dialogue – Flowers Uganda

  • Lucia van Westerlaak, specialist International Responsible Business Conduct at FNV
  • Janepher Nasali from UHISPAWU (Trade Union Flower Sector Uganda)

15:40 Round 3: Trade Policy from an African perspective – Eastern Africa and Ghana

  • Caroline Khamati Mugalla of the East African Trade Union Confederation
  • Name tbc – Third World Network Ghana

16:00  Reactions from the audience

16:20  Conclusive round ups and Closure

Conclusive round ups

 

 * Due Diligence: Governments adhering to the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises expect companies to carry out risk-based due diligence: “to identify, prevent and mitigate actual and potential adverse impacts” on all matters covered by the guidelines (e.g. human rights, environment, labour rights). Due diligence implies more than just an assessment of risks for the company, the purpose is to understand and address risks and abuses that the company’s activities pose to rights holders, including in its supply chain and through its other business relationships. Companies are also expected to be transparent about the specific measures they have taken to prevent or mitigate each of those risks and impacts.

 

[1] The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation is currently developing its new policy document for the coming cabinet period (2021-2025). Part of this process is the drawing up of a new strategy that describes how the Netherlands perceives its relationship with the African continent, and how this relationship should develop in the years to come.

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