The World Social Forum WSF 2007

See also Text: Gendering the WSF Nairobi 2007 Process.
Alternative Davos meets in Nairobi, Swiss delegates are among those meeting in Nairobi, Kenya, for the World Social Forum (WSF). High on the agenda this year is the global fight against poverty. More than 100,000 people from non-governmental organisations and social movements are taking part in the seventh WSF, which got under way on Saturday. Swissinfo, Jan. 20, 2007.

Drums and dance as Africa hosts “anti-Davos” forum, By Helen Nyambura-Mwaura and Jeremy Clarke, January 20, 2007, The Star online, Malaysia.

Kenya To Play Host To Siren Calls Against Globalization. “Tens of thousands of anti-globalization activists are expected to descend on Nairobi this weekend for the World Social Forum (WSF), billed by organizers as a chance to express mass opposition to a world dominated by capital.
The seventh annual WSF will be the first time the event has been staged in its entirety on the world’s poorest continent where complaints about the impact of globalization are often the loudest. High on the agenda during the January 20-25 meet will be topics with particular concern for Africa, including the HIV-AIDS epidemic, conflict resolution, debt levels and migration. Among the 160,000 campaigners slated to arrive in the Kenyan capital are Zambia’s founding president Kenneth Kaunda, former UN high commissioner for human rights Mary Robinson and Kenya’s 2004 Nobel peace prize winner Wangari Maathai. But organizers are hoping the spotlight will fall mainly on the plight of ordinary people whose living standards have failed to improve as the economies of the West and emerging Asian powerhouses surge ahead. …” [Agence France Presse/Factiva]
“… The world forum, which began in Porto Alegre in Brazil, comes this year just days before the World Economic Forum in the Alpine resort of Davos from January 27. … Although it has the largest economy and is one of the most stable nations in east Africa, host country Kenya nevertheless encapsulates many of the problems under the microscope. AIDS has devastated the Kenyan population, while more than half of its 35 million people live on less than a dollar a day. Organizers face a logistical nightmare housing participants, with many expected to put up in tents or in local homes.” [Reuters/Factiva]. (Find this on World Bank).

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