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Annually the Africaday, the biggest event in the Netherlands on Africa and international cooperation, is organised by the Foundation Max van der Stoel (FMS). The FMS was formed in 2013 by the merger of the Evert Vermeer Foundation and the Alfred Mozer Foundation. The foundation strives for the social democratic value of international solidarity within three areas: democracy, development and dialogue. Besides the Africaday, the FMS organises several public meetings and expert meetings on changes and developments within countries and regions of our interest. Hereby we work together with civil society, the PvdA or the diaspora of these countries. For more information about the FMS, its activities and its events, take a look at the website.

The Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS) is the European progressive political think tank, established as an intellectual crossroad between social democracy and the European project. As a platform for ideas, FEPS works in close collaboration with social democratic organisations, and in particular 50 national foundations and think tanks across Europe, to tackle the challenges that Europe faces today. FEPS is doing a lot of activities, both closed seminars and public debates. The FEPS also publishes a magazine called the Progressive Post.

The Africaday is an annual event with over 1200 attendants, 150 speakers from the Netherlands and abroad, and around 100 volunteers whom together with the FMS team make the Africaday a great success! Besides a broad cultural program, there are numerous political debates, workshops and speeches in which visitors can get in touch with politicians, professionals and each other.

Since 2012 we also organise an afterparty for the Africaday, "Africa at Night", with several artist, performers and DJ’s. This is the perfect place to relax and process all the impressions of the Africaday, while having a nice African meal and some great live music.

To highlight certain issues and developments, every year the Africaday has its own theme. In 2013 this was "Africa Works", 2014 was about "Democracy, good governance and human rights’’ and last year (2015) focused on the "new players" in Africa.

Africaday 2016
On Saturday the 5th of November Africaday 2016 will once again take place in the beautiful Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) in Amsterdam. This year we will highlight the relation between the EU and Africa. With our keynote speaker Ashish Thakkar, CEO and founder of the Mara Group, we will also discuss Africa on the rise".

You can find more information about the location under contact. Visit our website regularly for updates on the programme, news about the afterparty "Africa at Night" and interesting background articles. Ticket sale will start early October and then the programme for 2016 will also be published. Register quickly, so you don’t miss out.