Presentations


Goshen

Celebrate the true spirit of Christmas, Thursday December 11th, 7:30 PM, with Goshen, a group of eleven lively guys who sing Gospel Music with Neo Soul and Jazz influences, and touches of African music.

Goshen refers to the fertile land given to the Israelites when they moved to Egypt to escape famine (Genesis 45:10). Like the Biblical Goshen, the group wants their music to be as a green pasture refreshing lost and broken souls. “We want to bless the Lord and his people with our music.” Music will be in English, Portuguese, and local languages. Everybody is invited to attend this free performance at the Viking Club (click here for location details).

Christmas Shopping from Angola: woven hand bags from Moxico, bamboo stools from Lunda Norte, Huambo Dolls, honey from the Zambezi Valley, African print bags and pot holders sewn in Lubango, natural medicine from Bie. And of course books about Angola including children’s books.

Women working the fields in Huambo province

Women working the fields in Huambo province. Photo: Renzo Tiberi.

The Angola Field Group invites you to attend a presentation on Thursday, November 27, 7:30 PM, on “The Importance and Challenges of Rural Development in Angola” with Carlos Figueiredo, Country Director in Angola of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), a foundation working for Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (Fundo Soberano de Angola – FESDEA).
 
The African Innovation Foundation identifies impact rural social projects working with water, health, alternative energy, rural economic development and education. The foundation believes that promoting rural development in Angola is central to diversify the economy and to fight poverty. Even urban poverty has important roots in rural problems. To address the challenges to rural development is crucial for an adequate approach to many of the problems which are visible in Angolan society.
 
Carlos Figueiredo is an Angolan agronomist with studies in rural development and planning. He has worked in civil society and development organizations since 1992 including with ADRA (Accao para Desenvolvimento Rural e Ambiente), DW (Development Workshop), SNV (Stiftung Netherlands Volunteers) and UNDP (United Nations Development Program).
 
Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant. You can download a map showing the location here on our website.

For sale: books about Angola, in English and Portuguese.

Loading up cassava. Photo: Henriette Koning.

Loading up cassava. Photo: Henriette Koning.

Dates to mark on your calendar:

Thursday November 27 Presentation, 7:30 PM: Importance and Challenges of Rural Development in Angola with Carlos Figueiredo, Country Director in Angola of the African Innovation Foundation (AIF), a foundation working for Angola’s Sovereign Wealth Fund (Fundo Soberano de Angola – FSDEA). The foundation identifies impact social projects working with water, health, alternative energy, rural economic development and education.

THIS HAS BEEN CANCELLED -> Thursday December 4th Presentation, 7:30 PM: the Swedish Embassy invites you to a presentation on Swedish crime literature with Gunilla Winberg, including comparisons with Angolan writer Pepetela’s novels about Jaime Bunda (Angola’s James Bond).

Thursday December 11th Presentation, 7:30 PM: Get into the True Spirit of Christmas with Goshen, a dynamic group of Luandan gospel singers who will bring us their rendition of Christmas tunes.

All presentations take place at the Viking Club, more details to come soon.

 Watercolor of the Bay and Old Port of Luanda, from the book from the book Luandando by Pepetela.

Watercolor of the Bay and Old Port of Luanda, from the book Luandando by Pepetela.

In January 2015, Luanda will celebrate 439 years of existence. Founded in 1576, it is one of the oldest cities established by Europeans in the Southern Hemisphere. Built for Portuguese settlers, Luanda’s main commerce initially focused on slavery. Today expensive development projects have dramatically changed Luanda’s skyline. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation, “Luanda: Landscapes and People”, a historical overview of the city, with Dr. Angela Mingas, Professor of Architecture at Lusíada University, on Thursday, October 2nd at 7:45 PM (note our new starting time) at the Viking Club.

Dr. Angela Mingas is an Architect and Writer as well as a specialist in Anthropology. She obtained her Master’s and Ph.D in Architectural Heritage. She has studied Education, Architecture and Anthropology at various institutions, including the Instituto Técnico Profissional de Educaçao in Angola, Escola de Belas Artes in Lisbon, Universidade Técnica and University of Oporto in Portugal. She is the Founder and coordinator of the School of Architecture and the Centre for the Study of Art, Architecture, Urbanism and Design at Lusíada University and is Director of the Research Center of Architecture at Lusíada University in Luanda. Since it was founded in 2006, she has been the Curator of the Forum of Architecture in Angola. As of 2009, she has worked as a Consultant to the Council of Ministers. 

Angela Mingas, photo courtesy Development Workshop.

Dr. Angela Mingas, photo courtesy Development Workshop.

Dr. Mingas is one of the organizers of Campanha Reviver, a campaign to preserve Luanda’s heritage and as part of this movement, will be organizing a historic City Tour for members of the Angola Field Group. Details available on Thursday.

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant. You can download a map showing the location here on our website: https://angolafieldgroup.com/find-us.

For sale that night, books about Angola, in English and Portuguese.

Architect Angela Mingas leading a historical tour of Luanda for the Angola Field Group.

Architect Angela Mingas leading a historical tour of Luanda for the Angola Field Group.

The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation, “Luanda: Landscapes and People”, a historical over view of the city, with Dra. Angela Mingas, Professor of Architecture at Lusiada University, on Thursday, October 2nd at the Viking Club, 7:45 PM. More details coming soon.

More than a third of Luandans do not have access to drinking water. The Angola Field Group had a good attendance last week as over 160 participants listened to Development Workshop (DW) director and founder, Allan Cain, as he told us about the serious challenges of Community Water Management. An audio recording of the presentation and PowerPoint are now on DW’s website at: www.dw.angonet.org/forumitem/1429

DW, together with the government, developed a policy of community management of water as part of the Angolan Government’s Water for All Program, called “MoGeCA”. MoGeCA promotes an approach involving local communities in the planning, construction and management of water points, as a basic strategy promoting local development. It aims to improve water supply to the population in a way that each actor promotes the sustainability and maintenance of water supplies.

A MoGeCA book has been published and printed as result of DW´s more than 30 years working in the water sector, together with government structures. The book is a manual on Community Water Management and has become the Angolan National Policy on sustainable water management. Download a PDF (in Portuguese) from DW’s website: dw.angonet.org/sites/default/files/online_lib_files/AGUA-MoGeCa_0.pdf

Training cards have been made to use in communities during campaigns and social mobilizing events. These cards work with drawings and are used in combination with community theater, to spread knowledge on (social) hygiene, water management and waste management. Download a PDF at dw.angonet.org/sites/default/files/2012%20MANUAL%20MoGeca.pdf

Mr. Cain also showed two short videos, a short video about Alice, a mother who watches her children play in dirty rain water on the street while inside her home there is not a drop of clean water for drinking: www.youtube.com/watch?list=UUW67t6I7C27Ycc6XW2Q29Cg&v=AiB_Ivg4c3k

The second short video shows DW´s work in Angola on the water access points they built that benefit over one million Angolans:

Having to walk up to 100 meters to get a bucket of water from a standpost, is considered adequate water coverage according to the Angolan Institute of Statistics. Photo courtesy DW.

Having to walk up to 100 meters to get a bucket of water from a standpost is considered adequate water coverage according to the Angolan Institute of Statistics. Photo courtesy Development Workshop.

More that a third of Luandans do not have access to drinking water. The informal water market in Luanda, pumping river water into water trucks to sell and then re-sell in city bairros, brings in more than 250 million dollars a year, according to a recent study by Development Workshop (DW), a local NGO that has been working in Angola for 34 years. The Angola Field Group invites you to take a closer look at the serious challenges of Community Water Management with DW Director and founder, Allan Cain, Thursday, August 28 at 7:45 PM (please note our new starting time) at the Viking Club. Mr. Cain, an architect, urban planner, and international speaker, will be launching two new videos as part of his presentation. Development Workshop has been working for the last several years with the Ministry of Water and Energy on the development of a new national “Community Water Strategy”.

Pumping stations taking water out of the Bengo River to be loaded into waiting water  trucks.

Pumping stations taking water out of the Bengo River to be loaded into waiting water trucks.

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:15 PM. Coupons must be purchased.

 For Sale: Hand woven baskets from the Zambezi Women’s Cooperative as well as books about Angola, and artisanal rock salt from the interior of Quicama National Park.    

 You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on our Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant.

There are various types of water standposts to service communities. Photo courtesy Tako Koning.

There are various types of water standposts to service communities. Photo courtesy Tako Koning.

ADDENDUM

Development Workshop has been working for the last several years with the Ministry of Water and Energy on the development of a new national “Community Water Strategy” called MoGeCA. The policy was developed as part of the Angolan Government’s Water for All Program. MoGeCA promotes an approach involving local communities in the planning, construction and management of water points, as a basic strategy promoting local development. Community management is defined here as a form of cooperation between the community and the government – local authorities and the Provincial Directorate of Energy and Water (DPEA) – or local water companies. It aims to improve water supply to the population in a way that each actor promotes the sustainability and maintenance of water supplies.

A MOGECA book has been published and printed as result of DW´s more than 30 years working in the water sector, together with government structures. The book is a manual on Community Water Management and has become the Angolan National Policy on sustainable water management. Each book comes with a set of cards to be used at training to explain the target groups how to reach sustainable water and waste management in their communities. Download a copy (in Portuguese) on DW’s website at dw.angonet.org/content/books-dw.

Allan Cain is an architect and specialist in project planning, urban development. He has a degree in Environmental Studies, did his graduate studies at the Architectural Association (London, UK) and further specialist studies at Harvard Business School and Bolder, Colorado (in Microfinance and Housing Finance). He has over 35 years of professional experience in developing countries, many of those in conflict and post-conflict Angola. He has worked as a consultant and lead research projects for the World Bank, UN Habitat the European Union and other international organisations. He has lectured at universities in Canada, China, Angola, Norway, USA, South Africa and UK. He is the director of Development Workshop and a member of the boards of several development institutions. His articles and papers have been published widely in international journals. He is co-founder and president of KixiCrédito, Angola’s first non-bank microfinance institution and has pioneered housing micro-finance in Angola and is currently a member of the international board of directors of BPD Water and Sanitation, representing the civil-society sector.

DW is engaged as a critical partner in the Angolan Government’s decentralisation programme in the areas of municipal participatory planning and land tenure reform. Their current program in Angola has parallel focuses; on peri-urban communities where the provision of infrastructure, basic services and community economic development remains a serious challenge, and on supporting the rehabilitation of social infrastructure and supporting the processes of settlement and social infrastructure for communities in the central highlands and the provinces of Cabinda and Luanda. With more than  three decades of research and practice in Angola, DW has been able to offer lessons for replication and influencing public policy in sectors of land tenure, housing, water supply and poverty reduction.

Kayaking the Kwanza River, Angola's longest river, which stretches for almost 1000 kilometers from Bie to the Atlantic. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Kayaking the Kwanza River, Angola’s longest river, which stretches for almost 1000 kilometers from Bie to the Atlantic. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Kayaking the Kwanza“, a recent three day adventure from Muxima to the Atlantic… The Angola Field Group invites you to drift down the Kwanza River, Angola’s biggest river, with ‘the kayak guys’. Take in their travelogue Thursday, July 10th at 7:45 PM at the Viking Club. They will offer kayaking tips for Angola and have on display one of their boats! (Please note our new starting time).

Water taxi, tranquilo. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Water taxi, tranquilo. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Baby alligator. Every year there are reports of humans, especially women and children, dragged into the river by alligators. Courtesy Christian Stolte.

Baby alligator. Every year there are reports of humans, especially women and children, dragged into the river by alligators. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Glistening waters of the Kwanza River hold many secrets. Queen Nzinga's sister was reputedly drowned in the river by the Portuguese for spying in the 1640's. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

Glistening waters of the Kwanza River hold many secrets. Queen Nzinga’s sister was reputedly drowned in the river by the Portuguese for spying in the 1640’s. Photo courtesy Christian Stolte.

In addition, we will also be showing some clips of the historic and culturally rich Luandos region, south of the Kwanza River, home of the former Quicama warriors. Field Group members are invited to the annual Festas Populares dos Luandos , a time for those who left Luandos, to come back to the village and enjoy its traditions, September 12, 13, 14. Representative Serafim Quintino will be on hand to register people and answer questions.

Villagers welcoming visitors to the Luandos Festival.

Villagers welcoming visitors to the Luandos Festival. Photo courtesy http://kudisanza.wordpress.com

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:15 PM. The location is: main floor Edificio Maianga, Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118, Maianga, across from Panela de Barro restaurant. You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club at angolafieldgroup.com/find-us

For Sale: Wild honey and artisanal peanut butter from the Mutti Farm in Moxico. Handwoven baskets from the Zambezi Women´s Cooperative. Natural medicine including Artemesia Tea from ANAMED in Bie. Books about Angola.

Area known as Luandos, located just outside the southeast zone of Quicama National Park.

Area known as Luandos, located just outside the southeast corner of Quicama National Park. Map courtesy http://kudisanza.wordpress.com – click map to enlarge.

Bird and nature conservation in Angola needs public input. The Angola Field Group invites you to a presentation at the Viking Club, Thursday May 1st at 7:30 PM with Conservation Biologist Michael Mills, the foremost expert on Angola´s birds. Michael will highlight the challenges and problems facing Angola´s birds/wildlife and discuss what the priorities are for a Bird Conservation NGO. (Please note, due to the holiday the presentation will kick off half an hour earlier than usual.)

Michael Mills has been working in Angola for more than 10 years. His work has included improving knowledge of birds and their habitats and running practical, community-based conservation at Mount Moco in Huambo province, central Angola (www.mountmoco.org). He has led outings for and delivered talks to the Angola Field Group. Currently his work represents the BirdLife network in Angola,  (www.birdsangola.org) and now he and a group of concerned individuals are seeking the formalisation of an Angolan NGO to take forward and expand on this work.

Everybody is welcome to attend. The talk will be in English. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the bar, coupons must be purchased. The Viking Bar opens at 7:00 PM! You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on this website’s Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of the former Swedish Building at Rua Marien N”Guabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the new Panela de Barra restaurant.

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Musseques, informal housing, also called slums or shantytowns.

Musseques, informal housing, also called slums or shantytowns.

Almost three quarters of the people in Luanda live in musseques, the peri-urban informal settlements which sprung up as safe havens for those fleeing the war. What are the challenges and problems facing the musseques where today the birth rate is higher than ever? The Angola Field group invites you to a presentation, “Musseques, from Survival Strategies to Sustainable Development”, at the Viking Club, Thursday April 10, at 8:00 PM with Willy Piassa, a Community Development Specialist with Development Workshop, a local NGO that has worked in Angola since 1981. Willy has been the Senior Manager of the Luanda Urban Poverty Program and has wide experience building the capacity of Angolan civil society organizations. He graduated from the University of South Africa and completed Postgraduate studies in Governance at the University of Glasgow.

  Less than half the households have on-site sanitation. Photo courtesy DW.

Less than half the households have on-site sanitation. Photo courtesy DW.

Everybody is welcome to attend. In close cooperation with the Viking Club, this event is offered free of charge. Beverages and snacks are sold at the Viking Bar which opens at 7:30 PM. Coupons must be purchased. For Sale: Natural honey and home made peanut butter from the Mutti Farm in Moxico. Handwoven baskets from the Zambezi Women’s Cooperative as well as books about Angola, and Natural Medicine including Artemesia Tea from ANAMED Bie.

Less than 30% of Luandans have access to running water in their homes. Photo courtesy DW.

Less than 30% of Luandans have access to running water in their homes. Photo courtesy DW.

You can download a map showing the location of the Viking Club on our Join Us page. The Viking Club is on the main floor of Edificio Maianga,  Rua Marien Nguabi, No 118 in Maianga, across the street from the Panela de Barra restaurant.

Photo courtesy DW.

Luanda musseque. Photo courtesy DW.

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