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Nonviolence 2022 – October 14th-16th – Save the Date

Once again Another Development Foundation will organize the annual event Nonviolence - this time October 14th-16th 2022. The theme for this event is "Nonviolent Mobilisation During Times of Crisis" which will be discussed in a research panel at Umeå University October 14th and in panels and workshops at the venue Klossen located at Ålidhem in Umeå October 15th-16th. Organizers, besides of ADF, are Fellowship of Reconcilliation, Women´s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF) and the study association Bilda. Partners

Africities 2022 – 9th Summit in Kisumu, Kenya

Another Development Foundation participated at the 9th edition of the Africities Summit in Kisumu May 17th-21st, 2022. The history as background for this participation is complex. First, it was a continuation of process that started with a participation at the 4th edition of the Africities Summit in Nairobi 2006 by Ira Sundberg, Co-founder of Another Development Foundation who then met Yvonne Anyango, Director of Cooperation Arena for Sustainable Development in Africa (CASDA). It was start of long collaboration that involved

A Conversation on Peace Through Nonviolence in relation to the War in Ukraine and in relation to Militarisation

The war in Ukraine has caused reactions throughout the world, and in Sweden as well. Voices for increased military spending and membership in the NATO-alliance have become more vocal. In this conversation, another approach on what to do in relation to the war in Ukraine, and in relation to militarisation in general, was discussed. A central theme for the conversation were on nonviolent resistance during occupation and against dictatorship, even if the conversation provided opportunities for dialogue on peacebuilding as

Sex is Not Work – Fight Demand and End Sexual Exploitation in the Climate Crisis Era

Meg Donevan, Member of the Board of Another Development Foundation, was invited to speak at the Swedish Women's Lobby's Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) Side event, "Sex work is not work - fight demand and end sexual exploitation in the climate crisis era." Meg presented the latest research on the link between sexual exploitation and climate change, drawing on Dr. Melissa Farley and other's work. She described how those most at risk for prostitution are the same individuals

Dialogue on the Fight for Freedom in Belarus

During the event Littfest 2022 (the biggest event in Sweden for litterature) in The City of Umeå March 17th, a special session on the fight for freedom, democracy and human rights was organized by The East Group (Östgruppen). The dialogue was facilitated by Martin Uggla, chair of the board of The East Group. Other participants were Nadja Kandrusevitj-Sjydlouskaja, publisher and translator for books for children, Lesia Rudnik, chair of the board for an association for belarusians in Sweden and Ingvar

Manifestation for Peace – In solidarity with Ukraine, and with all others who are, or have been affected by war

March 19th 12.00-14.00, a manifestation for peace is organized in the city center in Umeå, Sweden. Another Development Foundation has worked together with 12 other organisations for this manifestation to happen. These organisations are; Rädda Barnen, Vän i Umeå, Folkuniversitetet, NBV, ABF, IM, Svenska Kyrkan, Pingstkyrkan, Studiefrämjandet, Azadi and Akut hjälp till Ukraina. Several speeches will be held by: Lars Lustig, The County Administrative Board in Västerbotten, Elisabeth Dahlin, The Ombudsman for Children in Sweden, Anna Jörgensdotter, Author, Ola Nordebo,

Another Development Foundation Talk – The War in Ukraine- The Role of Social Movements for Peace and Human Rights

The invasion by Russia on Ukraine has caused a massive response, and outrage, throughout the world. Another Development Foundation invite citizens, organisations and movements to a talk on the war, and on the role for civil society movements working for peace, human rights and nonviolence. The talk is organized as a panel discussion including representatives for 4 of the most well-known peace-, human rights- and nonviolence organisations in Sweden who also are affilitated to international networks; The East Group (Östgruppen),

Another Development Foundation Talk – A Reconnaissance at the Front Lines of Nonviolence Research

February 23rd 2022 ADF and other organisations invited students to an inspiring conversation about nonviolence research, where Stellan Vinthagen, the world's first professor of nonviolent resistance at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, USA, provided an overview of what happens at the front lines of nonviolence research. Stellan´s observations and reflections were based on his travels and meetings with nonviolence researchers,indigenous peoples, farm workers, anti-racists, climate activists and peace movements around the world. Stellan´s lecture was commented by three peace researchers

Garden Talks for Another Development – On Nonviolence and Peaceful Resistance

Another Development Foundation has been able to gather small groups in several talks on nonviolence and peaceful resistance February 1st and February 2nd, for us to investigate opportunities together with advisors and partners. We have done this within a program for Stellan Vinthagen, Professor of Sociology, a scholar activist, and the Inaugural Endowed Chair in the study of nonviolent direct action and civil resistance at the University of Massachusetts, USA, who visited Umeå February 1st-3rd. Stellan is also a member

Garden Talk in Uppsala on the initiative Beyond Silos and Fragmentation

November 15th, 2021 ADF gathered a small group of highly dedicated individuals for sustainable development at the home of Ira Sundberg, Co-founder and member of the board of ADF, in Uppsala. The conversation focused on the new ADF-initiative Sustainable Development in the 21st Century - Beyond Silos and Fragmentation The guests in this conversation, besides two of the founders of ADF (Ira Sundberg and Ingvar Rönnbäck), were Paula Alvarado, Rebecca Oliver and Isak Stoddard. Paula Alvarado is Chief Strategic Communications and

Nonviolence 2021 – An Annual Forum for Activist, Movements, Organisations and Scholars

Another Development Foundation is happy to invite activists, social movements and scholars to Nonviolence 2021, November 27nd-28th, 2021 - an annual event on nonviolence in Sweden. Besides of Another Development Foundation, the event is organized by The Swedish Fellowship of Reconciliation, the study association Bilda and the swedish section of Women´s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF). Partners in this collaboration are Department of Political Science, Umeå University, Center for Sami Research (Várdduo), Umeå University, Umeå Sami Association and

Dialogue with Swedish Television on Anthropocene and wicked problems

Another Development Foundation is happy for having the opportunity to have a dialogue with Swedish Television on Anthropocene, wicked problems and human survival, concepts that in itself are complex and open for many interpretation, nevertheless powerful and grounded in theoretical and empirical science. The dialogue took place on a virtual meeting June 10th 2021. Swedish Television, who is the Swedish public service television company, invite people and organisations to contribute with ideas, views, perspectives and knowledge in a dialogue they