Seminar “Migration and Social Justice”, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, 12-13 October 2018

Event Date   12. – 13.10.2018
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At the invitation of our sister party People’s Movement for Progress (MPP), we will continue this central discussion on migration on 12-13 October 2018 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. At the focus of the seminar is the question of social justice in the migration debate.

The world is in motion and that is how it will remain in the coming years. The 21st century is characterized by significant population shifts. Migration is increasing around the globe. Migration between countries of the Global South has already overtaken migration movements from south to north. It is due time to build up a global understanding of flight and migration and their impact on our societies as well as to come up with a comprehensive common strategy based on solidarity and partnership.

The second main focus will be Empowerment of Youth and Women. Equality and equal treatment regardless of sex or age, sexual orientation and gender identity, religion or ethnic background are the foundation of our progressive, social democratic and socialist values. The liberation from the position of powerlessness, the struggle for equal rights, and the participation of and opportunities for the youth and women are core tasks of our movement. With this debate we want to develop joint strategies and to share best practices on how to stop rollbacks and how to strengthen our fight in this field.

As it became good practice, we will start our seminar with a meeting of the Steering Committee to discuss all important political and organisational aspects of our network. Another important part of the seminar will be the working group where we will learn about the recent developments in the region.


Dear comrades, dear friends, this seminar will not only be an excellent occasion to continue our political debates. It will also be a great opportunity to exchange experiences, to learn about best practices and to deepen our progressive network.

For more information about the seminar, please find enclosed the draft program, the technical details and the registration form.

Please get registered for the seminar in Ouagadougou at the latest on 28 September 2018. We are looking forward to the confirmation of your participation and to seeing you in Burkina Faso.


Draft program

Seminar of Progressive Alliance : « Migration and social justice »

12 – 13 October 2018, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso



Friday, 12 Octobre 2018

Venue: Hotel Palace, Ouaga 2000, Ouagadougou


8h00                Registration


9h00                Meeting of the Steering Committee (not open to the press),

All parties and associated organizations of the Progressive Alliance are entitled to send delegates to the Steering Committee. The Steering Committee prepares the seminar, discusses resolutions and the upcoming activities of the Progressive Alliance.

Chaired by Konstantin Woinoff, Coordinator, Progressive Alliance


11h00             Report and discussion on the political situation in African countries (without press)


12h30             Lunch


13h30             Plenary session (open to the press)


13h30              Opening Ceremony


14h00              Welcome speech

Simon Compaoré, Acting President, People’s Movement for Progress (MPP)


14h15             Introductory speeches on migration and social justice


14h45             Leaders’ Debates on Migration and Social Justice


16h00             Family photo


16h05              Video


16h10              Introductory speeches on Empowering young people and women


16h30              Key Debate on Empowerment of young people and women


17h30              Closing speech


18h00             End of the first day


19h30             Reception

Venue :  Garden of Hotel Palace


Saturday, 13 October (without press)


09h00              Workshop of the Friedrich Ebert Foundation “The Future of Migration Policy : the Role of Trade Unions to Improve the Working Conditions and the Integration of Migrants”

Venue : Hotel Palace


12h00              Lunch at Hotel


13h00              Field visit and discussion


16h00              End of the seminar


Draft Program
Technical Details