Future Workshop on "Resources in East and Horn of Africa", Nairobi

Workshop // Future Workshop on "Resources in East and Horn of Africa", Nairobi

In preparation for a Resource Summit to be held in Berlin, Germany in 2013, the Heinrich Böll Foundation offices in Kenya and Ethiopia are calling for applicants from Ethiopia, Kenya, North Sudan, South Sudan, South Central Somalia/Somaliland/Puntland and Tanzania to participate in a regional 3-days workshop to be held between 5th - 10th, November 2012 in Nairobi, Kenya. This workshop will apply the Future Workshop methodology to identify topics and innovative approaches of young people with regard to resource policy.

In view of the above and on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Rio Earth Summit, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung (HBS) will make Resource Policy one of its focal topics in the coming years. An international Resource Summit is planned to search for coherent and sustainable solutions across all resource sectors (such as oil/gas, minerals, land/soil, water, forests, biodiversity).


In most countries, economic models and current consumption patterns are highly dependent on the exploitation of limited and often scarce non-renewable energy sources. Investment in the extraction and distribution channels of these resources often have negative impacts on the development prospects of countries rich in resources.

One reaction to this self-created scarcity is aggressive trade and investment policies and a shifting of investment to more destructive resource exploitation in marginal areas (forests, oceans, fertile agricultural land etc.). These short-term solutions often include technologies which are serving the profit interests of multinational companies (e.g. genetic engineering, bio-fuels, and nuclear power), but are neither ecologically nor socially sustainable.

Another so-called solution to scarcity is attempts of substituting certain resources with others - e.g. biomass instead of fossil fuels, the use of noble earths for renewable energy technologies, or increased inputs of water and fertilizer to increase yields on shrinking arable lands). However, with a growing world population and a consumption-oriented middle class, this approach also does not address the fundamental problem of a spiraling demand that has already overstepped the planet's limited resources.


The aims of the Regional and International Resource Summits:

-To involve young stakeholders from science and civil society from different regions worldwide and to create new links between regions, actors and approaches and furthermore to jointly develop a new and participative HBS Resource Memorandum.

-To make use of the HBS Resource Memorandum in national, regional and international policy negotiations and in discussions with decision makers.

-To set a starting point for activities related to alternative resources policy on national and regional level together with young actors as a new target group.

Target Group


-The Future Workshops in general will address young people up to the age of 35. These include (graduate) students, young scientists, politically committed persons or job-starters with knowledge about different aspects of the resource topic and an interest to think beyond the boundaries of institutions and disciplines.

Requirement for Applicants

-One should be a young person of up to 35 years.

-One should have some insight in the resource topic (such as oil/gas, minerals, coal, land/soil, water, forests, biodiversity) but do not have to be high profile experts in the field.

-Workshop will be in English. Therefore, one needs to have English language skills, sufficient not only for following the proceedings but also for contributing actively.

-The applicant will be required to submit either an essay or a poem or an art with a synopsis on the state of natural resources today and a vision for the future in their own country (between 700 -1000 words)


will be selected based on:



The applicant has foresight and knowledge in the field of resources.


Open mindedness

The applicant demonstrate the ability and willingness to step back from their organization's viewpoint and to consider other standpoints and perspectives and able to look beyond their own field of expertise.



The participant is willing to invest time and energy.



The applicant demonstrates ability to function autonomously, demonstrate the ability to convey the developed ideas and present them to other participants.



Thinking about the future is always a somewhat creative process, it is important to have sufficient ability of a visionary and out of the box thinking person.

Rights Reservation

By agreeing to participate in this application, HBS reserve the rights:

-To publish your essay, poem, artwork/painting/mural in the HBS website.

-To document photo taken, video or any visual materials obtained after the workshop for those selected.

Interested candidates and who meet the above criteria are requested to submit their essays, poem or work of arts addressed to Heinrich Boell Stiftung, Country office Ethiopia, Addis Ababa, through email: {info@et.boell.org} or attention Mr. Ayele Kebede: {ayele.kebede@et.boell.org} on or before 31st August 2012.

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