Minister of State for Overseas Development announces call for proposals for Africa Day events
Michael Kitt TD, Minister of State for Overseas Development, today announced a call for proposals for funding of events to mark Africa Day 2008 (25 May). The call is being made by Irish Aid, the Government’s programme of assistance to developing countries. Proposals are invited from groups such as community, academic and cultural organisations and local authorities. Making the announcement, the Minister said:
“This is the fulfilment of a commitment made in the White Paper on
Irish Aid, to support community and cultural events to mark Africa
Day. This is a great opportunity for groups around the country to
receive support for events that highlight African culture,
diversity and development.”
Africa Day will celebrate African diversity and success and highlight the potential that exists on such a vast and varied continent. Events should be open to the public, take place around Africa Day and promote a more comprehensive understanding of Africa in Ireland.
Note to editors:
Africa Day is the annual commemoration on May 25 of the 1963 founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), which was succeeded by the present African Union. The White Paper on Irish Aid made a commitment that Irish Aid would support events in Ireland that promote a more comprehensive understanding of Africa.
The closing date for applications is 29 February 2008. Further information on submitting proposals is available on the Irish Aid web site, www.irishaid.gov.ie.