Ambassador Barbier attends 2016 Africa Day celebrations in Yeoville
Ambassador of France to South Africa HE Elisabeth Barbier on Wednesday 25 May 2016 attended the Africa Day celebrations in Yeoville, Johannesburg, with Gauteng Premier David Makhura.
Africa Day, on 25 May each year, celebrates the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which paved the way for the establishment of the African Union in 2000.
Ambassador Barbier addressed the celebrations at the invitation of the Africa Diaspora Forum.
During her speech, Ambassador Barbier highlighted the plight of migrants all over the world: “Because of violent conflicts, natural disasters, chronic poverty and inequality, the world is currently experiencing the largest displacement of people since the Second World War”. She emphasised the importance of civil society platforms to seek new solutions and responses to support migrants and refugees.
“In South Africa, France supports civil society organisations through the Civil Society Development Fund, which helps small-scale projects that can contribute to the enhancement of human rights and the strengthening of local democracy”. Since 2013, more than 20 organisations have benefitted from the fund.
In addition, the French Development Agency (AFD) has, since 2010, worked with South African institutions to promote social cohesion and integration of all African communities – to resist practices that fuel xenophobic exclusion and violence.
Read the Ambassador’s speech.