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Detroit to Dakar - D2D – USSF to WSF

Concept paper on the WSF
Written by
Demba Musa Dembele
Director of the Forum for African Alternatives, Dakar, Senegal, Member of the International Council of the WSF

October 21, 2010

Briefing by Mamadou Goita, based in Mali and member of the Africa Social Forum and International Council of the World Social Forum held on Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Read Notes Here

Are you planning on Going to Dakar, Senegal ?
Read the D2D Vision

World Social Forum in Dakar 2011 - Detailed Information

Contact Priority Africa Network (PAN) for more information
Tel: (510) 663 2255 or email

“Detroit to Dakar” or D2D is an initiative by U.S. based organizations who have come together to brainstorm and coordinate activities for the USSF in Detroit June 22 – 26, 2010 as well as the WSF in Dakar six months later in January 2011. We invite you to join us as we plan to attend the Detroit USSF highlighting Africa and the African diaspora related issues and communities.  We do this with a vision of building linkages in the struggles of people and issues here in the U.S. and in Africa.

For more info on D2D contact

Priority Africa Network in Oakland CA Tel:(510) 663 2255 or DetroitANDDakar@gmailcom


Participating Organizations in the Africa
Women Development & Resource Center, Nigeria;
Due Process and e-Governance Bureau, Nigeria;
Sahara Reporters, Nigeria;
Institute for Research and the Promotion of Alternatives in Development (IRPAD), Bamako, Mali
Reseau des femmes pour le developpement durable en Afrique, Senegal;
Fahamu - Network for Social Justice, Senegal;
 Institute for Research and the Promotion of Alternatives in Development, Mali;
Abahlali baseMjondolo, South Africa;
Institute for Security Studies, South Africa;
Biowatch, South Africa;
Gender & Trade Network, South Africa;
ZIMCODD - Zimbabwe Coalition on Debt and Development, Zimbabwe;
Lungujja Community Health Caring Organization, Uganda; and
Groots, Kenya


D2D s an initiative that has brought together Africa-focused organizations from around the U.S, to coordinate activities and enhance participation at the U.S. Social Forum in Detroit June 22 - 26, 2010.  The goal of D2D is to promote issues related to Africa and the African Diaspora, at the U.S Social Forum in Detroit while also making strategic links towards the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal in early 2011.
The U.S. Social Forum will be held in the city of Detroit to highlight the massive economic downturn the city has suffered over the past few years. The World Social Forum will be taking place in Dakar, Senegal and hosted for the second time in an African country.  D2D is showing the parallels of the economic downturn across the U.S. and Africa by making strategic links between these two cities, Detroit and Dakar, which will move us toward global concepts for solutions.  In Detroit, U.S.-based organizations are collaborating, along with many African partners, to dialogue and strategize for grassroots-led change under the vision "Another World is Possible."