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Report of the Kenya Government and Local Community delegation to Barka Poland

We present the report of the Kenya Government and Local Communities delegation to Barka Poland.   REPORT OF STUDY VISIT TO POLAND – 2016

Raport KENIA 2016 – wersja polska

Cały raport z wizyty studyjnej przedstawicieli Barki Afryka – INISE do Kenii (2016r.) znajduje się w linku poniżej – tłumaczenie pełnej wersji raportu – PONIŻEJ : Kenia raport_wersja polska_21  

World Commerce Summit

Barka Africa INISE delegation plans to take part in the World Commerce Summit on Emirates and Africa, taking place in Warsaw on the 14th and 15th of May 2016. The conference will gather world the business, NGO and political leaders to create paths for collaboration and join new initiatives for harnessing enterprise potential between Emirates, […]

Report – Study visit of representatives of Barka Africa-INISE (english version)

Here is a full report from the Barka Africa-INISE delegation’s study visit to Kenya on 4 – 19 of February 2016. The visit included meetings with local communities, county governments and the central government. As direct consequence of this trip, there is a visit of Kenyan Government to Poland in the process of preparation and […]

The Potential of the Social Economy for Local Development in Africa

The Social Economy is increasingly attracting the interest of policy makers and scholars alike, thanks to its capacity to tackle key social and economic issues. While the importance of the Social Economy has been recognised by the EU, its role in supporting local development in other continents is still widely overlooked. This exploratory study provides an overview of the […]

A message for Easter Season…

(…) That is why we say to all: „Come and see!”. In every human situation marked by weakness, sin and death, the Good News is not just a word. It is a testimony of the selfless and faithful love. It is about going beyond oneself to meet the other and be close to those who […]

Barka chairman admitted to the Council of Elders of the Pokomo Community in Kenya

Tomasz Sadowski, chairman of Barka Foundation for Mutual Help, was admitted to the Council of Elders of the Royal Tribe of Pokomo in Kenya. For the first time in 400 years, the white man has been adopted to the Council of Elders.  A ceremony took place on the 5th of March in the Barka centre […]

European Citizens Award for Barka Foundation in Poland

On the 25th of February 2015 at a festive gala at the European Parliament, Tomasz Sadowski and Ewa Sadowska received European Citizens Award on behalf of the Barka Foundation. The award was presented by Maired Mcguinnes, vice president of the European Parliament.

World recognition on social innovations to the founder of Barka Foundation

On the 18th of February 2015 in Mumbai during the World CSR Congress and the World Day of Corporate Social Responsibility, Tomasz Sadowski chairman of Barka Foundation for Mutual help was presented with Leadership Award on Social Innovation. The prize is a statuette and a diploma. In justification letter one reads among others: „your contribution to […]

Reducing poverty in Africa

Reducing poverty in Africa – Realistic targets for the post-2015 MDGs and Agenda 2063 The eradication of extreme poverty is a key component of the post-2015 MDG process and the African Union’s Agenda 2063. This paper uses the International Futures forecasting system to explore this goal and finds that many African states are unlikely to make […]

Kenya ranked sixth on extreme poverty index

Kenya has been ranked sixth among top 10 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with large populations living in extreme poverty. And the country will not be able to combat poverty by 2030 unless radical measures are taken to rescue the 18 million people under the poverty line, says a study by the Institute of Security Studies. […]

The auction of Jack White’s piano

Dear Friends, Barka UK are honoured to be part of an extraordinary initiative : the auction of Jack White’s piano. This is a piano which served the White Stripes to record their ground-breaking album „Elephant”. The funds from the auction are going to support the work of Barka UK in London. Barka UK are most […]

Barka Foundation receives European Citizen’s Prize – Festive Gala in Poznan and Brussels

On the 8th of February at the Poznan’s theatre ‚Teatr Nowy’ a festive gala was organised to celebrate the presentation of Barka Foundation with the European Citizen’s Prize. The organizer of the gala was Ms. Agnieszka Kozlowska-Rajewicz, MEP who nominated Barka Foundation for the award. The ceremony was attended by over a hundred guests including […]

Evaluation of the impact of the free movement of EU citizens at local level

The study has been commissioned by the European Commission, DG JUSTICE and published in January 2014.

Merry Christmas

Dear Friends, In the magic time of Christmas let us not forget about those of us who experience suffering and struggle, those who are lonely, those searching for a helping hand, acceptance and love.

World CSR Congress presents BARKA with social innovation award

Tomasz Sadowski, chairman of Barka Foundation for Mutual Help in Poland has been invited to speak at the World CSR Congress in Mumbai in February 2015. Tomasz will be also presented with a recognition in the field of social innovations.

INISE representatives at the House of Lords

INISE representatives Baiba Dhidha Mjidho and Ewa Sadowska took part in the function at the House of Lords organised by Rev Lord Roberts of Llandudo on 2ndDecember.  Lord Roberts hosted a presentation of the work of Barka UK, a charity which has reconnected thousands of homeless migrants to their families or to support centres in Eastern Europe. […]

Discussion paper on the wider context of collaboration between communities in Africa

Discussion paper on the wider context of collaboration between communities in Africa, the African Diaspora in Europe and the Barka Foundation in Poland,  through INISE. Paper by Baiba Dhidha Mjidho, Assistant Secretary of INISE aisbl.  

Barka Foundation for Mutual Help wins European Civic Award

Barka Foundation has been awarded for supporting those most affected in the process of political transformation in Poland, and for popularizing the Social Economy in the world. One of the most important awards for outstanding citizens and organisations in the EU – the European Civic Award – will be presented to the Barka Foundation for […]

1’st Global Convention – conference in Liverpool

Dear Friends, please find attached a programme as well as a report from the Liverpool conference which tool place last Friday, organised by the Global Visionary Women Network. I attended the conference with Barka UK assistant – Ioana Tanasescu, a Romanian national. Barka was asked to deliver a key note speech as well as a […]

BARKA’s encounters with Japanese architects to create projects of support to communities hit by tsunami

On the 16th of July representatives of Barka UK met with Ms Shizuka Hariu, director of Shizuka Hariu & Shin Hagiwara Architecture + Scenography. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss possibilities of cooperation in the north-eastern coast of Japan, which in March 2011 was affected by the earthquake and tsunami. BARKA UK first met […]

BNP Paribas Wealth Management Special Prize for Tomasz and Barbara Sadowski

Tomasz and Barbara Sadowscy, the founders of Barka Foundation for Mutual Help in Poland, were awarded the 7th BNP PARIBAS WEALTH MANAGEMENT PRIZE FOR INDIVIDUAL PHILANTHROPY HONOURS. ‘The Jury’s Special Prize was awarded for their social integration work and promotion of Barka social franchise model in Poland and abroad. The Barka Foundation for Mutual Help […]

Barbara Sadowska participated in the EU- Africa Business Forum

Barbara Sadowska , Vice President of the Barka Foundation, participated in the EU- Africa Business Forum, held on 31 March and 1 April in Brussels. The Forum, attended by over 1000 participants, was co-organised by the European Union and the African Union. The theme of the meeting was the development of cooperation between Europe and the African continent in both economic and […]

Barka UK and INISE in the conference of European Mayors

On the 11th of February Ewa Sadowska of Barka UK and INISE took part in the conference of European Mayors. Please see Ewa’s account below: Dear All, I’m coming back from the conference of the European Commission organized in Brussels for European mayors, regarding the intro-EU migration (please refer to the information below and the […]

INISE representatives participated in the meeting at the Embassy of Japan in London

INISE representatives Baiba Dhidha Mjidho and Ewa Sadowska participated in the meeting at the Embassy of Japan in London on “How architects responded after events in March 2011”. In March 2011 there was a huge earthquake in Eastern Japan followed by a tsunami that influenced a destruction of nearly 5 million homes, some of which […]

Young Global Leaders Newsletter

Catching up with Coen (Class 2007) Can you tell us what you are doing now that can potentially change the world? I have been working in real estate for the past 20 years. After meeting Al Gore seven years ago, I decided to fully refocus my company on sustainable buildings. Over the past few years, […]

Dr Filip Kaczmarek, MEP meets with INISE delegation in Poznan

MEP Filip Kaczmarek met the representatives of the INISE organization who had just come back from a conference organised Ethiopia. The Addis Ababa Summit on Cross Continental Cooperation ‚The Future of the Millennium Development Goals in the African Union’ organized by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy (ICD) from Berlin, took place between the 27^th and 30^th of January. Important […]

INISE presents at a conference in Ethiopia

On 28 – 31 January, representatives of INISE: Baiba Dhidha Mjidho, Magdalena Chwarscianek and Ewa Sadowska took part in a conference on the Milenium Development Goes and Africa’s development organised by the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy ( ICD ) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference focused on detailed analises of the geo-political, economic and social […]

Ola Ciurlik study trip to Ghana

Pictures and recordings of Ola Ciurlik from her study trip to Ghana in December 2013  

Participatory Development – should it be saved ?

A dissertation entitled „Participatory Development – should it be saved” by Ola Ciurlik, Barka UK’s volunteer specializing in Africa. Ola is a graduate of the SOAS University of London (The School of Oriental and African Studies). In her thesis Ola describes the example of INISE, KCA, the Kanini Kaeso project and the Barka Network making a […]

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