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About the Event

The Accra Reparations Conference, being co-organized by the Republic of Ghana and the African Union Commission, seeks to promote dialogue, knowledge sharing and actionable strategies among diverse and relevant stakeholders on the way forward regarding addressing historical injustices against Africans and peoples of African descent, through the slave trade, segregation (Jim Crow), colonialism, apartheid, neo-colonialism and neo-liberalism. In various parts of the world, people of African ancestry are pushing the cause for reparations. In the United States, political leaders, religious personalities, grassroots organizations, opinion leaders have been unceasingly and increasingly calling for reparation, generations after generations. The icon of the golden age of the Civil Rights Movement, Dr. Martin Luther King made several calls for reparation for Black Americans. In recent years, cities and municipalities in the US have been passing progressively bills in favour of reparations. The topic of reparations gained ground in the United States, having been one of the 2020 Presidential election campaign subjects. The HR 40 Congressional Bill, which aimed at studying the inequities of slavery and segregation and at proposing remedies to rectify the wrongs caused by these systems, is yet to be passed into law. In the Caribbean, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) has been undoubtedly the champion for restorative justice of the Caribbean-descent African people. The Accra Reparations Conference, building on previous and present efforts in favour of reparation intends to build an all-African peoples unified front for the advancement of the cause of reparatory justice. That front endorsed by the African Union, with the strategic support of CARICOM and various stakeholders in the United States of America and in Europe will constitute the first ever African Committee of Experts on reparations. The Committee, drawn from relevant fields including law, will be established for the purpose of developing a Common African Position on Reparations and incorporate therein, an African Reparatory Programme of Action. Moreover, the Committee, among other things, will collaborate with CARICOM to establish an African Caribbean Joint Mechanism on Reparatory Justice based on the resolve of the Global African Diaspora Summit held in South Africa in 2012. To assist the Committee in the discharge of its mandate, a global reparations fund will also be created. The call for reparations is a call for justice to right the wrongs of the past and of the present and to transform the vicious cycle of impoverishment of Africa and its people into a virtuous cycle for a shared prosperity.


There are several objectives and key desired outcomes for this conference. These include:

  1. Facilitating meaningful discussions and knowledge sharing among experts, policymakers, academics, and stakeholders on the topic of reparations;
  2. Examining the legal and moral grounds for reparations and exploring different models of reparatory justice;
  3. Exploring mechanisms for truth-telling, acknowledgement, reconciliation, and healing both within African societies and in relationships with former colonial powers;
  4. Developing an action plan for a sustainable reparatory justice process in Africa, taking into account the historical context, current challenges, and future prospects;
  5. Building a united front and strengthening collaboration among African nations, the African diaspora, civil society organizations, policymakers, and other key stakeholders to advance the cause of justice and reparations;
  6. Discussing effective advocacy strategies to engage international institutions, governments, and civil society organizations in the reparation’s movement;
  7. Identifying opportunities for collaboration among African nations, the African diaspora, civil society organizations, and policymakers to advance the cause of reparations and justice;



The Conference is expected to result in the following outcomes:

  1. An African Reparatory action plan/programme, outlining key strategies, timelines and the responsible stakeholders, for a sustainable reparatory justice process; .
  2. Increased awareness, mobilization of support from all relevant stakeholders on the is-sue of reparations at the global level through engagement with international institutions etc.;
  3. Strengthened unity and collaboration among Africans, peoples of African descent, the diaspora etc., through
    the establishment of an African -Caribbean Joint Mechanism on reparatory justice;
  4. Establishment of an African Committee of Experts on Reparations for the purpose of developing a Common African position on reparations as well as to implement the Action Plan of the Accra Reparations Conference;
  5. Establishment of a global Reparations Fund to support the activities of the Committee of Experts on Reparations;
  6. Opportunities for experience sharing, greater networking, synergism and capacity building among participants;

Event Schedule

Experience a unique conference with thoughtfully curated four-day programme. Each minute will unveil fresh concepts and diverse perspectives on the topic of reparations. Join us to build a united African front to advance the cause of reparatory justice, while expanding your understanding in a dynamic and engaging environment.

Event Schedule

  • Day 1 Tuesday – 14th November, 2023
  • Day 2 Wednesday – 15th November, 2023
  • Day 3 Thursday- 16th November, 2023
  • Day 4 Friday- 17th November, 2023

Theme: Understanding Reparation: Historical Contexts and Contemporary Perspectives

09:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Registration and Welcome

Participants arrive and register for the conference

Cultural Performance: Abibigromma or Efua Sutherland School of Performance Arts

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Opening Ceremony

Welcome Address by Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Republic of Ghana

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission -TBC

Statement by H.E. Amina Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General, United Nations -TBC

Statement by H.E. Dr. Carla Barnett, Secretary-General, CARICOM -TBC

Statement by H.E. Francia Marquez, Vice President, Republic of Colombia-TBC

Keynote address by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, Republic of Ghana

Inauguration of the African Committee of Experts on Reparations by H.E. Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, President, Republic of Ghana and H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson, African Union Commission


12:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Presidential Dialogue on Reparations

Heads of State and Institutions discuss, in an informal format, the key issues around the reparations agenda for Africa; with the goal of mobilizing and consolidating political capital on the continent and beyond.

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Lunch Break

3:30 PM – 6:00 PM

Panel 1: Historical Crimes and the Case for Reparations

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Official Reception

Hosted by the Government of the Republic of Ghana


Our speakers include some well-established and resourceful leaders who are known to be champions of the quest of Africans and people of African descent for reparatory justice. All participants will advance their understanding of a wide range of subjects, including but not limited to historical and modern perspectives on reparations, crimes against Africans, the justification for reparations, and reparations as a catalyst for social change.

H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

President of the Republic of Ghana

H.E. Azali Assoumani

Chairperson of the African Union

H.E. Faure Essozimna Gnassigbé

President of the Republic of Togo

H.E. General Umaro Sissoco Embaló

President of the Republic of Guinea-Bassau

H.E. Gervais Ndirakobuca

Prime Minister of Burundi

H.E. Mia Mottley

Prime Minister of Barbados

H.E. Francia Marquez

Vice President of the Republic of Colombia

Hon. Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration

H.E. Moussa Faki Mahamat

Chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC)

H.E. Dr. Carla Natalie Barnett

Secretary-General, CARICOM



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00233244796468 00251942421242

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