The KAN Festival

The KAN Festival aspires to be the platform where TCDC stakeholders – alumni, friends, collaborating partners, thought leaders and development practitioners…all committed friends of Africa, can converge to collectively explore practical ways of understanding and appreciating each others’ role in, and deepening their contribution to development in its various manifestations.  KAN will be the place where development practitioners of all walks of life can dedicate their time as the year begins, to reflect on ‘Pan African matters’ that have the potential to in one way or the other impact on the  growth and development of our immediate community and by extension at a larger scale on the African continent.

The greatest value addition of KAN to the ongoing development prospects will be the forum it becomes for facilitation of practitioners from all walks of life, age and sectors of work, bringing them together for sharing of ideas and drawing from one another lived experience. At KAN, development practitioners get an opportunity to inspire and be inspired, challenge one another and, in particular, take stock of what has transpired over the past period in their work with the intent of ‘connecting the proverbial dots’ to suggest what path may be best, going forward.

KAN aims to stimulate the community of development practitioners that attends each Festival to  play an active role in identifying and advocating for clear  tangible movement in terms of development gains, for the year ahead. Each festival will identify a suitable theme for the annual convening.

The theme suggested for the inaugural KAN festival in 2019 is ‘Revisiting Pan-Africanism’

 This theme has been arrived at on the basis of an ongoing interrogation of the uncomfortable truth that “Africa is a continent of huge contrasts. It is arguably the richest continent, yet home to the poorest people on earth.”


 The overall aims of the festival will be threefold:

  • To provide space for development practitioners to reflect on the past while imagining into the future, drawing on available sources of knowledge;
  • To create opportunities for mutual stimulation and collaborative analysis of the challenges at hand and surfacing collective action steps;
  • To create and strengthen networks of development and leadership practitioners committed to building the socially conscious, just, equitable community that mirror the ultimate aspirations of the African society