Press Release 4 may 2016 – Voice4Thought Foundation is a fact!


Voice4Thought Foundation is a fact!

What started in 2013 as an idea for a documentary on engaged people in the research area (Nigeria, Chad, Cameroon, CAR, Congo DRC, Mali and Uganda) of the Connecting in Times of Duress team (Leiden University), grew to a fully independent project “Voice4Thought”. This project was launched on November 27, 2014 and resulted in the founding of the Voice4Thought Foundation on April 29, 2016.

Our world keeps getting smaller whilst opposing views between social, ethic, and religious groups become starker and bring with them fear and uncertainty. As a foundation we want to be a halmark for the production of alternative knowledge concerning current pressing social and political issues to get to a more nuanced public dialogue possible. This new knowledge is produced by people which make us think critically, a Voice for Thought. These voices want to be heard in this strongly polarised and morally unstable world. We offer a platform for people that bring an alternative story. They move heaven and earth to bring about constructive and peaceful change.

The access and further development of these kinds of alternative knowledge will be disseminated to the public through movie nights, debates, the website and our yearly festival. Our first festival took place in August 2015 (see for more information http://voice4thought.org/festival). This year the festival will take place on different locations in Leiden from September 21st until September 25th, 2015. The theme of this year’s Voice4Thought festival is “People in Motion”.

Big shout out to all the organisations that have supported us throughout the years: Leiden University, Leiden Global, African Studies Centre Leiden, Municipality of the city of Leiden, IICD (Institute for Information, Communication and Development), Radio Netherlands Worldwide Media (previous Wereldomroep), VPRO Buitenland, BothEnds, CRASH (Centre de Recherche en Anthropologie et Sciences Humaines, Ndjaména, Chad), Dakar University, Langaa (Research –and publication centre in Cameroon).