Pamoja Zone


Community is at the center of the ICPD; this was the case in Cairo in 1994 and remains equally true in Nairobi 25 years later. 

The Pamoja Zone is an exciting and interactive space for the ICPD champions to come together, feel motivated, make new connections and learn from each other. 

It will be divided into five different areas that bring together innovation, community conversations, art and interpersonal connections. 

The Pamoja Zone will host talks on groundbreaking data innovations, conversations with inspirational leaders, and workshops to build the skills we need to achieve the ICPD agenda as a community.



The Pamoja Zone has been developed in the spirit of inclusiveness, participation and responsibility, and applies a set of principles for all participants.

The Pamoja Zone is a safe space for open discussion and dialogue, with zero tolerance for discrimination and/or harassment. All people’s opinions are respected, everyone is welcome and every voice is equally important. We ask you to enter the Pamoja Zone with positive energy and an open mind.

The Summit safeguarding principles apply to the Pamoja zone.


A 101 guide to making the Pamoja Zone a safe space

  • Greet the people you meet in the Pamoja Zone with a smile — this is your community.
  • Make sure any comments and/or questions are respectful and constructive.
  • Listen respectfully to your fellow community members. 
  • Audience members are to maintain decorum, respect and cultural sensitivity throughout. 
  • Try to be as inclusive as you can in your language and when addressing people.
  • Appreciate, encourage and support all of those that are sharing experiences and stories.
  • Network respectfully and with an open mind.
  • The Pamoja Zone applies zero tolerance to discrimination and harassment of any sort.



The Pamoja Zone is divided into 5 areas.


1. Umeme Stage 

The main stage of the Pamoja Zone will showcase lightning rounds featuring youth and CSO ICPD champions, experts in innovation in data, unique conversation with some of the ICPD leaders in the "meet the leader" sessions, exclusive launches in the "hot off the press" session and other interesting activities. 

You can find more details in the interactive programme under lightning sessions at the Umeme Stage. 

The sessions will start at 11.30 on day one and run until the closing.


2. Community Corner

An intimate space for conversations, workshops, interactive theater, and opportunities for connecting with participants and learning from each other.

The community corner will host one workshop a day including: 

  • Day 1: Podcasting 101 with Rose Reid from iHeart Radio @15.45
  • Day 2: Communicating the ICPD with Rose Reid from iHeart Radio @13.00
  • Day 3: Artificial Intelligence for the ICPD with Etrilab @11.30

IYAFP is taking over for Sex o’clock news on Day 2 @17.30


3. Computer Station

Hosting interactive workshops exemplifying how to make a change for the ICPD: 

  • Day 1: Leverage the power of data for the ICPD through Storymaps @14.00
  • Day 2: Use data to locate and identify those most left behind @10.00. Add women and girls to Wikipedia, the world’s largest online encyclopaedia @11.00
  • Day 3: Put girls at risk of Female Genital Mutilation on the map - join the mapathon @12.30

The computer station is also a place where participants can bring their own laptops, charge devices, check emails and prepare for presentation during downtime. 


4. Karibu Lounge

A space to meet and greet participants and form new connections and partnerships. 

Twice a day (at 12:00 and 15:00), there will be a “Human Library” where you can interact with activists, champions and experts in different sectors, and get inspired by their story in an intimate setting. 

This networking space will also feature a selfie wall and a Pamoja Canvas — come and share your impressions and key messages from the Summit with the rest of the world.


5. Crafts Area

Groups of women quilters from East and Southern Africa will display their skills and cultural heritage. Each day a new quilt will be displayed that depicts the lives of the women and their communities and on the last day a special quilt will be presented. Come visit to hear the stories and techniques behind the quilts.


Operating Hours

Activities in the Pamoja Zone will start after the official opening on Day 1 and end shortly before the closing ceremony of the Summit.

  • Day 1: 11.00 - 19.00
  • Day 2: 08.00 - 19.00
  • Day 3: 08.00 - 14.30



Check out the full lineup of events here.