5 questions to Cristina Palabay, general secretary of the organisation Karapatan in the Philippines

17 July 2021 - Dossier

Interview with Cristina Palabay – Cristina Palabay, also known as Tinay, is a committed activist and feminist. Palabay has been a political activist since her student days at the University of the Philippines, as Secretary General of the Nationwide Alliance of UP student Councils and later on, as the National President of the National Union …Read More

The Fight for Food Sovereignty in Pakistan and the role of Women

- Dossier

Dr. Azra Talat Sayeed – As a political activist with a focus on women’s and peasant rights, Dr. Azra Talat Sayeed has made an important contribution to building peasant movements in Pakistan and in the Asian region. She is the Executive Director of Roots for Equity, a Karachi-based organisation working with small and landless peasants, …Read More


16 July 2021 - Dossier

Raquel Luna –  After our last dossier about reclaiming democracy, we take a closer look at the role of a group of persons that is perceived as a minority in society but it is not. It includes half of the world’s population. Women across the world experience systematically that their rights are challenged… when not …Read More

LEAVE NO ONE BEHIND: Can the private sector fulfill this ambition? And why this was the wrong question

14 July 2021 - Perspectives

Véronique Faber, Cercle de Coopération and Magali Paulus, Collectif Tax Justice Lëtzebuerg – When the principle of Leave No One Behind (LNOB) was first introduced in the discussion of the United Nations (UN) Post-2015 Development Agenda – today known as Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development -, it was an opportunity to change the way we …Read More

Show me what democracy looks like!

9 May 2021 - Dossier

Birgit Engel – More and more environmental lawsuits reveal a lack of access to justice for individuals and organizations in national and international courts. Citizens have to fight in court for what multinational corporations have been handed on a silver platter by numerous Free Trade Agreements: the possibility to sue for economic damages caused by …Read More

The Myth of A Nation / Excerpt of AMERICANA

8 May 2021 - Dossier

  Thea Matthews is an American-born poet, educator, and author of African and Indigenous Mexican descent. Born in San Francisco, California, she earned her B.A. in Sociology at UC Berkeley where she studied and taught June Jordan’s program Poetry for the People led by Aya de Leon. She has experience with community organizing and activism …Read More

Grasping a decolonized notion of democracy

7 May 2021 - Dossier

        Raquel Luna – This article reviews the notion of “earth democracy” 2 advocated by the Indian scholar and environmentalist activist, Dr. Vandana Shiva. The definition of earth democracy is “the freedom for all species to evolve within the web of life, and the freedom and responsibility of humans, as members of …Read More

Exploring alternatives – Building grassroots democracy in India

6 May 2021 - Dossier

Pallav Das – It has been thirty years since India began liberalizing its economy due to a balance of payment crisis in 1991. While there is too much hype in the media about the advancement made by the country in this period, the reality is alarmingly different. The Indian cities are severely polluted, the ecology …Read More

The role of public development banks: Crossed interview with Counter Balance and European Investment Bank (EIB)

14 February 2021 - Dossier

Inteview by Raquel Luna and Antoniya Argirova Counter Balance is a coalition of 9 NGOs whose mission is to make European public finance a key driver of the transition towards socially and environmentally sustainable and equitable societies. Over the last decade, they have monitored extensively the operations of the European Investment Bank (EIB).The EIB is …Read More

Should ADB refocus to take account of critical development needs?

- Dossier

Antonio Tujan Jr., IBON Philippines –  The COVID-19 pandemic has become a defining moment for the millennium. It adds to the existential crises that the world faces, along with the threats to human society and nature from climate change and the threat of nuclear conflict. As the COVID19 pandemic rages around the world, developing country …Read More