Water, Africa’s Gold: Pan-continental shortage forces Africans to spend more on water than food

6 June 2022 - Dossier

Rivonala Razafison, Bennett Oghifo, Mekonnen Teshome , Maina Waruru, Engela Duvenage, Kiran Pandey, Swati Bhatia, Nivit Kumar Yadav – Women and children in Africa spend 4.5 million years collecting water every year: A pan-continental shortage has made hunt for water a daily exercise and forced Africans to spend more on water than on food. Everybody …Read More

Re-Imagining Peacebuilding in Development Cooperation

2 June 2022 - Dossier

Asma Khalifa – In our world today, there are several conflicts and wars driven by zero sum political games. This challenges peace everywhere. More than ever improvements to the work of developmental cooperation in conflict transformation and peacebuilding is needed. This means that we need to revisit what the terms “conflict transformation” and “peacebuilding mean, …Read More

The housing crisis in paradox

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Interview by Raquel Luna – “D’Logementskris am Paradox. Wëll Lëtzebuerg eng Zwee-Klasse-Gesellschaft?” (The housing crisis in paradox: does Luxembourg want a two-class society?) published in FGFC Mag’1 by Dr. Phil Nora Schleich describes the housing crisis problem and the dynamics at play. For an increasing amount of people, owning a home (and even renting one) …Read More

The Marcos Dynasty Returns to Power after a campaign marked by disinformation and electoral irregularities

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Julie Smit – When Filipinos voted in the 9 May national elections, those hoping for change and an end to the disastrous human rights situation under incumbent president Rodrigo Duterte were already resigned to the fact that the election would not be fair and that their hopes had little chance of being realised. Their fears …Read More

What became of the COVAX dream?

24 February 2022 - Dossier

Alena Ilanova, Global Justice UK – On 15 January 2022 COVAX marked a key milestone – its first 1 billion vaccines delivered[i]. However, the occasion left access to medicines campaigners and experts feeling cold. What happened to COVAX’s lofty goals and was its failure all but guaranteed from the outset? The world ushered in the …Read More

Eduardo Gudynas’ analysis on the role of business at the COP26

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Raquel Luna – The following is a summary of the report “Negotiating Climate Change: the Ongoing Failure of Conventional Politics”1 by Eduardo Gudynas published on 3.12.2021. Although the report reviews the general outcomes and dynamics of the COP26 in Glasgow, Scotland, the focus of this summary is on the trends and dynamics of the involvement …Read More

A Short Chronicle of the Zapatista “Travesía por la Vida”

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collective Let’zapatistas – On 22.06.2021, the ship La Montaña touched land in Vigo, Spain for the Travesía por la Vida, Journey for Life. The Zapatista expedition Escuadrón 421, composed of four women, two men and one otroa, renamed Europe, Slumil K’ajxemk’op (Insubmissive Land, Tierra Insumisa) to mark their arrival as a symbol of a reverse …Read More

The Great Reset – more than a conspiracy theory?

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Julie Smit – When World Economic Forum founder and current Executive Chairman, Klaus Schwab, and the British Prince of Wales jointly announced “The Great Reset” as the theme of a “unique twin summit to be held in Davos in January 2021”, it gave rise to a profusion of outlandish conspiracy theories. However, a closer analysis …Read More

Finance and Human Rights: How Sustainable is the Luxembourg Financial Centre?

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Nadine Haas – Both public and private actors praise the Luxembourg financial centre as a leader in sustainability. Whether this is true or not, there is a fundamental problem with the understanding of sustainability, which, for these actors seems to refer mainly to the environment and climate. When it comes to human rights, however, their …Read More

The Conferences of the Parties – a brief history of suppression

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Birgit Engel – Rather than raising binding commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions to a new and higher level, COP26 increased the massive inequality gap between the countries of the Global North and South. According to an assessment made by the Indian Center for Science and Environment (CSE), of the eight topics on the Glasgow …Read More