Africa Writes Young Voices 2018

Africa Writes: Young Voices 2018 2018 is the second year of our Africa Writes: Young Voices education programme, which seeks to open up the wonderful world of African and diaspora literature to young people in schools and inspire them to write and perform their own poetry. Guided by professional poets and facilitators, school students explore […]

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Breaking down silos is the first step towards fruitful policy making

Current policy making in international development lacks the right balance between economic, environmental and social benefits. In order to make policies sustainable, such a balance should be sought more forcefully. This entails engaging the private sector with new and innovative approaches, given its key position in the global development discourse. Source: BROKERS

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Africa Writes 2019 – Call for ideas

Africa Writes 2019 LONDON – Friday 5 July – Saturday 6 July, The British Library BRISTOL – late June (final dates TBC) The Royal African Society’s annual celebration of contemporary literature from Africa and the diaspora returns! Established in 2012, Africa Writes is now the UK’s biggest celebration of contemporary African writing. The festival aims […]

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Obsessed with impact – towards a systems approach for social change

Many forms of resistance do not take place in squares. In some cases, people enact the social change they want to see through practical interventions – for instance, by initiating community projects or a social enterprise. While many of these initiatives are laudable, the obsession with measuring their direct impact is distracting us from understanding, […]

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Work beyond the pay cheque: boosting employees’ spirits for societal gain

The obsession with capital accumulation and the resulting idolatry of money have created an impersonal economy and competitive workplace that aims at getting the most out of people, while lacking a truly humanistic purpose. However, past crises have nudged a mindset shift towards an emphasis on compassion with respect to organizational purpose. As a result, […]

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How to ignite the countervailing power of translocal movements

Countless social movements are currently simmering below the radar. They are locally rooted and globally connected in translocal networks, creating new practices and ideas for tackling economic, ecological and social challenges. However, they merely flicker in the shadows if they fail to address existing power structures. In this blog, I provide some ways to harvest […]

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Time to ignite the power of translocal social movements

Countless social movements are currently simmering below the radar. They are locally rooted and globally connected in translocal networks, creating new practices and ideas for tackling economic, ecological and social challenges. However, they merely flicker in the shadows if they fail to address existing power structures. In this blog, I provide some ways to harvest […]

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Changing of the guard? The rise of spatial data for reporting on the SDGs in the Global South

Three years after drafting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the first steps of progress towards meeting them can be assessed. However, high quality data to report on the SDGs is often lacking, especially for those countries furthest behind in the Global South. The use of ‘new’ spatial data sources has the potential to allay this […]

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