News comment and analysis

27 November
2019

An Irrational Shower – Nigel Thornton

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South Africa’s response to HIV/AIDS illustrates all too well how government policy is seldom evidence based.  For World AIDS Day, Agulhas Director Nigel Thornton reflects on the response to HIV/AIDS over the last three decades.  Thirty years ago, in what was then called Pietersburg in the Northern Transvaal, I was only just holding onto the speaker’s Afrikaans. “This [...]

25 November
2019

VAWG: Combating Femicide in South Africa- Gemma Norrington-Davies

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There is no doubt that violence against women is a worldwide epidemic. In recent years, violence against women has increasingly grabbed media headlines, attracting the attention of high profile celebrities, influencers and governments alike.

21 November
2019

The Grand Bargain is moving the dial on humanitarian aid. But not enough – Lauren Pett

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The past fifteen years has seen humanitarian response enter into a new and challenging phase characterised by heightened risk, reduced humanitarian space, multiple highly-politicised, conflict-driven emergencies, and increased public and donor scrutiny. These accumulating obstacles are causing a growing number of organisations to turn away from traditional humanitarian action, particularly in difficult or insecure environments (see [...]

4 November
2019

Eco-fascism: How an extreme-right vision of ecological disaster and anti-migration is trying to reframe the climate debate – and how development practitioners should respond – Mona Soussi

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Eco-fascism, as defined by open democracy, can be understood as “a radical blend of ethnonationalism and authoritarianism.” It is a far right, radical environmentalism that encompasses Malthusian and white supremacist ideologies. Globally, there have been at least 16 major violent attacks clearly linked to white supremacist ideology since 2011.

30 October
2019

Riding two horses – Marcus Cox

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Taken at face value, recent ministerial pronouncements suggest that the UK aid programme is being repurposed to forge new trading partnerships and seize the economic opportunities open to Britain in a post-Brexit world.

11 October
2019

International Day of the Girl Child: Why we need to talk about the G in VAWG – Trisha Chauhan & Mona Soussi

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Violence Against Women and Girls is a worldwide epidemic. It impacts all women, including girls. And I’ll pause there. While violence against women and violence against girls tend to be boxed into one group, they can manifest in quite different ways.

7 October
2019

What a no-deal Brexit could mean for asylum seeking children – Paige Isaacson

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It is no exaggeration that UK politics is chaotic at the moment. We still do not know what will happen on the Brexit deadline of 31 October. One of the issues hanging in the balance is how the UK will treat some of the most vulnerable people – unaccompanied child asylum seekers – after leaving the EU.

22 July
2019

3 ways to ensure the Climate Assembly really addresses the climate emergency – Rebecca Willis, Rich Wilson & Lucy Stone

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This post originally appeared on Open Democracy UK.  Parliament is setting up citizens assemblies to demonstrate the public desire for climate action. But we’ve been here before – what will be different this time? The UK recently passed historic legislation setting a net-zero target for emissions of greenhouse gases by 2050. Setting a target though, is one [...]

9 July
2019

Cultured meat: the food of the future? – Paige Isaacson

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The connection between meat production and climate change and environmental degradation is widely recognised. We know that the livestock industry is responsible for 14.5% of greenhouse (GHG) emissions globally, while accounting for 40% of arable land and 29% of agricultural freshwater use. Industrialised livestock production also results in large quantities of animal waste which leads [...]

21 June
2019

We won’t get ‘Carrie-d’ away. Fight on! – Theo Yeung

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At 7am on Sunday the 9th of June my phone started buzzing and it kept buzzing in the days to follow. Instant updates and messages firing from various media outlets, family and friends overwhelmed both my WhatsApp and social media accounts. It was the start of a very tough week for Hong Kong. What happened? [...]

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