It is a fact that globally women and girls are systematically excluded from participation in science and innovation. Recognizing that the status quo of girls and women in science is a fundamental impediment for attaining 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda; the UN dedicated 11th February as the International Day of Women and Girls in Science designated... Continue Reading →
Flip the Script: How Can Conflict Be Functional & Help Facilitate Positive Social Change?
By Hala A Maizer Welcome readers to the second part of the two-part series. In case you missed it, part one titled “What is Conflict Behaviour & How Does it Come About?” discussed what conflict behaviour is, how it manifests, and some theories around what may drive individuals and the collective to engage with it.... Continue Reading →
Gender inclusion: the key piece of the Climate Change Response puzzle
By Michelle Peñaherrera There are two subjects of extreme relevance in development that are being regarded more and more: climate change and gender equality. This is critical, as the importance in addressing them is beyond delay. However, the correlation between these two topics is much deeper than what is normally put in evidence. Therefore, this... Continue Reading →
Understanding the nature of work in Slums: In conversation with SlumAid
Taking a step away from our usual content, this week, we had a one-on-one chat with Giulia Pepe, the Director of SlumAid (www.slumaid.org) a broad discussion about their work in the slums, difficulty in raising donor funds, the environment for civil society in India and the impact of the current COVID19 crisis on their work... Continue Reading →
The crisis and the cure. Cooperation for a crumbling world.
By Bernardita Muñoz People say, optimistically, that every crisis is an opportunity. Well, now we are facing one of, if not the biggest crisis lived in the modern world. Coronavirus has struck not only our healthcare systems but the global order in unimaginable proportions. Our societies are facing a forced turning point in the way... Continue Reading →
Covid-19 and Lima’s urban informal settlements
By Pamela Hartley "Slums are overcrowded and densely populated, making self-isolation, social-distancing, and quarantines practically impossible."- Cities Alliance Peru's National Institute of Statistics (INEI) reports that 7 million Peruvians lack access to water, making them more vulnerable to Covid-19 as regular hand washing is nearly impossible. As far as we know, Coronavirus has not yet... Continue Reading →
Why are Chileans complaining? And the shift in development we all need
By Bernardita Muñoz While coronavirus is spreading around the world, threatening and destroying our normality, as a Chilean, I can’t help thinking about what else could happen now. Our “normality” is teetering for a while now, societies are changing and we are all called to review our understanding of how the dynamics that have shaped... Continue Reading →
What is all the hocus pocus? Institutions amidst sectarian power-sharing.
By Basheera Shaik For over two months now, the Lebanese people have been protesting for a complete overhaul of the political system, calling for the end of sectarian political power sharing and elite corruption. The protests were prompted by the introduction of austerity measures including a $6 tax on WhatsApp phone calls to generate an... Continue Reading →