Senegal’s re-elected president says he is willing to open a new chapter. But transforming the country will take more than a new president or fairer elections: the Senegalese people need a new consciousness, argues Elimane Haby Kane
Despair might seem like the only rational response in the wake of far-right populist Jair Bolsonaro’s presidential victory in Brazil. But there is light on the horizon: Pedro Telles looks at an innovative collective, Bancada Ativista, that is already becoming an electoral force.
Change is inherently messy, and so are explanations for it. Over a series of six blog posts, Sebastian Bock aims to add to this creative mess by looking at a few cases of transformative social change.
It is time Nigeria’s government stopped looking past the ‘eyesores’ of Lagos’ shantytowns as it focuses on plans for an urban megacity that the majority of the city’s inhabitants will not be able to afford to live in. An inclusive city is essential for citizens and a sustainable economy alike, writes Fola Adeleke.
Any gender-based analysis of economic development in post-conflict areas must seriously engage with an often-ignored population of women, writes Roseline Orwa.
When governments, NGOs or corporations tout the benefits of their new ICT interventions, we need to consider whose notion of progress they will serve, and ask the “beneficiaries” how (and if) they want to participate, argues Taylor Downs.
Elimane Haby Kane asks whether the recent discovery of large petroleum deposits will help to transform his West African nation for the better, or merely serve the foreign companies who extract these resources.
Getting around a big city with young children can be difficult nearly anywhere in the world, but in austerity-gripped Zimbabwe’s capital city, those challenges are compounded by a crumbling transport system, writes Maureen Sigauke.
As millions around the world celebrated Christmas, there was scant merriment for most Zimbabweans. A year after the ouster of Robert Mugabe, Zimbabwe’s economic collapse and hyperinflation, writes Maureen Sigauke, is a sobering illustration of the fact that inequality is not just “a bug in the system”.
Classical debates about power and inequality, from Locke to Marx, centre on the topic of ownership. In our digital age, these theoretical views may seem outdated, writes Gabriella Razzano. But the exponential growth of our “personal” data and corporations’ widespread use of it make these frameworks more valuable than ever.
Zimbabwe’s government has proclamed the country ‘open for business’ and cut spending in a bid to attract Chinese investment. But hyperinflation and a doctors’ strike point to the cost in misery, writes Craig Dube.
Digital developments have aided the recent rise in access to banking. But in many parts of the developing world, the gender gap in financial inclusion has failed to shift in the developing world; in Bangladesh, it has risen significantly. Technology alone can’t provide the solutions, writes Anjali Sarker.
While the Green New Deal endorsed by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez and other Democrats holds out great promise, writes Lauren Burke, the right to organise must be enshrined in such proposals if we are to take serve the environment and citizens alike.
Danske Bank's Estonian branch was charged in what may be one of the largest ever money-laundering cases. This is at heart an inequality issue, writes Louise Russell-Prywata: financial secrecy has allowed wealthy people, aided by banks and financial advisers, to steal huge sums from underfunded public sectors.
In the wake of an unsparing report on UK poverty by the UN’s Special Rapporteur, Nicola Browne argues that just as those hardest hit by austerity were at the heart of Alston’s visit, they should be at the forefront of making sure his recommendations become reality.
Even in an age of declining union membership, and despite employers’ concerted anti-union efforts, writes Lauren Burke, it is still possible to win certification when workers’ resolve to improve their jobs and lives is supported by good organising strategy.