Funders and the myth of 'financial sustainability'

Funders and the myth of 'financial sustainability'

Funders inevitably ask small change-making organisations if they are financially sustainable, but Rose Longhurst believes this is the wrong question. Should healthy balance sheets really be their primary aim? Don’t we want these groups to change the world, so they no longer need to exist?

Africa's digital economy must have women at its heart

Africa's digital economy must have women at its heart

The growth of digitalisation and technology is a disruptive opportunity for African countries to leapfrog their development and economic transformation, says Crystal Simeoni, as she reflects on the 2019 Pan African Conference on Illicit Financial Flows and Taxation.

Lawyered up: why open justice isn't working

Lawyered up: why open justice isn't working

The court records system is almost impossible for non-insiders to navigate. And too many legal insiders want to keep it that way, because it allows them to game the system via ‘rules lawyering’, says Gabriella Razzano.

Empire and insights, Grenfell and the Global South: my fellowship year

Empire and insights, Grenfell and the Global South: my fellowship year

“The capital of my former colonisers is a beautiful and a fatally unequal place,” says Maureen Sigauke, who observes that London’s inequality formed an instructive counterpart to a challenging and transformative active fellowship year.

Learn, collaborate, unite: my fellowship year

Learn, collaborate, unite: my fellowship year

During our fellowship year, we became a bonded and supportive group of friends whose collaboration across difference is a challenge to an innate truth of power — that “divide and conquer” is one of its most effective tools, writes Nicola Browne.

Understand, connect, speak up: my fellowship year

Understand, connect, speak up: my fellowship year

Working as a development professional, I sometimes forgot the most obvious questions – why is the world unequal, and who gains from inequality? At the end of a life-changing fellowship year, I do not have all the answers yet, but AFSEE gave me the courage to ask the right questions without fearing the consequences, writes Anjali Sarker.

White men in politics - who needs us?

White men in politics - who needs us?

In Brazil, 63% of elected representatives in Congress are white men, which is a group that makes up just 22% of the population. Pedro Telles argues that white men like him certainly have a role in politics - but not in the space they currently dominate.

Staples: a story about accessing court records

Staples: a story about accessing court records

Court records are legally required to be open, but all too often courts are full of closed doors and barriers, says Gabriella Razzano of a long, frustrating journey through the labyrinth that is Western Cape High Court in South Africa.

Chileans win historic victory over toxic 'sacrifice zone'

Chileans win historic victory over toxic 'sacrifice zone'

Chile’s Supreme Court has ruled that the government is responsible for the environmental and health costs of extractive industries, writes Anita Peña Saavedra, thanks to the patience, persistence and power of grassroots mobilisation, cooperation and focused pressure.

War: still turning a profit for the world’s elites

War: still turning a profit for the world’s elites

Most of us gain nothing and lose much from living in an increasingly militarised world, observes Milena Abrahamyan, and those at the bottom lose most of all. Economies may boom in times of war, but so does inequality, and the collateral damage from weapons manufacturers’ wares are inevitably the poor.

‘Where are the SADC and UN when we need them?’

‘Where are the SADC and UN when we need them?’

When a fellow kombi passenger demands to know why the African Union, SADC and UN aren’t helping to tackle Zimbabwe’s woes, Maureen Sigauke is spurred to reflect on regional and global integration and governance. Are these organisations farcical, ineffective — or grounds for hope?

Senegal: a petro-scandal revealed

Senegal: a petro-scandal revealed

Secrets relating to the management of oil contracts in Senegal are coming to light, writes Elimane Kane, and they implicate both BP and the government in a case worth billions of dollars. He invites all those who support transparency and equity to sign a petition launched by LEGS-Africa calling for action.

Sénégal: un scandale pétrolière se dévoile

Sénégal: un scandale pétrolière se dévoile

La gestion des contrats pétroliers au Sénégal commence à montrer ses secrets, ecrit Elimane Kane, impliquant BP et le gouvernement dans un affaire de milliards de dollars. Il invite toutes les personnes qui soutiennent la transparence et l'équité à signer une pétition lancée par LEGS-Africa.

The check-yourself list: why women aren’t talking

The check-yourself list: why women aren’t talking

What makes articulate, informed women keep silent, even in social justice spaces? Why are men so at ease with taking up so much speaking time, even in organisations working for change? Nicola Browne and Renata Cuk on the ‘aha’ moment when they realised it wasn’t just them…

Unnatural disasters: tackling cholera in Zimbabwe

Unnatural disasters: tackling cholera in Zimbabwe

Africa Day commemorates a continent’s freedom from colonial rule, writes Craig Dube, but Africa is not truly free when so many Africans are still dying of disease or disaster through being denied the resources afforded to their neighbours.

Kenya's widows: leading the fight for dignity

Kenya's widows: leading the fight for dignity

Widows in Kenya suffer social exclusion, economic inequality and physical and sexual violence, writes Roseline Orwa. Education and grassroots initiatives are essential to the fight for their human rights.

Women and care work: we're stuck in a revolving door

Women and care work: we're stuck in a revolving door

When it comes to who does the caring and the housework, it’s time for us to call out sexism for what it is, says Saida Ali . “Woke” policies will never be enough if individuals fail to change their own behaviour.

Is the digital world ready for the poor?

Is the digital world ready for the poor?

Techno-optimists claim that global connectivity could solve poverty, but from Rohingya refugees to African-Americans, the experiences of the poor show the true cost of tech’s double-edged sword. Anjali Sarker on the dark side of digital inclusion.