Talking gender to Africa
International donors have sought to improve the social, political and economic position of women in Africa through an approach known as “gender”. This donor-driven strategy is failing. The jargon of gender programmes is ambiguous and easily misunderstood. It fosters inaction and lip service on the part of patriarchal African governments and civil servants. Gender has become the preserve of the educated elite. The voices of African women have been lost. [more inside]
posted by infini
on Mar 8, 2014 -
From A-lister to Aid worker: Does celebrity diplomacy really work?
Rock stars," asked Homer Simpson, with his customary sagacity, "is there anything they don't know?" Only these days, of course, it's not just rockers but movie stars
and businessmen – and indeed anyone with an above-average
public profile – who, for one reason or another, are intent on telling the rest of us how the world should be changed for the better.
Or at least
, that's how it seems. So much so that a conference of eminent professors
of international relations assembled recently in The Hague to explore
the modern phenomenon of what they call "celebrity diplomacy
", amid fears that it has reached the point
where superstar lobbyists are damaging the traditional workings of international diplomacy and global politics.
posted by infini
on Jan 16, 2009 -
the new urban jungle
. . . is a growing movement led by cities like San Francisco
, New York
, and Leiden
to restore active and vibrant natural systems in urban areas. Far from the eden-like depictions of nature of yesteryear, i.e. the garden of earthly delights
(nonetheless, still attracting some dynamic new christian converts
), the movement has morphed into today's backyard and grassroots environmental movement which is more and more a picture of hybridity, compromise, mixed-use, and ultimately, taking nature out of the walled islands of zoos, aquaria, national parks and other thick-walled institutions and offering a different kind of everyday "unmediated"
community experience with the new urban wilderness
posted by huckhound
on Jul 6, 2006 -