28.11.18

Sex crimes, evangelism and the collective guilt of American intervention in Africa

Mathew Lane Durham’s sexual abuse of orphans in Kenya exposes a deeper disfunction with American voluntourism and Christian outreach in Africa.

21.11.18

A short history of helping far-off peoples

Humanitarian appeals that obscure the complex political causes of disasters do undermine the agency and individuality of their victims, and diminish the responsibility of governments to meet the needs of their citizens.

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14.11.18

Speculative Infrastructures at the Urban Margins

Victoria Okoye reflects on her participation in a thought-provoking panel on engaging the ‘margins’ in the research process, organised and held at The University of Sheffield.

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07.11.18

Cartoonists can be an important voice of dissent: but they can also be divisive

Political cartoonists need to continue to speak truth to power, but in so doing must ensure they do not cause division and hostility.

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31.10.18

Tanzania Outlaws Fact-Checking, Seeks World Bank Aid to Create New Facts

Following the playbook of Argentina and Greece, Tanzania has criminalized scrutiny of its economic and social data—creating a quandary for its international creditors.

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24.10.18

Seeing and Being Development’s ‘Other’: Representations of Africa and Diaspora Audiences

While Comic Relief telethons raise, as they always do, millions of sympathy-laden donations from well-entertained audiences, my lasting impressions of this programme would always be of a vast horde of shaven-headed, undifferentiated masses smiling and waving enthusiastically at the documentary-makers camera.

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