29.06.21

Urban protests in Colombia: What are they about, and how have cities been affected by the violence?

By Carlos Tobar Tovar (Universidad Javeriana Cali), Stephany Vargas Rojas (Universidad Javeriana Cali), and Melanie Lombard (University of Sheffield)     The violence that erupted from Colombia’s ongoing national strike took many by surprise. The protests, which started on 28 April in response to proposed tax reforms, have resulted in weeks of social unrest. Despite […]

19.02.21

The farmers’ protest in India: what’s it all about?

by Amrita Dasgupta, PhD Candidate, SOAS   The farmers’ protest in India has been on-going for two months – and with more than half of Indians working on farms, this is a big concern, and a huge national affair. Initially it started as a regional protest in Punjab and Haryana. However, it soon turned out to be […]

05.06.19

It’s time to break out your ‘Save the Rainforest’ T-Shirt – and reflect on your consumption and voting habits while you’re at it

Escalating environmental and social destruction in Brazil needs to be stopped urgently to protect vital biomes and their inhabitants in order to halt further deforestation, extinction and global warming. Why should we care and what can we do?

13.02.19

What have we learned about Empowerment and Accountability in fragile/violent places?

Duncan Green makes the case for building an emotional ecosystem as the enabling environment for action, and for positive deviance, despite the challenges both pose to business as usual for aid organisations.

30.05.18

There Are Better Ways To Fight Poverty Than Giving Money To Corporations

“By focusing their branding and marketing around an important societal issue, corporations advance self-serving industrial agendas, thereby avoiding social backlash.”

24.05.18

Kenya’s death penalty plan for poachers has stirred a hornet’s nest

Should the death penalty be considered as part of legitimate “action” for biodiversity?