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13 Apr, 2017
By Alpha Abebe

Going back to give back: Young diasporans and Ethiopian development

In 2009, I travelled to Ethiopia with a group of nine other young people of Ethiopian descent from across North America. We were part of a loose collective of interdisciplinary artists and community activists that came together through a series of ad hoc online exchanges over the course of several years. The idea was simple and very exciting – what if we all came together in Ethiopia and participated in the large cultural festival that was scheduled to take place in the south of the country? It would be an opportunity for cultural exchange, creative collaboration, and transnational community building. The initial group on the email chain was quite large, however eventually ten of us committed to making the trip and started our respective fundraising campaigns to finance our travel expenses.

As our departure date approached, we received word that the festival in Ethiopia had been cancelled under the orders of the Ethiopian Government.

13 Apr, 2017

Going back to give back: Young diasporans and Ethiopian development

In 2009, I travelled to Ethiopia with a group of nine other young people of Ethiopian descent from across North America. We were part of a loose collective of interdisciplinary artists and community activists...
10 Apr, 2017

Training women for management in the Bangladesh ready-made garment sector

Last year, Bangladesh reached an important milestone when it left the World Bank’s list of low-income countries, and gained lower-middle-income status. This advancement is the result of three decades of GDP...
03 Apr, 2017

Due diligence and labour rights – migrants and refugees in the textile sector

On 8 February 2017, in Paris, the OECD announced its Due Diligence Guidance for Responsible Supply Chains in the Garment and Footwear Sector during a Roundtable on Due Diligence in the Garment and Footwear...
30 Mar, 2017

Still there: volunteering at Nea Kavala refugee camp, Northern Greece

Not many people asked me why I went volunteering in Greece. The images of refugees in the camps in Greece and other parts of the Balkans, and those sleeping rough in temperatures of minus 15-20 degrees, as...
28 Mar, 2017

Bridging the gaps: diverse learning outcomes in Ethiopia, India and Vietnam

Educational attainment is as much about where a child goes to school as her home advantage. School systems vary widely in effectiveness – yet there is more nuance in the picture when we examine the overlap...
27 Mar, 2017

Humanitarianism from the ground: humanitarian aid to migrants and refugees in Mexico

‘As the freight train was passing, they kept shouting at us from the top of the wagons – “Give us the bread! Give us the bread! We are hungry!” The clamour was such that we could not do otherwise. We threw...
21 Mar, 2017

Sustainable pedagogies, at home and away

If human development involves ‘taking an interest in the lives that people actually lead’, then anthropology is its privileged interlocutor. Perhaps our most distinguishing feature is our methods....
15 Mar, 2017

'They say we don’t pay taxes': Undocumented tax-paying migrants living in the UK

‘They say we don’t pay taxes’, Yaa Mansa, a middle-aged Ghanaian woman told me when we met in London on a wet Wednesday evening in December of 2014. We met in a Congolese shop where she was working as a shop...
08 Mar, 2017

Moving beyond the gender myths in rural development

As International Women’s Day comes around, we are bombarded with claims about women’s disadvantages – in wages, ownership of land and property, access to resources – and about their contributions and potential...
08 Mar, 2017

Tracing the links between girls’ unpaid care work and women’s economic empowerment

That women’s economic empowerment and gender equality go hand in hand is being highlighted as part of this year’s International Women’s Day. The theme ‘Women in the Changing World of Work’ draws attention to...

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