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23 Jun, 2017
By Emilio Travieso

Food sovereignty and beyond: an alternative from the Tseltal of Chiapas, Mexico

In response to the need for more sustainable, just and healthy food systems, social innovators are experimenting with alternative models, notably through initiatives that combine agroecology with social and solidarity economy. I have been researching one such initiative, the Misión de Bachajón in Chiapas, Mexico, where Jesuits work with the Tseltal people to achieve not only food sovereignty, but a more integral 'sovereignty without adjectives'.

Market and non-market approaches

By Christopher Woodruff
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...

By Emre Eren Korkmaz
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...

By Ingrid Jooren
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...

By Bridget Azubuike, Padmini Iyer, Rhiannon Moore
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...

By Alejandro Olayo Mendez
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...

By Elizabeth Rahman
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....

By Geraldine Adiku
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...

By Cheryl Doss
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...

By Gina Crivello
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...

By Frances Stewart
06 Mar, 2017

Does the way wars end affect post-conflict development?

What happens when a war ends? Is it back to business as usual? Does economic growth resume? What about the distribution of incomes and the impact on human wellbeing? These are the questions we have explored...

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