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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 Jörg Friedrichs
24 Feb, 2016

Rhodes Must Fall: from dignity to honour values

How many of those called racist or sexist are actually guilty of racism or sexism? Some are, but what about the others? Why is calling someone a racist or sexist different from calling them a liar or a...

By Corneliu Bjola
04 Feb, 2016

Is resistance futile? Maximising the impact of public diplomacy on social media

One of the most sought-after metrics in social network analysis is influence. Finding out who the most important users are in the network and how they leverage their influence online is of great value for...

By Simukai Chigudu
29 Jan, 2016

‘Am I going to eat peace?’ – the politics of redistribution and recognition in women’s peace activism

Global feminism is often seen as a progressive and emancipatory movement emanating from the West and fostering radical politics elsewhere in the world. Such a view is not only ethnocentric but, critically,...

By Gisela Robles Aguilar, Sabina Alkire
18 Dec, 2015

The benefits of more detailed poverty maps

The lenses through which we observe the appalling situation that the poor endure now have higher resolution than in the past for several countries.

By Oliver Bakewell
11 Dec, 2015

Migration makes the Sustainable Development Goals agenda – time to celebrate?

In September 2015, the United Nations published the final version of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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02 Dec, 2015

Religiosity and Muslim American attitudes towards political violence

To what extent does the religion of Islam condone or promote the justification of suicide bombings?

By Corneliu Bjola
30 Nov, 2015

Will climate negotiations overcome the curse of unfulfilled expectations at COP21?

International negotiations are fundamentally nested games of expectations management. If the objectives are set too high and negotiations then fail to deliver, it would be quite difficult for the relevant...

By Sabina Alkire
02 Nov, 2015

Multidimensional Poverty Index adopted as a SDG target indicator

The Inter Agency Expert Group on Sustainable Development Goal Indicators met for the second time in Bangkok, 26-28 October 2015. The purpose was to move towards the selection of the indicators that will be...

By
Abhijeet Singh
30 Oct, 2015

What can the private sector offer Indian education?

Few things in education policy in developing countries are more contentious than what the role of the private sector should be.

By
Rosana Pinheiro-Machado
Lucia Scalco
19 Oct, 2015

Citizenship, violence, and youth in Brazil: reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility

In Brazil, there has been a perennial debate about reducing the legal age of criminal responsibility from 18 to 16 years. Congress has recently approved a legal amendment that aims to put this into practice...

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