Interview

Interview

Cajamarca Protest

Peru Does Not Follow Its Own Environmental Laws : Seifert

By Diego Cupolo

Today, as Cajamarca remains one of the poorest regions in Peru even after 20 years of gold extraction, Seifert poses the question: If Europe can modernize its mining techniques and limit environmental degradation, why can’t Peru? “When the strategy and tactics are unclear, little can be achieved by social movements. Newmont defends private investment and the people defend their water. Up until now, there has been no bridge of understanding between the two.”

Restoring Nepal With Solar Lamps And Clean Water

Contrary to traditional relief and rehabilitation models, in the wake of Nepal’s devastating earthquake, a Kathmandu-based start-up, Ecoprise, has started distributing solar-powered lamps and mobile chargers in earthquake affected areas.
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The fight for Justice- Human Rights Defenders in Mexico

It is difficult to explain to those outside of the country, but what is currently happening in Mexico is a situation of a structural violence towards the indigenous communities, as well as against human rights advocates and defenders, social leaders and journalists, says Mexico's human rights activist Alejandra Ancheita.
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Causes of Conflict in South Sudan: Oil and Weak Institutions

"An unstable Sudan is not good for South Sudan as well. So we want to see a democratic system in Sudan as well as in South Sudan and then we can have good relations with Sudan in a meaningful way," says Dr. Luka B. Deng Kuol, Director and Associate Professor at the Centre for Peace & Development, University of Juba, South Sudan.
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Can There Be a Workable Microfinance?

“That’s not to say that microfinance won’t help the very poor, rather that there needs to be a recognition that microfinance isn’t the only thing that can work", argues Oxford Microfinance Initiative’s President Vicente Solera Deuchar.
José-Manuel-Ramos-Horta

“We resisted the temptation of violence”- Ramos-Horta

"We never resorted to extremist tactics like kidnapping and killing innocent civilians; we had a very strict code of conduct that never allowed us to descend to the barbarity of the other side", says José Manuel Ramos-Horta, a freedom fighter, Timor-Leste's ex-president and a Nobel laureate.

“These are exciting times to be young in the developing world”

When many of her friends and colleagues were busy setting up their ambitious careers in big multinational companies, Nisha Singh, a management graduate of London Business School, UK and an electronics...

“Poverty Brings Hutus and Tutsis Together in Rwanda”

To the outside world, Rwanda still exhibits an image of genocide, massacres and ethnic tensions, however, things are changing fast within the country. Rapid economic growth followed...

“Democracy In Sri Lanka is Fake”

When it comes to socio-economic development, Sri Lanka is taken as a remarkable example in south Asia. That development, however, is not equitable and...

“We Want Monsanto Out of Nepal”

On September 13, 2011, USAID announced a partnership with Monsanto and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives (MOAC) for introducing and promoting hybrid maize...