Post-Conflict Development’s Crucial Role in State Reconstruction

82 million people are currently fleeing war and conflict. Photo: UN Photo/Shareef Sarhan.

Av: Claire Coviaux och Maria Malmsten

Only a few weeks ago, an eleven day conflict between Israel and Palestine united multiple world leaders and organizations to find a peaceful solution. Efforts to maintain international peace as well as to end war have contributed to creating multinational organizations, such as the United Nations and the European Union. However, in many cases the […]

23 juni, 2021, Editorial, Magazine

The Unintended Consequences of the Colombian Peace Agreement

Deforestation and violence aimed at those protecting the environment have increased in the post-conflict period following the 2016 permanent ceasefire agreement in Colombia. Photo: Katie Rodriguez/Unsplash

Av: Eleonora Moen

Deforestation is harmful in tropical areas, and most of the tropical regions of the world are located in conflict-ridden countries. Thus there is an often unexplored relationship between deforestation and conflict zones. In the case of Colombia, the peace process has led to an increase in deforestation, as well as an increase in violence on those who aim to protect the environment.

23 juni, 2021, Long read, Magazine

An inclusive democracy is needed to curb the spiraling conflict in Myanmar

Protesters across Myanmar call for the release of political detainees and the restoration of democracy.
Photo: Roel Wijnants, Flickr

Av: Leni Lindemann

The recent military coup has re-ignited and exacerbated some of Myanmar’s long-running civil wars, pushing the country deeper into crisis. Pro-democracy resistance groups in the urban areas and rural ethnic insurgencies stand united in their war against the military regime. An inclusive democracy is necessary for long-term sustainable peace.

23 juni, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

Unpacking Iraq’s Tishreen revolution: the complex politics of post-conflict Iraq

Young Iraqis took to the streets to demand an end of sectarian politics in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, October 2019.
Photo: Mondalawy, CC BY-SA 4.0 ,via Wikimedia Commons

Av: Ghadeer Hussein

Thousands of protestors took to the streets in Baghdad’s Tahrir Square in October 2019. They were chanting: “we want our country back”. What does that mean in post-conflict Iraq that 2018 had restored control over its territories and what are the driving factors for this uprising?

23 juni, 2021, Long read, Magazine

It’s not as easy as going back home

Camp for internally displaced people in Democratic Republic of Congo, 2017 Photo: UN Women/Carlos Ngeleka, Flickr

Av: Emily Elderfield

According to UNHCR, 1 percent of the world’s population is currently displaced due to conflict or persecution – that’s one in every 100 people who’ve been forced to leave home. When you think of civilians affected by conflict, you probably think of refugees fleeing their country in search of a safer life. However, many people […]

23 juni, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

Colombian Peace Process under Threat

Uncertainty surrounds the implementation of Colombia’s peace agreement following the election of the new government.
Photo: Leonfhl:/Flickr

Av: Aarne Hakomäki

In 2016 the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) reached a historic peace agreement. Over four years later the peace stands on uncertain ground, as new political leaders fail to embrace it.

22 juni, 2021, Long read, Magazine

Mayan Struggles for Healthcare Access in Guatemala

Mayans in Guatemala continue to deal with discrimination 24 years after a violent civil war.
Photo: Flickr, by Daniel Mennerich

Av: Alice Antoniou

Guatemala continues to face challenges remaining from the Guatemalan Civil War, including high levels of poverty and inequality. Anne Kraemer, Executive Director of Wuqu’ Kawoq, shares how this manifests in the Mayan people’s difficulties in accessing adequate healthcare services.

22 juni, 2021, Interview, Magazine

Colombian protests against government

Human Rights Defenders and ESMAD police in Medellín. Colombian national protests have been going on since April. Foto: Humano Salvaje, CC BY-SA 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Av: María Alejandra Moreno Jaramillo

In April the biggest protests in the modern history of Colombia took place. Since then there have been over 3000 cases of police brutality and 43 victims of homicides committed by the police. People protest against a whole system that does not protect life but privatizes and sectorizes it. Finding peace is something that can’t wait any longer. Action needs to be taken now, argues María Alejandra Moreno Jaramillo, project leader for Multicultural Sweden.

28 maj, 2021, Debatt, Magazine, Opinion

Rural Development: The key to tackle local hunger and poverty?

The lack of knowledge to respect nature and discrimination against minorities have created great hunger and poverty challenges. Photo: Samuel Vigier, Flickr

Av: Claire Coviaux och Maria Malmsten

Rural development is the process of life quality improvement and economic growth of rural populations in developing countries. It reduces local poverty and hunger by addressing many multi-sectoral needs including education, health, agriculture, and natural resources. The concept first appeared in the 1992 UN Agenda 21 – Chapter 14. Its major influence in the international […]

3 maj, 2021, Editorial, Magazine