The Need for Small-Scale Rural Renewable Energy Projects in Development

Solar energy is often successfully used in small-scale renewable energy projects Photo: Berkeley Lab/Flickr.com

Av: Ian Granit

With the increasing focus on decarbonizing the world's energy systems, it is easy to forget that approximately a billion people worldwide live without access to electricity. Without it, clean water, transport, education, and many more aspects of everyday life become inaccessible. 

27 april, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

Bridging the Rural Literacy Divide

Rural areas face a double burden in securing traditional and digital literacy Photo: Pixabay

Av: Emily Elderfield och Larissa Lachmann

Living in rural areas can hugely affect children’s chances of completing education; UNICEF estimates that children in rural areas are more than twice as likely to not attend school compared to their urban peers. Luckily, travelling libraries are one way to ensure that people can enjoy reading, regardless of where they live.

27 april, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

More can be done to reduce food waste

The variety of terms such as “best before”, “sell by”, “eat by”, “expires on” need simplification and tailoring to regional contexts to help reduce food waste. Photo: mnplatypus/Pixabay

Av: Alexandru Mocanu

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is calling for halving the global food waste. Although high-income economies are generally assumed to display more wasteful patterns, food waste hits the Global South the hardest.

26 april, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

Campesino struggle for rights in post conflict Colombia

For generations people have been farming the harsh lands in Sumapaz, Colombia. Photo: Nellie Banestig.

Av: Nellie Banestig

Caught between two opposing sides of an armed conflict, campesinos, the farmers of Sumapaz in rural Colombia, have had to face adversity for decades. After the 2016 peace treaty signing between the Colombian state and the FARC-guerilla, things began to improve yet the effects of the conflict are still being felt by many civilians. Campesinos livelihoods are still threatened, as is the strong cultural identity tied to that livelihood. This begs the question; is peace in effect for all of Colombia?

25 februari, 2021, Chronicle, Guest piece, Magazine

The one solution connecting multiple SDGs in Nepal

Illustrating a school girl in Nepal. Photo: Wellington College (A trip to Nepal)/Flickr.

Av: Irina Martin

Along with my classmates from Lund University, together we wrote a project proposal which, fictionally, has been approved by the European Commission as part of the course assignment. After hours of discussion and reflections, the decision was to deal with the lack of menstrual health education and accessible menstrual products in the district of Chitwan […]

25 december, 2020, Chronicle, English, Krönika, Magazine

Why economic growth won’t save the climate

Economic growth contributes to climate change through large scale resource extraction. Photo: Andrew Taylor/Flickr

Av: Alice Castensson och Julian Dannefjord

The United Nations envisions both increased economic growth and effective climate action by the end of this decade. The combination of these is not consistent in the current state of the world. To effectively combat the threat of climate change, we need a shift in the status quo and a different economic structure.

20 december, 2020, Chronicle, English, Krönika, Magazine

The corona crisis requires global unity

In times of a global crisis, solidarity, humanity and cooperation over borders are more important than ever, writes Josefine Nilsson. Photo: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay

Av: Josefine Nilsson

During these turbulent times, ongoing humanitarian disasters are often overshadowed by the coronavirus. There seems to be a tendency to overlook commitments to international cooperation and assistance. We currently experience this both within the European Union and the United Nations.  The EU failed to answer Italy’s request for assistance at the beginning of the outbreak, […]

1 juni, 2020, Chronicle, Magazine

UNHCR and digital identities: Targeted aid or enhanced surveillance?

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The use of iris scans is now becoming a regular practice in UNHCR’s registration activities. Photo: Gerd Altmann/Pixabay

Av: Donya Zikry

In 2015, UNHCR began rolling out the Biometric Identity Management System (BIMS), which collects photos, iris scans and fingerprints of refugees. They are stored in the organisation’s digital Population Registration and Identity Management Ecosystem (PRIMES), which not only includes BIMS, but also comprises all of UNHCR’s digital registration, identity management and case management tools. The […]

1 juni, 2020, Chronicle, Magazine