Building the Tallest Dam in the World

Vakhsh River, Tajikistan. Photo: Wikimedia

Av: Jonathan Wirths och Tessa Stockburger

Water has often been a central topic in the relations between the five former Soviet Republics - Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The current construction of Rogun Dam on Vakhsh River in Tajikistan illustrates how the demand for water can become the source of various conflicts.

17 juni, 2019, English, Long read, Magazine

“Women are for children, boys are for pleasure”

Bacha bazi, or “boy play” in Dari, is a practice that is synonymous with the sexual exploitation of boys. Photo: US Embassy Kabul, Flickr.

Av: Alexandra Håkansson Schmidt och Lisa Elamson

In 2017 the Afghan government introduced a new Criminal Code explicitly addressing the under-reported issue of bacha bazi. The practice involves older men taking advantage of young boys in vulnerable situations and has increased since the fall of the Taliban regime. Although introducing new laws banning bacha bazi is a welcome move, the issue extends far beyond national laws.

10 april, 2019, English, Long read, Magazine

When learning goes online

The ‘XO’ Laptop aims to connect children across the world to new educational opportunities. Photo: One Laptop Per Child, Flickr.

Av: Siobhán Coskeran

New technologies have the potential to provide educational opportunities in underprivileged contexts. Examples from India, however, show that it is not only innovative technologies that are important, but innovative uses of technology.

6 mars, 2019, English, Long read, Magazine

When Men Care

Schoolboys attend sensitization classes on sexual education at a school in Bangui, Central African Republic. The classes are meant to prevent gender-based violence. Photo: UN/Flickr.

Av: Siobhán Coskeran och Yvonne Jila

The fight against gender-based violence has often been cast as a women’s issue. However, successful programmes in Africa show the importance of engaging men and boys in the discussion.

10 december, 2018, English, Long read, Magazine