Investment in cultivation to preserve peace in Liberia: "Can solve many problems"

Limited international support does not stop the organization United Youth for Peace and Sustainable Development from making a difference. Here several of the organization's members can be seen tilling the land to enable the cultivation of, among other things, eddoes, ginger and pepper. Photo: Aaron PF Ballah.

Of: Adam hansen

Just over two decades since Liberia's second civil war ended, the country has made great strides progress in economic growth and democracy. In the center we find a driven, young generation that does everything to preserve peace in the country – including through agriculture.  
- The young generation bears full responsibility for Liberia's future. We can solve many of today's problems if we use the potential of agriculture, he says Aaron PF God, program manager at the civil society organization UYPASD. 

May 20, 2024, Report

The EU is torn between its farmers and support for Ukraine

Margarethe (left) and Alice (right) are both beef farmers from the Netherlands. They have gathered in Brussels with other farmers to demonstrate against the EU's free trade agreement with Ukraine. Image: Jakob Kerren.

Of: Jakob Kerren

Intensive peasant protests has put EU politicians under pressure. The farmers are angry about the Union's free trade agreement with third countries. The problem is only that one of the the countries are Ukraine - who need every penny in the war against Russia.  

May 13, 2024, FUF-correspondents, Report

A year of war in Sudan: "A crisis that receives too little international attention"

Love-Lis Liljeström works for the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Sudan. After more than a year of war, she hopes that the situation in Sudan and the widespread humanitarian crisis will receive more attention both in Sweden and globally. Photo (left): Tosco Diaz/Flickr. Photo (right): Love-Lis Liljeström.

Of: Fatima Shek Behi

On April 15 this year, it was one year since the war in Sudan broke out. Several UN employees believe that the crisis in Sudan is a forgotten conflict, which is overshadowed by other conflicts in the world. Now the UN is warning that a humanitarian tragedy is unfolding in Sudan due to the lack of attention from the outside world.   - After a year of war, my hope is that the suffering in Sudan is given more attention, so that more aid can reach those in need and the foundations can be laid for a peaceful future, says Love-Lis Liljeström, program manager at UNDP in Sudan 

April 25, 2024, Report

Thousands protest that right-wing populist party may win the election in Austria

"Firewall against right-wing extremism". Since January, thousands of protesters regularly gather and march through central Vienna. Photo: Agnes Fältman.

Of: Agnes Fältman

On the streets of Austria, there are demonstrations against right-wing extremism and scandals EU-critical party Freiheitliche party Austria (FPÖ). With 30 percent of voter support is FPÖ according to opinion polls the largest party ahead of the country's upcoming parliamentary elections. About FPÖ comes to power, it could mean major changes for Austria, the EU and European aid to Ukraine - which the party wants to stop. 

April 8, 2024, FUF-correspondents, Report

Professor on sending asylum seekers to Rwanda: "Act of desperation"

Britain, led by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, wants to send migrants and asylum seekers to Rwanda while their cases are processed. The bill is a way for Rishi Sunak to gain access to right-wing voters and thus win the election, according to SOAS professor Phil Clark. Photo: Sandor Csudai. Source: Melaine Phillips.

Of: Tova Tabacsko

Despite setbacks in the Supreme Court and criticism from civil society, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak continues to push the bill to forcibly transfer asylum seekers to Rwanda. - This is the most extreme measure to outsource the migration system. It is the global North that cleans itself at the expense of refugees, says Phil Clark, professor of international politics at SOAS University of London.

March 25, 2024, FUF-correspondents, Report

Culture is threatened when slum areas in India are rebuilt

Dharavi, a slum area in southwest Bombay, is to be upgraded into modern apartment complexes. Many believe that it can have positive effects on living conditions in the area, others are worried that Dharavi's cultural heritage will be neglected. Photo: Andrey Armiagov. Source: IStock.

Of: Fleur Riller Loins

One of the world's largest slums in Bombay to be equipped i a new property project. The goal is for the area to become both cleaner and safer. But local residents are worried that their culture will be neglected and that they will be forced to leave their homes. 

March 22, 2024, Report

Reduced international support for Rohingya – despite worsening situation

In Kutupalong, which is the world's largest refugee camp, almost a million Rohingya refugees live today, waiting for a safe return to their homeland Myanmar. The refugees lack work permits in Bangladesh and are therefore dependent on international humanitarian aid. Photo: Captain Raju. Source: Wikimedia commons.

Of: Adam hansen

The situation is uncertain for Rthe ohingya people in Southeast Asia. The vital humanitarian assistance has been reduced to the refugee camps in Bangladesh, where close to a million rohingy is located. At the same time, violence is escalating in the homeland of Myanmar, which threatens the uncertain future of the ethnic group.  

March 5, 2024, Report

Female street vendors fight for their place in Harare

Almost 90 percent of street vendors in Zimbabwe are completely dependent on street vending as their source of income. Many of them are women who risk violence and harassment when they work. Beauty (left) always buys ginger from a female street vendor (right) who does not want to give her name. Photo: Matilda Katsler.

Of: Matilda Katsler

In central Harare, street vending is an important part of the economy, especially for women who account for a large part of the informal workforce in the country. The women have to fight hard to take a place in the public space - en place that often has a high price in the form of violence and sexual harassment.  

March 4, 2024, FUF-correspondents, Report

Young and highly educated people are leaving Hungary – as a result of Orbán's policies

Since 2022, Hungary can no longer be considered a full-fledged democracy. The political and economic development in the country has meant that many young and highly educated people choose to leave. Photo: Agnes Fältman.

Of: Agnes Fältman

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Fidesz, the nationalist ruling party, has over the past decade systematically dismantled the country's democratic institutions. In an increasingly harsh economic and political climate many young and highly educated Hungarians choose to move abroad. What can attract them back? Can liberal winds blowing across former nationalist ally Poland bring hope for change? 

February 26, 2024, FUF-correspondents, Report

Two voices on the situation of LGBTQ people in Uganda: "It's hell out there"

In May 2023, a strict anti-gay law came into effect in Uganda. This has drastically changed the lives of many LGBTQI people in the country, who have either had to flee there or risk facing oppression and persecution at home. Development magazine has spoken to two of them. Photo credit: John Cyprian.

Of: Ellinor Berglund

In March 2023 Uganda's parliament passed a strict bill om hharsher punishments for LGBTQI people, which The development magazine reported on. Despite international criticism, the law finally came into force in May – which has put LGBTQI people and activists in the country in an even more vulnerable position than before. Development magazine has spoken to John Cyprian and Rebecca N Naava - two ¥ Ugandan LGBTQI people who have both been affected by the change in the law. - I'm keeping my fingers crossed that LGBTQI people in Uganda will feel safe, because it's hell there out, saygives John Cyprian. 

February 5, 2024, Report

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