Beyond the health crisis: Covid-19's impact on human development

Almost two years after the COVID-19 outbreak, the pandemic is far from over, and its repercussions might last for months and years to come. Photo: Transformer18 / Flickr.

Of: Ivette Nogués

After surpassing the threshold of 50% of the world population who have received at least one shot of a COVID-19 vaccine, some may feel like we are finally putting the pandemic behind us. However, many experts warn that the crisis is far from over - and that its long-term consequences are still very difficult to estimate.

December 19, 2021, Chronicle, English, Magazine

Crucial political decisions cannot be made on good instincts

Werner Ustorf questions the increase of British nationalist politics since Brexit. Photo: Werner Ustorf / Flickr.

Of: Louise Ekelund

New forms of nationalistic features have been recognized in recent years in modern developed countries, inter alia northern European countries. Historically, it has shown that nationalist policies become more popular in conjunction with flourishing modern processes and revolutions. How come that humans find security and confidence in nationalist thinking when they get exposed to changes they can not influence by themselves?

December 17, 2021, Chronicle, English, Magazine

Allegations continue to shed light on abuse in the aid sector

The development and humanitarian sector have long been aware of the issues with allegations of violence and abuses within the sector. Photo: Sanjitbaksji / Flickr.

Of: Emily Elderfield

Is the aid sector truly atoning for its sins? Great strides have been made, particularly over the last decade, to hold perpetrators of abuse and violence to account. Yet, new allegations of abuse show that we have a long way to go to keep everyone safe.

December 15, 2021, Chronicle, English, 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

Of: 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.

June 23, 2021, Chronicle, 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

Of: 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 […]

June 23, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

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

Of: 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, transportation, education, and many more aspects of everyday life become inaccessible. 

April 27, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine

Bridging the Rural Literacy Divide

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

Of: Emily Elderfield and 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, traveling libraries are one way to ensure that people can enjoy reading, regardless of where they live.

April 27, 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

Of: 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.

April 26, 2021, Chronicle, Magazine