How a Rwandan organization enables women, youth and refugees to leave poverty

58 year old seller Betty Mukarame is one of many women taking part in the organization Access to Finance Rwanda's (AFR) initiatives. Photo: FinScope 2016.

Of: Hibo Yusuf Ahmed

The concept of an inclusive economy has proved to make significant change in Rwanda, lifting millions out of poverty, according to the UN. The organization Access to Finance Rwanda (AFR), which is partly funded by the Swedish government, identifies market gaps and design interventions to close those gaps - making the market accessible to the most vulnerable in society. - Poor people stay poor because they are excluded from different markets, says Jean Bosco Iyacu, CEO of AFR.

December 30, 2021, English, Interview, 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

Of: 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.

June 22, 2021, Interview, Magazine

Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities struggle in Ecuador

The northernwestern Esmeraldas Province, a highly marginalized and invisibilized region, is home to the Chachi, Awá, and Épera Indigenous peoples, traditional Afro-descendant communities, and Mestizo people. Photo: Julianne Hazlewood

Of: Eleonora Moen and Leni Lindemann

Palm oil companies are detrimentally impacting rural livelihoods and biodiversity in northwestern Ecuador by extracting resources and polluting ancestral lands and rivers. Indigenous and Afro-descendant communities are particularly vulnerable to exploitation and health hazards posed by these companies. As an act of resistance, the communities, supported by the organization Roots & Routes IC, have filed the world's first constitutionally-based Rights of Nature Lawsuit to demand justice.

May 3, 2021, Interview, Magazine

How NGOs work with organic agriculture and community development

Day farmers outside Trichy, Photo: Klara Bengtsson.

Of: Klara Bengtsson

FUF Lund Magazine has interviewed Birgitta Göransson Liste, the chairperson of the Swallows India Bangladesh to hear about work, civil society and the role of rural- and community development. The organization has been working with rural development in India and Bangladesh for the last 60 years. One area of ​​focus has been small-scale organic agriculture.

April 29, 2021, Interview, Magazine

The Ignorance of Indigenous Needs

Energy infrastructure in rural areas is a threat to indigenous livelihoods Photo: Jason Blackeye / Unsplash

Of: Alice Castensson and Julia Mühlhauser

The effects of climate change endanger humans all over the world. Nonetheless, indigenous people - who contributed the least - are doubled affected. As countries are increasingly implementing adaptation strategies, renewable energy is often raised as the solution - with large projects being constructed in rural areas. This however overlooks the interests of indigenous peoples living in these areas.

April 29, 2021, Interview, Magazine