High time for a new type of global development

Photo: UNDP

Of: Josefin Pasanen

The new year comes with promises of large-scale Covid vaccination and a glimmer of hope that things can soon return to "normal" again. But there are many indications that it is precisely our "normal" way of life that has triggered the pandemic and the global socio-economic crisis that has come in its wake. The latest UN report on human development (HDR 2020) shows that the Covid-19 pandemic risks becoming a warning of what is to come, if humanity does not change course and work to restore balance on the planet.

January 29, 2021, Debate

We are not in the same boat - feminist organization during the pandemic

Many IKFF sections have reshuffled their political work during the pandemic to help stop the spread of infection in their countries. IKFF DR Congo has sewn up mouth guards that they hand out.

Of: Tove Ivergård

New year new tag! 2020 was the year that no one had been able to imagine in advance would change as much as we had previously taken for granted; to go to work or school, hang out with friends or hug a grandmother. The year has been interspersed with hope, disappointment and many times even hopelessness. The definition of a pandemic is an epidemic […]

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January 25, 2021, Chronicle

The one solution connecting multiple SDGs in Nepal

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

Of: 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 […]

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December 25, 2020, Chronicle, English, Chronicle, Magazine

Textile factory workers in Bangladesh are exposed to further insecurity and insecurity 

The textile industry is particularly vulnerable during the corona pandemic. Photo: Canva.com.

Of: Johanna Lagerlöf

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, global fashion companies canceled orders worth billions of US dollars from Bangladeshi producers. Along with global lockdowns, many factory workers have lost their jobs and have difficulty coping with everyday life. "Our factory is struggling to survive," said Gabriel Adhikary, managing director of a small textile factory in Dhaka.  

November 26, 2020, Report

The demonstrations in Nigeria - more than protests against police violence

Photo: Paul Becker / Becker1999, flickr.com.

Of: Mickey Thor

In the past month, tens of thousands of people have demonstrated in Nigeria's capital Abuja and the trade hub of Lagos. The protests go by the name EndSars and are aimed at the police unit Special Anti-Robbery Squad which has been accused of violent methods and corruption. The development magazine has talked to Leah Okenwa Emegwa, associate professor of public health science at the University of the Red Cross and originally from Nigeria, about the situation.

November 23, 2020, Interview

Women's participation in peace negotiations needs to increase

Caption: Women to Women's partner organization Iraqi Women's League demonstrates for women's rights in (city) Najaf (southern Iraq). Photo: Kvinna till Kvinna

Of: Petra Tötterman Andorff

20 years ago, the pioneering resolution 1325 on women, peace and security was adopted by the UN Security Council. The resolution has led to some progress for the women of the world, but more work is needed to increase women's opportunities to participate and gain real influence in more ways in society.

November 11, 2020, Guest chronicle

Can digital development alleviate the consequences of pandemics for marginalized groups? 

Digital development is predicted to alleviate the consequences of pandemics for vulnerable groups. It requires states to work to ensure that access to connectivity is equal and inclusive. Photo: Pixabay / Myriams_Fotos.

Of: Björn Luthander

Digital development is increasingly highlighted as an effective way to deal with the pandemic. Especially in international development cooperation. But a non-inclusive transition risks increasing the digital exclusion of marginalized groups. 

November 5, 2020, Analysis

Turkey is considering leaving the Council of Europe Convention on Violence against Women

Photo: Photographer: Özge Sebzeci, www.flickr.com/photos/condevcenter/33397032776/sizes/l/

Of: Julia Thalin

Reports of increased violence against women in Turkey and the murder of 27-year-old Pinar Gültekins this summer have created major protests. Nevertheless, President Erdoğan and the conservative AKP are considering abandoning the Council of Europe Convention on Violence against Women.

October 13, 2020, News