“Ten richest men double their fortunes in pandemic while incomes of 99 percent of humanity fall” is the headline of the report that Oxfam launched this week. A report full of staggering numbers, showing that inequality doesn’t only disrupt lives and societies, it actually kills. The pandemic has both exposed and exacerbated existing inequalities. It is one of the reasons Barbara van Paassen started the People vs Inequality podcast. The hard hit that women took became the topic of the first series. In this blog she shares the stories of changemakers fighting inequality and four key take aways to turn the tide.
The next edition of the World Café is scheduled to take place on 20th January 2022. During the event, a number of practitioners and leaders in the NGO and the development arena will be discussing two main subjects; shifting power at work and the need for Northern Organizations to adapt policies and practices to support equal partnerships with their Southern Partners. One of the panelists, Dr. Moses Isooba, boasts of over two decades of work experience in the NGO world as well as in the donor circles. He currently serves as the Executive Director of Uganda National NGO Forum (UNNGOF), an organization that unites national and international NGOs operating in the country. Our Vice Versa contributor Emmanuel Mandebo caught up with Dr. Moses and the two had a candid conversation about Shift the Power movement and power relations between Northern and Southern organizations.
At just 21 years of age, Janet Kilonzo is a budding actress in one of the greatest cities in the world. Despite the numerous stereotypes she has encountered so far, she has made it her mission to break the mould of what Hollywood perceives ‘African’ to be. Following in the footsteps of her fellow country folk Lupita Nyong’o, she also hopes to make it in Hollywood and star in her own hit show or blockbuster film one day.
Ontwikkelingssamenwerking is een sector die volop in beweging is en waarin veel innovatie plaatsvindt. In een speciale dubbeldikke editie brengt Vice Versa diverse Nederlandse ngo’s en kennisinstellingen bijeen om een beeld te vormen van wat de Nederlandse ontwikkelingssector de wereld echt te bieden heeft. Welke resultaten behalen ze en hoe dragen ze bij aan de grote opgaven en trends van nu? ? Met andere woorden: hoe goed is onze ontwikkelingssector nu echt?
In the new episode of the Youth Canvas, Eunice Mwaura meets Derrick Baah, a young Ghanaian live painter, during the Young African Leaders Summit in Accra, Ghana. He is able to make a perfect visual art piece of Nelson Mandela in a matter of minutes. He uses his art to inspire other young people and to send a message of positivity. He leaves us with a very important message; sacrifice is a mindset, success will always soar on the wings of sacrifice, without sacrifice you cannot get to your peak.
Uganda had the longest lock-down in the world when it comes to education, but today schools are finally reopening. Hasfa Mago Taylor, founder of Book Drive by Read to Learn Foundation in Uganda, gives us a review of the effects of this closure. What measures has she put in place to mitigate these effects? Finally, what are her views on what the government and ministry of education should have done better?
There is a growing awareness among development organisations and donors about the need to adapt policies and practices to support equal partnerships with their southern partners. Partnerships in which decision-making and power is more and more shifted to partners in the Global South. But how can this be achieved?
Kwetsiga Pinkleen Ashley populary known as ‘Pinkie’ in the poetry world resorted to Poetry for comfort after losing her mother who was her best friend. She found her healing in writing making the pen her best friend. Pinkie later joined Echo Minds Poets, a female group of poets who are changing the narrative through their poetry by being the voice of the African Woman. Currently Pinkie’s poems tackle themes many people fear to talk about and are helping many heal.
IKEA maakte afgelopen december bekend dat het investeert in nieuwe partnerschappen met drie social enterprises in Aziatische landen. Daardoor kunnen zij hun productievolumes opschalen en meer mensen een baan bieden dichtbij huis. Eén van de gecontracteerde ondernemingen is die van Tauhid Bin Abdus Salam in Noord-Bangladesh. Een interview met deze CEO, die nadrukkelijk zijn eigen koers vaart: ‘Je kunt niet in een bevoorrecht deel van de wereld wonen en dan hier komen zeggen hoe het moet.’
Development comes with its fair share of setbacks. The worst impacted are slum inhabitants, who are frequently forcibly evicted to make room. During the covid 19 pandemic thousands of people have been uprooted from their homes in what is described as the worst eviction of the informal settlement history. Vice Versa Global speaks with inhabitants of Mukuru kwa Jenga, the most recent victims of evictions.
De Nederlandse branchevereniging Partos heeft een dream paper geschreven waarin een systeem wordt geschetst met gedeelde macht en een gewenste rolverdeling tussen ontwikkelingsorganisaties en donoren met hun zuidelijke partners. Hoe kan dit worden bereikt? Tijdens het Wereld Café op 20 januari van 16.00 tot 17.15 gaat directeur Bart Romijn hierover in gesprek/debat met vertegenwoordigers van uiteenlopende organisaties. Praat online mee en meld je aan.