Laat de gemeenschap leiden

Door Marlies Pilon | 16 september 2021

Het dekoloniseren van de ontwikkelingswereld is nodig om een vrij en sterk middenveld te krijgen. Community-led development kan als katalysator werken voor een betere balans tussen donor en ontvanger, om tot zuidelijk leiderschap te komen: shift the power in actie. ‘Voor ons, op kantoor, betekent het een stap terug doen.’ Een rondvraag.

The perilous gravel quarries: Female laborers of Malindi speak out

Door Cynthia Omondi | 13 september 2021

They have decided to venture into a blistering and strenuous labor just to fend for their families for lack of better options that can put food on the table. Majority of these women are widowed or single mothers who have children in school, and this is their only way of ensuring they give their children a better life. Depicting the real strength of a woman, they have deconstructed the narrative that a man is the sole provider of the family.

Community Voices #1: Waste Management Solutions

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 10 september 2021

Today on Vice Versa Global: A trash survey documentation led by community mappers Kenya in the informal settlements of Mathare, Majengo, Kariobangi and Kibera. The aim of the survey is to track trash patterns in the aforementioned regions so as to come up with sustainable and inclusive waste management solutions. Through the study, relevant stakeholders are invited to help facilitate and enhance implementation. The survey was powered by Urban Llum, University of Twente, and Urban Lab.

‘Championing for the rights of the child is my priority’

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 06 september 2021

As far-fetched as this might sound, sanitary towels are still a rare commodity to some girls. Coming from poor backgrounds, these girls will end up missing school during that time of the month due to lack of these basic commodities. But thanks to campaigns like ‘Nasimama na Wao’ (I Stand With Them) led by the young Ramlah Ramadhan from Tanzania, such situations are slowly becoming a thing of the past

Upclose With Eva Nakato #7: From Journalism to Body Building

Door Eva Nakato | 03 september 2021

Today in Upclose with Eva Nakato, the extraordinary story of Kato Usain Finiito who gave up his journalism career in Uganda to become a professional body builder. He takes us through his journey as a body builder and dreams for the young body builders in his country.

The land rights defender of Kenyan peasant women

Door Eunice Mwaura | 01 september 2021

Access to land rights for women in sub-Saharan countries has, for decades, faced a myriad of institutional, policy and traditional barriers. It is within this context that organisations and women rights activists like Susan Owiti, one of the co-founders of Kenya Peasants League, were borne. They are at the front lobbying for inclusion and equity in contestation to customary laws and practises that have perpetually impeded women’s access and ownership of land.

Top 10 ongeplande effecten van internationale samenwerking

Door Dirk Jan Koch | 30 augustus 2021

Wat zijn de tien meest ongeplande effecten van internationale samenwerking? Samen met het Centre for Global Challenges van de Universiteit Utrecht heeft Dirk Jan Koch alle evaluaties van de directie Internationaal Onderzoek en Beleidsevaluatie (IOB) sinds de eeuwwisseling uitgeplozen. Zo kwam hij tot de volgende top 10. (THE ENGLISH VERSION OF THIS PIECE IS BELOW THE DUTCH ONE)

African Movie Review: Prickly Roses

Door Emmanuel Mandebo | 28 augustus 2021

In the new episode of the African Movie Review on Vice Versa Global, Emmanuel Mandebo discusses the film Prickly Roses. Produced by Nabwiso Films in association with Akina Mama Wa Africa, Prickly Roses decodes the lives of three young women who are striving to earn a living in a very unsupportive environment.

The female road construction worker

Door Martha Nalukenge | 25 augustus 2021

The outbreak of Covid-19 is forcing people to be creative. Esther Bulimwa is a Ugandan teacher, but found herself without a job due to the closure of schools. She actively looked for something else and is now the only woman working at a road construction site. Our reporter Martha Nalukenge spoke with her. 

Farming made possible in urban slums

Door Nicera Wanjiru | 18 augustus 2021

A group of young people, in an effort to clean and rehabilitate, turned a dump site into a farm. They were able to commercialize the project while giving back to the community at the same time. They achieved this by offering their produce for free to those who were unable to afford it.

Essay Jan Pronk: Dekoloniseer de benedenwereld

Door Jan Pronk | 16 augustus 2021

Wit, westers en ‘superieur’, de macht is niet véél veranderd – er is een neokoloniale voortzetting van oude politiek, ziet voormalig minister Jan Pronk, met de elites elders. De uitgebuite groep is geglobaliseerd: de bovenwereld regeert de wereld beneden. ‘Beide werelden’, schrijft hij, ‘bevinden zich in alle landen, geen uitgezonderd.’ En de ontwikkelingssamenwerking bestendigt het systeem. Is redding mogelijk? Alleen met besef van beschaving.

Power in community journalism

Door Eunice Mwaura | 09 augustus 2021

Over the years the media has continuously been scrutinised, with trust in it appearing to plummet as audiences question its credibility. The trend in traditional journalism has been premised on the top down approach which has engendered community journalism. Agneta Asitwa, a 27 year old trained film journalist, talks about the role local ownership of news has played and the gaps it has bridged within her community.

Upclose with Eva Nakato # 6: The Mentor Mother

Door Eva Nakato | 06 augustus 2021

Today in Upclose With Eva Nakato, We bring you Robinah Babirye a stay-home-mum who is not only spending time with her son but is also dedicating it to new young mothers both physically and virtually by mentoring, counseling and guiding them to be the best mums they can ever be to their children.

Robinah Babirye is a young woman born and openly living with HIV, an HIV Advocate with a Bachelors Degree in Community Based Rehabilitation, she was the Miss Y+ 2015-2016 and has been awarded by several networks for her commendable job in the community.

Shift the power is ook een persoonlijke keuze

Door Marlies Pilon | 04 augustus 2021

Het is iets dat diepe reflectie vergt, een eerlijke blik, een andere denktrant. Houd je een onrechtvaardig systeem mede in stand? Hoe zet je privileges in? Het idee van shift the power gaat niet om de grote macht alléén, het laat de ontwikkelingswerker ook zelf in de ziel kijken. Marinke van Riet, die bij Voice vertrekt, deed het en kwam tot de ultieme conclusie: ‘Het is tijd het stokje door te geven.’

The Kenyan fashionista daring to thrive in Thailand

Door Cynthia Omondi | 30 juli 2021

Nancy Akoth Obonyo refused to let unemployment determine her destiny. As a master’s degree holder, she had been unlucky in securing formal employment so she decided to venture into self-employment in a foreign land. She talked to Vice Versa Global’s Cynthia Omondi on how she got there, her journey so far and her aspirations.