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The Africa We Want

Does Cascading Training in Development Work?

From outside the tin-roofed schoolhouse come the loud whispers and barely-hushed giggles of the girls and boys who jockey for best position at the door and windows.  On this breezy summer day at the top of Mt. Elgon, Uganda, the children are peering in at their mothers (and fathers), who are sharing how recent business and ...

Rwanda Rediscovered

15 years. That’s how long it took for my dream to come true. I first read about Rwanda in the late 90's, a few years after the genocide had taken place, and had since dreamed of visiting this part of East Africa, in the hopes of understanding its history, discovering its people and immersing myself in Rwandan culture. At ...

Rio +20 – Were the Expectations Met?

On June 20 world leaders, NGOs, and other groups gathered in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss how sustainable development can be achieved by joint efforts. One of the questions before the summit was whether the leaders would include women's issues in the outcome document. The expectations before hand were both high and ...

The ‘Future We Want’ – On the Importance of Recognising Women Refugees in the Sahel at the Rio +20 Summit

Today is 'World Refugee Day'. It is also the day when world leaders, NGOs, and other groups gather in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss how sustainable development can be achieved by joint efforts. The meeting runs with the slogan 'the future we want'. One of the challenges faced by Rio +20 is the situation of environmental ...