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  1. Expanding the fortress

    • Mark Akkerman
    11 May 2018
    Report

    The EU has made migration control a central goal of its foreign relations, rapidly expanding border externalisation measures that require neighbouring countries to act as Europe's border guards. This report examines 35 countries, prioritised by the EU, and finds authoritarian regimes emboldened to repress civil society, vulnerable refugees forced to turn to more dangerous and deadly routes, and European arms and security firms booming off the surge in funding for border security systems and technologies.

  2. Drought and the lure of agrarian populism: The case of Malawi

    • Sören Köpke
    15 March 2018
    Paper

    How do Malawi's politicians exploit the frequent drought-induced food crises for their own political gains?

  3. A Toolkit for Participatory Action Research

    • Ruth Hall, Zoe Brent, Jennifer Franco, Moenieba Isaacs, Tsegaye Shegro
    05 October 2017
    Paper

    This Guide is drawn from experience in the action research project “Bottom-up accountability initiatives and large-scale land acquisitions in Africa”. The project aimed to bring the international soft law instrument, the Voluntary Guidelines on Responsible Governance of the Tenure of Land, Fisheries, and Forests (the Tenure Guidelines or TGs), to rural communities and, together with them, to use the Guidelines to strengthen their tenure of land, fisheries and forests.

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    Building Bottom-up Accountability in an Era of Land Grabbing in Sub-Saharan Africa

    01 October 2017
    Policy briefing

    Access to and control over land and associated natural resources play a key role in whether and how rural working people are able to build decent and dignified livelihoods, avoid or escape hunger, participate in decision-making, avoid or escape political exclusion and marginalization, and sustain collective identities and social reproduction processes.

  5. Harvesting Crops Nigeria - image by Yosef Hadar World Bank

    Bottom Up Accountability and Securing Communal Land Rights in Cross River State

    01 October 2017
    Policy briefing

    Communities in Cross River State, Nigeria are losing access to the forest lands on which they depend for their livelihoods.

  6. Wilmar Palm Oil plantations - Image by Rainforest Rescue

    Country Report on Nigeria:

    28 September 2017
    Report

    Tension and violent conflicts based on land and forests issues are on the increase in Nigeria.

  7. People’s Forum on BRICS

    The rise of Chinese TNCs, BRICS, and current global challenges

    Dorothy Grace Guerrero
    21 October 2016
    Article

    China now hosts the second largest number of major TNCs after the US. How will they fare in a stagnant global economy?

  8. Rethinking Corporatization and Public Services in the Global South

    16 March 2015
    Book

    After three decades of privatization and anti-state rhetoric, government ownership and public management are back in vogue.

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    The Growing Importance of Africa to China

    07 May 2013
    In the media

    Currently Africa, and primarily the countries of Angola, Nigeria, and the Sudan, provides 25% of China’s petroleum imports.

  10. Are African land grabs really water grabs?

    Jennifer Franco, Lyla Mehta, Gert Jan Veldwisch
    22 March 2013
    Article

    As land is grabbed and earmarked in Africa for supposed development, there are nearly always implications for the water nearby, for local people's land and water rights and environmental sustainability.

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    Citizen-Controlled Water Supply Systems

    Ambe J. Njoh
    17 July 2012
    Article

    The Bonadikombo water supply project exemplifies participatory planning in action. It shows how the various aspects of participation elaborated in participatory planning theory play out in practice by using elements of enlistment, cooperation and consultation.

  12. Strengthening Community Water Management in Africa

    Jean-Claude Magalhaes, Yves Duval, Mario Milanesi
    17 July 2012
    Article

    Over the last ten years, a successful public-public partnership has taken shape between the water users associations in a rural region of Senegal, the French city of Cherbourg-Octeville as well as several other partners including civil society groups in Senegal and Europe.

  13. Audio: Farmers speak out to defend land sovereignty

    Radio Mundo Real
    13 October 2011
    Article

    Social movement representatives are in Rome this week for the final UN negotiations to adopt voluntary guidelines that would regulate the use and possession of land and other natural resources.

  14. Interpreting the Land Grab

    Philip McMichael
    11 October 2011
    Article

    The so-called “global land grab” continues the historic process of land enclosures described by Sir Thomas More in Utopia as “sheep eating men,” when English peasants were evicted from the commons to make room for private estates.

  15. Land in Zimbabwe

    Ian Scoones
    27 September 2011
    Article

    Zimbabwe's political crisis staggers on, but the untold story is that the agricultural economy is recovering well. In-depth research in Masvingo province shows that despite abuses and corruption in land reform, there have also been successful results from land-redistribution.

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    African political unity must be more selective: A blueprint for change

    • William Gumede
    22 September 2011
    Paper

    There cannot be any clearer illustration of the impotence of Africa’s continental and regional institutions to find local solutions to the continent’s problems, than their numbing inaction in the face of the wave of popular rebellions against dictators in North Africa sweeping across the continent.

     
  17. The case against the Economic Partnership Agreement

    30 August 2011
    Article

    One of the main lessons of the global economic crisis that has cast its shadow since 2008 is that this is the time to be diversifying trade away from over-reliance on EU markets. It is clear to all observers that the economic chaos engulfing the EU in its euro-zone heartlands shows no end in sight and the prospect of long- term stagnation is becoming ever more real.

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    Global Inequalities, Alternative Regionalism and the Future of Socialism

    • Tom Reifer
    30 August 2011
    Paper

    This paper examines global inequalities and the future of capitalism and socialism through an investigation of the oligarchic wealth on which the current global order is based and also looks at growing challenges to these social foundations of the present global system.

  19. Pro-poor water management: community participation and ownership

    Satoko Kishimoto
    24 August 2011
    Article

    ‘Pro-poor urban water provision’ was a big theme at World Water Week in Stockholm this year. But what is pro-poor water provision, in practice?

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