2011 / 2012
dialogues, proposals, stories
All around the world, individuals, movements and communities invent or re-invent, where they live, livelihoods and life-styles that are more just and more sustainable.
They develop new ways of thinking and doing, going beyond established models and boundaries.
They propose and explore new regulations to meet the global challenges that face us today.
Because sharing experiences, building common references and proposals, is necessary to developing a global citizenship and empowering local actors.
DPH provides more than 7,000 articles on exemplary struggles, innovative actions and organisations, collective analyses and proposals - in four languages and from all continents.
The changing climate poses severe problems to present and future development goals. Climate risks affect the livelihoods of the rural poor. Their strong dependence on natural resources and their limited capacity to adapt renders the population of the global South very vulnerable to climate change. Therefore, development projects need to take climate change into account to lead to sustainable improvements in the standards of living of the beneficiaries.
Pambazuka News believe the articles will contribute towards raising public awareness about what is at stake at COP 17, deepening analysis and understanding of the climate crisis and its impact on the people of Africa, creating linkages between academics, activists and journalists and reflecting the advocacy of African civil society organisations in the lead-up and during COP 17
The rhetoric of economic progress being a necessity for developing countries is repeated in various policy documents, project reports and judicial orders. In an effort to realise this, several regions that are critical for their biodiversity value, that support the livelihoods of marginal communities such as indigenous and forest dwelling people, fishworkers and landless farmers are assumed to be available for transforming into sites of industrial production of energy, goods and services.
There is no question that India desperately needs to generate more power. The energy indicators say it all. It has the lowest per capita consumption of electricity in the world. This when access to energy is correlated with development, indeed with economic growth. There are widespread protests against building major power projects, from thermal to hydel, and now nuclear. We must first realise the need to change the game of development. Only then will there be light.
Binayak Sen comments on the WHO’s report on the social determinants of health, and illustrates how an inequitable system keeps large sections of Indians walking with famine by their side.
Africa remains at the mercy of a self-interested international ruling class interested purely in maximising profit at all costs and consolidating its position, writes Yash Tandon.
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