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  • THE FULL STORY BEHIND THE KANGALUWI MINE

    Zambezi Resources’ mining license for the Kangaluwi Copper Mine in Lower Zambezi National Park (LZNP) in Zambia led to an outcry within the conservation community. It sparked a debate about the corruption of the Minister of Mines who approved the license, going directly against recommendations from ZEMA and the Parliamentary Committee. A lawsuit against the…

  • NEW PROJECT: 2% interest micro-loans and sponsorships

    My experience in Zambia has been the most amazing experience of my life. I learned so much more about development than I ever could have from books, articles and lectures. I learned what it feels like to live in a completely different environment for a while, and what this does to one’s perception of reality.…

  • The invention of underdevelopment

    Aid grew from benevolence into a business.   Post-development theorist Arturo Escobar (1995) starts his book Encountering Development with the statement that the domain of economy is completely and seemingly naturally monopolized by capitalism. He then states that the same can be said about globalization. I in turn believe that to a great extent the…

  • Why Poverty?

    Vandana Shiva’s main argument against growth – that there is no equality of opportunity because opportunities are deliberately being closed to people – paints an accurate picture of the injustice inherent to growth-based development.   When I first listened to the debate Why Poverty? hosted by the BBC on November 30th 2012, about the origins…

  • Why ignorance is evil

    The only real freedom is self-knowledge As Plato stated: ‘Ignorance is the root and stem of all evil’. Quite a strong statement right? Especially when you wear it on the back of your t-shirt. So let me explain why I am of opinion that ignorance is evil and why this is so important to me. I…