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News & Analysis | November 2019

Burkina Faso. Yacouba Sawadogo. And the desert blooms.

He has transformed sterile land into a forest by digging trenches in the hardened earth that hold water and other nutrients, allowing the  growing crops to resist drought. This is an ancient unconventional technique known as zaï. The land is different in the province of…

Dossier

Namibia. Nothing Surprising.

Ever since it won the first democratic elections, held in November 1989 and supervised by the UN, by a comfortable 57%, the South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO, now called the 'SWAPO Party of Namibia') has continued to enjoy an absolute majority over its opponents. A majority that grew even further over the years from over 70%…

Namibian Mosaic.

With only 2.6 million inhabitants and an area of 824,292 square kilometres, Namibia presents a particularly complicated ethnic and cultural geography. Low population density and the absence of large urban centres of development (Windhoek, the political capital and the main city of the country, has little more than 300,000 inhabitants) deprive Namibia of the powerful aggregation…

Ethnicity and National Unity.

The SWAPO movement succeeded in bringing on board the different ethnic groups, even co-opting some of the tribal leaders. In Namibia too, as in the rest of Africa, ethnic diversity is a difficult problem to manage. It may be said that the political fortunes of SWAPO were due, leaving aside the fidelity of the Ovambo and the…

Economy. Too much inequality.

The structure of the economy of Namibia reflects the contradictions that are typical of all southern Africa. On the one hand, the country may boast of one of the highest per capita incomes in the continent (almost 12,000 dollars which, in terms of 2017 real purchasing power, amounts to five times that of the poorest African countries),…

Churches

New Catacombs Pact.

More than a half century after a group of bishops at the…

Burkina Faso. Father Jacques. Biologist and Geneticist.

A Camillian and also professor at the University of Ouagadougou, Father Jacques…

Eswatini. Arriving unannounced.

Originally from the Argentine, Mons. José Luis Gerardo Ponce de León has…

DR. Congo. “I am a missionary doctor, in…

She lives and works in the Democratic Republic of Congo and has…

Culture

Philippines. Death, a celebration and continuity of life.

The Butbut people of the larger Kalinga ethnic group live in…

Bolivia. A journey towards an unknown place.

For the Quechua, death does not mark an end but a…

South Sudan. Death. A place of Rest.

The Bari, a South Sudan ethnic group who live on the…

Mexico.The Day of the Dead. A great feast.

There is no place in Mexico where the cult of the…

Opinion & Comment

The Arctic, ‘Great Game’.

President Trump’s statements concerning a proposal to purchase Greenland from Denmark were met with derision throughout…

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Mining in Africa, an Object of Desire.

Among all the natural resources that Africa possesses, minerals are the most coveted by developed countries…

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Advocacy

Research and Rating, a tool of Advocacy.

Advocacy is a strategy used around the world by NGOs, activists, and even policy makers themselves, to influence policies. Advocacy is about creating reform of…

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Baobab

An Unhappy Fish.

0nce upon a time there was a colony of little fishes who lived together in their own small pool, isolated from the rest of the fish…

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Youth & Mission

Peace and Climate Justice is Needed to Save the Planet.

The world is afire again, the flames heartbreakingly consume shrubs, trees and forests in Australia, Portugal, Brazil, and recently in California and Siberia and elsewhere too.…

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