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Dossier May 2016

Leaving home.

In Europe, the phrase ‘African migration’ is almost exclusively associated with people trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea on dinghies or old, overcrowded boats, but this is just a part of the picture, as Africans themselves know very well. On the one hand, those leaving the continent aren’t only doing so by sea (even if…

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Advocating for change.

In their 2015 book, Africa uprising, already regarded as one of the  most important studies on grassroots political movements in the continent, academics Zachariah Mamphilly and Adam Branch offer many insights on the political consequences of youth discontent. ‘A growing political society of frustrated youth – they write among other things – is a recipe…

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African Youth. Defusing the time bomb.

Looking at African youth, the impression is that something is about to burst. Whether it will be a catastrophe or a new beginning, however, it’s not easy to tell. Quite recently, Alexander Chikwanda, Zambia’s finance minister, voiced his concern by affirming that “youth unemployment is a ticking time bomb”. Figures, indeed, seem to be on…

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Challenging the stereotypes.

For many years, the dominant narrative about Africa has been that of the ‘hopeless continent’ and young people were rarely mentioned in reportages or shown in photos with the notable exceptions of militiamen, refugees or children almost dying of starvation. As the focus of the media shifted from political and humanitarian crises to the daily…

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Advocacy

Feeding people during the Covid-19 emergency.

With the declaration of the health emergency in Ecuador, all activities and services taking care of poor people were suspended. The experience of Caritas’ dining…

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Baobab

The Herons and the Tortoise.

Once upon a time, there was a beautiful lake, near a big mountain. There lived many animals in the water and on the banks of the…

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Youth & Mission

Young People lead the protest against racism, discrimination and social…

More and more young people are joining protests around the world and are playing an increasingly important role to protest against racism, discrimination and social inequality. Is…

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