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Social Movements

Values are a significant feature of civic driven change. This essay explores the role of religion in shaping the moral norms that guide people’s behaviour towards citizenship, politics and authority. With Kenya as an example, the notion of a rigorous divide between secular and spiritual groundings of civic agency is questioned.

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Rethinking social movements

Today the structures that sustain oppression exhibit an impressive level of transnational collaboration. Where to then for local and transnational social movements committed to challenging this oppression, and advancing feminism and gender equality?

In defence of small utopias

The last in a series of reflections around Movements Rethink, convened by the Hivos Knowledge Programme, 9-12 September 2013

Party Politics: The Positive as Power

Say the word ‘activism’ and what images first come to mind? Is it a street full of protestors expressing rage through angry slogans? It is the intense eyes of the ‘survivor’ speaking hard-faced into a microphone at a policy forum? Is it a city square full of people from a spectrum of communities rocking to conscious hip-hop? Is it young woman embracing her body as beautiful? 

Travelling to and for liberation(s): Reflecting on the first day of Movements Rethink

<p>The&nbsp;second in a series of reflections around Movements Rethink, convened by the Hivos Knowledge Programme, 9-12 September 2013.</p>

The power of ‘together’: Charting our paths towards Movements Rethink

<p>The&nbsp;first in a series of reflections around Movements Rethink, convened by the Hivos Knowledge Programme, 9-12 September 2013</p>

Did Zimbabwean women’s organising constitute a women’s movement during the years 1995 – 2000? In a fascinating account of a significant period of women’s collective organising, Shereen Essof’s response to this question is positive. As a feminist scholar she interrogates the period during which she was a more than full-time woman activist out and about in Zimbabwe. Inspired by the vision of feminism and social justice she was part of a collectivity of women who were mobilizing and engaging women throughout Zimbabwe.

Old Wine, New Bottles? How the NeXt generation prepares for a take over

“Old Wine should become better as it ages”,

“Is New Wine good when it comes in plastic bottles?”

“I’m Old Wine, so what I am going to say might be a bit acid”

The proverb ‘Old wine in new bottles’ was tweaked and reformulated frequently on 24 March, when theInstitute of Social Studies held the third and last debate in its Target 2020 series. Following the 2010 ISS debate series on the WRR report on development cooperation, this series discussed the way forward towards the year 2020, by looking to development cooperation from three different angles: new economic powers, new (philanthropic) financial resources, and the new generation.

This paper critically analyses the emergence and development of the Yasuní-ITT initiative, which is built on the idea of leaving oil underground in exchange for financial contributions from the international community. Development politics in Ecuador has experienced major changes since the election of Correa in 2007.

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