Kiliza – a variation of the Swahili word for “listen” – is a blog focusing on Southern citizens’ views on development and climate change.

I have decided to create this blog because I believe current discussions on these topics pay too little attention to what citizens from the ‘global South’ actually think. Too often decisions that have a direct impact on the lives of millions of people – particularly those living in poverty – are taken without consulting them properly.

And yet, it is exactly these people who often know best what it means to be poor or affected by a natural disaster. We – the policy ‘experts’, the economists, the development and climate change community at large – would probably do a much better job if we listened to them and took their advice more seriously.

We are living exciting times, witnessing a technological revolution that is filling the digital and information divide between North and South at an unprecedented pace. There are no easy fixes to massive problems like poverty eradication but that should not give us the excuse to keep doing all the talking.

Kiliza aims to make the most of this progress by capturing what people from the South – including from the world’s poorest places – say about development, international cooperation, the environment and climate change. My dream is to help share existing information with interested citizens, as well as those policymakers – and there are more and more by the day – who are ready for a more participatory approach to ending poverty, reducing inequality and protecting our planet. This is a conversation that concerns us all, so Kiliza will present it in a language that is accessible to anyone who is willing to pay attention.

There is no better time to have this conversation than now. I hope you will want to engage!

Farida

You can find out about me here.