LISTENING TO SOUTHERN CITIZENS

international development, humanitarian aid and climate change

[ 20 August, 2021 ]

[English version following in the article]

Bien que l’attention du monde ces jours-ci porte principalement sur ce qui se passe en Afghanistan, j’aimerais que nous nous rappelions également qu’il y a d’autres pays souvent oubliés et que nous apprenions de leurs voix inouïes.

Pour cette raison la série sur l’entrepreneuriat féminin dans les pays du Sud du monde continue avec mon entretien avec une ancienne collègue, Micheline Engiteyo, qui est en train d’établir sa propre organisation en République Démocratique du Congo (RDC). Micheline nous parle de comment elle a surmonté ses premiers défis pour réaliser son rêve d’aider la femme congolaise à devenir plus autonome et à contribuer au développement de son pays de façon plus profonde.

RECENT POSTS

[ 25 June, 2021 ]

This blog post is the first of a series focusing on female entrepreneurship in Southern countries. I start with an interview with a Kenyan woman, Mercy Khamala. Mercy has successfully transitioned from the humanitarian sector to business, founding the online concept store Meruti.

Here she shares her journey and reflects on what she has learned along the way.

[ 16 April, 2021 ]

Every so often there are people who transition from national or small not for profit into the International NGOs. Many times, it is a dream come true because you have probably put in dozens of applications and this one lucky one made it through, and you cannot just believe! There you are in a multicultural fancy office; it really is a dream come true.

Then the dream is shattered when you come face to face with the bureaucracy that is closely intertwined in the inner workings of an international organization. Then you realise the brand usually runs ahead of operations and that all that glitters is not gold.

[ 12 March, 2021 ]

A few months ago, I wrote about how the international aid and development sector was addressing the double challenge of Covid-19 and mounting accusations of racism following the rise of the Black Lives Matter movement in the US.

I recommended levelling the playing field between Northern and Southern academia to counteract the widespread belief that ‘developed’ nations know what is best for ‘developing’ countries.

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