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The drunken logic of ecotourism

Khadija anatomises the relationship between capitalism and conservation. She wonders whether the ecotourism industry is not simply a tamed and sanitised wilderness, whose architecture necessitates the valorisation of certain primitive natives, and the natural landscapes, commodified? Natives who are celebrated for their backward cultures, and who are dehumanised to become part of a natural wildness, in order to provide a visual time machine for visitors. But, where are the NGOs meant to tackle this thorny issue? Why are these 'spaces of exception' greenwashed?

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Museveni wants defilers hanged

Uganda's President Museveni wants sex offenders hanged/Photo/ReutersUgandan leader, President Yoweri Museveni has suggested that men who commit incest or sleep with underage girls be executed, as they were a menace to society.

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Should donors rethink aid to states that persecute gay people?

In recent months, both the UK and US have raised the issue of aid being used to leverage countries to improve human rights, particularly for homosexuals. We asked representatives from both side of the debate to have their say. Join in the discussion.

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Kampala (part one)

Shauna Mottiar recounts her experience in Uganda as a visiting Human Rights expert in this three part series. Her encounters with Verity, an outspoken researcher from a local NGO, and her remarkably disruptive hand bag and later Colonel Hugo, a retired English officer, mark the beginning of an exciting adventure.

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Kampala (part three)

Shauna Mottiar recounts her experience in Uganda as a visiting Human Rights expert in this three part series. Her encounters with Verity, an outspoken researcher from a local NGO, and her remarkably disruptive hand bag and later Colonel Hugo, a retired English officer, mark the beginning of an exciting adventure.

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Kenya's Everlyne Cherobon wins EMRC Small Business Incubator Award

Map of KenyaFor Everlyne Cherobon, founder of the non-profit organisation EMEDEN Kenya, seeking to improve the livelihoods of rural smallholder farmers in Kenya's semi-arid Rift Valley, winning the EMRC award – and the cash prize of $15 000, makes a world of difference.

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NGOs warn Ghana will miss MDGs

A coalition of non-governmental organisations in Ghana has expressed fears that the country might fail to attain the Education for All (EFA) target under Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

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Somalia: A refugee crisis without end

Kenya has had enough of the expanding refugee camps, but the ongoing crisis is far from foreign governments’ minds.

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Somalia: A refugee crisis without end

Kenya has had enough of the expanding refugee camps, but the ongoing crisis is far from foreign governments’ minds.

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UN losing its climate credibility

As the climate change community focuses on Cancun, Rehana Dada finds that various players are questioning the relevance and effectiveness of the negotiations  


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