Category Archives: RLC Bonn/ Global Secretariat

RLC PhD student Amit Kumar conducts fieldwork in Mumbai

Amit Kumar, PhD student at RLC Bonn, is currently conducting one year of fieldwork in the slums of Mumbai. In collaboration with Medha Patkar’s (Right Livelihood Award winner 1991) “Ghar Banao Ghar Bachao Aandolan” movement Amit is investigating the collective resistance against demolitions of slum dwellers in Mumbai. His research aims at the alternative imagination to the existing urban structures in relation to globalization. Read more!

RLC PhD student Alejandro Mora-Motta publishes article on the relationship between economic theory and climate change

RLC PhD student Alejandro Mora-Motta and co-author Norah León Rodríguez published an article on the different economic theories that have addressed the relationship between climate change (CC) and the economic system. They critically analyses the welfare economics viewpoint and propose a shift towards ecological economics, which is founded on strong sustainability, the irreducibility of uncertainty, and a different normative basis. The article that has been published in the journal “Cuadernos de Economia” can be found here.

Research Associate Position at Malabo Montpellier (MaMo Panel)

The Malabo Montpellier Panel is a group of African and European experts in the areas of food security and agricultural development. Applications are invited for a Research Associate position to support the work and research of the Malabo Montpellier Panel. The primary task of the Research Associate will include writing easily accessible policy-oriented research outputs (papers, reports, briefing papers, presentations and blogs) on food, nutrition, agriculture, climate, environmental and development policy in Africa. You must have master’s degree in a relevant field and a PhD degree (or equivalent) in agriculture economics, international development, public policy, food and nutrition security or a related field.The full job description and person specification is available here.

RLC research exchange: Professor Fuders from the RLC Campus Valdivia, Chile, works at the RLC Campus Bonn

Professor Dr. Felix Fuders, Director of the Economic Institute of the Universidad Austral de Chile, will spend a research term at the RLC Campus in Bonn. His research will focus on the privatisation and exploitation of natural resources, and its effects on economic efficiency, natural environment and on sustainable development.

The RLC Campus Bonn welcomes Felix Fuders to the team. Further information on past and current research projects can be found in his CV here. 

Further articles published by Felix Fuders can be perceived here.


RLC Bonn graduate publishes article in The Journal of Modern African Studies

RLC Bonn PhD graduate Dr. Willis Okumu has published an article in The Journal of Modern African Studies in September 2017.

The paper deals with livestock raids and pastoralist’s competition over water and pastures in north-western Kenya. It argues that you can find manifestation of local ethnic political conetests and rivalries in Samburu, Turkan, Pokot, Borana, Gabra and Rendille communities which has changed the culture of raiding in the past 40 years.

The recent published article composed by Dr. Willis Okumu can be found here.

Right Livelihood Junior Scientist Dr. Abdallah Possi appointed as Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania in Berlin, Germany

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Tanzanian President John Magufuli appointed RLC junior scientists Dr. Abdallah Possi the new Tanzanian ambassador in Germany. After being the deputy minister of Tanzania (Policy, Parliament, Labour, Youth, Employment and Disabled) since 2015, his new position brings Abdallah Possi back to Germany: Possi participated in the RLC Bonn workshop “Mobilization for Change: Participatory research and the empowerment of the marginalized” in May 2014, when he was pursuing a doctoral programme at University of Erlangen, focusing on “Persons with Disabilities rights to work in Africa: A comparative study of Tanzania and selected African States”. Download his complete thesis here. Dr. Possi is a qualified lawyer actively involved in the attempt to achieve equality for persons with physical disabilities in East-Africa.

Right Livelihood Award Laureates 2017

On September 26, the Right Livelihood Award Foundation announced the 2017 Laureates in Stockholm, Sweden:

  • Robert Bilott (USA) “for exposing a decades-long history of chemical pollution, winning long-sought justice for the victims, and setting a precedent for effective regulation of hazardous substances.”(Honorary Award)
  • Colin Gonsalves (India) “for his tireless and innovative use of public interest litigation over three decades to secure fundamental human rights for India’s most marginalised and vulnerable citizens.”
  • Khadija Ismayilova (Azerbaijan) “for her courage and tenacity in exposing corruption at the highest levels of government through outstanding investigative journalism in the name of transparency and accountability.”
  • Yetnebersh Nigussie (Ethiopia) “for her inspiring work promoting the rights and inclusion of people with disabilities.”

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Public Panel Discussion – Human Rights and Environmental Governance: From Marginalization to Empowerment

On September 5, 2017, the RLC Campus Bonn and the Association of German Development Services (AGdD) organised a public panel discussion on Human Rights and Environmental Governance jointly with the Adult Education Center Bonn. Juan Pablo Orrego, Alternative Nobel Prize Laureate (1998) and founder of the Chilean NGO Ecosistemas, discussed with the Deputy Director of the German Development Institute (DIE), Dr. Imme Scholz, the importance of community involvement in the decision making process of large scale “development” projects that affect the social and ecological livelihoods of people. A special emphasis was put on collaborations and on information spreading between the affected people, activists and policy advisors. Additionally, two participants of the RLC/AGdD workshop spoke on the panel; Ms. Sandhya Kumar presented research findings on how policies are established practically in local communities, using the example of “Right to Food” in India. Wolfang Dörner, peace consultant for the “Forum Ziviler Friedensdienst”, gave insight into challenges in creating grassroot organisations and networks in the conflict-ridden and mineral-rich southern Philippines. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Merjam Wakili (Deutsche Welle) and supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

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RLC Workshop on “Mobilization for Change: Human Rights, Governance and the Empowerment of the Marginalized”

From September 2 to 7, 2017, 24 scientists, practitioners and PhD students from 17 different countries came together at the RLC Campus Bonn to discuss and analyse research and practice concerned with human rights, governance and marginalized people in Latin America, Asia and Africa. The transdisciplinary workshop, jointly organised with the Association of German Development Services (AGdD), focused on the nexus between economic development, ecological balance, and on rural livelihoods of marginalised people. Right Livelihood Award Laureate Juan Pablo Orrego (1998) participated and gave insights into his lifelong work and engagement against large-scale dam projects and for the protection of Chilean ecological and social systems.

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On September 5th 2017, RLC Bonn organized a public panel discussion with Juan Pablo Orrego and the Deputy Director of the German Development Institute (DIE), Dr. Imme Scholz at the Adult Education Center Bonn. Read more!