Category Archives: RLC Port Harcourt

Fidelis Allen publishes background review

In August 2017, Fidelis Allen, coordinator of the RLC campus Port Harcourt, published a background review on “NGOs, CSOs and academia: capacity gaps and advocacy surrounding expansion of oil palm plantations in Nigeria”. The review gives an insight into the impact of oil palm plantation expansion in the forest landscape of southeast of Nigeria and the role of non-governmental and community-based organizations for the people affected by these expansions. Moreover, Allen addresses academia and capacity gaps in this field to guide future research on the one hand and to ensure collaboration in the utilization of results of research on the other hand. His review is part of a collection of background reports called “Oil palm plantations in forest landscapes: impacts, aspirations and ways forward in Nigeria” written by Godwin Uyi Ojo, Raphael Ayama Offiong, Sylvester Odion Akhaine, Abiodun Baiyewu-Teru and Fidelis Allen under the framework of the Green Livelihoods Alliance.

Please find the publication here.

Fidelis Allen publishes book chapter on “Decolonising African Political Science and the Question of the Relevance of the Discipline for Development”

Fidelis Allen, coordinator of the Right Livelihood Campus Port Harcourt, contributed a chapter to the book “Decolonizing the University, Knowledge Systems and Disciplines in Africa” edited by Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni and Siphamandla Zondi. In his chapter “Decolonising African Political Science and the Question of the Relevance of the Discipline for Development” he argues that American Political Science still dominates the field of Political Science worldwide even though analyses based on these dominating western political theories often fail to connect with African reality. He calls for a new understanding of development and political science by critically reflecting Western methodologies and complementing them by new scientific approaches.

Laureate Alyn Ware honours women peace and disarmament advocates in Nigeria

Alyn Ware, 2009 Right Livelihood Laureate, delivered a RLC lecture in Nigeria on May 25th 2017, and participated in a public event the day before jointly organized by the RLC Campus Port Harcourt and the Centre for Conflict and Gender Development Studies, University of Port Harcourt, to commemorate the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament.
Alyn used the occasion to release a joint statement of members of the World Future Council and laureates of the Right Livelihood Award from around the world.

 

 

Women leading for Peace and Disarmament

May 24, 2017

‘Involving women in peace and disarmament processes elevates the prospect of their success’, according to recipients of the Right Livelihood Award and members of the World Future Council who released a statement today – Women Leading for Peace and Disarmament – to commemorate the International Women’s Day for Peace and Disarmament.

‘We highlight the success of peace and disarmament initiatives in which women have played an important role, including in Bougainville, Colombia, Iran, Liberia, Mexico, Nigeria, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Sierra Leone, and other regions around the world.’

Coming just two days after the tragic terrorist bombing in Manchester UK, the statement condemns terrorist acts and any other forms of indiscriminate violence, including the use of nuclear weapons.

‘We express concern over the existential threats to humanity and the planet from climate change and the increased threat of nuclear war – a situation which has moved the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to move the Doomsday Clock to 2½ minutes to midnight. The threats to our planet – of climate change, environmental degradation, poverty, terrorism and war – can only be overcome by nations and the global community working in cooperation – something not possible while nations maintain large and expensive militaries and threaten to destroy each other, including with nuclear weapons.’

The statement highlights the opportunity for progress on nuclear disarmament provided by the negotiations by non-nuclear States which will take place in June-July this year on a draft agreement to ban nuclear weapons, and the UN High Level Conference on Nuclear Disarmament which will take place in 2018 and will include nuclear armed and non-nuclear States.

‘UN High Level Conferences in recent years have achieved success, including agreements on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and the New York Declaration on Refugees and Migrants,’ says Alyn Ware, one of the Right Livelihood Laureates endorsing the statement. ‘So we hope for similar success on nuclear disarmament at the 2018 UN High Level Conference. We also support the Women’s March to Ban the Bomb being held in New York to promote the UN nuclear ban negotiations.’

‘And we highlight the possibilities to invest in peace and sustainable development if we re-allocate just a small portion of the $1.7 trillion spent globally on the military. As such we call on governments to support the Kazakhstan proposal to reduce national military budgets by at least 1% and reallocate these resources to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.’

“Partnership For Peace”: New article published by Fidelis Allen

Dr. Fidelis Allen is director of the Center for Gender and Conflict Studies of University Port Harcourt.

Recently Fidelis Allen has published an articel
“Partnership For Peace, Tackling The Threats And Raising The Prospects for Raising For Justice in Rivers State” in Advances in the Social Sciences Research Journal.

You have the opportunity to read the article
Partnership For Peace here.

Soil Not Oil: Right Livelihood Laureate Vandana Shiva to speak in Port Harcourt, Bori, Erema and Abuja

On July 23, to mark the UN International Year of the Soil and the decades long struggle against oil extraction in the Niger Delta, 1993 Right Livelihood Award Laureate, Vandana Shiva, gave a lecture at the Right Livelihood College in Port Harcourt. The event was organized in collaboration with Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) and 2010 Right Livelihood Award Laureate, Nnimmo Bassey.

The UN has chosen 2015 as the International Year of the Soil with the aim of raising awareness about the importance of soil for human life, food security, climate change adaptation and sustainable development. In the Niger Delta, oil extraction has severely contaminated the soil. A 2011 the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) Report assessing the environment of Ogoni found that, in over 40 locations tested, the soil is polluted with hydrocarbons up to a depth of 5 metres and that all the water bodies in Ogoni land are polluted.

“With oil spills occurring with a disturbing frequency of almost one a day, the soil and waters of the Niger Delta are being severely degraded, thus raising challenges for production of wholesome food,” said Nnimmo Bassey, Director of HOMEF. “Vandana Shiva’s visit is timely and she raised critical issues on the need to preserve our soils, seeds and food systems, rather than allowing them to be destroyed by the irresponsible activities of oil companies in their bid to extract resources of diminishing value.

Vandana Shiva, a physicist, philosopher, feminist, activist and author, has dedicated her life to defending small farmers’ rights and the rights of people to forests, biodiversity, water, seeds and land. Her organization, Navdanya, which means “nine seeds,” has been actively involved in rejuvenating indigenous culture and knowledge, and setting up seed banks across India, training farmers in sustainable agriculture and seed sovereignty. Dr. Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmentalist.

 

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RLC Port Harcourt Taking Part in National Policy Formulation

LogoPortHaRLC Campus Port Harcourt is the second RLC Campus on the African continent. It is affiliated with RLA Laureate and environmental activist Nnimmo Bassey. In 2015, the campus was involved in several policy-formulating efforts, with its representatives taking part in a national conference on the environment and producing reports for Nigerian policy makers. A capacity-building workshop for PhD students was also organized. Through these efforts, RLC Port Harcourt is making a direct contribution to combatting environmental pollution in Nigeria.