On unpredictability: a call for solidarity
By Joel Lazarus In the realm of social action, and thus in the realm of development, the element of unpredictability reigns. A critical history of development is a history of the intended and unintended injurious consequences of interventions. The path...
Child workers need rights, not policing, to weather the pandemic
By Roy Maconachie, Sam Okyere and Neil Howard The development community wants to help child workers during and after the COVID-19 pandemic, but unless it rethinks its programming it could cause harm itself. Today is the World Day Against Child...
International Child Protection: In Need of Politics and Participation
By Neil Howard Today is International Children’s Day, when the world’s child protection institutions both remind us that children are the future and urge us to better care for them in the present. But how well are they doing their...
Investigating the environmental impacts of artisanal gold mining in Sierra Leone
By Roy Maconachie,Thomas Kjeldsen and Lee Bryant In many African countries, the artisanal and small-scale gold mining sector is largely informal, generating pressing environmental and health impacts. Together with colleagues (Dr Solomon Gbanie, Kabba Bangura and Anthony Kamara) from the...
A world of self-reliant refugees? Reflections on World Refugee Day
By Katharina Lenner Self-reliance has become an evermore important element of international responses to refugee crises in recent years. It is, for example, core to the UN Global Compact for Refugees, which came into force late last year after years...
Challenging Industry Claims: Does Corporate-Led Mining in the African Periphery Really Provide Higher Wages to Local Workers?
By Ben Radley Since 1980, the World Bank has loaned more than $1 billion to low-income country (LIC) governments across Africa to privatise, liberalise and deregulate their mining sectors. Supported by the most recent commodity super-cycle, this resulted in the...