A bad year for bad guys

2011 was a year of extraordinary people-powered resistance, starting with the ‘Arab Spring’ and spreading across many parts of the world. How did this resistance work so well? In this…

Time Person of the Year: The Protestor

No one could have known that when a Tunisian fruit vendor set himself on fire in a public square, it would incite protests that would topple dictators and start a…

Making sense of ‘developmentspeak’

Macroprudential regulation is supposed to deal with two major issues: the procyclicality of the financial system, and systemic risk and moral hazard caused by systemically important financial institutions that are…

Human Rights Day 2011, and the rest

It was Human Rights Day on Saturday! Does that mean every other day of the year is a human rights abuse day or, more accurately, a human wrongs day? In…

How to Write About Africa

First appearing in 2005 in issue 92, Granta magazine published ‘The View from Africa’ – a collection of memoir and reportage that sought to challenge the all too typical labelling…

Current and future costs: COP17

The cost for South Africa of hosting COP 17 will, it is estimated, amount to some 400 million rand (approx. €40 million).  The funds will be used to provide meals,…

HIV & AIDS, 30 years on…

Today is World AIDS Day. It has been almost 30 years since HIV and AIDS was first recognised and diagnosed. HIV and AIDS has since spread at an alarming rate…