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1 year, 9% vaccinated (Part 2): Exploring the media’s portrayal of Covid-19 in Africa with Peter Mwai

We need to look deeper into the coverage of COVID-19 in Africa. From vaccination rates to incentivising policies, is there a disconnect between the coverage and what is happening on the ground? Even for journalists working within Africa, there is a delicate balance between maintaining the integrity of news and taking into account the impact … Continue reading 1 year, 9% vaccinated (Part 2): Exploring the media’s portrayal of Covid-19 in Africa with Peter Mwai

China versus the U.S. – Two superpowers and the fight for influence in Latin America and the Caribbean

Photo by Damir Sagolj The United States has long been considered the hegemonic power of the world yet China’s increase in military expenditure, global integration, and global financial lending means that China is now threatening their position. Recent years have seen the increase in tensions between the two sides with China rapidly expanding its influence … Continue reading China versus the U.S. – Two superpowers and the fight for influence in Latin America and the Caribbean

“Transforming refugees into entrepreneurs” in conversation with Zulfiqar Deo

Why is sustainable development important? How can business mentoring and entrepreneurship be used to support refugees from post-conflict regions? In this episode, our Europe Events Officer, Esther, speaks with Zufi Deo, the co-founder of BizGees. Throughout the interview, they talk about Zufi’s motivation behind setting-up BizGees and how his background in business strategy and mentoring … Continue reading “Transforming refugees into entrepreneurs” in conversation with Zulfiqar Deo

How does change happen? And other topics of debate in International Development

How does change happen? In this episode, one of our events officers, Marnie, speaks with Dr Duncan Green, a strategic advisor to Oxfam GB on the topic of "What's wrong with aid and other topics of debate in International Development?"  Throughout the interview, they talk about how following a linear pattern is not the best … Continue reading How does change happen? And other topics of debate in International Development

1 year, 9% vaccinated (Part 1): What’s behind the vaccine crisis in Africa? With Ade Adeyemi

Why have only 9% of people in Africa been fully vaccinated when other countries are offering their citizens booster jabs? This lack of access to vaccines arguably points towards greater infrastructural issues which have led to underdeveloped healthcare systems across Africa. On this podcast, Africa Events Officer, Sam, speaks to Ade Adeyemi, global health policy … Continue reading 1 year, 9% vaccinated (Part 1): What’s behind the vaccine crisis in Africa? With Ade Adeyemi

Telling the Untold Stories of International Development in China

Eric Zhang interviews Mr. Huang HongXiang to discuss his journey from being a wildlife journalist featured in the Oscar nominee documentary ‘The Ivory Game’ to establishing the social enterprise ‘China House’ that strives to present a fuller image of China on international platform. China-House is a social enterprise set up in 2014 which, through various … Continue reading Telling the Untold Stories of International Development in China

The dark side of the model minority myth for Asian Americans

Over the past few years, Asian Americans have suffered an increase in hate crimes, particularly with the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. How can we reconcile this with the stereotype of Asian Americans being the ‘model minority’? The model minority myth is a racial stereotype imposed upon Asian Americans, often depicting them as a successful … Continue reading The dark side of the model minority myth for Asian Americans

Sankara and his Legacy: Part 2

Dr Eloïse Bertrand Following on from Part I, this article contains the details of my interview with Dr Eloïse Bertrand. Dr Eloïse Bertrand is a research fellow at Portsmouth University who specialises in Burkinabe history and has co-authored “A Dictionary of African Politics”. Dr Bertrand sheds light on more recent transmutations within Burkinabe current affairs, partly … Continue reading Sankara and his Legacy: Part 2

Shell, exploitation and murder: Nigeria’s double-edged attachment to oil

Ken Saro-Wiwa. Before the 1990s, he was perhaps most well-known for being the producer of Basi & Company, an incredibly popular African sitcom which aptly parodied the ‘get rich quick’ mentality and corruption present in oil-rich Nigeria. However, during the 1990s, he was better known for his activism on behalf of his people in Ogoniland, … Continue reading Shell, exploitation and murder: Nigeria’s double-edged attachment to oil