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Recordings Albrecht Thaer Kolloquium 2010

On 18 and 19 November 2010, the annual Albrecht Thaer Kolloquium, co-hosted by the Humboldt University Berlin and Heinrich Böll Foundation, brought together a group of international environmental scientists to debate the imperative to adapt our political and economic systems to the unprecedented challenge of environmental and climate change.

The Kimberley Process and the Chiadzwa Diamonds in Zimbabwe: Challenges and Effectiveness

Amidst allegations of rampant human rights abuses at the Chiadzwa diamond fields and reports of diamond smuggling the KPCS has failed to take decisive action. Claude Kabemba sheds light on the reasons for the KPCS’ inability to act and concludes that a failure in Zimbabwe will send a negative signal about the relevance of the KPCS and capacity for self-regulation of the diamond industry as a whole. By Claude Kabemba

Caught between a rock and hard place

Saliem Fakir draws balance over of South Africas economic policy of the last 15 years and derives from it recommendations for a future political agenda. By Saliem Fakir

Gender and Climate Change: Namibia Case Study

This report focuses on the Namibian case study. Due to the fact that climate change and gender has strong links to poverty, and that the majority of rural poor are women engaged primarily in subsistence agriculture,  the research primarily examined rural communities of Namibia. Fieldwork was carried out in Epyeshona village located in northern-central Namibia and Daures Constituency in the Northwestern region. By Margaret Angula

Gender and Climate Change: Mozambique Case Study

Mozambique is considered one of the countries in sub-Saharan Africa that has been hard hit by climate change due to its geographical location and the weak socioeconomic situation. The major anticipated impacts of climate change are increase in the frequency and severity of floods, droughts and cyclones. Thus, adaptation measures to cope with the impacts of climate change are urgently needed at different levels in the country. These must be gender-sensitive, considering the differentiated role women and men play in rural societies. By Natasha Ribeiro and Aniceto Chaúque

Gender and Climate Change: Botswana Case Study

The general objective of this report was to analyse differentiated impacts of climate change and climate variability in Botswana. Furthermore, it was to examine the gendered dimension of climate change, its impacts and women and men’s responses. The central research question that the study sought to answer was ‘Are women and men in Botswana affected by climate change differently?’. By Kulthoum Omari

Gender and Climate Change: South Africa Case Study

The study shows that women in South Africa are very knowledgeable and innovative with regards to coping with the impacts of the changing climate. Lessons can be drawn from their knowledge on how women can be better assisted to adapt to climate change. Results confirm that women play an important role in supporting households and communities to cope and adapt to climate variability. By Dr Agnes Babugura

Gender and Climate Change: Regional Summary

Parts of southern Africa are highly vulnerable to climate variability and change. Successful adaptation actions are likely to be those that are finely tuned to the immediate needs of individual communities. Local realities and social structures need to be taken into account. In many cases, women and men have separate roles and different knowledge and a range of different coping strategies. By Belynda Petrie

Gender and Climate Change in Southern Africa

Although various studies have focused on climate change impacts and adaptation opportunities in Africa, few have focused on the household level and in particular on gender differentiated impacts of climate change. This study, commissioned by Heinrich Böll Stiftung, provides an analysis and summary of the findings of eight case studies carried out in four southern African countries. Furthermore, the study aims to identify various policies, programmes and activities that could address these issues.

The LGBTI Movement and Social Media in Africa

LGBTI people have increased their visibility through the formation of national and Pan-African organisations working at grassroots level in the struggle for decriminalization and sensitising their respective communities. The campaign for LGBTI rights in Africa needs to be framed within a global context of growing homophobia and transphobia. By Sokari Ekine

Perspectives 3/2009: The Global Economic Crisis and South Africa

South Africa officially entered recession in May 2009, its first in 17 years. This issue of Perspectives discusses the implications of the global economic crisis for South Africa, and analyses the government’s responses in relation to social justice, gender equity and sustainable development principles.

Global Climate Politics in the Congo Basin

The destruction of tropical forests contributes between percent of the greenhouse gases generated by human activity. Donor governments consider Congo Basin countries to be prime candidates for REDD (UN Collaborative Programme on Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation in Developing Countries), and national governments in the region are eager to seize the opportunity.

Foreign Direct Investment in the Agricultural Sector in Ethiopia

This study has given a first regional overview of the development of Global Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows over the last decade in Ethiopia. The high investments in the agricultural sector are basically necessary for a sustainable development but only if a comprehensive policy framework is in place. A discussion paper By Lucie Weissleder.

Eni's New Investment in Tar Sands and Palm Oil in the Congo Basin

Eni's plannned exploitation of tar sands and palm oil in the Republic of Congo poses huge risks for one of world’s poorest countries and will worsen runaway climate change. G8 Civil society groups and their African partners are critizising, that the project contradicts G8 climate Policy under Italian Presidency.

High Food Prices – Who gets the Money?

A maize shortage has led to an unprecedented price hike in Kenya; government has declared the food insecurity a national disaster. Many Kenyans attribute food price inflation to mismanagement and corruption. But to what extent does it result from actual scarcity? Do food crop producers - many of them small farmers - profit from high food prices? By Heike Höffler, Booker Owuor Ochieng

Climate Justice for Africa !

Africa speaks up on Climate Change is an appeal about the threat climate change poses to Africa. Immediate political action is needed. The film Hotspot Africa shows how severe the problems really are.