NEWS

ABOUT DEMOCRACY

The ‘Third Wave of Democracy’ started in the early 1970’ies, when officers in Portugal rose up against the dictatorship. From Portugal, the spirit of democracy spread like a bushfire from country to country, and from region to region. Today, more people than ever before live in a democracy, but right now democracy is under pressure in many countries.

GAME OVER FOR EVO MORALES

I receive the news about President Evo Morales stepping down with sadness as well as happiness. When elected back in 2005, he was the president I felt Bolivia had deserved ever since independence in 1825, following almost 300 years of Spanish conquest and colonization, and following almost 200 military coups. But I am happy that his attempt to continue ruling undemocratically has failed.

GAME OVER FOR EVO MORALES

DIPD REPORTING ON 2018

I am happy to be able to comment on the 2018 Annual Report published in June 2019 by the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy, the organization I helped set in motion as the first Director 2011-16.

DIPD REPORTING ON 2018

RED PARTIES WIN DANISH ELECTION

The 5 June 2019 election for Parliament in Denmark resulted in a dramatic victory for the parties belonging to the red bloc - with the climate agenda playing a key role. Some of the parties of the blue block lost in a manner that must be considered historic.

RED PARTIES WIN DANISH ELECTION

MEETING WITH HUGO BLANCO

More than 40 years ago, when I first visited Peru to collect information for my thesis, Hugo Blanco was one of the personalities I was most interested in. A peasant organizer and a rebel. Now, when he is 84 years old, he tells his fascinating story to a Danish audience.

MEETING WITH HUGO BLANCO

ECONOMIST ON DEMOCRACY IN 2018

The Economist Democracy Index for 2018 shows that political participation has increased, and this is mostly thanks to the increased participation of women in many countries around the world. At least som light in darkness!

ECONOMIST ON DEMOCRACY IN 2018

THE DEATH OF MORGAN TSVANGIRAI

It is sad to learn about the death of Morgan Tsvangirai, at the age of only 65. Despite all the controversies that have surrounded him over the years, he deserves to be recognized for his leadership at a time when his country needed it.

THE DEATH OF MORGAN TSVANGIRAI

ABOUT SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

With the agreement in the UN in 2015 about the 17 Sustainable Development Goals, the world has set a course for what needs to be done by 2030. We know how we can improve livelihoods for the poor, reduce inequality, protect human rights and find environmentally friendly and sustainable solutions. The big question is if we have the political will to do what is needed?

GOOD NEWS FROM ZIMBABWE

The good news coming out of Zimbabwe has nothing to do with Robert Mugabe or the present economic and political situation. No, the good news is from the Binga Craft Centre on the shores of Lake Kariba.

GOOD NEWS FROM ZIMBABWE

YOUTH MOBILISE ON CLIMATE

On 15 March, I joined the thousands of students gathering in front of the Danish parliament. Inspired by Swedish Greta, they want our politicians, our leaders, to take action, not to continue to talk. They are so right!

YOUTH MOBILISE ON CLIMATE

“MAN BLIVER ALDRIG DEN SAMME”

I dag - den 24. januar 2019 - udkommer "Man bliver aldrig den sammen", som er en samling fortællinger og samtaler om Mellemfolkeligt Samvirkes historie gennem 75 år.

“MAN BLIVER ALDRIG DEN SAMME”

SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION?

For decades, the Danes have been asked about their support - or the opposite - for development cooperation. In general, a majority of the population has been supportive. In March, a selection of 1001 persons were asked their opinion about the impact of development cooperation, i.e. if people think that it works or helps?

SUPPORT FOR DEVELOPMENT COOPERATION?

HVOR STOR SKAL HÅNDVASKEN VÆRE?

Så er den her igen, debatten om Afrika, om de hvide og de sorte, om bistandens negative eller positive rolle. Denne gang båret frem med afrikanske lyde, smukke landskaber, og karakterer ætset knivskarpt og dramatisk i den rødbrune jord. Det skal 'Liberty' have tak for.

HVOR STOR SKAL HÅNDVASKEN VÆRE?

DEBATING THE LEVEL OF ODA IN 2018

Danish Kroner 15.878.000 million will be spent on development in 2018 according to the State Budget proposal from the government. In a meeting, the Minister argued that this was enough. I disagreed!

DEBATING THE LEVEL OF ODA IN 2018

ABOUT SELECTED COUNTRIES

My work has allowed me to follow developments in many countries. However, some countries I have come to know more intimately than others. This is the case with Botswana and Zimbabwe, where I have lived for longer periods. Countries like Bhutan, Myanmar and Nepal have been my working territory in recent years. These five countries will be my focus.

CORONA [10] – WILL ZIMBABWE COLLAPSE?

A few days ago, I received a copy of a letter in my inbox, sent on 2 April 2020 from the Minister of Finance and Economic Development of Zimbabwe, Prof. M. Ncube, to the Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund. The letter paints a dramatic picture of the Zimbabwean economy. It looks like it could collapse, if Zimbabwe receives no help.

CORONA [10] – WILL ZIMBABWE COLLAPSE?

CORONA [9] – WHAT NUMBERS TELL US?

Numbers can be confusing. How we use or misuse the numbers equally so. Still, I think we can talk about the number of people dying from COVID-19 without forgetting the number of people dying from malaria, every year, year after year. Let us at least not forget how the world works.

CORONA [9] – WHAT NUMBERS TELL US?

CORONA [8] – ZIMBABWE 1980 – 2020

During the Covid-19 lockdown, Zimbabwe on 18 April celebrated its 40th Independence Anniversary. This normally involves a lot of festivity, but not this year. And to be honest, there is not a lot for ordinary Zimbabweans to celebrate.

CORONA [8] – ZIMBABWE 1980 – 2020

CORONA [7] – HOW IS BHUTAN COPING?

Bhutan is a tiny landlocked country in the Himalaya mountains, bordering China to the north and India to the south. Leadership to manage the Corona challenge comes both from the King and from the government.

CORONA [7] – HOW IS BHUTAN COPING?

CORONA [6] – LEADERSHIP DURING CRISIS

It seems like a year ago, but it has actually just been one month since I met with Botswana's former President, Festus Mogae, in his office in Gaborone. One issue was his leadership during the time when Botswana had the highest percentage of HIV-positive citizens in the world - close to one in five.

CORONA [6] – LEADERSHIP DURING CRISIS

CORONA [5] – LOCKDOWN OF ZIMBABWE

Zimbabwe's President Mnangagwa has decided on a 21-day lockdown. How will a country and a people having to manage multiple crises manage such a situation? Human rights activist Thandekile Moyo takes us through the options in this article first published in "Maverick Zitizen".

CORONA [5] – LOCKDOWN OF ZIMBABWE