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Consulting with the communities that have suffered the most harm from past acts of mass violence is a key part of a successful reparations process. Steven Senne/AP

Why reparations are always about more than money

From Germany to Georgetown, the Global North has a lot to learn about reckoning successfully with past human rights wrongs.
A section of Quarry Road informal settlement in Durban after severe flooding in April 2019 where research was undertaken by local scientists. Catherine Sutherland

Reuters’ Hot List of climate scientists is geographically skewed: why this matters

Climate change science dominated by knowledge produced in the global North cannot address the particular challenges faced by those living in the global South.
Erosion damage caused by Hurricane Hanna is seen along the Fisher border wall, a privately funded border fence, along the Rio Grande River near Mission, Texas, on July 30, 2020. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

From COVID-19 to the climate emergency: Lessons from this global crisis for the next one

As a zoonotic virus, COVID-19 is itself a symptom of human-influenced climate change. It is also indicative of the humanitarian impact of future environmental crises.
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Contextual bias can play out in management studies in both North and South

Academics face the choice of becoming a colony of the Northern mainstream or retreating into a Southern “indigenous” enclave. Both should be resisted.
While some argue globalization has been bad for the environment, the move towards deglobalization could spell serious trouble for climate. This photo from 2014 shows smoke streams from the chimneys of a coal-fired power station in Germany. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)

Globalization may actually be better for the environment

Some experts argue globalization has been bad for the environment. But moving away from globalization could have other consequences that could be even more devastating for the environment.
Slum in Paris, by the Pont des Poissonniers. André Feigeles/Wikimedia

Outlining the global fault lines of the ‘slum’ narrative

Slums are an increasing common phenomenon across the global North and global South. To what extent could they be seen as an inherent part of the urbanisation process?
Of course Africa’s universities need collaboration – but not if it’s merely an imposition of ideas from elsewhere. Shutterstock

Global academic collaboration: a new form of colonisation?

Africa’s universities must avoid collaborative programmes with the North that become mere tick-box exercises that only benefit Northern researchers and organisations.
South Africa was hit by an unprecedented wave of student protests against fee hikes, racism and for the decolonisation of curriculum. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Want to understand the decolonisation debate? Here’s your reading list

Many works published on decolonisation originate from Ngugi wa Thiongo’s idea of decolonising the African mind. Imperialism, he writes, has left its mark on the minds of the previously colonised.

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