The sixth episode of the BBC World Service programme ‘My Perfect Country’ looks at how communities in Uganda have revolutionised the justice system by taking matters into their own hands.
The programme delves into the inner workings of the legal group to hear why they wanted to help and how they have made it work. They hear from the individuals whose lives have been changed as a result – as well as how the country’s official legal system are responding to the group.
Is a DIY law system the basis for a perfect country? Presenter Fi Glover, entrepreneur Martha Lane Fox, professor Henrietta Moore of the Institute for Global prosperity and special studio guests – give their verdict.More »
As the European refugee crisis worsens, the UN summit in New York to agree on the new sustainable development goals (SDGs) couldn’t come at a more pressing time. Mass movement from the so-called developing world into the EU is a reminder of the stark global inequalities the 17 proposed goals and 169 targets are designed to address.
What’s different – and crucial – this time is that the raft of new targets are being applied universally. Unlike their predecessors, the millennium development goals (MDGs), which only applied to those countries deemed to be “developing”, the SDGs will require all nations to work towards them.More »
The fifth episode of ‘My Perfect Country’ (BBC World Service, 3 March 2016) examines India’s pioneering work on sanitation for women. With stories from the native workers who are inventing simple systems alongside active campaigning, she follows the changing attitudes towards women’s rights and their wellbeing. Our local reporter explores the corridors of universities to hear the young women who are putting themselves in charge of their own future – and whether those in charge of inspiring change nationwide are taking note.More »
In their article ‘Landscape, time and cultural resilience: a brief history of agriculture in Pokot and Marakwet, Kenya’ Matthew Davies and Henrietta Moore consider the Marakwet and Pokot communities of northwest Kenya, both of which have been subjected to a range of external agricultural interventions. The authors find a dynamic, yet hidden ‘cultural resilience’ spanning several centuries.More »
Based on recent fieldwork, this paper examines the intersecting economic activities of Marakwet women in northwest Kenya with a particular focus on exchange friendships. We highlight the need to expand previous definitions of tilia, based on male exchange of livestock, to include a variety of exchange friendships including those between women.More »
Over recent decades, the richer world has poured money towards poorer countries, in the form of aid and loans for development over many decades. But is this top-down solution really effective? The lecture, which is part of the BBC World Service’s ‘A Richer World’ season, was chaired by Professor Ngaire Woods, Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government. It was broadcasted on BBC Radio 4.More »