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  • Feel the heat – Fuel innovation in Ghana

    Feel the heat – Fuel innovation in Ghana

    It is charcoal, but not as we know it! - Professor David Miller has a mission to decrease the brain drain in Ghana. By making charcoals out of grass he found a great alternative that could benefit employment as well as sustainability development.
  • Will women talk about the war?

    Will women talk about the war?

    Rosi Aryal | | 0
    How do women talk about violent experiences? How can we understand women’s stories of war without reproducing stereotypes of female victimhood or subservience? Rosi Aryal won the Speckmann award with her MA research on war time violence in Sierra Leone.
  • Humour: a threat to society?

    Humour: a threat to society?

    The more you think about humour, the more complex it becomes. Humour can be both insulting and complimentary, both escalating and de-escalating, both relaxed and tense. It exploits stereotypes and sweeps them aside. Is humour a potential threat to society?
  • Jesus film magic in the West African bush

    Jesus film magic in the West African bush

    The American film Jesus (1979) is not only the most watched film in history, but has also become a global tool for evangelism. The reason it remains so popular is not because of the film itself but rather what evangelical Christians have made of it.
  • Revolutionary times in Burkina Faso

    Revolutionary times in Burkina Faso

    Two and a half weeks ago a popular uprising ousted Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaoré after 27 years of power. It raises the question that many African societies face: Are there alternatives and who can give hope to the young generation?
  • The Uncertainty of Help

    The Uncertainty of Help

    What role do local institutions of mutual security play in managing the growing economic and political uncertainties in African communities today? How do people in everyday life manage these economic and political insecurities?
  • Whose land is it anyway?

    Whose land is it anyway?

    Property is not just a legal term that states who owns what. Discussions on property reveal a bigger picture, in which not only the law but history and oral tradition take part as well.
  • Mali’s Heritage: Beyond Timbuktu

    Mali’s Heritage: Beyond Timbuktu

    Mali is in the news because of the deployment of Dutch military personnel. Media coverage conjures up images of the 2012 destruction of Timbuktu’s World Heritage mausoleums and mosques. Might heritage also have a role in bringing peace and national unity?