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Image Title Summary Author Organization Date Struggle for water: Water for whom? Francia Márquez (Colombia), winner of the 2018 Goldman Environmental Prize, reflects on the question of structural racism in Colombia and what should come first: drinking water for the most marginalized, or water for use in industrial projects and mining. Francia Márquez November 2018 “Listen to us”: Development alternatives from small-scale farmers and fisherfolk In September 2018, over 50 small-scale farmers, fisherfolk and representatives of civil society organizations from 15 different countries met in Yaoundé, Cameroon for the International Civil Society conference on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), agriculture and fisheries organized by the More and Better Network. The goal of the gathering was … Dr. Mamadou Goïta More and Better Network (MaB) September 2018 Hope for a new era on the Korean Peninsula, but militarization continues – Voices from the South June / July 2018 Sung-hee Choi of the Save Jeju campaign in South Korea reflects on the new developments on the Korean Peninsula, specifically the meetings between South and North Korea, as well as North Korea and the United States. While Sung-hee sees signs of hope for peace in the region, she points to … Sung-Hee Choi July 2018 The Global Compact on Migration (GCM) & the Challenges to the Migrant’s Movement In December 2018, the UN is expected to formally adopt the “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM)” in Morocco. The GCM will be the first global framework to comprehensively address issues related to the hundreds of millions of people in the world who change their country of … Aaron Ceradoy May 2018 Resistance to the ‘La Colosa’ gold mine – A success story from Colombia After a 10-year nonviolent campaign coordinated by grassroots activists and international support, the town of Cajamarca in Colombia voted with a 97.9% majority to say “No” to the world’s third largest mining company’s (South Africa’s AngloGold Ashanti) plans for the development of what was thought to become the world’s fifth … Mariana Gómez Soto April 2018 Locating the Voice of African Civil Society in South-South Cooperation Mr. Edwin Rwigi (Programme Officer for the Kenyan based organization Fahamu) reflects on the recent study conducted by Fahamu on African perceptions of emerging powers on the continent. The study aimed to gauge the extent that African civil society members are working on policy issues related to the presence of … Edwin Rwigi Fahamu March 2018 Building a People’s Internet in Latin America In this month’s Voices from the South executive director in The Latin American Information Agency (ALAI) Sally Burch, reflects on how the major international digital corporations are controlling more and more of our daily lives, changing the power structures in society and challenging our right to privacy. ALAI calls for … Sally Burch The Latin American Information Agency (ALAI) December 2017 No to war, no to economic sanctions the only solution is dialogue In this edition of Voices from the South, we share the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative’s call for dialogue and peace in response to the tensions and conflict that followed the Referendum of the Kurdistan Region in September. The call intends to offer a means to advance dialogue and is … Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative ICSSI November 2017 Creating change through women’s cooperatives In this month’s Voices from the South, we meet the South African organization Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (Esset). Esset is an independent ecumenical organization working for gender equality and women’s empowerment, with a special focus on socio-economic challenges. They promote the formation of economic and social cooperatives for women. … Dwanu Sehlaphi Sibanda Ecumenical Service for Social-Economic Transformation (ESSET) October 2017