News - Livelihoods and Culture

So Long, Phone Companies. Mexico’s Indigenous Groups Are Getting Their Own Telecoms

27th Jul 2016
Members of the Mixe, Mixteco, and Zapoteco people will soon have their own mobile cellular telephone network that will allow at least 356 municipalities in the States of Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla, and Veracruz, to access mobile-telephone services and the Internet. (Source: Global Voices)

Dispossessing the Sámi Peoples

1st Apr 2016
Indigenous Sami Leaders and arctic scientists call for urgent help from the international community as the Finnish government are about to pass the new Forestry Act, threatening the last old growth forests of Finnish Lapland and the reindeer herding homeland of the indigenous Sámi Peoples. (Kenrick / Bella Caledonia)

“Slash and burn” works, given time and space

17th Feb 2016
If managed well, swidden farming in Borneo can provide vital ecosystem services and protect biodiversity, study says (O'Connell & Pearl / CIFOR)

The refugee who took on the British government

12th Jan 2016
For British politicians, foreign aid to Africa has become a cherished emblem of our idealism and generosity. But what happens when our funds harm those they are meant to help? (Rawlence / The Guardian)

‘Community Lands’ Less About Saving The Past Than Securing The Future

17th Dec 2015
Kenya’s new constitution provides for ‘community lands’. Group ranches and trust lands will be vested in communities. Liz Alden Wily asks, 'Is the constitution protecting old ways instead of leading us into the future?' (The Star)

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