Green Charcoal: Could Research at Gulu University Ignite a Biomass Energy Revolution in Uganda?

On a quiet Friday evening in March, Miriam Ajak, 23, stoops over the traditional three-stone stove in front of her hut in Lawiyeadul village, Laliya Parish, on the outskirts of Gulu City in northern Uganda, to prepare dinner for her extended family. As she pushes in the firewood, smoke slowly rises above the sooty stones and pans to shroud her entire body. Some of it enters her eyes. She grimaces in pain, picks up a makeshift fun and flaps it up and down to add more pressure to the fire. But the…
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Leaving so many behind in the Covid-19 crisis

The Group of Seven (G7) - consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States - recently announced steps to globally facilitate “affordable access to vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics” to minimize the risk of Covid-19 mutations. The announcement carried the slogan “no one is safe until everybody is safe”. While the development of vaccines has been accelerated at an unprecedented speed, the production, distribution and roll-out of vaccinating the…
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Upcoming research: Accountability – What makes people do the right thing all the time?

Nadeem Salie is currently a guest researcher in the Centre for Global Criminology at the Department of Anthropology. The centre is a research organisation independent from policy or law enforcement agencies. In 2015, Nadeem came to Copenhagen as a Visiting PhD Researcher, and spent seven months at UCPH’s Department of Anthropology. Nadeem returned to UCPH in December 2016 to complete his research. Nadeem was awarded his PhD in Law from the University of Cape Town in 2018
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New DANIDA research strategy 2021?

In January 2021, Danish Minister for Development Cooperation, Mr. Flemming Møller Mortensen, invited inputs for a New strategy for Danish Development Cooperation Policy to replace the current ‘The World 2030’ strategy which is expiring this year. Among researchers, there is a concern whether research will be addressed in any substance in the new strategy. An external evaluation completed by Swedish team on DANIDA funded research 2008-2018 proposed in detail four different options for reform. In…
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From coca to cacao agroforestry – a sustainable livelihood strategy in the Peruvian Amazon

‘’Plato or Plumo’’. There is no other way I could start this article than by mentioning the famous intimidating words of Pablo Escobar, the drug lord who reigned not just Colombia but entire Latin America in the 1970s. It literally translates as ‘Silver (bribes) or Lead (bullets)’ in Spanish. The phrase itself says how ruthless the drug cartels were in those times. More than two decades after his death, cocaine still lurks as a livelihood strategy for many households in the region.
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