Global Witness’s annual reports on the killings of environmental defenders are but one, awful, indication of the social injustices that can accompany the extraction of natural resources from the subsoil and from forests. The struggle for social justice in these environments has become yet more difficult under COVID, all the more so given the impacts of COVID on indigenous populations in many of these environments. These challenges seem likely to intensify downstream of COVID in the face of economic reactivation policies, closing civic space, the search for energy transition minerals, and a politics of urgency that risks undermining a politics of social justice. In this talk I explore some of these trends and the challenges they present to civil society and to philanthropies that support civil society. I will refer especially to the experience of the Ford Foundation, while also making a broader argument.

Join our #KAPTalks event physically in Utrecht or online and be part of the conversation.

Please refer also to the “Handbook of Translocal Development and Global Mobilities“. This timely Handbook demonstrates that global linkages, flows and circulations merit a more central place in theorization about development. Calling for a mobilities turn, it challenges the sedentarist assumptions which still underlie much policy making and planning for the future.

When: 10th September 2021 at 14:00 CET / 12:00 GMT (check time around the world).

Where: online on Zoom. Register here.

You can join the lecture by:

  • come to the event at the University of Utrecht. Register here.
  • connecting via Zoom platform to the lecture and ask your questions to the speaker.
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The lecture will be hosted by the University of Utrecht.
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