Vikalp Sangam: a search for alternatives in India…and globally

April 9, 2019
Pallav Das and Ashish Kothari explain the need for alternative visions to the dominant model of economic development in India, and beyond. Pallav and Ashish are two of the founders of Kalpavriksh, a 40-year Indian NGO focusing on environment and development issues. Contemporary India is going through a perplexingly critical time in its economic development, as it seems that every step it takes towards

What’s so bad with Business as Usual on Livelihoods? Impressions from Eastern Congo

November 15, 2017
Our country director in DRC, Jose Barahona (right), sent round some interesting impressions from a recent visit to the Eastern Congo. South Kivu in Eastern Congo is one of the most beautiful landscapes in Africa and I am convinced that one day this area will be one of the world’s top tourist destinations. The day DRC is calm and stable, the

Tikamgarh revisited, what’s happened to the amazing fishing communities I visited in 2006?

April 27, 2016
Just got back from a great week in India, including my first attempt at a phone vlog (above). One of the drawbacks of being a generalist is that you go somewhere, hear riveting stories of organization, resistance (and sometimes of course, of failure), but then never find out what happened next. But last week I managed to return to one of

Are global value chains really the right answer for small farmers? Great new study from IIED and HIVOS

December 18, 2012

In the Philippines: does Oxfam's livelihoods work go beyond trad income generation?

September 25, 2012

What have we learned from trying to help poor farmers use markets better?

March 21, 2012