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The Right Livelihood College (RLC) is a global education and research initiative of universities and the Right Livelihood Award Foundation, also known as the "Alternative Nobel Prize". The RLC promotes and implements transdisciplinary education and research on social justice, poverty and inequality reduction, and environmental sustainability together with laureates of the “Alternative Nobel Prize”.

RLC Bonn PhD student Evelyn Ewere presents her research at the 11th Sustainability Academy in Abuja

Evelyn Ewere Anyokwu, doctoral student at RLC Campus Bonn, presented her ongoing research on “Alternative Extraction for maritime Biorefinery” within the framework of the 4th Annual Public RLC Lecture on "Natural resource extraction, social relations and conflict in Africa" from August 30 until August 31, 2018.

"Alternative Nobel Prize" Laureates Jacqueline Moudeina from Chad and Nnimmo Bassey from Nigeria also participated in the event.

During the two-day event hosted at the Center for Conflict and Gender Studies, Moudeina gave a lecture on natural resources and conflict in Africa, arguing that natural resource extraction, particularly oil, being rather a curse than a blessing in the African context. As solution, Modeina demanded the promoting of good governance of natural resources as well as the overall improvement of democratization.

Prior to the RLC Annual Public Lecture, the Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF) organised the 11th Sustainability Academy on “Extractives, Oceans and fisheries” in Abuja. Bassey talked about “Privatizing the oceans through pollution” emphasizing the devastating situation of fisher folks in the Niger Delta caused by oil companies and thus by the privatization of natural resources.
Along with Nnimmo Bassey and Jacqueline Moudeina, Dr. Babtunde Bolaji Benard, Legborsi Pyagbara, President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People (MOSOP), spoke about poverty issues arising from land and water pollution caused by oil extraction.

Please find the full report here.


2018 Right Livelihood Award Laureates announced

The Laureates of this year’s Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, are now announced.

The 2018 Honorary Award goes to anti-corruption champions Thelma Aldana (Guatemala) & Ivan Velásquez (Colombia) “for their innovative work in exposing abuse of power and prosecuting corruption, thus rebuilding people’s trust in public institutions.”

The three cash awards go to the following Laureates:

The civil and human rights defenders Abdullah al-Hamid, Mohammad Fahad al-Qahtani and Waleed Abu al-Khair (Saudi Arabia) share an Award “for their visionary and courageous efforts, guided by universal human rights principles, to reform the totalitarian political system in Saudi Arabia” . It is the first time that a Right Livelihood Award goes to Laureates from Saudi Arabia. The Laureates are all currently in jail.

The farmer Yacouba Sawadogo (Burkina Faso) receives the Award “for turning barren land into forest and demonstrating how farmers can regenerate their soil with innovative use of indigenous and local knowledge”.

The agronomist Tony Rinaudo (Australia) is recognised by the Jury “for demonstrating on a large scale how drylands can be greened at minimal cost, improving the livelihoods of millions of people”.

The announcement was made at the International Press Centre at the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs by Ole von Uexkull, Executive Director of the Right Livelihood Award Foundation , and Amelie von Zweigbergk, board and jury member of the Foundation , following the decision by an international Jury that considered 107 nominations from 50 countries. Ole von Uexkull commented: “The Laureates’ trailblazing work for accountability, democracy and the regeneration of degraded land gives tremendous hope and deserves the world’s highest attention. At a time of alarming environmental decline and failing political leadership, they show the way forward into a very different future.” The three cash award s are worth SEK 1 Million (EUR 96 ,000) each and will be used to support the Laureates’ successful work. The prize money is not for personal use. The Award Presentation will take place in Stockholm on 23 November, followed by public events and high-level meetings in Geneva, Zurich and Berlin.

For more information about this year’s Laureates, please visit www.rightlivelihood.org.

 

Copyright: The Right Livelihood Award Foundation

Copyright: The Right Livelihood Foundation

RLC/ZEF doctoral student Amit Kumar tells about his field research in Mumbai

For his doctoral research on "Marginality at the interface of contemporary development processes in urban India"  RLC/ZEF PhD student Amit Kumar has been conducting field research in the slums of Mumbai.

To read about his experiences, please click here.



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