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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 Workshop on “Policy, Law and Practice: Ensuring full Rights for the Most Marginalized Citizens” with Laureate Colin Gonsalves

From June 9 until 14, 2018, the RLC Campus Bonn organized a large international workshop. PhD students from all over the world as well as “Alternative Nobel Prize”-Laureate Colin Gonsalves from India and other experts came together to present and discuss their work in the context of policy, law and practices impacting on the rights and livelihoods of marginalized citizens. In very fruitful sessions, the PhD students were not only able to present their ongoing research, but also to receive valuable feedback from their fellow students as well as Colin Consalves, who is also a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court in India.

The workshop was linked to the Global Media Forum of the Deutsche Welle. As part of the workshop, the RLC Bonn, together with the City of Bonn, also staged a public panel discussion on “Human Rights Matter” in the Old Town Hall in Bonn. Panellists were Nancy Okail, Executive Director at Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, Tanzania’s Ambassador to Germany Abdallah Saleh Possi and Colin Gonsalves. Welcome words were given by Reinhard Limbach (Deputy Mayor of Bonn), Eva Youkhana (RLC/ZEF), Juliane Kronen (Right Livelihood Award Foundation) and Stefan Bienefeld (DAAD).

"Human Rights Matter!" Public Panel Discussion with Colin Gonsalves, Abdallah Saleh Possi, and Nancy Okail

The RLC Campus Bonn and the City of Bonn are organising a Public Panel Discussion on "Human Rights Matter! Defending Marginalised Citizens", with:

- Colin Gonsalves, “Alternative Nobel Prize” Winner, Human Rights Law Network, India
- Abdallah Saleh Possi, Ambassador of the United Republic of Tanzania in Germany and RLC Bonn Alumnus
- Nancy Okail, Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, Egypt.

The event will take place on Wednesday, 13 June, at 6:00 p.m.
at the Old Town Hall of the City of Bonn, followed by an informal reception.

Registration open until 11 June via e-mail to

Please find details here.

Sanjay Nagar community in Mumbai meets with RLC Bonn researchers

Community members of Sanjay Nagar, one of Mumbai’s largest informal areas (slums), hosted RLC Bonn researchers Prof. Eva Youkhana and Amit Kumar in February 2018. Amit currently conducts fieldwork on individuals and collective struggles of people-without-paper staying in unrecognised slums of Mumbai, in cooperation with RLA Laureate Medha Patkar’s organisation Ghar Banao Ghar Bachao Aandolan, and the Centre for Livelihoods and Social Innovation, School of Social Work, TISS. His research is supervised by Prof. Eva Youkhana, Senior Researcher at the Center for Development Research (ZEF), hosting institute of the RLC in Bonn

RLC PhD student attends BIOFACH 2018 in Nuremberg

RLC PhD student Juliet Wanjiku Kamau attended BIOFACH 2018, a world organic trade fair which brings together stakeholders in the organic food sector, and participated in discussions on challenges  currents trends in the organic food sector. This year’s trade fair was held in Nuremberg, Germany. Juliet was in accompanied by Dr. Amudavi, Executive Director of Biovision African Trust and member of her PhD advisory team. The event exposed participants to the state of the art technology in the organic sector, new products and markets.

RLC Bonn PhD student graduates on ‘The Migrant Labourers in Penang’

In October 2017, RLC Bonn PhD student Lai Wan Teng (Malaysia) successfully defended her doctoral thesis on the topic: “We come. We work. We relate. The migrant labourers in Penang”, done in cooperation with TENAGANITA, a Malaysian human rights organization founded by Laureate Irene Fernandez in 1991. After her graduation at RLC Campus Bonn, Wan Teng gained a position at the Centre for Research on Women and Gender (KANITA) of the Universiti Sains Malaysia in Penang.

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