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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”.

RLA Laureate’s feature documentary screening in Bonn

On Monday, March 25, 2019, the Adult Education Center in Bonn will show the feature documentary on RLA Laureate Yacouba Sawadogo: “The Man Who Stopped the Desert”. Directed by Mark Dodd, it tells Yacouba’s incredible story in Burkina Faso, turning barren land into forest and demonstrating how farmers can regenerate their soil with innovative use of indigenous and local knowledge.

After the film, RLC Bonn Coordinator Dr. Till Stellmacher (RLC Campus Bonn) and Dr. Viridiana Alcántara Cervantes (Federal Office for Agriculture and Food) will discuss how Yacouba’s technique can tackle climate change and desertification.

Date: March 25, 2019; 6.00 – 7.30 P.M.

Adult Education Center Bonn (Volkshochschule Bonn)
Mülheimer Platz 1
53111 Bonn
Room 1.11

Film screening in English.


PhD student Alejandro Mora-Motta publishes article on tree plantations in Chile

RLC PhD student Alejandro Mora-Motta (Bonn and Valdivia) published an article on "Tree Plantations in Chile: Towards a more sustainable model". The article addresses Chilean pine and eucalyptus plantations and the restructuring of forestry policy from extractivism towards a more sustainable model. Mora-Motta argues that the practical and discursive elements of forestry policies offer opportunities for a new expansive phase of plantations.

Please click here to retrieve the full article in Spanish.

Bibliographical Note:
Mora-Motta, A. (2019) "Tree Plantations in Chile: Towards a more sustainable model". In: Gestión y Ambiente, Vol. 21/2 , pp. 100-111.

Scholarships for RLC Workshop in Bonn with Thelma Aldana

The RLC Campus Bonn offers scholarships funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for PhD students from Latin America, Africa and Asia to participate in the international workshop on “Mobilization for Change: Marginalized people and their access to opportunities and resources in a developing world”, in May 25-30, 2019.

The workshop will be linked to the Welle Global Media Forum (GMF) and focus on research and practice concerned with human rights of marginalized people and their access to opportunities and resources.

PhD students will be able to discuss their research with 2018 Right Livelihood Award Laureate Thelma Aldana, human rights defender and former president of the Supreme Court from Guatemala.

Please find the detailed call here complete your application here.

The deadline for application is March 31, 2019.

RLC Bonn PhD Alumna Juliet Wanjiku speaks in South Africa

From November 4-11, 2018, RLC Bonn PhD Alumna Juliet Wanjiku spoke at the international summer school „Green and Social Entrepreneurship for Biodiversity Conservation and Local Development“ in the South African province of KwaZulu Natal, co-organized by the Center for Development Research (ZEF).

The summer school explored various concepts and ideas regarding social and green entrepreneurship in theory and practice. Furthermore, it critically examined those concepts in terms of aspects of sustainability.

Juliet Wanjiku presented a poster on the potential of organic agriculture as a green and social entrepreneurial venture, which may contribute to improved biodiversity and local development in Kenya and beyond, as farmers seek to combine farm business practices with sustainable development.

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Prof. Dr. Solvay Gerke

Dr. Till Stellmacher (Coordinator)
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Tel: 0049-(0)-228-734907

Tiemo Pokraka
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Right Livelihood College
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Genscherallee 3
53113 Bonn, Germany

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