Cash Pumps for the Poor: Can Microphilanthropism help with Poverty Alleviation?

  The discourse on poverty alleviation naturally meanders into charity and philanthropy. Two types of charitable behaviour- philanthropy and microphilanthropy- have stemmed from a lot of development rhetoric calling to action the First World countries and communities on their “responsibility” towards the “less developed”, the “poor” in the Global South, and have the mushroomed into…

The 10th Man

In an article entitled “The Global Water Grab: A Primer”, Sylvia Kay and Jenny Franco discuss the phenomenon known as water grabbing, situations where powerful actors take control of or divert valuable water resources for their own benefit, depriving local communities of them. This practice is linked to the privatization and commodification of open and…

Space Wars

I recently learned about “insurgent citizenship”, a term coined by James Holston, and it refers to instances where people take their citizenship into their own hands when the state fails to meet their needs. In his book, “Insurgent Citizenship: Disjunctions of Democracy and Modernity in Brazil”, Holston examined social mobilizations of the people that “developed…