What our Colonial Past Teaches us about Privilege

This article is probably one of the most challenging ones I have ever written. The killing of George Floyd at the end of May made me speechless. Seeing pictures of a man, desperately begging for help, fighting for his life,…

Behind Black Lives Matter Sits the Ghosts of Apartheid

More than sixty years ago, the Selma Race Riots in Alabama shone a spotlight on appalling racial inequality across the US and in other Western countries. It is a damning indictment of our times that, more than six decades later,…

Ready, Willing, and Able? Living in an Ableist Society

We all dream of perfect health, eternal youth, and endless strength. But while none of us can live up to that ideal — at least not for very long — such a dream is further away for some than for…

‘Where are you really from?’ – The Impact of Racism on Mental Health

While the social, economic and political effects of racism have been studied broadly, the psychological impact of racism has received less attention. In this article, I would like to raise awareness of the impact of racism on mental health. A…

COVID-19 and Food Security in Poor and Developing Countries

Poor and developing countries faced the COVID-19 pandemic comparatively late but when it struck, it created multiple shocks. The global financial and trade system were put on pause. Commodity prices, especially oil prices, have fallen steeply. Demand for all kinds…

Menstruation – Why Should Men Care?

May 28th was Menstrual Hygiene Day, which aims to, for example, raise awareness about menstruation and the need of proper hygiene around it. The other important mission of the day is to break taboos and negative stigma regarding menstruation. And…

Learning from the Past for the Future

“History always repeats itself” is a well-known saying referring to almost every current political development. But to understand its message fully the role and importance of history has to be reconsidered. Nations, peoples, regions or even families often define themselves…

Close the Infrastructure Gap!

In previous articles, we frequently talked about opportunities for economic development and what kind of policy measures have to be provided in order to facilitate sustainable and inclusive global economic growth. But regardless of which region in the world we…