august 2010

It is finally here,the show begins next thursday.Our dream is to promote fair and ethical investments by ensuring that western countries (investors) do not acquire investment land in least developed countries unethically.They go there in the name of `development/investments.But no, its neither of the two.They manage to win government support and together they make all sorts of false promises to the local people on how much they will benefit ,they talk about job creation ,building schools and hospitals for instance.Most of these are not done.The governments in the least developed countries do not have concrete lagislation that can protect it’s people from this act.When they have then it’s weak or ignored deliberately.The land is taken away from the local person who relies on agriculture which needs more land.Actualy many people in Africa live in rural areas farming.The world is aware of this.If western big companies take up most of this land to secure their own energy by developing for instance jatropha plantations for biofeuls and produce food for exportation to the west ,where will these people in troubled countries do their farming? Food security is under threat.Worse still most of the projects do not materialise, as the end result the land is dumped to the government.The owners can hardly reclaim it anymore .By luck If the projects work out ,the cake is not equally shared,most of the products are exported back to western countries,least governments do not benefit enough even from tax rates normally set under full desperation because of of lack of capital and unemployment pressures to mention a few.

The same countries are the most hit by adverse effeces of climate change mainly caused by large green house gases from rich countries.But look who is suffering most?who is experiencing the worst problems?

Development is not bad,investment is not bad, but in whose interest? at whose expense?.Life must be fair.

Shortly i will share about the 3 point plant spire is claiming to the Norwageian government.

This thursday it’s a free music concert while raising the land grab Flag within Oslo city.Please participate if you are within.

Nfyd Malawi and Spire on Norway working on this one!!

After 7 days of hard work; collecting inspiration, building capacity, tackling complex issues, challenging stereotypes, preparing for our exchange AND lots of fun; cooking, talking, laughing, hanging, dancing, playing volleyball, football, shopping, walking and getting to know one another – our time here at the Nansenskole in Lillehammer has come to end. The LNU run preparatory course aims to prepare us for our exchange and the projects that we will be working on together. This week has served as a wonderful opportunity to get to know one another and explore the potential of our project, and trust me, we have discovered a lot of potential. We are heading to Oslo for the weekend and then its off to Fredrikstad to take part in the FK prep course – you’ll hear from us from there!

Its here again. NfYD  and SPIRE participants have started the 2010 Exchange programme powered by LNU.

Mathews, Andrea, Emma og Kine

Mathews, Andrea, Emma and Kine

NfYD members from Malawi, Mathews and Emma  arrived last Thursday and were later joined by their Norwegian counterparts Andrea and Kine on Saturday and Monday, respectively.

On Monday the Exchange coordinator in Norway, Marte welcomed all of the  members and introduced them to Spire secretary Elin.

Among other things members were given chance to appreciate the programme line up and made some inputs to make it more exciting.

On Thursday 5th August all members will start off for the LNU course that will last two weeks in Lillehammer and later will attend a one week FK preparatory course in Fredrikstad.

Meanwhile, presentations on land grab and gender equality are being natured by the members in preparation for pending lectures in various parts of the country.