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Building foresight into humanitarian response and development

A call from Action against Hunger for long-term thinking and participation precedes news from the front, from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

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Building foresight into humanitarian response and development

A call from Action against Hunger for long-term thinking and participation precedes news from the front, from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

openDemocracy.net - free thinking for the world

This week's editors

Cat Tully and Allie Bobak introduce this week's theme: Participation and foresight – putting people at the heart of the future

Call for participants: Syria, Middle East Forum

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openDemocracy is looking for participants for the Middle East Forum for Syria.

Call for participants: Egypt, Middle East Forum

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openDemocracy is looking for participants for the Middle East Forum for Egypt.

Draconian cuts to legal aid for prisoners found to be unlawful by Court of Appeal

A rare thing: some good news for prisoners and legal aid. 

Our city, our space: Ekaterinburg residents come out against plans to construct a new church

In Ekaterinburg, city residents are speaking out against proposals to construct a new church in the centre of the city — proposals entirely out of sync with their interests. Русский

Engage when we can, confront when we must

Indian human rights workers do not want to engage with the police, but to enact real change, both sides must work together. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging perpetrators.

Engage when we can, confront when we must

Indian human rights workers do not want to engage with the police, but to enact real change, both sides must work together. A contribution to the openGlobalRights debate on engaging perpetrators.

International family life after Brexit: further sanctions on intimacy?

The British government will likely claim greater control over the intimate lives of resident EU citizens post-Brexit, a control it already exerts over its own citizens.

The contradictions of contemporary au pair schemes

Not all au pairs are exploited, but they do carry out work in conditions that may encourage maltreatment. Recognising them as workers is a first step towards ensuring their fair treatment.

Citizens’ participation key to an inclusive and sustainable future

Collective action at all levels and balanced multi-stakeholder participation are prerequisites for generating more sustainable solutions.

Securing the future development of Peru: geopolitics, integration and participation

In a world where protectionism and isolationism are on the rise, world trade must continue to grow in people´s minds as a fundamental pillar for prosperity and development.

Building foresight into humanitarian response and development

A call from Action against Hunger for long-term thinking and participation precedes news from the front, from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.

Why stories matter

Stories cultivate the frequently forgotten yet uniquely human traits that build solidarity.

Migration crisis in 2017 – challenges for EU solidarity

Changes in the political scene may lead to the reformation of migration policy in EU countries, and that in turn may be another impulse towards weakening the community as a whole.

Not “one of us”: the French presidential elections

So, this new situation which looked simple with a choice between two different types of societies, has to face once again a bitter resistance from entrenched political interests from all sides.

Behind the Russian mirror

For Russia’s media, social inequality has never been a hot topic. Meet the people behind a new media organisation trying put injustice on Russia’s political agenda.

Smiling into the abyss: what is Facebook doing to our mental health?

Lazy and unconcerned, or buckling under the strains of late capitalism? A manifesto for the selfie generation asks whether we can break our addiction to social media.

Is the crisis in Venezuela still negotiable?

Turmoil can still be avoided. There is still a small window of opportunity to resolve the Venezuelan crisis by political, negotiated means. Time is key. Español Português

Labour's last stand? Corbyn must oppose Brexit and work with other parties or face annihilation

Labour is not strong enough to fight the Tories alone. They must lead a progressive coalition and present a real alternative to Brexit.

Colonial history in the French elections: Algeria, Le Pen, and fascism at the heart of Europe

Marine Le Pen's declaration that colonialism was a positive thing is not only a denial of France's painful history, but an example of the fascism that we now face in Europe.

Why strike Syria, Trump?

Waging war and licensing military conflict is as big as it gets. We must be cautious of spurring on a president we can’t trust.

​Destroy your house with your own hands

Meet the residents of Kuznetsk, Russia, who are defending their homes from the world's largest pipeline company. Русский

Education in Belarus: between the Bologna process and the USSR

Over the last few decades, Belarus’s higher education system has pursued modernisation. At its heart, however, it remains Soviet, with strong centralising tendencies and a significant ideological component. Русский

Engagement versus endorsement: Western universities in China

The presence of Western universities in China is on the rise, but they are not following UN principles on corporate social responsibility.

Organising freelancers in the platform economy: part two

Adopting online freelancing platforms as part of a business model presents organisations with challenges that require novel solutions.

The changing world of work and the trade union movement’s response

The economy and employment are changing fast, but there are important steps that UK unions can take to be prepared.

For the future of work to look bright, we need to beat our addiction to growth

We believe that engaging citizens in debates around the future of work as a component of wider prosperity is crucial.

Technology, skills and future jobs

Facing up to the coming technology upheavals, what might a next ‘Golden Age’ look like and what are the enablers that need to be put in place to deliver on that promise?

Foresight in an ageing world

With social cohesion a cultural priority, Israel has long been a leader in ensuring that its citizens are able to remain active within their communities as they age.

Can Lebanon’s sectarian elite agree on an electoral law?

The electoral law impasse is yet further proof of how all political matters can be instrumentalized in a bigoted sectarian discourse far from the aspirations of the public.

The weakening of Egypt’s regional role

As time passes, pressure on the regime will mount and a choice will have to be made between a domestic crisis, loss of valuable allies and international support.