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Who’s paying the “green” bill for the electric car?

What do a poisoned lake in Mongolia, a deadly lung disease in the Congolese cobalt mines and water conflicts in the Andean countries have in common? They are the heavy price paid for our electric cars, which tun out to be anything but green for people living in places where crucial resources are mined.
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Less aid, more private capital: new colonization of developing countries?

With dwindling budgets for development and a growing uncertainty in Europe, donors are increasingly looking to the private sector as partners for development. With the right approach, the private sector can make a positive contribution, but it also brings specific risks.
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Tanzania allows Maasai land to be stolen under the guise of development

Tanzania is receiving development assistance to further develop the agricultural sector through public-private cooperation. The projects are being promoted under the premise that fertile land is abundant but, in practice, this land is almost always occupied. This means that large-scale agricultural projects are driving people off their land. An exa ...
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Tanzanian farmers are facing heavy prison sentences if they continue their traditional seed exchange

In order to receive development assistance, Tanzania has to give Western agribusiness full freedom and give enclosed protection for patented seeds. “Eighty percent of the seeds are being shared and sold in an informal system between neighbors, friends and family. The new law criminalizes the practice in Tanzania,” says Michael Farrelly of TOAM, an ...