We have recently received the attached urgent action from our partner NOMADESC regarding a disturbing attack on COPDICONC, an organization of Afro-Colombian communities from Nariño and southern Cauca, many of whom have been forcibly (more…)
Earlier this year CoDev’s partner MEC (Maria Elena Cuadra Movement of Employed and Unemployed Women) participated in a video: Todas Juntas, Todas Libres or Women United and Free. Women United and Free is an artistic endeavour envisioned by (more…)
Climate change, speculation and coffee
Noticed higher prices for coffee? Coffee prices, along with many other agricultural commodities, have increased dramatically over the past few years, reaching levels not seen in over 30 years. Why the sudden increase? Two of the factors to blame are climate change and speculation.
Coffee requires a long rainy season and a long hot, dry season to flourish. In Nicaragua and Guatemala, farmers have reported rain during the dry season and drought during the rainy season, and say that as a result, (more…)
Trade union rights, forced disappearances and the para-political scandal
In February and March of this year, CoDev was pleased to host Colombian human rights partner, Berenice Celeyta of NOMADESC. Her visit included time in Ottawa, Vancouver and Regina meeting with union leaders and activists, government officials, MPs and other interested Canadians. In Berenice’s presentations to Canadians she spoke about the new government of President Juan Manuel Santos who became President in August 2010. She said that although his discourse was nicer sounding than that of his predecessor, Alvaro Uribe who was infamous for calling people terrorists or guerrilla sympathizers, most Colombians see that little has changed with this new government.
She reminded Canadians that it is important to remember that Juan Manuel Santos was Defence Minister under the Uribe regime during a time when human rights violations, including the abhorrent practice of (more…)
What does Ollanta Humala’s victory mean to Peruvian Educators and Education?
The election June 5th of centre-left presidential candidate Ollanta Humala of the Peruvian National Party could signify important changes for CoDev’s partner, the Peruvian Education Workers’ Union (SUTEP) and for public education in the Andean country.
During the 1990 – 2000 dictatorship of Alberto Fujimori, SUTEP lost its legal status and numerous teacher activists were imprisoned. In the decade since the fall of Fujimori, elected neoliberal presidents continued the assault against the teachers’ union. The offensive reached its height in 2007 when (more…)