Category Archives: Observations

Some thoughts on the International Co-operative Alliance conference

Three weeks ago I had the chance to attend the biannual conference of the International Co-operative Alliance (ICA) in Cape Town. It brought together about 2000 people from around the world and I was looking forward to it. Thanks to … Continue reading

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Moscow impressions

Last Thursday I participated in an International Conference on Youth Volunteering in Moscow, Russia. There were only a few international participants and I was happy to be one of them. With most of the participants coming from different provinces of … Continue reading

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Some thoughts after the “World Summit on Youth Volunteering”

“World Summit” sounds quite spectacular and formal, and so it was a nice surprise that we had difficulties to find the venue on the beautiful campus of Barranquilla’s Universidad del Norte. It was a long way to get there from … Continue reading

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Media manipulation at the shores of lake Ohrid

Last week I participated in a training course on media manipulation at the shores of lake Ohrid in beautiful Macedonia. It was an interesting inter-cultural experiment with young members of volunteer organisations from Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, Serbia, and Germany. … Continue reading

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South Sudan Oyee!

I couldn’t stop thinking about the idea since Jeff the Canadian, who I already knew from discussing his travel plans to the DRC, mentioned to me that he would go and visit Juba for the independence celebrations of South Sudan. And … Continue reading

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Admin action in DRC

“Sorry, you can’t enter the country with this visa”. That was the message we were told when we arrived at the Congolese border in Goma at seven in the morning. Four days earlier, when I obtained my visa in Kampala, … Continue reading

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Back from the heart of darkness

Which is not dark at all. Spread along the Congo river, the quiet, albeit not small town Kindu welcomed me for the third time now. Kindu’s lush green rural face and its friendly inhabitants reminded me once more of how … Continue reading

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First impressions from Uganda

The six days in Kampala have been great! Not only is Kampala a vibrant, colourful, chaotic city with a friendly atmosphere, I also had the chance to hold discussions with a number of great young people (Thanks to Ivan, Gerald … Continue reading

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One night to Kampala

When I woke up for a moment, still before we reached the Ugandan border and long before dawn, I heard the rough looking bus driver quietly singing along to Roxette’s “It must have been love”. Once more on this trip … Continue reading

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Political impressions from Kenya

Having read Michaela Wrong’s “It’s Our Turn To Eat”, I arrived in Kenya with rather sceptical expectations. This is one of the books with a title that wonderfully summarises the major point of the story: How a new political elite … Continue reading

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