Contesting Food: A Taste of Persia and the issue of Food Ownership

By Adriana Franco. Former lawyer and cookbook author Naomi Duguid writes in the prologue of her book about a map in her office showing the Persian Empire under emperors Cyrus and Darius, which at the time encompassed not only the Iranian plateau but a great deal of the Caucasian regions. Though at first glance the title of her work leads the average reader to think … Continue reading Contesting Food: A Taste of Persia and the issue of Food Ownership

Top 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow for IDS Students

By Emma Sitland. 10. @unwomen (https://www.instagram.com/unwomen/) UN Women is the UN entity for gender equality & women’s empowerment. It works to accelerate progress on meeting the needs of women & girls worldwide. Follow their insta for inspiring quotes from women’s rights activists and critical facts regarding gender equality!  9. @oceana (https://www.instagram.com/oceana/) Oceana is the world’s largest international organization focused solely on ocean conservation. Check out … Continue reading Top 10 Instagram Accounts to Follow for IDS Students

Welcome Letter

By The Catalyst Editorial Board. Welcome to the Catalyst! The Catalyst was created to create a space for students to share their opinions and experiences regarding international development, and to provide a platform where students can find easily accessible content written by their peers in their field of study. We hope that with time this platform will grow and continue to fulfill the needs of … Continue reading Welcome Letter

The Recent RCMP Scandal is a Reminder that We Need to Address Indigenous Issues in Canada in International Development

By Charline Côté-Lessard. Too often we hear people talk about Indigenous issues as though they are from the past, that they no longer exist, and that they have been resolved. However, this is very far from reality; Indigenous communities in Canada continue to face a multitude of injustices and blatant discrimination. We need to better address Indigenous issues in Canada, in the field of international … Continue reading The Recent RCMP Scandal is a Reminder that We Need to Address Indigenous Issues in Canada in International Development

African Values and LGBTQ+ Rights: What is “Un-African” about Homosexuality?

By Emma Sitland. This past summer, during my internship at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) in Ghana, I was asked to write a report on the state of human rights in the country. I used complaints that the Commission received as well as sources from international human rights organizations to detail rights of women, persons with disabilities, and numerous other marginalized … Continue reading African Values and LGBTQ+ Rights: What is “Un-African” about Homosexuality?