Contemplating Contemporary Colonialism: Making sense of China’s Increasing Investment and Influence in Africa

By Laurence Campanella China’s growing financial investment in the African continent has brought with it concerns, with many questioning whether its foreign direct investment (FDI) and trade policies are a form of neo-colonialism. In order to responsibly address these important questions, it is crucial to acknowledge the vestiges of European imperialism that continue to influence African socio-economic dynamics, whilst recognizing the progressively globalizing nature of … Continue reading Contemplating Contemporary Colonialism: Making sense of China’s Increasing Investment and Influence in Africa

What Anti-Gay Sentiment Means for the LGBTQ+ Community in Uganda

By Mehak Balwani Uganda is one of at least seventy-two countries where homosexuality is criminalized. On October 10th, lawmakers stated that they would be reintroducing a bill to carry out tougher punishments against homosexual acts, recalling the 2013 “Kill The Gays” bill that proposed the death penalty for certain cases. Uganda is moving backwards on the issue of gay rights, though not to a time … Continue reading What Anti-Gay Sentiment Means for the LGBTQ+ Community in Uganda

Comparative Case Study: Abortion Access in Morocco vs. Missouri

By Maeve Williams When examining the restricted access to reproductive rights in Rabat, Morocco and St. Louis, Missouri, there is a common link: colonialism.  In the era of first world feminism, it seems that double standards feed deeper divisions more often than they cause compassion. The severity of a female’s struggle is too often compared to another female’s, rather than her male counterpart. For example, … Continue reading Comparative Case Study: Abortion Access in Morocco vs. Missouri

David Malpass at McGill: An Uncertain Future For the World Bank?

By Ariana Castillon On October 7th, McGill was chosen by the World Bank to host the first major policy signaling-address of its new President, David Malpass. Ahead of his afternoon speech in Pollock Hall, Malpass held a Q&A session with thirty students from across the Arts, Management, and Science faculties. While they were given the opportunity to ask him questions about his plans for the … Continue reading David Malpass at McGill: An Uncertain Future For the World Bank?

Interview with Hilliard Wolfe

By The Catalyst Editorial Board. Our team interviewed Hilliard Wolfe to discuss his article “The Decline of Manufacturing as a Proportion of GDP in South Africa, Contextualized and Explained” in the upcoming edition of Chrysalis. In his article, Hilliard analyses the manufacturing industry in South Africa. You can watch his minute thesis video below if you are interested in his article.   Hilliard is a U2 … Continue reading Interview with Hilliard Wolfe

Interview with Emma Sitland

By The Catalyst Editorial Board. We met with Emma Sitland to talk about her upcoming piece “Women’s Social Movements in West Africa: What Makes a Success Story?” in Chrysalis Spring 2019. Her article looks at women’s social movements in Liberia and Sierra Leone. You can listen to her thesis video to learn more about her article. Originally from New Brunswick, Emma is pursuing an honours … Continue reading Interview with Emma Sitland

The Deadly Consequences of White Saviourism

By Emma Sitland. Every development student has at least to some degree been exposed to the concept of the “White Saviour Complex” – “the self-serving assumption among white people from developed nations that they should be saving poor people in Africa.” As IDS students we are warned about the white voluntourists and NGO workers who fly to African countries with paternalistic attitudes and exploit local … Continue reading The Deadly Consequences of White Saviourism

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?