On this page you can find the most popular texts of the past six weeks.

How Mexican landfills become ganglands

The informal sector plays a big role in Mexico’s waste management. Organised crime and corruption matter very much.


No trust in institutions

The anti-democratic legacy of Spanish and US colonialism in the Philippines

Diverse society

White South Africans generally accept majority rule today

South Africa’s white minority has lost its political dominance, but is still privileged in terms of wealth and opportunity

Summer Special

A shy girl becomes the face of anti-racist protests

The movie “The Hate U Give” addresses racism in today’s society in an entertaining way


Homosexuality is not a disease

The World Health Organization considers homosexuality as normal behaviour

Psychiatric problems

Metaphysical explanations

In West Africa, traditional or religious practices are often the preferred method of treating mental disorders

Global governance

How to improve the G20 Common Framework for Debt Treatment

For all countries to become able to rise to the challenges of the current polycrisis, debt-restructuring is needed


What sex education is really about

Pakistan shows why comprehensive sex education would improve young people’s lives


Bishops versus majority

Catholic church opposes reproductive health bill in the Philippines


Mexico’s racial divide

Mexico’s ideology of mestizaje, or racial mixing, obscures ingrained racism

Labour market

Brain drain in Ghana's tech industry

Ghana's IT companies are competing for the best minds both on the local and on the global labour market

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Uganda’s open-door policy

As masses of people flee from strife-torn countries, international donors appreciate Uganda’s valuable service to the international community

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Multilateral institution

What the World Bank must do better

Leading German government official demands reforms at multilateral development bank

Popular music

Jamaica’s nation language

How Jamaican Creole became the main language for artistic expression

Turkish immigrants

Divided community with identity problems

People in Germany with Turkish roots have identity problems – a situation fuelled by the Turkish president

Working life

Vocational education for girls in Uganda

Smart Girls Foundation, a social enterprise, trains girls in areas like machinery welding, automotive mechanics and electric installation

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Women’s rights

How illiteracy perpetuates oppression of Pakistani women

Half of Pakistan’s women cannot read or write in any language

Fragile states

The R2P controversy

The pros and cons of Responsibility to Protect


Mexico wants to prevent teenage pregnancies

What young Latin Americans must learn about sex and reproductive health

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Disillusionment after elections in Malawi

Disappointment grows across the country as the economy flounders, and corruption weakens trust in politicians


Libya lapses into Gaddafi nostalgia

More than ten years after the collapse of the Gaddafi regime, the situation in Libya is so devastating that some long for pre-revolutionary times


Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals will require good governance – from the local to the global level.


The UN Sustainable Development Goals aim to transform economies in an environmentally sound manner, leaving no one behind.