Goud is gek

Door Ton Salman en Marjo de Theije   Sinds enige tijd zijn wij betrokken bij het project “Gold Mining in the Amazon”, dat wordt geleid door Marjo de Theije en waarbinnen Ton Salman het Bolivia deel-project coördineert. Marjo de Theije verwierf een substantiële WOTRO-subsidie voor dit project dat in vijf landen (Colombia, Peru, Suriname, Brazilië en Bolivia) wordt uitgevoerd. Wij beiden leren veel bij dankzij onze deelname in dit project, over de fascinerende en snel expanderende wereld van de kleinschalige mijnwerkers, over de methodes van alluviale en bergmijnbouw, over de migratiestromen die door de goudkoorts worden veroorzaakt, over het leven en de …

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Financial Crisis Worldwide (3): Bolivia

Door Ton Salman “Hesitating at the doorstep — the impact of the global economic and financial crisis in Bolivia” Financial and economic crises as the one currently haunting us, inevitably affect the whole world — we are too interconnected for anyone to escape its impact. The way the crisis lands in various countries and regions, however, differs considerably. Take Bolivia. As a reminder: since early 2006 Bolivia is governed by its first indigenous president, Evo Morales. He attempts to pull through economic reforms, to strengthen the country’s sovereignty vis-à-vis external agents, and pursues reforms in favor of the Bolivian poor. …

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Financial crisis worldwide

By Kim Knibbe What do a window washer at a cross-roads in a metropole who starts washing your window unasked, an old lady from a village in Africa who visits her son in the big city to ask for financial support, a beggar and a pickpocket have in common? According to the anthropologist James Ferguson, they are all involved in what he calls improvisational distributive labour. Ferguson said this during the seminar The Financial Crisis: views from anthropology, which was held at our department last week. 

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Bonus on the beach

Tijo Salverda explains what the financial sector can learn from a former colonial elite. Hedge fund managers, the City and Wall Street’s top bankers, regulators and politicians involved in reshaping the financial markets, should take a look at the tropics. They can learn a great deal from the former white colonial elite of Mauritius.

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