Below you will find a list of materials developed by the Karibu Foundation, and its partner network. In addition, you can view a database (currently in development) of the books available at the Karibu office in Oslo. For inquires, contact


Hope for a new era on the Korean Peninsula, but militarization continues

Voices from the South - June / July 2018
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Sung-hee Choi of the Save Jeju campaign in South Korea reflects on the new developments on the Korean Peninsula, specifically the meetings between South and North Korea, as well as North Korea and the United States.  While Sung-hee sees signs of hope for peace in the region, she points to the continued struggle ahead to confront increasing militarization in the region.  This includes the need for continued nonviolent resistance towards the naval and air-force base projects on the island of Jeju, off the coast of South Korea.  Activists on Jeju have now passed their 4000th consecutive day of nonviolent protest against the projects.


The Global Compact on Migration (GCM) & the Challenges to the Migrant’s Movement

Voices from the South - May 2018
In December 2018, the UN is expected to formally adopt the “Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM)” in Morocco.  The GCM will be the first global framework to comprehensively address issues related to the hundreds of millions of people in the world who change their country of usual residence (with the exception of refugees).  The agreement between states is expected to  present a framework for comprehensive international cooperation on migrants and human mobility.  In addition, it will deal with a broad number of aspects related to international migration, including the humanitarian, developmental, human rights-related and more.  In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Aaron Ceradoy of the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) in Hong Kong describes the GCM, outlines some of its strengths and flaws, and points to advocacy goals from the perspective of grassroots migrants.


Resistance to the ‘La Colosa’ gold mine

A success story from Colombia
After a 10-year nonviolent campaign coordinated by grassroots activists and international support, the town of Cajamarca in Colombia voted with a 97.9% majority to say “No” to the world's third largest mining company's (South Africa’s AngloGold Ashanti) plans for the development of what was thought to become the world’s fifth highest gold producing mine (per annum) in the world:  the "La Colosa" gold mine.   The company has now halted its project entirely, is pulling out, and says that it accepts the validity of the vote.

We speak with Mariana Gómez Soto (Yes to Life, No to Mining’s Latin America coordinator in Colombia), about the referendum, how it has affected political life in Colombia, and how this success story in Cajamarca has inspired other movements in the region and around the world.   


Locating the Voice of African Civil Society in South-South Cooperation

Fahamu (Kenya) conducts African civil society perception study
Mr. Edwin Rwigi (Programme Officer for the Kenyan based organization Fahamu) reflects on the recent study conducted by Fahamu on African perceptions of emerging powers on the continent. The study aimed to gauge the extent that African civil society members are working on policy issues related to the presence of emerging powers such as China, Brazil, India, Turkey and the Golf States on the continent, as well as to gauge how grassroots civil society leaders perceive the presence of these countries in their communities.

Fahamu conducted interviews and focus group discussions with grassroots civil society leaders in Tanzania and Uganda, as well as conducted an online survey with responses from 26 African countries. Edwin reflects on the results of the study, and presents the recommendations for action related to monitoring and holding accountable the presence of emerging powers on the continent.


A Year at a Glance 2017

Karibu Foundation Annual Report for 2017
"A Year at a Glance” is a small collection of some impressions and glimpses from various programmes and activities organized by partners of the Karibu Foundation in 2017.  Click below to read more.


Global resistance against injustice

Where do we go from here?
In the context of growing political, social and economic setbacks globally and regionally, as well as the deepening environmental crisis, a broad network of Brazilian social organizations and movements hosted the Social Forum of Resistances held in January 2017 in Porto Alegre, Brazil (the birthplace of the World Social Forum).  The forum aimed to bring together movements from across Brazil, South America and further, in order to set focus on resistance and the global struggle for democracy, the rights of peoples, and the rights of the planet.   In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we speak with Mauri Cruz, leader of the organizing committee of the Social Forum on Resistances in Porto Alegre, on why movements are joining together in the struggle, what the key resistances are, and the way ahead in the struggle for a more just world.  


A Year at a Glance 2016

Karibu Foundation Annual Report for 2016
"A Year at a Glance” is a small collection of some impressions and glimpses from various programmes and activities organized by partners of the Karibu Foundation in 2016.  Click below to read more.


Karibu Strategy Process

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Resisting Militarization

The Making of the Film “Village vs. Empire”
Jeju Island, off the coast of South Korea, is also known as Stone Island, Peace Island, and Women’s Island. It is home to no less than seven world heritage sites. But it is a paradise with dark side.  Here on this tiny ecologically unique island, a village is confronting an empire.   In Gangjeong village, on the southern tip the island, the U.S. and the South Korean navies have been building a huge naval base as part of a geopolitical strategy to ring-fence China.  They are thus thrusting the islanders in the crosshairs of future conflict.

Emmy-award winning South African film director Mark J. Kaplan speaks with Karibu about his new documentary, Village vs. Empire, which sheds light on Jeju and the daily non-violent resistance efforts against the military base.  He talks about his motivation in making the film, the moral imagination of the villagers who are resisting the base, and the seemingly immovable forces they face.  The film had its first private screening in Cape Town, South Africa in September 2016.


Challenges for democracy and communication in Latin America

Voices from the South - August 2016
After a long period of social and economic progress in Latin America, new  neoliberal, right-wing governments have begun overturning a number of social and democratic protections in the region. Sally Burch of the Latin America Information Agency (ALAI) in Quito, Ecuador presents a picture of the current challenges facing the region and its continual struggle for sovereignty.  Sally highlights in particular the importance of alternative media outlets as means to connect and integrate peoples and social movements across the region, and as a counter-force to big business media monopolies in the region that discredit and undermine progressive processes and policies.


Envisioning a New Syria: Declaration of the conference on the future of the Syrian Constitution

Voices from the South - May 2016
In late April 2016, the “Conference on the Principles of a Future Syrian Constitution” was held outside of Vienna, organized by the International Peace Initiative for Syria (IPIS).  Twenty-eight Syrian participants (leaders of ethnic minority groups, experts in Law, Islamic Sheiks, representatives of women’s organizations, and renowned politicians from the opposition) met to discuss the question of Syria’s future after years of violence and civil war.    In their final declaration on the vision for a future Syrian constitution, they mapped out 8 substantial points that represent a new “social contract” for the Syrian people. According to the office of the UN-negotiator for Syria, the declaration represents a valuable compliment to the ongoing  peace process on Syria that is taking place in Geneva.


Nothing About Us Without Us

Voices from the South - March 2016
Ms. Eni Lestari of the International Migrants Alliance (IMA) speaks of her experience as an Indonesian domestic worker in Hong Kong, and of the necessity to applify the voices of migrant communities in settings where migration is debated.   She argues that most international and governmental platforms that address migration are detached from the daily struggles of migrants, and that the voices of the millions of migrant workers, imigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and their families must be involved when policy is set about them.  A link to the video from her speech to the UN is included.


Sign of Hope in Iraq: Labor Movements and Social Movements Stand Together to Pass Labor Law

Voices from the South - February 2016
Wesam Chaseb Oudah, Iraq Program Manager for the Solidarity Center and representative of trade unions to the Iraqi Social Forum (ISF), reflects on the experience of building a broad coalition of labor movements, social movements, and activists to turn the demands of the people into a new labor law, considered to be among the strongest in the region. He also reflects on the necessity for future collaboration between social and labor movements in the process of building a new Iraq.


A Year at a Glance

Karibu Foundation Annual Report for 2015
"A Year at a Glance” is a small collection of some impressions and glimpses from various programmes and activities organised by partners of the Karibu Foundation in 2015.  We also present a glimpse of Karibu's 30 year history, which is being marked in 2015/2016. Click below to read more.


The Church's Role in the Age of Terrorism and Economic Globalization

Voices from the South - December 2015
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” former Africa Coordinator for the UN Millennium Development Goals and former Anglican observer to the UN, Hellen Grace Akwii-Wangusa from Uganda, reflects on the state of changing global power dynamics.  In particular, she looks at the role of the Church in an age of terrorism and economic globalization.   In her article, she argues that the space for civil society and advocacy is shrinking under the guise of the fight against terrorism around the globe.   The Church therefore has a critical role in speaking out for dignity and human rights, as religion is increasingly associated with extremism.


'We are not drowning. We are fighting.'

Reflections on Climate Justice ahead of COP21
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we lift up the speech held by Marjorie Pamintuan of Karibu partner Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN), which was given at the "People's Climate March" in Oslo. In it, she speaks of the effects of climate change on the poorest of the poor, the connections between extractive industries and free trade deals with climate change, and the need to rise together in the fight for climate justice.  The text and video are found below.


Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Middle East Council of Churches’ Point of View

Voices from the South - October 2015
This month’s newsletter features excerpts from a recent speech by Fr. Dr. Michel Jalakh, Secretary General of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), entitled “Refugee Crisis in Europe: The Middle East Council of Churches’ Point of View”.  The speech was held at the Nordic Ecumenical Network on Migration gathering in Oslo, which looked specifically at national and regional responses to the influx of refugees and migrants to Europe in recent months.   In these selected passages from the speech, Fr. Michel and MECC challenge us to explore the root causes of the migrant flow, to understand it was a crisis well before the migrants arrived to Europe, and to act quickly to protect the lives of many.


TISA and TPP: Trade unions and social movements resist unfair trade deals

Voices from the South - September 2015
Governments around the globe are currently engaged in the biggest burst of trade and investment treaty negotiations since the 1990s. This new wave of trade deals is primarily being negotiated by governments and corporations in complete secrecy, and is being conducted entirely outside the framework of the World Trade Organization. Social movements around the world are raising their concerns about these negotiations, noting that the processes are fundamentally skewed towards corporate interests, and that the negotiations so far have resulted in legal obligations that tie governments’ hands in many areas only loosely related to trade.

In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Oscar Rodríguez L., Coordinator for Mexico, Central America and Dominican Republic in Public Services International (PSI), writes about the collective resistance struggles against two of these deals that will affect several countries in Central and Latin America. The first is the Trade and Services Agreement (TISA), which is being negotiated by more than 50 governments (including Norway) on the trade of services such as banking, health care and transport. The second is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which is being negotiated between 12 governments that rim the Pacific Ocean.


Kairos South Africa - 30th Anniversary Statement

Voices from the South - August 2015
“May your movement -- our movement -- continue to grow in strength and spirit.”  These words were written by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, welcoming participants of the 30 year anniversary conference of the South African Kairos document to Johannesburg in August 2015.   The conference commemorated and celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the 1985 Kairos document, a document that had a significant influence on the Christian community’s theology and response to Apartheid, as well as involvement in social justice issues worldwide.  The conference also sought to lift up the struggles for justice that still persist in South Africa and around the world.  

This month’s “Voices from the South,” features the closing statement of the conference, in which the participants reflect on the dangerous memory of the South African Kairos.  The statement challenges and church and the global community on issues related to dignity and justice, and lifts up the struggles of Kairos movements that have grown in Central America, Europe, the U.S. Malawi, India, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Nigeria, and Palestine.


African Renaissance: The Next Generation

Voices from the South - June / July 2015
In June 2015, 33 young people from across the African continent came together in Senegal for a week-long “Youth Advocacy Summit”.   The training session in advocacy strategy and planning was part of the African Alliance of YMCAs “Subject 2 Citizen” (S2C) Ambassadors initiative.   S2C aims to move youth to a state of citizenship where they are able to identify the root causes of problems in their own societies, and to make positive change at various levels of decision-making.  A select group of young leaders from across the continent are invited to participate in the two-year intensive program, designed to unlock their potential to transform themselves and other young people in their countries.

This month’s “Voices from the South” features a conversation with one of the new S2C Ambassadors, 28 year old Cedric Dzelu from Ghana.   He speaks of his experience with the African Renaissance, his views of Africa’s place in the world, and how young people of the continent are ready to transform the systems around them for the better of their people.  

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