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


The Making of The Village Under the Forest

Voices from the South Voices for August 2013
In this month’s Voices from the South, writer and narrator of the new documentary film, "The Village Under the Forest," Heidi Grunebaum, reflects on the development of the film, her personal journey of having one foot in South Africa and one foot in Israel, and the moral, ethical, and political implications of staying silent to current injustice.


Striving Together for Climate Justice

Voices form the South for June-July 2013
As social movements and churches from around the world come together in the struggle against climate change, movements in the Global South offer a crucial voice:   They often represent the vulnerable communities who are already living the devastating effects of climate change, yet they have contributed the least to the perpetuation of the present crises.  In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Dr. Guillermo Kerber of the World Council of Churches reflects on the impacts on the victims of climate change, and how movements across the world need to look to the human faces beyond statistics in our joint struggle for climate justice.


The Karibu Foundation Platform and Profile

Adopted 06.06.2013
Download the full platform and profile (5 pages):


Towards the African Renaissance

A Young Voice on the Transformation from a Subject to a Citizen
Although the notion of an African Renaissance is not a new idea, young voices from across the continent continue to carry the call for a philosophical and political movement to end the violence, elitism, corruption and poverty that seem to plague the African continent.  In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Raymond Ncube, a young Zimbabwean and an ambassador for the African Alliance of YMCA’s “Subject 2 Citizen” movement, explores what it means to be an African citizen, and how young people have the power to bring about a new era of African Renaissance.  Click below to view.


Stop Outsourcing Peace

Control the Use of Private Military and Security Campanies (PMSCs)
Hired by governments and companies to perform operations previously carried out by national military forces, Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) are the modern equivalent of mercenaries: armed civilians operating for profit in conflict zones.  In this month's "Voices from the South," Ismaeel Dawood of Karibu partner the Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative (ICSSI) calls for the need to control and reduce the use of PMSCs in his home land of Iraq, and in all conflict and post-conflict states where peace and security are becoming big business.


The Peace Process in Colombia

Open breakfast meeting with Dr. Lilia Solano of Justicia y Vida
The Karibu Foundation has the pleasure of inviting you to an open breakfast meeting with Dr. Lilia Solano, Chair of the Faculty of Law and Political and Social Sciences at National University of Colombia and leader of Karibu partner organization in Colombia, Justicia y Vida.   Lilia will speak on her experiences with the current peace process between the government of Colombia and FARC-EP, especially related to the role of Civil Society in the process.  


Peace as the Fruit of Justice

Social Organization and the Peace Process in Colombia
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” we present two voices from Karibu partner The Programme for Ecumenical Accompaniment in Colombia (PEAC). The first article, from Rev. Milton Mejia, reflects on the situation on the ground for many in Colombia.   The second, written by Blanca Lucia Echeverry, provides concrete suggestions for how to strengthen and secure the peace process today.


Migration for development under current structure

The need for a rights-based frame and wider grassroots participation
In this month's Voices from the South, Ramon Bultron - director of Karibu partner the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) - critically reflects on the modern international architecture related to migration and development, current global models which commoditify human labor, and vital need for rights-based systems and structures that support the inalienable rights of migrant communities.    The newsletter can be found below.


Safe Space is a Woman's Human Right

Reflections on the New Delhi rape case and global systems of violence and discrimination against women
In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Leila Passah, National General Secretary of YWCA India, reflects on the chilling gang-rape case of a young medical student in New Delhi, and the culture of violence and discrimination against women everywhere.   “Enough is enough,” she writes. “Now is the time that women’s and girl’s rights must be protected.”  The newsletter can be downloaded below.


Christmas, Peace, and the Wall: The Segregation Wall and Checkpoints in and around Bethlehem

December 2012 Voices from the South Newsletter
As the Christmas season begins in many parts of the world, hearts and minds turn to the Palestinian city of Bethlehem: the focal geographic point of the Christmas narrative. Yet today, this not-so-little town is sieged by a tightening separation wall, checkpoints, and a system of control brought on by the ongoing Israeli occupation of Palestine.

In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb of Kairos Palestine offers his reflections on Christmas, the current facts on the ground, and a call to work for peace and justice in the region.  The newsletter can be found in full.


The Franc Zone of Western and Central Africa: A Symbol of French Neo-Colonialism

November 2012 Voices from the South Newsletter
Since the independence of many African states in the early 1960, the role of policies and financial institutions inherited from colonial powers has been the subject of much debate. One central area of focus is related to the so-called Franc Zone; 14 countries in Western and Central Africa that share a former colonial currency known as the CFA-Franc.   Critics from across Western and Central Africa have spoken out against the currency, seeing it as an instrument of domination and neo-colonialism of African countries, as well as a means for strengthening of dependence vis-à-vis France and other members of the European Union.

In this month’s “Voices from the South,” Demba Moussa Dembele, coordinator of Karibu partner the Association for Research and Cooperation in Support of Endogenous Development (ARCADE) in Senegal writes on the need to challenge France and the EU on their monetary policies related to the CFA-Franc, the necessity for Africa to reclaim its sovereignty and own development, and the goal to move to a single West African currency by 2020.  Click below to download.


Safeguarding human rights, life, and dignity: ending the culture of impunity

October 2012 Voices from the South Newsletter
In the mid-1980s, during the dictatorship of Ferdinand Marcos, a group of Bishops representing various denominations across the Philippines formed the Ecumenical Bishops Forum (EBF): a gathering of religious leaders who were willing to speak out against the countless human rights abuses occurring under the oppressive regime.   28 years later, the EBF still stands firm against systems of power and oppression - serving as advocates for the poor, deprived, oppressed, and marginalized in the Philippines today.  

In this month´s "Voices from the South," Karibu speaks with Bishop Solito K. Toquero, co-chair of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum.  Bishop Toquero reflects on the current human rights situation in the country, the state of the peace process in the Philippines, the recent  peace framework signed by the Government of the Philippines (GPH) and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), and the growing American military presence in the region.


Statement of the 22nd National Assembly of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum


Private War Continues In Iraq

ICSSI Advocates for Better Oversight of PMSCs in Iraq
The Iraqi Civil Society Solidarity Initiative's (ICSSI) Ismaeel Dawood writes about the prevelance of Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs) in Iraq following the pull-out of American and British Troops last year.   His reflection provides detail and insight into how PMSCs have become big business in the region, and how a private, unspoken war still continues in Iraq today.   The article can be found in full below...


Toward a solidarity economy: The case of informal traders in Southern Africa

September 2012 Voices from the South E-Newsletter
According to recent reports of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, informal trading is the main source of job creation in Africa, providing between 20 to 75 percent of total employment in a majority of African countries. These numbers are even higher in the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Despite its importance in the continent, however, the informal economy and informal traders remain immensely marginalized.The strategies and policies developed by governments often deal with the sector through displacement and/or repression.

In this month's "Voices from the South," Ms. Thembela Njenga, executive director of Karibu partner Ecumenical Service for Socio-Economic Transformation (ESSET), reflects on the challenges facing the sector, the destructive capabilities of a profit-dominated capitalist system, and the call of Christians to work for transformative socio-economic justice for the poor and marginalized everywhere.  The newsletter can be found below.


Critiquing the Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD) and Organizing Migrants

August 2012 Voices from the South E-Newsletter
In 2012, the Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) released a comprehensive research study mapping the reflections and experiences of stakeholders in the migrant sector and the impact of the GFMD.  In this month's "Voices from the South," Ramon Bultron, Managing Director of APMM, discusses the main findings of their report: "Relevance, Nexus, and Prospects: An Impact Study of the GFMD and Its Migration Paradigm".   The newsletter can be found below.


Shaping a New World: Statement from the South Asia School of Human Rights

July 2012 Voices from the South E-Newsletter
In this month's edition of "Voices from the South," we present some of the highlights of the final declaration of the South Asia School of Human Rights, an education and advocacy initiative of the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI). The school took place in Bangalore, India over a 9-day period in July 2012, and included participats from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka.  The declaration is a powerful statement from young human rights defenders, actively working to shape a new world in South Asia.


Shaping a New World

Statement from the South Asia School of Human Rights
We, the participants from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal and Sri Lanka, gathered at Student Christian Movement of India, Program Centre, Bangalore for the South Asia School of Human Right from 28th June 2012 to 6th July 2012, deliberated on the theme ‘‘Shaping Young Human Right Defenders for South Asia’’ and do hereby give this declaration.


Asia Pacific Peoples' Delcaration on Rio +20

June 2012 Voices from the South E-Newsletter Published
In early June 2012, civil society representatives from 18 Asia Pacific countries gathered in Vietnam for a coordinated advocacy and research event in connection with the upcoming UN conference on sustainable development (“Rio+20”) taking place in Brazil. The gathering, entitled “Rio for People: Strengthening People’s Capacity for Genuine Sustainable Development,” was coordinated by the Asia Pacific Research Network (APRN). Below is their powerful final declartion and call to leaders participating in “Rio+20”:


Nigerian Instability: An Effective ATT is the Answer

May 2012 Voices from the South E-Newsletter Published
In July 2012, the world’s governments will gather in New York to negotiate a legally binding international treaty on trade in conventional weapons. In this month's "Voices from the South," Rev. Kolade Fadahunsi, Programme Officer for “Churches in Action For Peace and Development” (CAPAD) in Nigeria, reflects on the necessity of a strong international Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) for Nigerians:

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