About Brita Bamert

After living and working in the Latin American context for over 4 years, Brita is now studying for a Master's degree in International Development and Management at Lund University.

She is originally from Switzerland, where she concluded her Bachelor's in International Relations with a thesis about social entrepreneurship.

In the future she wishes to work in the social entrepreneurship sector, including development topics, such as gender issues and peace building.

The Preservation of Sámi Heritage – A Crack in the Facade of Sweden’s Moral Authority?

Sámieatnan duoddariid, dáid sámi mánáid ruovttu

galbma geađge guorba guovlu

sámi mánáid ruoktu

Sámiland’s wide expanses home to Sámi children 

cold barren rocky realm

home of Sámi children

Sámiland. Photo: Flickr, Alexander Cahlenstein

These are the first lines of the Sámi Artist Sofia Jannok’s song, in the English translation named Wide Open Tundra of the Sámiland. The Sámi people represent the indigenous population spread over the northern parts of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. They are recognized as an indigenous population by the United Nations, giving them the right to preserve and develop their culture, language, traditions and identity as nomadic reindeer herders. 20-000 to 40-000 Sámi people live in the North of Sweden, where a constant conflict over land and natural resources has emerged throughout the past decades.

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Categories: Uncategorised

Menstruating in the 21st Century

The Menstrual Cup on The Rise. Photo: Flickr, Intima

Menstruation has historically been, and is still today, a cause of discrimination. Women in the past were separated from public spaces when menstruating and disqualified from most types of work because menstrual blood was seen upon as something dirty and sinful.

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Categories: Women in Development

Combating Climate Change Through Biofuels – At What Cost?

EU-standards aim at ensuring an eco-friendly biofuel production. But are social and ecological impacts taken into account sufficiently? Photo: alh1, Flickr.

Biofuels seem to be an important step in the combat against climate change, as they represent a renewable and less polluting alternative to fossil fuels. However, its agricultural production provokes controversial discussions. Several international organisations seek to raise awareness about the social and ecological impacts of the rising biofuel demand.

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Categories: Climate Change

Seminar Report: Johan Schaar – Working in Development and Humanitarian Affairs

On a dark November night, namely the 21st of November 2017, Johan Schaar spoke about his experiences of working within development, in front of 40 eager students. All were excited to hear what the former manager of the Swedish Aid Program in Palestine and member of the Expert Group on Aid Studies (EBA), with a longstanding engagement at Sida and the Red Cross, had to tell.

Johan Schaar being introduced by Hanna Wallin from FUF

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Categories: SIDA

Farmland – The New Gold?

As global economic risks, such as fluctuating currencies and crashing stock markets increase, more and more investment funds, agribusinesses and sovereign wealth funds invest in farmland. A safe bet, since it is a fixed asset with potential for high returns, given the rise in land and commodity prices and the inexhaustible demand for food.

Has thus farmland become the new gold?

Digging for gold. Photo: Flickr

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Categories: Land Grabbing