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1 Edito p. 3 5 3 2 p. 8 From Bullets to Ballots p. 14 Ebola p. 21 Opportunities & events To contact us: IOB - Universiteit Antwerpen Lange St.-Annastraat 7, 2000 Antwerp 2/2014 • © IOB - Universiteit Antwerpen 4 6 15 year IOB Filipino p. 12 Alumni Applause p. 20 Anthropological expertise Voice from the field Living with Ebola 7 Introducing... the alumni panel! p. 4 8 website: www.uantwerpen.be/iob The Number p. 22 e-mail: [email protected] 2015, the most announced year ever My best wishes for the New Year! 2015 is probably the most announced year ever in World History: we started the countdown indeed already in the nineties, well before the turn of the Millennium. We promised to halve extreme poverty, among 20 other “measurable and time-bound indicators”. And we kept at least this most renowned promise. Of the many promises we did not keep, we made substantial progress in any case. In the meantime, the attention of the “we”, the international community, shifted from the MDGs to the post-MDG era: what comes next? We will know by the end of this year. The debate around the post-MDGs has two big advantages. First, the debate has the merit of existing. While the MDGs were effectively decided in the offices of the OECD and the UN, the post-MDG debate is carried back and forward by a large diversity of actors, surfing on the waves made by both the believers and the nonbelievers in the actual MDGs. Second, conspicuously present among the debaters – because they were not present before: some important actors from the Global South itself, not to mention China and Brazil. If the actual MDGs allegedly represented a first global consensus on what development is, the post-MDG debate unmasks that first consensus as the very last definition of development by countries that saw themselves as developed. Indeed, the 21 MDG targets only described specific targets for developing countries, and in the context of debt relief negotiations, the MDGs also served as a new discourse of subordination. The post-MDGs open a new space to discuss our mutual responsibilities for development. The “emerging” themes of sustainable development and global inequality serve well to make this point. And after all, let’s be clear, the progress made while counting down to 2015 was realised in the South, by Southern actors, while the Northern actors merely excelled in doing the counting. So my best wishes for the post-2015 too! Tom De Herdt 2 3