Staff / Stab
Networkers SouthNorth is a non-profit membership organization with a goal to generate, disseminate and mobilize critical knowledge in the field of human centered development engagement and values in international cooperation with a particular view for perspectives from the South.
John Y. Jones, daglig leder
Anisur Rahman, Februar 2011, i arbeid med "Den bengalske Ibsen"
Ragnar Sohlman Stipendiater
Ama Amankwa, Ghana, 2009
Mwaura Kaara, Kenya, 2010
Iliyasu Kasimu, Nigeria, 2011
Regnskap, Tore Skarvang
The Board / Styret
Charles Abugre (chair/leder)
Regional Director, UN Millennium Campaign Africa
Jørgen Johansen (deputy chair/nestleder)
at Development policy, Norwegian Church Aid
Exec Director of Women for Change, Zambia
Inger Kjersti Lindvig
Telemark University College
Director CEI, Managua, Nicaragua
John Y. Jones
The establishing of Networkers SouthNorth in July 2006 was a natural follow-up of many years of experience, work and investing in Norwegian and international organizational life. With roots back to Diakonhjemmet International Center (DiS) and Institute for Global Networking, Information and Studies (IGNIS).
Networkers’ urge for global social transformation springs out of professional and academic engagement together with a broad network of institutions and civil society organisations in the South that for years have consistently documented the unacceptable and unjust nature of today’s development paradigm. This work also points to viable ways for change.
We consider our Southern partners to be the best judges and guides of knowledge and resources for sustainable change in accordance with crucial cultural, environmental and human requirements in development, and we wish to mobilize and work in co-operation with them. We also work to secure South-to-South co-operation in order to strengthen this force in identifying problems and solutions for change.
In the history of international campaigns and declarations for universal moblization against poverty, disease, suppression, war and injustice there have never been more knowledge, resources, technology or manpower available. But never in the history of mankind have resources of such magnitude been invested for the benefit of people already living in affluence and overconsumption. Never the less we witness unpresedented increases in income-gaps between rich and poor nations, peoples and groups. And the number of people suffering from social, cultural and economic marginalization, cut off from just treatment, education and health care, lack of access to medical treatment, and covering of basic human rights and needs remains unimaginably high.
Networkers SouthNorth do not believe that the problems of the world can or will be solved by the North. But it is imperative to see fundamental changes in rich industrial countries’ behaviour in accordance with the framework laid out in sustainability and just development thinking. The nations of the North have for too long been – and still is – a part of the problem. This means that Norwegian official and everyday policy and behaviour in the world community will have to be critically scrutinized in order to turn the tide and make Norway a constructive actor against maldevelopment, and establish genuine human values as guiding principles for our common future – in Norway and globally.
Networkers SouthNorth finds it alarming that one through structures of the current development paradigm sements a continuation of the gap between the rhetoric for change and the hesitation to take the necessary steps to implement it. Today’s dominating ideologies and policies do not hold promises to alter this sad fact, and we call for a moblization of resources and initiatives in the South to take back control of their own future and to lead the world towards a more just and sustainable future. To achieve this Networkers co-operates with, supports and mobilizes groups and individuals in the North as well as the South who share our values and targets, both in order to broaden our common knowledge of structural and other reasons for what we find unacceptable, as well as in order to mobilize for just, peaceful and sustainable global development.