Hard times are normal times:  reflections on resilience to crises

What is resilience? In our age of severe and prolonged crises from repeated disasters and endless wars, we need a lot of resilience at policy, institutional and, above all, at personal level.

“We have screwed up really bad”, admits UNOPS Director

A senior director and member of the UNOPS Senior Leadership Team finally admits to fraud and corruption in the UN agency, led by Grete Faremo. We look into the roles of other senior leaders who aided and abetted this massive heist, in this fourth article under this series

The UNOPS Executive Director lies and covers up

22 March 2022 – Mukesh Kapila Grete Faremo, Executive Director of the United Nations Office for Project Services was economical with the truth when she addressed her Global Leadership Meetings on 9th and 16th March. That is a polite way of saying that she lied to her staff. The GLM was convened in panic afterContinue reading The UNOPS Executive Director lies and covers up

‘The Big Catch’ that ensnared the United Nations Office for Project Services

Why did the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) spend US$5 million on a video game and song? How did that advance world development? Is there high-level fraud and corruption at play in the billion dollar UN agency that requires urgent investigation and accountability

“Something is rotten in the state of Denmark”

Is something shady going on at the the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS? Nothing less than an independent unfettered enquiry into possible misdoings including fraud and corruption will clear the air. No one should be immune from such an investigation into the senior most ranks of UNOPS.

WHO head Tedros faces a challenge all humanitarians know well

“Damned if you speak up, damned if you don’t” the dilemma faced by humanitarians when they seek to help the victims of egregious crimes against humanity. Dr Tedros, the head of WHO decided to speak up on the catastrophic situation in Tigray, Ethiopia – setting an example to the leaders of other international organisations.

The hysterical womb: pathologising abused mothers

Since time immemorial, women who did not comply with male-prescribed behaviour norms were diagnosed as hysterical on account of their wicked, wandering womb. The prevalent laws punished them in many cruel and degrading ways.

We look back on that history with horror but the modern version is histrionic personality disorder. Although debunked as pseudo science, it is still commonly used in family courts to separate mothers and their children when domestic abuse by fathers has been alleged.

It is a legally-sanctioned injustice that ruins the lives of thousands of children and their mothers and families worldwide.. An example of structural state-sponsored violence against women despite the days of gender equality we are supposed to be living in.