Klaartje Jaspers

Since 2001 I have been working as a freelance investigative journalist & creative writer, covering a wide range of issues, often having some international, social or innovative aspects. Themes include globalisation (mining, multinationals, migration), urban & rural development, sustainable living, gender and the arts. To facilitate this, I conduct literature - & field research and I analyse data. Doing so, my academic background as a Interdisciplinary Social Scientist focused on Southern Africa serves me well.

From March 2002 to June 2006 I was based in Zambia, from where I reported on central, east and southern Africa, collecting information for a number of features, analysis and news items. I initiated Kambisa!BeHeard, a platform to expose stories from the underrepresented, aiming to connect different audiences. Since then, Kambisa! has produced magazines, films, documentaries, a weekly radio show, theatrical performances, music recordings & a number social exchange programmes in and between the Netherlands and Zambia.

These days, I use this background do various activities - still writing and editing, by also producing debates, science festivals and developing social-ecological projects in the field of food forestry and urban farming.
One day, I hope to pick up where I left my initial master-research in the Namibian Kavango, doing a PhD on the contribution of new ways of urban farming in the fast growing informal settlements of southern African cities.

Recent publications:
on copper, mining and tax evasion
Privatisering kopermijnen ramp voor mijnwerkers en voor Zambia (De Pers,
Koperen Ploert (OneWorld)
Zambia: crisis in de Copperbelt (ZAM)
The impact of tax havens on development (AfrikaStudies, NVAS)

on military peace operations in West and Central Africa
Bringing stability elsewhere, taking instability home (The Broker)

on refugees, migration policies & the UN
Nooit meer weg uit Zambia (OneWorld)
Zambia en Angola, valse beloftes en misinformatie (Groene Amsterdammer)
‘Ik moet schrijven, ik kan niet zwijgen’ (De Volkskrant)
Rode Kruis: noodhulp werkt slecht (De Volkskrant)

on foreign policy, Dutch-African relations, the IMF & the World Bank
Looking beyond success stories (The Broker)
Dit jaar is er mais noch rijst (Internationale Samenwering)
Alle reserves zijn uitgeput, honger dreigt in Malawi na tegenvallende oogst (Zuidelijk Afrika)

on (the export of) health & sickness
Aidsbestrijding in Zambia – Pas op voor resistentie (Internationale
Nederland is ziek van zelfzucht and it’s sequence Welvaartsziektes als exportproduct (News4All)

‘Geweld in Zimbabwe zal afnemen’, interview Basker Vashee (De
From prisoner to presidential candidate, interview political activist Vera Chirwa, Malawi (Sister Namibia) – De delicate spanning tussen Kigali en Hollywood, review Un Dimanche á Kigali (Robert Favreau, Canada 2006) – The Apollo festival of Independent film South Africa (Africa Film &TV)