Bert is a Dutchman who has many years of experience in working with (international) NGOs in the areas of environment and development.
Bert first became active in the Dutch solidarity movement in the '70s. Later, he joined one of the Dutch anti-apartheid movements. In the '80s and '90s, he worked for several international environment and development organisations, with a strong focus on support to grassroots, citizen-based organisations.
Bert has lived in the US and in Kenya. He studied community organisation and adult education at the University of Amsterdam.
Currently, Bert is enrolled in a Research Master programme in African Studies at the University of Leiden.
This polemic longread takes a critical look at the differences in the discourse about Africa and about Europe. Comparing Africa and Europe 130 years ago and today, the book contains a passionate plea for greater respect for the different African cultures and languages and contends that a lack of such respect is one of the main factors impeding Africa's development today.