“I became a journalist to come as close as possible to the heart of the world,” Henry Luce once wrote. The same applies to journalist Ralf Bodelier (the Netherlands, 53). Ralf is the initiator and director of the Ndirande Slum Project. He holds an BA in History, an MA in Theology and he completed a PhD at Tilburg University Law School. From 1988 to 1998, he was a lecturer at Fontys University of Applied Science in the Journalism Department. Since then he has worked as a foreign correspondent for a number of newspapers, magazines and public radio stations in the Netherlands. Ralf wrote ten books, including a novel, essay collections, funerary guides and a dissertation called Cosmopolitan and Shanty Towns. Ndirande Slum – Driving Force Behind the Millennium Development Goals is his first project in multimedia storytelling.
Slums, as many Westerners think, are a huge obstacle to development. This project challenges this idea, showing that slums can be an engine for poverty eradication.