Monday, July 28, 2014

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Research released by a coalition of African and UK partners reveals that Africa loses almost six and a half times the amount of money that it receives in aid.
At the Rivonia Trial in 1964, Denis Goldberg (along with Nelson Mandela) was jailed for life for trying to bring down the apartheid state. Half a century on, what has changed?
According to proponents, direct cash transfers not only cut out admin costs and losses to corruption. They are also more empowering and effective.
Using the pivotal example of the Ethiopian famine in 1984-5, Suzanne Franks explores the media's ability to mobilise public opinion and philanthropic action in an unprecedented way.
Burundi's revenue authority has dramatically increased government revenue, but it's struggling for funds itself.
Addis Ababa is growing fast and set to expand further, pitting the government against Oromo activists, seeking to protect their rights.
An influx of South Sudanese Nuer into Gambella in Ethiopia could destabilise the region, but the impact on long-term development is likely to be more significant.
Science and technology could drive the continent's future development, but creating the right environments and keeping Africa's youngest and brightest will be key.
Foreign powers are not just engaged in African land. They are also engaged in African food systems, often in damaging ways.

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