Africa World 

New study: Forests are still underrated as allies to curb rural poverty

– – Poverty is one of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Globally, one out of every 10 people lives in extreme poverty, defined by the World Bank as living on less than $1.90 per day. Many of them live in rural areas where the poverty rate is 17.2 per cent – more than three times higher than in urban areas. If current trends continue, the number of hungry people will reach 840 million or one ninth of the world’s population by 2030 according to the World Food Programme. Poverty eradication…

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Africa East Africa Featured World 

Africa’s largest slum to host inaugural world poverty forum

Kibera slum, Africa’s largest slum located in Kenya will be hosting the inaugural World Poverty Forum (WPF) in January next year. Founded by Kennedy Odede, one of Africa’s best-known social entrepreneurs, the forum is taking place on the 11th and 12th of January 2020. Organizers of the forum say the choice of Kibera is “to give a real voice to the poorest so they can co-create solutions to their own problems.” WPF will be one of the first events in a united 2020 plan announced during UNGA week to respond to the…

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Business Development 

World Bank and IMF, help #StopTheBleeding of Africa’s wealth!

As the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF) hold their Spring meetings in Washington, DC, billions of dollars due to African nations are illicitly leaving the continent. Africans Rising for Justice, Peace and Dignity, an emerging pan-African citizens’ movement, condemns the World Bank’s and IMF’s lack of action on and complicity in illicit financial flows from Africa and calls on them, as well as African governments and regional bodies, to act to #StopTheBleeding of African wealth now. According to the Economic Commission for Africa, illicit financial flows from…

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“It is not safe in the new Rwanda to share what you really think”

Whispering Truth to Power: Everyday Resistance to Reconciliation in Post-genocide Rwanda Author Dr. Susan Thomson By: Jennifer Fierberg Powerlessness can be defined as the inability to make changes in one’s own life or having the lack of ability to effect change. This lack of power can be a product of social hierarchy, racism, cultural contexts and the influence of political leaders. In the case of Rural Rwanda, political oppression has led to powerlessness among the most poor and vulnerable in the community.  Further, powerlessness is, “Ordinary people who have nothing…

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In Lagos, the 1% Takes Stock

A burgeoning wealthy class is settling into one of Africa’s fastest-growing cities, attracting designers, world-class architects and a growing creative community that seeks to preserve its culture through art and fashion. Courtesy of Janice Robinson The Land Cruisers and Range Rovers began lining up on a steamy Sunday afternoon outside Tafawa Balewa Square long before sunset. The banking tycoon Otunba Subomi Balogun was hosting his 80th birthday party and nobody wanted to be late, and there was also the matter of inching past the press of beggars living in the…

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Poverty Is a Moral Problem

William Easterly, professor of economics at New York University, is one of the most prominent iconoclasts in the field of international aid. In 2006 he published White Man’s Burden: Why the West’s Efforts to Aid the Rest Have Done So Much Ill and So Little Good. Kent Annan (Following Jesus Through the Eye of the Needle; After Shock) talked with him on a frigid Manhattan day over hot green tea the day after the launch of his new book, The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor (2014). What…

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ActionAid urges G20 Ministers to take immediate steps to avert food and finance crises

For immediate release: Washington D.C. – As Greece edges closer to default, confidence in the Euro and the dollar declines and global food prices soar, ActionAid called on G20 finance and development ministers meeting today to put serious reforms in motion.   Although global food security is among the top agenda items for today’s meeting, there are serious concerns that despite continued hikes in the price of staple foods, ministers will not take steps to prevent the trend from becoming another global food crisis.   “Ministers must approve the pilot program for emergency food reserves in West Africa,” says…

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Actionaid Press Release, Rwanda



Sharp fall in poor countries’ dependency on foreign aid, says Actionaid report

(Kigali, 13 Sept 2011) Aid dependency among 54 of the world’s poorest countries has declined by a third over the last decade, according to a new report from ActionAid. The Real Aid 3 report also reveals that since 2006 there has been an increase in good quality aid – real aid – from 51 per cent to 55 per cent.


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