archives : April 2009


A new consultancy firm that recently took administrative control of the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, has expressed concern over a looming water related epidemic. The outbreak, which is expected between now and 2013, could hinder the achievement of the capital’s five-year strategic plan put together by the new consultancy firm. Meanwhile, Kuma Demeksa, has outlined a 40 billion birr plan to address the city’s main problems during his tenure as the city’s mayor. - Wednesday 29 April 2009

United States
An emblematic music personality, Bob Dylan’s works have had a huge impact on the American society. In the 60s and 70s, his songs denounced segregation, racially motivated crimes and the iniquity of the justice system. highlights the singer’s past engagements in the wake of his new album, Together Through Life. - Wednesday 29 April 2009

Panafrica - European Union
The first semi-final round of the Champions League takes place tonight at Camp Nou in Barcelona. Barça’s Samuel Eto’o, Yaya Toure and Thierry Henry will be meeting Chelsea’s Didier Drogba, Florent Malouda and Michael Essien. This is an European Union summit in its own right where African footballers could be decisive. - Tuesday 28 April 2009

Panafrica - International
The swine flu virus appeared Saturday in Mexico and has already killed nearly 150 people. The spread is fast and dangerous. Only three days after being detected, suspected cases have been discovered in the United States, Canada, Spain, Great Britain, China ... On Monday, the World Health Organization (WHO) raised its alert level to 4 on a scale of 6, which corresponds to a high pandemic risk. For the moment Africa appears not to be affected, but the continent is highly vulnerable, says the UN. - Tuesday 28 April 2009

The drafting of Zimbabwe’s constitution, already faced with confrontations from interest groups, has seen the homosexual community calling for their rights to be included saying they are “vulnerable and marginalized minorities” - Tuesday 28 April 2009

President of Madagascar Mr. Andry Rajoelina has resulted to oppression and intimidation of the country’s Judiciary system in order to hold unto power and maintain civility in the now troubled country. - Tuesday 28 April 2009

Although the full impact of the global economic crisis on African development is not yet known, a group of African development and finance experts have gathered in Washington to discuss the crisis and offer recommendations to policymakers at the spring meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank. - Tuesday 28 April 2009

The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) and its employees are on a collision course after the central bank took cars from the workers and gave them to legislators. - Monday 27 April 2009

Panafrica - International
The global economy will contract by 1.3 percent in 2009 in the most severe recession since World War II, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) reported April 22 in its World Economic Outlook. - Monday 27 April 2009

An information campaign has been launched in Morocco to tackle problems associated with the functioning of communal management ahead of reform projects that will see the role of local communities across Morocco strengthened as the government seeks to balance local development in the Northern African country. - Monday 27 April 2009

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