Poverty

Egypt’s president Mohammed Mursi decrees pardon revolutionaries

Egypt’s president Mohammed Mursi decrees pardon revolutionaries

Egypt's new president Mohammed Mursi, issued a decree on Monday pardoning all those arrested in support of the revolution since the beginning of the...
Africa’s MDG Quagmire: Moving beyond the goals

Africa’s MDG Quagmire: Moving beyond the goals

The Millennium Development Goals are likely to remain important for the long-term task of eradicating poverty beyond 2015. But development policy is being challenged...
Tuareg and AQIM: The unlikely jihadist bedmates

Tuareg and AQIM: The unlikely jihadist bedmates

Last September, the abduction five Europeans sparked a hue and cry. Tuareg in the Sahel region were accused of operating in concert with Al...
Marshal-Plan for Africa after “colonial rape”?

Marshal-Plan for Africa after “colonial rape”?

Africa deserves a version of the Marshall Plan, reconstruction and assistance, similar to that given to postwar Europe, after the years of "colonial rape"...
Nigeria: Group moves to halt “inhumane” government project

Nigeria: Group moves to halt “inhumane” government project

An attempt by the Nigerian government to refurbish the capital city of major oil producing state may render over 200,000 people homeless, a statement...
Africa’s remarkable fight against poverty

Africa’s remarkable fight against poverty

Much of the recent reporting about Niger could lead readers to believe that beyond political turmoil and tragic famine, nothing else is worth the...
The bright spots of Millenium Development Goals in Africa

The bright spots of Millenium Development Goals in Africa

Various reports by the United Nations and other international organizations have shown that Africa is facing enormous challenges in achieving the world's anti-poverty Millennium...
Nigeria-DR Congo: Strange tale of simultaneous oil disasters

Nigeria-DR Congo: Strange tale of simultaneous oil disasters

Africa's natural resources have ofttimes been described as a curse on its people for several reasons. One of such reasons is the weekend tragedy...
Sierra Leone suffers stagnant growth despite British ‘take-over’

Sierra Leone suffers stagnant growth despite British ‘take-over’

Recent evaluation of Sierra Leone has revealed that the anger and frustration that fuelled the civil war there a decade ago are still substantial...
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Equatorial Guinea Statement on UNESCO Decision to Delay the Award of the UNESCO-Obiang Mbasogo Prize

The Government of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) released the following statement today in response to the announcement by UNESCO's Director-General, Irina Bokova...
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Equatorial Guinea: “Dictator Prize” suspension only a temporary fix, says Human Rights Watch

UNESCO's decision today to delay awarding a controversial prize named after and funded by the dictator of Equatorial Guinea is a positive initial step,...
Worldwide hunger on the rise

Worldwide hunger on the rise

Hunger numbers are rising as the developing world continues to deal with the compounding effects of a global financial crisis and a global food...
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USADF Signs Two Economic Development Grants: Funds Will Support Coffee and Sunflower Seed Oil Production in Uganda

In an effort to reduce poverty and create social benefits, the United States African Development Foundation has signed two grants to support economic development...
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Climate change threat to Africa: Adaptation a priority

Climate change can significantly reverse the progress towards poverty reduction and food security in Africa, according to a paper presented to the FAO regional...
Zimbabwe: Almost 80% of population is absolutely poor

Zimbabwe: Almost 80% of population is absolutely poor

A United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) says an estimated 78 per cent of Zimbabweans are absolutely poor but the fragile coalition government says the economy...
Nigeria’s Niger Delta: A shaky peace process and rehabilitation program

Nigeria’s Niger Delta: A shaky peace process and rehabilitation program

There is an air of doubt clouding the Niger Delta as the promised education and jobs to the rebel militias who disarmed have not...
Swaziland: Poverty encourages ancestral practices

Swaziland: Poverty encourages ancestral practices

Justice Dube, 35, was forced to return to his roots when the company he worked for as a mechanic shut down recently. He has...
Oil rich Equitorial Guinea : Corrupt and abysmally poor

Oil rich Equitorial Guinea : Corrupt and abysmally poor

Despite the wells of oil that abound in Equatorial Guinea, majority of its population still live in abject poverty, a common phenomena with oil-rich...
Scraps gnaw at the future of Sierra Leonean children

Scraps gnaw at the future of Sierra Leonean children

Most Sierra Leonians in Freetown rambling ghettos visit the city’s main rubbish dump to dig through the mounds of garbage in search of scrap...
16 billion dollars raised in anti-poverty summit

16 billion dollars raised in anti-poverty summit

UN chief Ban Ki-moon has revealed that the United Nations has realised a total of roughly 16 billion dollars, in the UN summit that...
Africa records drastic decline in poverty levels

Africa records drastic decline in poverty levels

Africa's efforts to drastically reduce poverty paid off over the last one decade, as a result of consistent upwards economic growth, which exceeded the...
More children on the street in Congo

More children on the street in Congo

Louya, a 16-year-old boy begging in the Fonde market of Pointe-Noire, Congo's southern port city, said he was an orphan who had lived on...
Zimbabwe : A nation of billionaires

Zimbabwe : A nation of billionaires

Where in the world could you be a multi-billionaire and still go hungry? The answer is, of course, Zimbabwe. The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ)...
White South Africans also suffer

White South Africans also suffer

Hundreds of community leaders from at least 40 different informal settlements in Pretoria, South Africa, Wednesday gathered under the aegis of the "Solidarity Helping...
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Zimbabwe’s economy is heading for a crash

Robert Mugabe is never short of strategies to appease suffering Zimbabweans. On Wednesday he launched a new "cheap food hampers" on comprising basic...
Counterfeit drugs and poverty increasingly going hand in glove

Counterfeit drugs and poverty increasingly going hand in glove

With a severe respiratory infection and a prescription for medicines that would cost 35,000 CFA francs (US$83) at official prices, Drissa Kone has a...
A G8 dilemma : Aiding Africa or aiding corruption

A G8 dilemma : Aiding Africa or aiding corruption

The world food crisis "threatens to destroy years, if not decades, of economic progress," the Africa Progress Panel said last week, prompting its Chairman...
The rain taker : How one man gleefully unsettled Africa’s potential

The rain taker : How one man gleefully unsettled Africa’s potential

By the time you finish reading this piece, one hundred illegal immigrants will have crossed the border into South Africa and Botswana, two of...
15th Century Florence, Apartheid and Xenophobia

15th Century Florence, Apartheid and Xenophobia

The historical Bonfires of the Vanities were curious affairs, in which the more of one's wealth one destroyed in the ritual fire, the higher...
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Nigeria : Systemic corruption and governance account for high poverty rates

The US Ambassador to Nigeria, Robin Renne Sanders, has described poverty as "perhaps the greatest challenge facing Nigeria today," with more than half of...