Africa

African leaders abuse Chinese aid and channel to their home areas

Ghana, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Ethiopia were the largest recipients of Chinese aid in Africa, which receives more than half of the superpower’s global assistance.

By Katy Migiro

NAIROBI, Nov 19 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – China’s “no strings attached” aid is being abused by African leaders who channel the lion’s share of funds to their home areas, U.S.-led researchers found in the first geo-referenced database of Chinese aid to the world’s poorest continent.

China is a favoured donor for many African presidents, weary of the conditions attached to Western aid, ranging from combating corruption to respecting gay rights. Read more…

5 comments - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 19/11/2014 at 4:58 am

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Zambia’s new president is white – and we need to get over it

The appointment of Guy Scott as Zambia’s interim president has been welcomed by the country’s citizens. We should follow their lead.

Guy Scott, who has just taken over as Zambia’s interim president. Photo: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty

Guy Scott, who has just taken over as Zambia’s interim president. Photo: Monirul Bhuiyan/AFP/Getty

November 5, 2014 (New Statesman) –There’s no doubt that Zambia’s interim president has caused something of a stir.

“Zambia’s Guy Scott makes history as white president in sub-Saharan Africa,”was CNN’s headline. “I am Africa’s first white democratic leader, says Zambian vice-president,” was the Telegraph’s take on the story. Scott apparently told the Telegraph that he was the first white head of a democratic government in Africa “since the Venetians”.

Scott will not be standing as a presidential candidate in 90 days time, when the post is contested. The constitution dictates that only a Zambian with both parents born in the country can hold the presidency and although Scott himself was born in Zambia, his ancestry was Scottish. “I won’t run for the presidency at the election because constitutionally, I can’t,” he explained. Read more…

16 comments - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 05/11/2014 at 9:27 am

Categories: Africa   Tags:

The aid industry endorses human rights abuses, fuels corruption and missed the Ebola crisis

So why does British aid continue to flood in?

Health workers in Monrovia, Liberia, recover the body of a suspected Ebola victim

Health workers in Monrovia, Liberia, recover the body of a suspected Ebola victim

November 2, 2014 (The Independent) — First came a report revealing terrible human rights abuses from a repressive regime backed by huge sums of British aid. A young girl spoke of having hot coals poured on her belly because her father was suspected of opposing the government; a teacher told of being stabbed in the eye as punishment for refusing to preach propaganda; there was talk of gang rape and electric shock torture. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 02/11/2014 at 10:46 pm

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Burkina Faso crisis: Army ‘must give power to civilians’

Lt Col Isaac Zida has emerged as interim leader after a power struggle within the army

Lt Col Isaac Zida has emerged as interim leader after a power struggle within the army

November 2, 2014 (BBC News) — Adam Kanazoe, opposition leader: ‘Transition needs to be headed by a civilian’

Military leaders now in control of Burkina Faso must hand power to civilians or face consequences, the United Nations and African Union say.

UN West Africa envoy Mohamed Ibn Chambas said the military could face sanctions if they refused.

Meanwhile, hundreds of people are gathering in the capital Ouagadougou to rally against the military takeover.

Days of protests forced President Blaise Compaore to step down on 31 October and flee to Ivory Coast. Read more…

4 comments - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 02/11/2014 at 8:23 am

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Burkina Faso unrest: President Blaise Compaore resigns

Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaore, resigns

Burkina Faso’s president, Blaise Compaore, resigns

October 31, 2014 (BBC) — Burkina Faso’s President Blaise Compaore has announced his resignation, following violent protests at his attempt to extend his 27-year rule.

Mr Compaore issued a statement saying the presidency was now vacant and urging elections within 90 days.

An army spokesman also broke the news to cheering demonstrators in the capital, Ouagadougou.

On Thursday, protesters angry at Mr Compaore’s attempt to amend the constitution set fire to parliament.

Following the protests, Mr Compaore said he had agreed not to seek another term, but that he would remain in power until a transitional government had completed its work in 2015. Read more…

11 comments - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 31/10/2014 at 8:58 am

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Protesters torch Parliament building in Burkina Faso; military seizes control

burkinafaso

Demonstrators breached the security around parliament and set it on fire

October 30, 2014 (CNN) — The military in the West African nation of Burkina Faso seized control of the government on Thursday and set a dusk-to-dawn curfew in what one general described as an effort to protect lives and restore order.

Unrest has gripped Burkina Faso — a key ally for the West in the fight against al Qaeda — as protests against President Blaise Compaore’s government turned violent, culminating Thursday with demonstrators storming the Parliament and setting fire to the building.

Saying it was in the best interest of the country’s citizens and supported by “national and international opinion,” Gen. Honore Nabere Traore told reporters in the capital city of Ouagadougou that the “government is dissolved.” Read more…

7 comments - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 30/10/2014 at 7:39 pm

Categories: Africa   Tags:

RWANDA: The Untold Stories – Kagame the War Criminal President

October 23, 2014 (BBC) — The BBC TWO revealed to the world what many of us knew about the Rwandan President. This is a man who is praised and supported by some personalities in the West, although they cannot tolerate a person of this kind in their own respective countries for a single day. Why then do they think his good for Rwandans?

This is the question the former Rwandan Army Chief Gen. Kayumba Nyamwasa asked reporter Jane Corbin in a lengthy program that exposed the most horrifying incidents of massacres of innocent Rwandans both in Rwanda and Congo by Kagame.

In this documentary there are many distortions of facts on what might have happened in the hundred days during genocide. While Kagame and his Western backers put the blame entirely on the Hutus, the two American researchers have questioned the statistics of the population of Tutsis before and after genocide. They argue that before genocide Rwanda had an estimated 500,000 Tutsis and after genocide it is estimated that 300,000 survived. If the number of people died in the genocide is around One Million (1,000,000) it follows that 200,000 Tutsis and possibly some Hutus who were sympathetic to the RPF cause or wanted to protect the Tutsi where killed by interahamwe. Read more…

4 comments - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 23/10/2014 at 7:00 pm

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Liberia president says Ebola has brought country to ‘a standstill’

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf attends the opening ceremony of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union summit in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, January 30, 2014. The new president of Madagascar called on Thursday for an international donor conference in the next three months to help his island state recover from a political and economic crisis triggered by a coup five years ago. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who was sworn into office this month after elections passed off calmly in December, made his appeal at an African Union summit in Addis Ababa. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (ETHIOPIA - Tags: POLITICS) - RTX180W8

Liberian President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf attends the opening ceremony of the 22nd Ordinary Session of the African Union summit in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa, January 30, 2014. The new president of Madagascar called on Thursday for an international donor conference in the next three months to help his island state recover from a political and economic crisis triggered by a coup five years ago. President Hery Rajaonarimampianina, who was sworn into office this month after elections passed off calmly in December, made his appeal at an African Union summit in Addis Ababa. REUTERS/Tiksa Negeri (ETHIOPIA – Tags: POLITICS) – RTX180W8

Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf said Ebola has killed more than 2,000 people in her country and has brought it to “a standstill,” noting that Liberia and two other badly hit countries were already weakened by years of war. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 21/10/2014 at 4:41 pm

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Cuba’s war on Ebola

With free universal health care, Cuba has already racked up impressive medical achievements – why not take on the globe?

A Cuban nurse enters a tent during a practice drill at a training camp in Havana, Cuba [AP]

A Cuban nurse enters a tent during a practice drill at a training camp in Havana, Cuba [AP]

October 20, 2014 (Aljazeera) — Earlier this month, the Washington Post reported: “In the medical response to Ebola, Cuba is punching far above its weight.”

While the world stood accused of “dragging its feet” following the onset of the epidemic, the Post noted, the diminutive island had “emerged as a crucial provider of medical expertise in the West African nations hit by Ebola”.

One hundred and sixty five health care professionals had already been dispatched to Sierra Leone – the largest team thus far sent by a foreign nation – and nearly 300 additional doctors and nurses were being trained for deployment to Liberia and Guinea.

Cuba’s response to the Ebola crisis is in keeping with its tradition of accruing international brownie points via contributions to global health. Back in 2009, the New York Times mentioned that, over the past 50 years, Cuba had “sent more than 185,000 health professionals on medical missions to at least 103 countries”. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 20/10/2014 at 10:22 pm

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Nigeria’s Boko Haram Leader Reportedly Killed

A photo of Shekau from the Cameroonian army's Facebook page. The image is no longer available on the page

A photo of Shekau from the Cameroonian army’s Facebook page. The image is no longer available on the page

September 22,  2014 (All Africa) — Troops might have killed a man they said had been masquerading as Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau during a fierce fighting in Konduga, Borno State last week.

A statement from PRNigeria, an independent public relations agency that does consultancy work for the security agencies, said there was strong resemblance between the man killed and the one making video appearances in the name of Shekau.

“During a desperate attempt to capture Konduga in their delusion to eventually marching on and capturing Maiduguri, the man who had been mimicking late Abubakar Shekau in recent videos might have been finally killed,” the statement said.

It quoted senior military and intelligence sources as saying the man was killed on September 17, 2014. Read more…

5 comments - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 22/09/2014 at 12:43 pm

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Will Scottish referendum encourage Africa’s separatists?

_77651377_013f0152-7070-4f87-92a6-50174faf2b84September 17, 2014 (BBC News) — Many African countries have secessionist movements, partly because their borders were drawn up by colonial powers in the 19th Century. Will the Scottish referendum lead to a greater push for independence on the continent? Read more…

21 comments - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 17/09/2014 at 3:59 pm

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Not so mega? The risky business of large-scale public-private partnerships in African agriculture

September 17, 2014 (Oxfam) — Oxfam policy adviser Robin Willoughby shrugs off the big ag groupthink and argues that the current trend of mega projects in African agriculture is a Robin-Willoughbyrisky and unproven way to help poor farmers.

Last week, I attended a large summit on the future of African agriculture in Addis Ababa, hosted by A Green Revolution for Africa(AGRA).

My participation really made me reflect on the problems of ‘groupthink’ within these types of conference, with each of the participants taking it in turns to stand on the podium and agree with one another more and more vociferously. The buzzwords were ‘investment opportunities’, ‘transformation’ and ‘public-private partnerships.’

This narrative is to be expected at a private sector agri-investment conference – but seems confusing when this type of meet-up is designed by philanthropic organisations to address rural poverty and the widespread challenges in African farming. Despite the worthy aims of AGRA, discussion of poverty, rights, gender or inequality was almost entirely absent from the plenary. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 17/09/2014 at 3:22 am

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Migrant group: 500 feared dead after boat rammed

LIBYA-ACCIDENT-IMMIGRATIONSeptember 15, 2014 (Associate Press) — About 500 Syrians, Palestinians, Egyptians and Sudanese are feared to have died after their boat was rammed and sank off the Malta coast last week, the International Organization for Migration said Monday.

The group of migrant workers was undertaking a perilous journey from the Egyptian port of Damietta, seeking a better life in Europe, when their boat was overtaken by human traffickers equipped with two vessels on Wednesday, said organization spokeswoman Christiane Berthiaume. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 15/09/2014 at 1:04 pm

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Land taken over by foreign investors could feed 550m people, study finds

Land grabbing in Africa and Asia for export and biofuel crops is keeping populations malnourished and hungry

A worker at Saudi Star Rice Farm in Gambella, Ethiopia. Rights groups accuse the government of forcing people off their land to make way for foreign investors. Photograph: Jenny Vaughan/AFP/Getty Images

A worker at Saudi Star Rice Farm in Gambella, Ethiopia. Rights groups accuse the government of forcing people off their land to make way for foreign investors. Photograph: Jenny Vaughan/AFP/Getty Images

August 26, 2014 (The Guardian) — The land grabbed in some of the world’s hungriest countries by foreign goverments and corporations could feed up to 550m people, according to new research. The crops grown on grabbed land are frequently exported, or used to produce biofuel, but the new work shows it could end malnourishment in those countries if used to feed local people.

Since 2000, at least 31m hectares (77m acres) of land has been acquired by overseas investors seeking to secure food supplies or increase production, a process dubbed land grabbing. Almost half has been in Africa, particularly Sudan. But Indonesia and Papua New Guinea have been targets too. Proponents argue the foreign investment can increase yields and provide development and employment, but critics say the grabs often occur without the consent of those on the land and lead to food being exported. Read more…

1 comment - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 26/08/2014 at 1:26 pm

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Boat with 170 Africans on board sinks off Libyan coast

The body of an illegal immigrant floats on the water after a boat carrying 200 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank off the shores of al-Qarbole, some 60 kilometers east of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on 22 August, 2014. Picture: AFP.

The body of an illegal immigrant floats on the water after a boat carrying 200 illegal migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sank off the shores of al-Qarbole, some 60 kilometers east of the Libyan capital Tripoli, on 22 August, 2014. Picture: AFP.

August 24, 2014 (Reuters) – A wooden boat with around 170 African migrants on board trying to reach Europe has sunk in rough seas off the Libyan coast, a spokesman for the Libyan navy said on Saturday.

Migrants have been streaming out of North Africa in rickety boats in rising numbers for years. So far in 2014, the total number reaching Italian shores has passed 100,000, the Italian government said this week.

“The coast guards have rescued 17 of the illegal migrants,” navy spokesman Ayoub Qassem said. A search for the rest of the passengers was underway, he added. Read more…

Be the first to comment - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 24/08/2014 at 12:04 pm

Categories: Africa   Tags:

WHY FOREIGN AID WON’T SOLVE AFRICA’S PROBLEMS

August 20, 2014 (LLexsolo) — Well, don’t get me wrong, it is a good thing that foreign bodies particularly from the West offer help to poor countries like Africa from time to time. It is a good gesture and it’s kind of them to squeeze out money from their accounts to help those in need.

However, I think that these funds have not been of much help to the common man ever since . You see on papers billions of dollars donated for poverty alleviation from different bodies over a period of time yet, after many years of receipt of such funds, one can hardly tell any difference. Not to mention that the donors may have an ulterior motive (if you ask me) aside from the general goodwill. Read more…

3 comments - What do you think?
Posted by admin - 20/08/2014 at 9:37 am

Categories: Africa   Tags:

Next Page »

Social Media Auto Publish Powered By : XYZScripts.com