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Hunger Safety Net Programme: Cash transfers in Northern Kenya

Hunger Safety Net Programme: Cash transfers in Northern Kenya | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The BBC have a short clip here of the new DFID Minister Justine Greening visiting the Hunger Safety Net Programme in Northern Kenya, where eligible households are said to get $40 every couple of months via a "Smartcard."

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U.S. and Algeria Discuss Ousting Mali Militants

U.S. and Algeria Discuss Ousting Mali Militants | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arrived in Algeria on Monday as the United States sought to coordinate support for an emerging international effort to push Islamic militants out of northern Mali.
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Building resilience to drought in Kenya

Building resilience to drought in Kenya | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Trading their animals instead of holding on to large flocks and using their land in different ways may help herders in northern Kenya survive when drought and hunger strike...

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Africa faces spike in older people living with HIV

Africa faces spike in older people living with HIV | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Sub-Saharan Africa is likely to see a more than 200 percent increase in the number of older people living with HIV in the next 30 years, thanks to improvements in lifesaving treatment, experts said Thursday.
"The proportion of people living with HIV aged 50 and over is going to increase a lot," Robert Cumming of the school of public health at the University of Sydney said at a conference on ageing in Africa.
Three million people aged 50 or older currently live with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa and that figure is expected to rise to 9.1 million by 2040.

"HIV positive elderly would need special attention because they seem to start ARV treatment very late," said Liotta.

 

Anti-AIDS data and policy efforts in Africa have overwhelmingly focused on the 15- to 49-year-old grouping. Older people know less about the disease and are less likely to be tested, and face difficulties with access to care, said Cumming.

 

An analysis by HelpAge International found only 68 of 119 country progress reports submitted to United Nations agency UNAIDS had some data or reference to older people. Only four had details on prevalence for those living with HIV. "The lack of data just means we don't have a clear picture of what's happening in relation to HIV and ageing and that means that we can't respond appropriately," said the NGO's Rachel Albone.



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Female entrepreneurs in Ghana break the chains of poor education

Female entrepreneurs in Ghana break the chains of poor education | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A training and funding scheme in Ghana is helping young women overcome poor schooling to build businesses...

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Joseph Kabila's fixation on Kivu crisis threatens Congo's stability

Joseph Kabila's fixation on Kivu crisis threatens Congo's stability | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Crisis in the east matters, but the president should be mindful not to neglect other issues in building a better future for Congo

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Ibrahim Index of African Governance: Nigeria worst performer among African powerhouses

Ibrahim Index of African Governance: Nigeria worst performer among African powerhouses | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Human rights, political freedom, transparency and accountability have deteriorated in four African "powerhouses" over the past six years, according to the 2012 Ibrahim Index of African Governance, published on Monday.

 

Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Egypt dropped in the rankings in two of the four categories used in the index to assess good governance across the continent – safety and rule of law, and participation and human rights. The other two categories are sustainable economic opportunity and human development.

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Mo Ibrahim on Rwanda, DRC and African governance

The billionaire philanthropist Mo Ibrahim talks about Rwanda and its troubled relationship with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, tackling gender issues in Africa, and his pessimism for the future of Sudan and South Sudan. He also explains why last month his organisation, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, awarded the former archbishop Desmond Tutu a special prize.

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Rwanda seeks diaspora investment to cut reliance on foreign aid

Rwanda seeks diaspora investment to cut reliance on foreign aid | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Rwandans abroad are being tapped to fund development as President Paul Kagame says country needs more than aid...

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Are African economies leaving the people behind?

Are African economies leaving the people behind? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

After 26 years of the most horrific war, Liberia seems to have settled down despite noisy disenchantment with the rule of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, now in her second term. I recently attended a conference on Liberia for some 300 investors and potential investors. During this, I heard very many positive statements from companies that have already invested in the country and praise for the remarkable recovery it has made since the war finally ended in 2006. The biggest ventures are in mining and palm oil plantations, though there was also talk of housing projects and even tourist beaches...

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HWR dénonce les violations commises à l’encontre des Ghanéens atteints d’un handicap mental

HWR dénonce les violations commises à l’encontre des Ghanéens atteints d’un handicap mental | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Dans un rapport publié aujourd’hui (« Like a Death Sentence : Abuses against Persons with Mental Disabilities in Ghana »), Human Right Watch souligne les abus commis à l’encontre des personnes atteintes d’handicaps mentaux.

 

Le gouvernement ghanéen ne soutient guère ces personnes dans leur vie quotidienne, où elles sont victimes d’abus de la part des camps de prière (centres de guérison spirituelle), et au sein des établissements psychiatriques, dans lesquels elles sont bien souvent internées contre leur gré. Au Ghana, les personnes atteintes d’un handicap mental seraient 3 millions, dont 1 millier de personnes accueillies dans les trois hôpitaux publics du pays.

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Uganda: oil, corruption and entitlement

Uganda: oil, corruption and entitlement | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Wet dreams about black gold are part of the disappointing story that underpins the rising tide of inequality...

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African women can blog

African women can blog | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

"I'm tired of people immediately assuming that to blog about African women is to blog about charity work. I'm tired of this idea that African women can only be objects of pity. I'm tired of the notion that African women can or should only interact on select topics. African women bloggers should and do write about social media, sex, literature, art, pop culture, ove, philosophy, fashion, food, hiphop and more. I'm sick and tired of the single narrative of African womanhood having such impenetrable power".

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Africa can feed itself

Shortages would end if African governments traded with each other rather than importing from outside, says World Bank

 

Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/oct/29/africa-can-feed-itself

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En RDC, les groupes armés rebelles font la loi à l'Ouest du pays

En RDC, les groupes armés rebelles font la loi à l'Ouest du pays | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Depuis plusieurs mois s’affrontent plusieurs groupes opposés à Joseph Kabila. Situés pour la plupart dans le Nord-Kivu, à l’Ouest de la RDC, la vingtaine de factions rebelles s’opposent notamment pour le contrôle des ressources de cette région, la plus riche du monde en métaux et minerais rares. Sous couvert de vouloir « renverser Kabila et de construire un Congo juste », les soldats, dont beaucoup sont des dissidents de l’armée congolaise régulière font régner leur loi dans une zone abandonnée par Kinshasa et les Casques Bleus.

 

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Kenya's techies take on mission impossible: ending Nairobi's traffic anarchy

Kenya's techies take on mission impossible: ending Nairobi's traffic anarchy | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
Wannabe developers work on new traffic light system as country turns to hi-tech solutions for everyday problems...
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CMAJ: Making sense of the world’s highest HIV rate

CMAJ: Making sense of the world’s highest HIV rate | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

"I've been in Darfur, in Burma, and I couldn't believe this. It's the biggest disaster I've seen," says Elias Pavlopoulos, the head of mission for Médecins sans Frontières (MSF).

 

Startling words, but perhaps not surprising of a sub-Saharan African nation whose very existence, the United Nations Development Program once said, could be threatened by the incidence of HIV within its borders.

 

Such is the state of affairs in the Kingdom of Swaziland, which now has the dubious distinction of having the world's highest rate of both HIV and tuberculosis (TB). About 26% of adults aged 15–49, or about 202 000 of all the citizens of Africa's last absolute monarchy, are HIV positive, according to the Swaziland government. That number is expected to rise to 219 393 within three years. HIV, of course, also leaves people open to opportunistic infections, particularly TB, so it's not altogether unexpected that the TB prevalence rate is 1275 per 100 000 population. Some 83% of those are HIV-positive. To add to the misery, 7.3% of new TB cases, and 15% of retreatment cases, in 2010–11 were drug resistant ones.

 

Why are the 1.2 million people of this landlocked kingdom — just 200 km by 130 km, or roughly the size of Wales — in such dire straits?

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EuropeAid - Making aid more effective: Morocco

This video presents EuropeAid Development and Cooperation's

programs in Morocco.

 

EuropeAid Development and Cooperation is responsible for designing European development policy and delivering aid throughout the world. EuropeAid delivers aid through a set of financial instruments with a focus on ensuring the quality of EU aid and its effectiveness. An active and proactive player in the development field, we promote good governance, human and economic development and tackle universal issues, such as fighting hunger and preserving natural resources.

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Visite de François Hollande en Afrique : quel bilan ?

Visite de François Hollande en Afrique : quel bilan ? | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Réponse de Pierre Jacquemot, chercheur associé à l’IRIS

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Tunisie : accord sur une nouvelle Constitution et sur la tenue d'élections générales le 23 juin 2013

Tunisie : accord sur une nouvelle Constitution et sur la tenue d'élections générales le 23 juin 2013 | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Les trois partis de la coalition au pouvoir en Tunisie sont parvenus à un accord, dans la nuit du samedi 13 au dimanche 14 octobre, sur le contenu de la nouvelle Constitution ainsi que sur la date des prochaines élections législatives le 23 juin 2013 et présidentielle le 23 juin et le 7 juillet 2013. Un accord qui semble marquer un éclaircissement de la situation politique en Tunisie, marquée par de fortes tensions depuis l’accession au pouvoir du parti islamiste Ennahda.

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Economic Growth: Africa’s Big Boom

Economic Growth: Africa’s Big Boom | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

Africa is undergoing a period of unprecedented economic growth. According to The Economist, six of the ten fastest-growing countries in 2011 were in Africa. Average external debt on the continent has fallen from 63% of GDP in 2000 to 22.2% this year, while average inflation now stands at 8%, down from 15% in 2000. This positive trend is likely to persist, given that it is based on structural geographic and demographic factors, such as rising exports, improved trade conditions, and steadily increasing domestic consumption.

 

CommentsBut Africa’s national governments still face significant challenges..

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Illegal fishing in Sierra Leone – in pictures

Illegal fishing in Sierra Leone – in pictures | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The Environmental Justice Foundation's (EJF) Pirate Fishing Campaign works to eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated 'pirate' fishing operations. EJF hopes this may be achieved by ending the use of flags of convenience for fisheries vessels, closing ports of convenience, empowering grassroots organisations with video and advocacy training, and securing support for the governments of developing countries, particularly in West Africa, so that they can address pirate fishing in their own waters.

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Free Speech in the Islamic World

Free Speech in the Islamic World | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it
The debate over freedom of expression in new Arab and Muslim democracies should be seen as part of a larger historical transition, says Duke University's Timur Kuran.
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The genocidal Biafran war still haunts Nigeria

The genocidal Biafran war still haunts Nigeria | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

The persecution of the Igbos didn't end with the Biafran conflict. Until the nation faces up to this, its mediocrity will continue

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Lack of jobs slows migration to African cities

Lack of jobs slows migration to African cities | Development studies and int'l cooperation | Scoop.it

A shortage of job opportunities has slowed migration from rural to urban areas in many parts of Africa over the last two decades, and has even reversed it in a few cases, an expert on African demography says....

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