By Isolda Agazzi “Africa is not poor, but empoverished by Europe and its good pupils”, according to demonstrators at the World Social Forum in Dakar, Senegal. Credit:Isolda Agazzi/IPS GENEVA, Feb 15, 2011 (IPS) – In an unusual move, West and Central African civil society organisations have participated in the negotiations between their countries and the [...]
By Servaas van den Bosch WINDHOEK, Feb 11, 2011 (IPS) – Long years of armed conflict have obstructed development in the areas on either side of the Angola-Namibia border. Now a 45 million dollar infrastructure upgrade is set to improve access to clean drinking water and decent sanitation for one million people. Most people in [...]
By Isolda Agazzi DAKAR, Feb 9, 2011 (IPS) – It is only the second time that the World Social Forum (WSF) takes place in Africa, the first one having been held in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2007. Since the start of the WSF in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 10 years ago, the organisers have been building African [...]
By Mantoe Phakathi MBABANE, Feb 9, 2011 (IPS) – Apart from the looming job losses in Swaziland’s public sector, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) have also warned of retrenchments following the government’s decision to suspend procurement from small businesses.
By Servaas van den Bosch WINDHOEK, Feb 8, 2011 (IPS) – A decade after heavy floods wrecked havoc in Southern Africa, the region is better prepared to monitor and respond to seasonal flooding. This is thanks as much to the growing strength of transboundary institutions as it is to technical improvements.
By Julio Godoy BERLIN, Feb 3, 2011 (IPS) – The World Economic Forum became a platform this year for bankers to seek to re-assert their traditional power. And once again, it became a forum – in contrast and even opposition to the World Social Forum due to begin in Senegalese capital Dakar next week – [...]
By Mario Osava* RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 2, 2011 (Tierramérica) – The growing presence of Chinese and Brazilian capital in Latin America’s energy sector is facilitating the construction of hydroelectric complexes, but is also the fuelling nationalist stances that are adding to the environmental criticisms of those major projects.
By Louise Redvers JOHANNESBURG, Feb 2, 2011 (IPS) – Crouched on their haunches on the edge of a crumbling pavement, a group of Chinese construction workers are eating noodles from tin bowls, wearing floppy straw hats under their green safety helmets to protect them from the aggressive midday sun.
Servaas van den Bosch WINDHOEK, Jan 31 (IPS) – South Africa landed a coveted membership with the Brazil, Russia, India and China bloc (BRIC) by marketing itself as a gateway to Africa but analysts doubt whether this development holds real benefits for poor countries on the rest of the continent.
By IPS Correspondent ADDIS ABABA, Jan 31, 2011 (IPS) – The African Union Summit drew to a close today in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. Among the headline decisions was the continental body’s support for Kenya’s planned request to defer prosecution by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of six suspects in post-election violence that claimed [...]