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News & Analysis | January 2015

Africa 2015. Economic growth with reservations

According to the International Monetary Fund, growth in Sub-Saharan Africa is expected to remain strong at about 5¾ percent in 2015 but the fall of oil prices and the ongoing ebola epidemic could reduce the growth rate. In its annual regional economic outlook for…

Dossier

South Africa. Energy - Power for the future

Technically speaking, they call them ‘load-sheddings’ but they actually are scheduled blackouts, which can last for hours. They are well-known by South Africans, who already experienced them in 2008 and in the last months repeatedly faced them again. Even big cities as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban and Cape Town have not been spared and the result were…

The Nuclear Power

The amount of money was huge: 111 billion rand, more than 7,5 billion euro, for building 6 to 8 nuclear power plant and turn the government’s project into reality. When Energy minister Tina Joemat-Petterson, at the end of September 2014, announced a deal with Russia’s State-owned Rosatom, the news was widely commented on by both the…

A look abroad. Hydroelectric plants

Wars in the 21st centuries, some have said, will be increasingly caused by water resources, which are also essential to those States looking for ‘clean’ energy. Also South Africa - which hosts a mere seven hydroelectric plants within its borders - often had to deal with crises when looking abroad in an effort to boost this…

Health and environmental risks

Getting closer - also through the already mentioned nuclear deals - to Russia and other BRIC countries has also been a way for South Africa to find powerful allies on various issues being discussed within the international community. Among those, climate change is one of the most relevant and, given the fact that South Africa is…

Churches

Asia. Speaking to the Asian heart

Pope Francis will return again to visit Asia for the second time.…

Spiritual Economy to Live Well

Spirituality must give a soul to the economy. “The market was made…

Asia. “A simple pastoral journey”.

Pope Francis will make his second apostolic visit to Asia. From 13-15…

Bangladesh. Tokai Songho for street children

The streets are always crowded. Boys and girls running and playing. There…

Culture

Book - Emerging Africa

Africa as the ‘continent of the future’: this is the topic…

Kenya. Pokot - Adango, dancing under the stars.

This is a common dance or game organized by young men,…

Togo. Beyond mere numbers

The Wachi, an ethnic group in southern Togo. They are agriculturalists…

Music - African Ambassador

'Blitz the Ambassador' is not the usual New York City rapper…

Opinion & Comments

China. Xinjiang: a potential tinderbox

Tension is high in the Chinese area around the old Silk Road. Beijing fears a…

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Isis and North African labourers

The Islamic Maghreb is one of those areas throughout which ISIS intends to expand the boundaries…

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Advocacy

Colombia. Giving dignity

In the outskirts of Bogotà, some Comboni Missionaries are committed to giving dignity and strength to Afro communities. The Afro people of Bogotà live in the…

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Baobab

African Myth. The Creation of the Universe

Before the Universe was created, there existed only a vast expanse of sky above and an endless stretch of water and uninhabited marshland below. Olorun, the…

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Youth & Mission

To live with a goal and purpose, is to live…

We are human because we can think, Can choose the good reject the bad, Know the difference between right and wrong, We can love others unselfishly we can sing…

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