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Dossier September 2012

Uneasy alliance

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  Since the arrival of the Portuguese Jesuit Father Luis Mariano in 1613, followed in 1820 by Anglican and Presbyterian ministers, Christian Churches have plaid an increasing role in the country, especially after the Queen Ranavalona’s conversion in 1867. They contributed sizeably to the alphabetization of the local people through the translation of the Bible…

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Environmental carnage

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  Widespread poverty has provided an easy ground for the increasing illegal exploitation of protected areas of Madagascar. The island boasts a unique fauna and flora, including the famous lemurs and no less than seven different kinds of baobab trees (as against one in the entire African continent). Today, this treasure is under threat. Over…

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A strangulated economy

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  “The suspension of aid following the unconstitutional power change has had a considerable impact on the education, health and food security sectors”, observes Fatma Samoura, UN Development Programme representative in Madagascar, According to a report tabled by the Prime Minister’s office with UNDP’s support, development aid flows fell by 43% to US $ 405…

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Still looking for a way out

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  “The crisis has lasted for too long”, says Jean-Omer Beriziky, Prime minister of the coalition government appointed last November. His job is to bring the transition to a safe end after free and fair elections which would restore the constitutional order interrupted in 2009 with the coup which overthrew President Marc Ravalomanana. The roadmap…

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Advocacy

10 Ways We Pretend War is Not a Crime.

Advocacy, more than economic interests, is about consciousness and knowledge. It is about building a strong democracy, holding those in power accountable. It is about…

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Baobab

Why the Hippo lives in the Water.

Many years ago the hippopotamus, whose name was Isantim, was one of the biggest kings on the land; he was second only to the elephant. The…

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Youth & Mission

Saving the Planet and Ourselves.

Australia, Philippines, California and Central and South Africa have been recently hit by severe drought and endless forest fires.  Thousands are suffering. Plants and animals perish.…

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