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News October 2011

DR Congo – Stormy campaign

Five years after the first democratic elections since 1960, the next ones – scheduled for November28 – may not necessarily stabilize the country. The electoral campaign started with clashes between supporters of the 79 years old opposition politician Etienne Tshisekedi and Joseph Kabila’s militants. The premises of Kabila’s People’s Party for Reconstruction and Development (PPRD)…

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Zambia – The patience of the cobra

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Zambia has seen its shares of ups and down. Considered one of Africa’s richest countries at independence, it became one of the poorest in just a few years. The nationalization of the mining sector, mismanagement of mining and agriculture, lower copper prices on the international market and a soaring national debt, did the trick. By…

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Madagascar – Crisis hits the defenceless

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Madagascar resembles today a submarine in urgent need of upwelling. The political crisis that began in 2009 left in its wake harsh conditions for the population. The National Institute of Statistics published in September a study saying half of the population now live in extreme poverty. Likewise, a fresh report of the World Bank highlights…

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Libya – Crooked perspectives

Six months of NATO bombings, and a war on the ground, were not enough to design a new nation. The acceptance of the new Libya by the General Assembly of the UN and the forming of a government, still say little about the future of this country. Kaddafi’s defeat is now certain, nothing is clear…

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Advocacy

SDGs advocacy from UN to the Grassroots.

In 2000, the United Nations (UN) held a Millennium Summit and in its Millennium Declaration adopted the eight international Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015.…

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Baobab

The Lion, Jackal and Man

It so happened one day that Lion and Jackal came together to converse on affairs of land and state. Jackal, let me say, was the most…

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Youth & Mission

Young People. The Voice of the Planet.

The students are on the streets, waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting, and calling for an end to the causes driving climate change that is wrecking…

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