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News September 2011

Eritrea – Master of deceit

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Intergovernmental Authority on Development (Igad)’s meetings are usually run on consensus and participants have no reasons to fight over issues. Not so during the meeting held in Addis Ababa in early July. Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki chaired the summit which was devoted mostly to drought, security and development in the Horn of Africa. When discussing…

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China/Africa – Syndicate or mafia?

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The growing influence of China in Africa is nothing new. From mining to agriculture, building to shipping, China is omnipresent. The Asian giant needs resources for its hungry industries, and Africa has plenty to offer. On their side, most African governments like doing business with China. They say China pay her dues in time, it…

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Horn of Africa – Famine in the making

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The Horn of Africa is vast and diverse region. However, arid and semi-arid lands cover great swathe of its surface. With the exception of the Ethiopian and Kenyan highlands, much of the Horn is at the mercy of a fragile weather pattern that can easily transform semi-deserts capable of sustaining stock grazing into a land…

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Botswana – Here comes the bad boy

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Botswana is a case apart. While all African nations fought hard, or at least challenged, the colonizers, many Tswana were not in a hurry to become independent. While the spirit of Negritude filled the like of Nkrumah and Senghor and the need to return to ancient African culture pushed Mobutu to forbid the use of…

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Advocacy

The 4 Freedoms.

One of the most important aims of advocacy is building strong democracy and democratic organizations to hold those in power accountable, expanding citizen’s understanding of…

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Baobab

The Water in Olive Lake.

Long, long ago, a mother and her son lived by Olive Lake below Olive Mountain. The mother was very, very old and could not work anymore.…

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Youth & Mission

Youth on the frontline against Covid - 19.

In the time of Coronavirus, young people have organised to prevent COVID-19 from spreading and supporting their communities. In Cameroon, Achalake Christian, the coordinator of Local…

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