In Case You Missed It 6/29/15 – 7/5/15

By Sarah Ford on July 7, 2015

The most important in this week’s headlines out of and concerning Africa, for those who need help catching up. In the past week, a controversial vote was made in Burundi, another case of Ebola confirmed in Liberia and a victory for LGBT rights in Mozambique. 

1. While the U.S. celebrates a victory for LGBTQ couples in a landmark Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage nationwide, Mozambique made its own steps forward. A new penal code decriminalized same-sex relationships, overthrowing colonial-era laws. While the change shows movement in a positive direction, many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, including Nigeria and Uganda, continue to support laws criminalizing LGBT relationships.…

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AfricAid steps in to fill educational gaps for Tanzanian girls

By George Bamu on June 8, 2015

Africa Agenda

Jana Kinsey and Maria Rosa-Galter speaking at the Posner Center, April 15.

On April 15, AfricAid, a non-profit headquartered in Denver, welcomed Tanzania Country Director Jana Kinsey to Colorado. While Kinsey was in town, the organization organized an event to present the work that it is doing in Tanzania.

“When governments fall short, NGOs fill the gaps,” said Maria Rosa Galter, Executive Director for AfricAid. Galter outlined many reasons why AfricAid exists today. One of those reasons is the sponsorship of disadvantaged girls, to provide young women in Tanzania with an education.

It’s true–there are plenty of gaps to be filled in Tanzania.…

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A New Round of Predictions for Africa

By Sarah Crozier on May 4, 2015

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Pardee Center “Power and Influence in Africa” video, which uses predictive software to compare rising African states.

The World Bank has published its 2015-16 growth projections for the African continent, citing declining oil and commodity prices as the reason for a slowdown in gross domestic product (GDP) growth over the next year.

The Africa’s Pulse Report notes that continent-wide, GDP growth will slow to four percent from an average of 4.5 percent in 2014. However, this is a slower decline than originally predicted, noting that commodity based economies are not the “kiss of death” previously thought. Only two economies are predicted to contract over the next two years, according to International Monetary Fund reports.…

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Op-ed: Dams will not solve all Africa’s energy problems

By Africa Agenda on September 9, 2014

GCIS

POWER ON: A surge of water signals that President Jacob Zuma has opened the control valves during the opening ceremony of the De Hoop Dam, near Steelpoort in Limpopo in March. Picture: GCIS

This op-ed was shared by Peter Bosshard of International Rivers with our friends at the Global Green Grants. While sharing, Peter stated:

‘Today Sweden’s King Carl Gustav awarded the prestigious Stockholm Water Prize to John Briscoe, a long-time water manager at the World Bank and the most passionate promoter of large dams in the past two decades. Please find below an opinion piece by our Africa director Rudo Sanyanga in response to the prize.…

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Ethiopia Growing Fast, But Facing Massive Brain Drain

By Hiwot T. Shiferaw on August 11, 2013

Every Culture.com

A group of women return from Lake Tana with jugs of water

The subject of sustainable African development has come up many times, especially as it relates to aid, growth and development issues affecting Africa vis-a-vis other continents of the world.

At the World Economic Forum on Africa which took place in South Africa in May, a forum communique stated:

“To build on its achievements, Africa’s leaders need to strengthen the continent’s competitiveness, foster inclusive growth and build resilience in a volatile global environment. Accelerating economic diversification, boosting strategic infrastructure and unlocking talent are critical success factors in this new leadership context”

I like to look at Ethiopian talent which is disappearing and moving to other parts of the world. …

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The idea that Africa is booming is hot and sexy

By George Bamu on July 12, 2012

Foreign Policy

News that Africa is booming is going mainstream.  At least that is the point that is discerned when major U.S. print and broadcasting outlets such as the Washington Post, New York Times, The Atlantic,  Christian Science Monitor and NPR pick up on news of transformation that is taking place in continental Africa. These organizations are devoting more space to coverage of Africa in new and substantive ways.

But saying that Africa is experiencing progress may not be news after all. Actually, things have “revved up” economically, politically and otherwise in Africa for quite a while. It is people on the ground in Africa, American reporters, economists and experts who are giving us this information.…

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African woman rattles World Bank

By George Bamu on April 13, 2012

Los Angeles Times

Ngozi-Ikonjo Iweala

The job of next World Bank president was offered to the United States candidate for the position, Jim Yong Kim, April 16. Prior to his selection, Kim was president of Dartmouth College and an expert in public health.

The selection process is now over, but intense competition for the job and scrutiny of African candidate, Ngozi Okonjo Iweala, is what is still being talked about. Even though she was not selected, it is her supposed qualifications and blunt attitude that shook up the process.

A day after Kim was selected, a brief from the Global Information Network (GIN), a daily news service of the developing world said, Africans objected to the pick.…

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