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Britain's role in extracting continent's resources

More than 25 years ago, Botswana reported its first case of HIV/AIDS. It was the start of my country’s darkest decade. Within ten years, Botswana - a democratic, well-run, diamond-rich economic success story – was facing catastrophe. The provision of anti-retroviral drugs and vast spending averted the very worst scenarios but the fight is far from over – and the economic crisis is now threatening to cut funding and reverse many of the gains of recent years.

Malawian president orders review of bad laws

November 29th - Samsung announced its latest Smart gadget, the Galaxy Note, in Korea Times today. It’s a combination of a smart phone and tablet; part of the many great developments that occupy some parts of the world. The announcement contrasts with what you will see in your news sometime this week, because in the developing world, nothing new is invented. We just find new ways of doing old things. Maybe that is our problem with poverty alleviation.

Crisis undermining HIV TB response in southern Africa

On 9 December 2011, incumbent president Joseph Kabila, who had run as an independent, was declared the winner of the disputed November 28 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with 49 percent of the vote. His nearest rival, Etienne Tshisekedi of the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) placed a distant second in the official count with 32 percent. In concurrent elections for the 500-seat National Assembly, Kabila’s People’s Party for reconstruction and Democracy (PPRD) and its allies won a total of 341 seats.

When two priorities are not quite in sync – one championed by an international donor agency and the other by local recipient groups – which priority carries the day? That was the question that kept on popping into my head as I hosted a meeting in the OSISA office in Kinshasa involving Congolese education professionals and international experts on education in post-conflict countries.

In November 2011, facing a deficit of about half a billion dollars due to unfulfilled donor pledges, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria was forced to cancel Round 11 of its funding. In March 2012, the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) undertook research to ascertain the impacts of the funding shortfall on civil society organisations (CSOs), particularly community-based non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Time to panic as donor support evaporates

Big UK donation to education system

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