poverty

Britain's role in extracting continent's resources

Nicole Mawazo lives in Ngoyo and has built up a successful business by combining farming with operating a small restaurant. Forced to look after herself and her brothers after Rwandan or Ugandan soldiers killed her parents, Nicole began producing ‘Kindingi’, a home-made, highly alcoholic, corn-banana brew, which she sold to artisanal miners. Eventually, she saved up enough to start farming and running a restaurant. “This has provided well for us,” she explained proudly, adding that her husband contributes almost nothing to the family.

A third wind of change seems to be blowing across the African continent. According to its chroniclers, it is the wind that is destined, at last, to push Africa into ‘emergence’.

This report is an assessment of crime and violence in Mozambique undertaken between August 2011 and March 2012. The report was commissioned by the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA) and the Open Society Foundations Crime and Violence Prevention Initiative (OSF CVPI), which are currently supporting violence prevention programs in Kenya, Namibia and Mozambique.

The full report can be downloaded below

The Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) in partnership with Jesuit Centre for Theological Reflection in Zambia (JCTR) and Namibia’s Basic Income Grant Coalition (BIG) conducted a Basic Needs Basket (BNB) training workshop in Namibia from 5-9 of March 2012.

The barren farm of Platfontein is home to thousands of San - former soldiers in the South African army - and their families, who have been abandoned by those they fought for and against.

For decades, Gross Domestic Product (GDP) has been used the world over as the measure for economic progress and development. Policies and programmes designed to end poverty and inequality have thus been designed and informed through this GDP lens. Yet, the GDP tool and model is macho and masks inequalities – especially gendered inequalities. A telling case is the current ‘Africa Rising’ narrative which is largely based on a narrow focus of African countries’ upward showing in GDP performance.

In its first ground breaking research report into artisanal gold mining in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Southern Africa Resource Watch (SARW) demonstrated how the industry had been transformed in recent years – moving from Conflict Gold to Criminal Gold.

Once again, a story from Swaziland has suddenly caught the media’s attention. Hunger it seems knocks 3 percent off the country’s economy each year. It is an alarming fact – but the other statistics are far more shocking:

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