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Brain drain could be holding opportunities for Africa

Abuja – When scientists and researchers from Africa and other developing regions gather, one can predict brain drain issue being on their agenda. The topic is usually characterised by lamenting on how it is robbing their respective backyards of talents needed for transformative development.

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Burkina Faso and the realization that it is possible to win

Activists most often focus on the grievances and challenges immediately in front of them. But in Burkina Faso many do so with one eye cast back, towards the historical precedents of popular action. In their speeches and writings Burkinabè debate the lessons of those prior struggles. In part, they do so in hopes of avoiding earlier blunders and shortcomings, to stand on the shoulders of the past. Yet frequently they also consciously draw inspiration from previous triumphs. Victories beget victory.

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Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela (European Commission’s spokesperson): “Migration should always be considered in a broader perspective”

Brussels – In an interview with Afronline, media partner of #DivertedAid, the investigative project report on of the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the European Commission’s spokesperson in charge of development cooperation, Carlos Martin Ruiz de Gordejuela, says that “migration should always be considered in a broader perspective”, claiming that “the supports programs of the Fund are fully in line with the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”.

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Civipol, the French multinational that sells security in Africa

The terrorism fever and the migrant crisis have contributed to change the international cooperation of the European Union. No longer only an instrument to close the gap with inequality, to build new commercial opportunities and for growth, the money allocated for international cooperation has also been invested to “instruct,” with lots of money, the countries with strong migratory pressure in order to stop the migrants before they cross the Mediterranean. Security beats development. Forgetting, according to some observers, the respect of human rights.

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Among migrants returning from Lybia: “Our nightmare is going back home”

May14

Niamey, Bamako – As of several months ago, in Niger as in Mali, two of the principal stops of the itinerary of the migrants of the Sub-Saharan Africa towards Europe, the routes and stories of the people journeying are changing. In fact, following the arrival of the initial financing of the EU Trust Fund for Africa, created at the Euro-African meeting at Valletta in November 2015, these countries’ migratory policies are adapting to the requests of the European Union to stop or at lease contain the flow of the “Central Mediterranean”, subjecting a good part of the aid for development to signed agreements for repatriation and the externalization of the community frontiers south of the sands of the Sahara.

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Africa: EU uses development funds for migration control

Military equipment, centers for repatriated migrants and computerized systems for the collection of digital fingerprints that will guarantee, in Europe, the identification of the country of origin of migrants therefore rendering easier their expulsion. The objective: control the migrations from Africa and reinforce for this scope the governments of the countries of origin and transit of those who would want to cross the Mediterranean.

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