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Archive February 2014

Bouteflika and Algeria in search of leadership in the Sahel

Brussels – Abdelaziz Bouteflika – health permitting – will most likely be the main interlocutor for governments in the Sahel  for the next 5 years. The 76-year-old independence veteran has ended months of speculation over his political future by announcing he is running for a fourth term in April’s election after 15 years in office. His victory is easily predictable.

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Ghana’s Small Women’s Savings Groups Have Big Impact

Denugu – Dunwaa Soayare, 45, a smallholder farmer, widow and mother of five had the sort of economic profile that meant she was denied access to credit from Ghana’s mainstream banking institutions. She had no collateral, no bank account and found it impossible to provide three meals a day for her children, let alone ensure that they stayed in school.

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View on Poverty: Uganda’s cheap bike problem

The Nano is a small, cheap car manufactured by Indian multinational Tata. At a cost equivalent to US$2,000, it promised to offer personal transport to Indians who previously couldn’t afford it.

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Boko Haram attacks, an inept government and the survival of the Nigerian state

On Tuesday, in an act of breathtaking savagery, members of the extremist Boko Haram sect murdered more than 40 innocent children in their school in Yobe State. For sheer barbarism, there is nothing to compare it – except of course the killing last year of another set of students in Borno State by the same vicious group.

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Budget 2014: ‘The Disconnect between Plans and Budgets’

Common sense suggests that budgets follow plans, not the other way around. Beyond the headline results of the budget, a closer look at the finance minister’s 2014 budget reveals significant contradictions and suggests a disconnect concerning the relationship between plans and budgets.

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Car bomb kills seven in Mogadishu

A car bomb exploded near a cafe in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu Thursday in an area close to the intelligence headquarters, killing at least seven people, police said.

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