Archive October 2011

Africa: Can the G20 deliver on its macroeconomic promises?

The clear macroeconomic priority for 2011 is for the G20 to deliver on the promises contained in the concluding statement of last year’s Seoul Summit. This will demonstrate that the commitment to enhance policy coordination and smooth reduction of global imbalances was more than just rhetoric meant to cover growing disagreement in other areas.

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So the World Bank is sitting at Kagame’s feet? How things change

As I trawled through a Rwandan newspaper, I landed on a group photo. A small crowd, in smart suits and so on, were staring straight at me. The accompanying story had a screaming title: “World Bank team on learning visit.” Really? What might they possibly be out to learn in or from Rwanda, I wondered?

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Smaller Might Be Better in African Agriculture

We recently carried out research in an African province with a population of over 4 million people and a yearly government income of over US$ 3 billion, and found little or no local industry for milk, feed, meat and other agricultural concerns. The entire region actually imports most of its agricultural and livestock products. Imagine what would happen if local industries were created instead.

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UK cuts Aid to African countries that violate the rights of LGBTI

British Prime Minister, David Cameron has warned his country would cut aid to countries in the global south that persecute LGBTI persons. Many of us believe this is an inappropriate response as stated in the statement below.

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Earth Grab: Geopiracy, The New Biomassters and Capturing Climate Genes

‘Where men seeking to grab power once looked to acquire territories and slaves, now the entire globe and its productive capacity’ is up for grabs, writes Vandana Shiva, in the foreword to Pambazuka Press’ latest title, ‘Earth Grab’.

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South Africa Leads Continent in Nanoscience

South Africa’s new R120-million (US$15 million) electron microscopy centre, the first of its kind on the continent, will enable the country and Africa to compete with the world’s best in nanoscience and nanotechnology research. The Centre for High Resolution Transmission Electron Microscopy (HRTEM) is based at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape.

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Direttore Responsabile Giuseppe Frangi