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Africa / Blog

Why Economic Growth and Inequality and Poverty co-exist in Africa

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Following Jeffery Sach’s ‘the end of poverty and Bill Easterly’s ‘the white man’s burden’, Paul Collier presents another perspective on the causes of poverty and what can be done about it, in ‘the bottom billion’. In it Paul Collier breaks down the cause of poverty into four categories; conflict, natural …

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Africa / Europe

Giving to strangers: aid and empathy and Live Below the Line

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Raising money and awareness in the West for those suffering in places that seem vastly different is difficult. Many commentators have speculated why this might be. For example, Owen Jones looked at the problem of getting international attention on the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The war – which peaked between …

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Africa / Americas

The Future’s Bright; The Future’s Green. (Or at Least it May Be).

Is it too idealistic to believe that sustainable economies can lead to a more equal global society? Source: Wikimedia Commons

There is an increasingly consistent rhetoric among some leading politicians and policy makers that there is huge potential of green industries to develop and create jobs within green economies. This is of course an attractive …

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Africa / Americas

Can We Upend the Status Quo? Plans for the US-Africa Summit

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“I’ll love you, dear, I’ll love you till China and Africa meet…and the Salmon sing in the street” Writing in 1937, British poet W. H. Auden’s “As I Walked Out One Evening,” craftily celebrated the immortal strength and near boundless potential of love: a potential only the impossible, the unthinkable, …

South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. As of May 2014 there are approximately 863,000 South Sudanese seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Photo Source: European Commission DG ECHO via Flickr Creative Commons.
Africa / Blog

No End in Sight: Power Politics and Strife in South Sudan

South Sudanese refugees in Uganda. As of May 2014 there are approximately 863,000 South Sudanese seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Photo Source: European Commission DG ECHO via Flickr Creative Commons.

The international community held out little hope for the success of a ceasefire agreed on May 10th between President Salva Kiir and his former vice-president …

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Africa / Blog

The United Kingdom, Boko Haram and the Nigerian Armed Forces

Parents of some the kidnapped schoolgirls from the town of Chibok, Nigeria mourn for their losses in May 2014. Photo source: VOA via Wikimedia Commons.

A month following Boko Haram’s April kidnapping of 276 schoolgirls from the northeastern Nigerian town of Chibok, the UK Ministry of Defense announced plans to send a RAF spy aircraft …

The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Photo source: Vincent van Zeijst via Wikimedia Commons
Africa / Blog

Legitimate Justice or Institutional Bias: The International Criminal Court

The International Criminal Court in The Hague (ICC/CPI), Netherlands. Photo source: Vincent van Zeijst via Wikimedia Commons

The last couple of years have seen the first successful convictions by the International Criminal Court (ICC). But with that success has come quite a lot of criticism. Over the twelve years in which the court has operated …

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Africa / Blog

Uganda’s anti-gay bill and the West’s misjudged response

Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, has presided over a controversial law that seriously limits the rights of gay people. Photo source: White House photo by Paul Morse, via Wikimedia Commons.

Uganda’s recently signed anti-gay bill, which bans homosexual activity and stipulates life imprisonment for those found guilty of same-sex marriage and gay sex, is deplorable and …