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Monday, 15 March 2010

Spain's Africa Plan

South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Speaker's Meeting on ‘Spain's Africa Plan’ Date:          Monday, 15 March 2010Time:         12:15 for 12:45 to conclude by 14:30 (light refreshments will be served from 12:15)Venue:       CSIR Conference Centre, Meiring Naude Road, Brummeria, Pretoria
SAIIA Occasional Paper, No 56, March 2010
Friday, 30 January 2009

"Helping" Africa

Particular moments - like Barack Obama's presidential inauguration - seem wired with history. Expectations are high that he will be a natural friend of Africa. Could his presidency be the historical moment in which Africa assumes its place in the world?
The intention of this closed brainstorming session was to explore the evolving development aid policies of the emerging powers while extracting lessons from the European development experience. The session started with a critical analysis of the European development experience. It then moved onto a panel discussion by representatives from key emerging economies, namely India, China, South Africa, and Brazil. Below are the available presentations from the ‘Emerging Powers and their Development Aid Policies' workshop.
The recent report of a high-level aid watchdog says the G8 group of industrialized nations has fallen short of its aid promises to Africa by U.S. $40 billion. Although the report stops short of charting a clear way forward in the relationship, it proposes some positive measures, writes AllAfrica guest columnist George Katito, and this week's G8 Summit needs to identify bottlenecks to aid flows.
eAfrica, Volume 2, May 2004 African and Western policymakers refine agenda for continent's development in Maputo AT A time when Africa is struggling to redefine its place in the global village and battling against marginalisation in a world shaken by terrorism, the African Partnership Forum - a vehicle originally established for dialogue between Nepad and the Group of Eight industrialised countries - provides a key window on the continent's progress. 
eAfrica Volume 2, June 2004 Washington increases development funding, but ties it to tougher standards of governance IN A POTENTIALLY radical departure from past approaches to helping poor countries develop, the US has embarked on a bold experiment that ties aid eligibility to 16 indicators measuring a state's performance in three categories: just rule, economic freedom and investment in people.
eAfrica Volume 2, July 2004  School feeding schemes provide incentives for destitute families to keep their children in class THE air-conditioned UN Land Cruiser deposited me next to a line of barefoot children that cut across a bone-dry schoolyard. A group of women scooped steaming cups of maize meal into the children's red plastic dishes as ribbons of steam curled up into their faces from the battered pots. Boys and girls gathered in clutches outside their classroom, laughing and eating with relish, as a group of colourfully dressed Masai stood forlornly with their emaciated Brahmin cattle in the background.
eAfrica Volume 2, July 2004 AFRICA, Henry Kissinger writes in his book Does America Need a Foreign Policy?, is destined to become 'the festering disaster of our age.' In his view, only the 'moral commitment of the American people and the international community' can save us from that fate.
As more funds become available to combat the epidemic, monitoring NGOs becomes a challengeIN THE sticky heat of KwaZulu-Natal's northern-most district, Umkhanyakude, the Sibambisene AIDS Network helps distribute funds to several dozen small organisations responding to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Many, such as the tiny PhaPhamani, an orphan support group in the small community of Hluhluwe, run on budgets of a few thousand dollars a year.
IN JANUARY, the UN Millennium Project, an independent body advising UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, published Investing in Development, A Practical Plan to Achieve the Millennium Development Goals. Below are excerpts of the project's top 10 recommendations based on the findings of its 10 task forces.
TONY Blair launched the report of the Commission for Africa, Our Common Interest, in March. Below are main points from the Executive Summary.
Trevor Manuel is South Africa's Minister of Finance and one of 17 members of the Commission for Africa. eAfrica spoke to him at the presentation of the CFA findings to 11 former African heads of state in Johannesburg, South Africa.
TO RAISE awareness and fight for resources, international aid agencies and advocacy groups produce a regular flow of symbolic campaigns and supposedly seminal strategy reports. Each wins a few headlines, but none in the last half century brought fundamental change.
Friday, 25 April 2008

Development Diaries

eAfrica, May 2005MOROCCO, 1960s. The four-year-old US Agency for International Development is aggressively promoting a chicken improvement project in central Morocco. It has determined that Moroccan chickens (like Moroccan cows, goats, and sheep) are scrawny, under-nourished, and under-productive. If Moroccan chickens were to be improved, more chicken meat and more eggs would be available for less money; people would eat more healthily and producers would make more money. All of this makes sense, and everyone, including the Moroccan government approves of the project. Thousands of baby chicks (Rhode Island Reds, I recall), along with a number of poultry experts are…
eAfrica, May 2005 A massive increase in aid will harm rather than help Africa, an aid industry veteran says. Donors and recipients should manage on smaller aid budgets until they know how to get it right.
eAfrica, May 2005THE New Partnership for Africa's Development is built on one crucial but unexamined assumption: that more aid will lead to more development.
eAfrica - April 2005: Aid Effectiveness Two new development blueprints put Africa centre stage, but leave fundamental questions unanswered EVERY few years in the global aid industry a new big idea washes ashore, sweeping over the wreckage of a past big idea gone wrong. In the 1960s, when central planning was the rage, money was poured into massive African irrigation and industrialisation projects. These once avant-garde approaches soon unravelled and sustainable development became the next big idea. When sustainability was not enough, experts advocated community participation in planning.
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Aid for trade

Event materials: Programme Record of discussion Presentation - "Recommendations of the Task Force on Aid for Trade" Presentation - "Aid for Trade: Making it effective" (OECD) Presentation - "Aid for Trade: Perspectives from the IMF" Presentation - "Aid for Trade: Perspectives from the World Bank" Presentation - "Private sector participation in Aid for Trade" Presentation - "Aid for Trade: Implications for Africa" (see accompanying discussion paper) Presentation - "Aid for Trade and EPAs"(DFID) Presentation - "Aid for Trade and EPAs"(RTFP) WORKING PAPER
eAfrica, August 2005PUBLIC-private partnerships have been hailed as a new way to conduct state business and harness the funding and expertise of the private sector. But a new study shows they fail unless government plans well and fixes its chronic problems of non-transparent politically-manipulated procurement.
Thursday, 24 April 2008

Aid for trade

Event materials: Programme Record of discussion Presentation - "Recommendations of the Task Force on Aid for Trade" Presentation - "Aid for Trade: Making it effective" (OECD) Presentation - "Aid for Trade: Perspectives from the IMF" Presentation - "Aid for Trade: Perspectives from the World Bank" Presentation - "Private sector participation in Aid for Trade" Presentation - "Aid for Trade: Implications for Africa" (see accompanying discussion paper) Presentation - "Aid for Trade and EPAs"(DFID) Presentation - "Aid for Trade and EPAs"(RTFP) WORKING PAPER
eAfrica, December 2005 WHY are we condemned to conduct the public debate about aid to Africa in such grossly simplified terms? The sound bites around this year's G8 seem to be dominated by just two points of view. One uses the shocking statistics on unmet needs in Africa as a sufficient basis for urging substantially increased funding flows. The other scores telling points against an approach that worries so little about feasibility but fails to offer an alternative vision for aid.
eAfrica, December 2005THE nations of the world unanimously approved the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which commit humanity to radically reducing poverty. But they never asked a most basic question: how will meeting the MDGs make the poor more economically competitive and self-reliant?
At a time when the international community is preoccupied with crises in Iraq, the Middle East, postwar reconstruction in Afghanistan and aid to countries hit by the Asian tsunami disaster, many commentators have justifiably concluded that Africa would be off the radar screens of donor countries save for limited military and humanitarian interventions in a few countries.
Team Leader: Tim HughesTeam: Greg Mills, Neuma Grobbelaar, Ross Herbert, William Mabena, Mark Shaw, Elizabeth Sidiropoulos SAIIA: 2003ISBN: 1-919969-02-0 Pages: 125 How can Southern African governments, policy planners, businesses, the donor community, aid agencies and NGOs improve their strategic decision-making for the coming decade? One vital tool for clearer analysis is the design of future scenarios. Southern African Scenarios 2015 examines the prevailing social, political and economic conditions in the Southern African region and sketches three possible scenarios for each of the key factors or drivers (such as health, trade and investment) that are likely to determine the future of…
The ambitious eastward expansion of the European Union (EU), emphasised by the European Commission's recommendation to begin accession negotiations with Turkey, has not assuaged fears in SA and on the continent of a potential declining European focus on Africa.
  By Tim Hughes, Eduardo J Sitoe, Florentino D Kassotche and Amilcar F PereiraSAIIA: 2005 ISBN: 1-919969-49-7Published by SAIIA and funded by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation   The Global Best Practice series examines a number of case studies in various sectors, with the aim of assessing their potential applicability in the Africa developmental context.  
Business DayWho wins in the German election this week may not matter in the short term to Africa. How the new government tackles unemployment and a faltering economy may, however, affect Germany’s developmental and economic engagement with Africa in the medium term.
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