Helping African governments to help themselves

There needs to be a dynamic shift in the reliance on development aid and in the attitude of African governments towards it.

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Bridging the UN’s humanitarian funding gap

Record numbers of people throughout the world are in desperate need of humanitarian assistance.

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Innovative financing models in Guinea can improve public health

The shortcomings of the water and sanitation supply systems in Guinea represent an impediment for its economic growth, which in turn increases the level of poverty in the country.

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South Africa’s renewable energy programme should not be stalled

South Africa’s successful REIPPP (Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers Procurement Programme) has stalled because of uncertainty; however, renewables are seen as having a critical role to play in advancing the transformation of the energy sector and social equity.

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South Africa should learn from Haiti's transformation

Like Haiti, South-Africa has its own socioeconomic challenges, such as the alleviation of poverty and the provision of housing. Affordable housing in the right locations can bolster South Africa’s economic mobility and ultimately drive the country’s GDP growth.

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Turning the lights on in Africa

Africa is a bright and colourful continent and a hub of social development. However, according to the African Development Bank’s Annual Report of 2015, over 645 million people in Africa do not have access to electricity.

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Can Free Education in South Africa Be Achieved?

In October 2015, South-African students led a protest against rising tuition fees at universities, in a similar fashion as they did in 1976. This protest signified the need for further social transformation and for free access to education for all to be provided by the State.

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Financing renewable energy in West Africa

The gap in power generation in West Africa still persists and this region’s dependence on fossil fuels has a huge impact on its economy and environment.

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Finding the funds to close the gap in humanitarian funding

In 2014, the United Nations (UN) reported that around $540 million of the roughly $154 billion global aid budget was spent on decreasing disaster risk.  The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called on world leaders to fix the gap in humanitarian funding and share the burden of helping people in need across the globe.

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World Bank drops the term “developing country”

How does one define a “developing” country?  Despite categorising 159 nations in this way, neither the International Monetary Fund (IMF) nor the World Bank nor the United Nations had any standard criteria for categorising countries in this way and nobody ever agreed on a definition for these terms in the first place.

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