Economic justice

Joint Aid Management: Procurement Officer

The Joint Aid Management (JAM) is a humanitarian nonprofit organisation that works to empower Africans to create better lives for themselves.

JAM seeks to appoint a Procurement Officer, based in Honeydew, Johannesburg.

The person will apply principles of accounting to analyse financial information and prepare financial reports by compiling information and utilising appropriate accounting control procedures.

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African Youth Day Conference 2011

The Organisation of African Youth (OAYouth) is the youth platform for information exchange, forum for debate on African issues and a network of future political, corporate, academic, literary, religious and traditional leaders in all African contexts.

The African Youth Day was declared and adopted by the African Union (AU) in 2006 to be commemorated on 1 November each year. It has since evolved as the most powerful platform of young people of Africa.

Rich Nations Urged to Do More to Fight Poverty

Nobel Laureate and chairperson of the Brooks World Poverty Institute, Joseph Stiglitz, says international trade will only help fight global poverty if rich countries turn their rhetoric into action.

Speaking at the Global Poverty Summit in Johannesburg, Stiglitz pointed out that, “It is time to bring the talks to a close. Successfully doing so requires courage and sacrifice by the rich countries.”

Food Rebellions: Crisis and the Hunger for Justice

In this very timely book, two of the world’s most prominent critics of the global food system, Eric Holt-Giménez and Raj Patel, dissect the causes of hunger and the food price crisis, locating them in a political economy of capitalist industrial production dominated by corporations and driven by the search for profits for the few instead of the welfare of the many.  Here, greed has played just as destructive role as in the financial sector.

Unemployment and the Rights of Workers

The most important, single issue facing government today is improving conditions for greater labour absorption.

The South African Bill of Rights says, “Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely.” But local laws and institutions do not fully support that right, and one consequence is our staggering unemployment rate.

NMF Speaks Out Against Xenophobia

The Nelson Mandela Foundation (NMF) has expressed concern about rumours surfacing that there are negative sentiments arising towards non-nationals in South Africa.

NMF chief executive, Achmat Dangor, points out that South Africans should not blame other people for their troubles.

He blames the aggressive and hostile policies of the apartheid regime, which he says have undermined the economic development of the neighbouring countries.

Informal Traders Protest Against Evictions

Hawkers protested outside the South African Football Association offices in Soweto, saying they are struggling to survive after being evicted from Soccer City.

"Now that they have moved me away, I don't know what I am going to do. Where do I go?" asked Moffat Sebolelo, a 48 year old who has been trading at the Stadium for 20 years.

Informal traders from around Gauteng complain that they are being excluded from benefiting from the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup.

More Say for Developing States in World Bank

World Bank member countries have reached a preliminary agreement on a 3.13 percent shift in voting power to give emerging and developing states greater influence in the global institution.

World Bank officials are of the view that the shift will increase the votes of the developing world to 47.19 percent.

The battle over influence at the multilateral lender is part of efforts to reflect the growing clout of developing economies on the world stage and a precursor to a similar move on the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

World Bank Frees Up Development Data

The World Bank Group said today it will offer free access to more than 2,000 financial, business, health, economic and human development statistics that had mostly been available only to paying subscribers.

The decision─part of a larger effort to increase access to information at the World Bank─means that researchers, journalists, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), entrepreneurs and school children alike will be able to tap into the World Bank's databases via a new website, data.worldbank.org.

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