Development

Rwanda Tops World Bank Governance Ratings for Africa

According to a new report by the World Bank, Rwanda, Cabo Verde, Kenya and Senegal lead the continent in the quality of their governance and institutions that support economic growth and reduce poverty.

According to the World Bank, Rwanda has made significant progress in transforming from a low-income agricultural economy to one that is service-based.

The report finds that Rwanda’s ‘Vision 2020’ plan seeks to speed growth and reduce poverty with a focus on economic transformation, youth employment productivity, rural development and government accountability.

SA GDP Growth too Slow to Improve Living Conditions

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that economic growth in South Africa is too slow to improve living standards in a country where a third of the population is excluded from the economy.

IMF’s first deputy managing director, David Lipton, argues that the cost of insufficient action has reached the critical point, adding that, “What is needed is a fresh and energetic review of South Africa’s policies, followed by action.”

New AU Funding Model Crucial for Africa’s Self-Reliance

Rwandan President, Paul Kagame, says the decision to adopt a new funding formula for the African Union Commission (AUC) is a major step toward ensuring that the continent becomes self-reliant and able to fund its own investment and peace keeping initiatives.

African leaders meeting in the Rwandan capital, Kigali, have agreed to raise R15 billion a year to fund the AU Commission.

Leaders have also adopted a new formula to charge 0.2 percent point-2 import duties to prop up the coffers of the cash strapped commission.

More than 700k Namibians Face Food Shortages

More than 700 000 Namibians are facing acute food insecurity amid mounting livestock deaths due to the widespread shortage of water and pasture following three successive years of drought, a new government-led vulnerability survey has revealed.

In its ‘Namibia Rural Food Security and Livelihood Vulnerability Forecast’ report for 2016/2017, the Office of the Prime Minister and the Ministry of Agriculture says of the 729 134 people facing food insecurity, 595 839 need immediate food assistance.

Child Support Grants Too Low: Dangor

Special advisor to the Minister of Social Development, Zane Dangor, says the child support grant is too low and the department is extremely concerned about that.
Dangor is of the view that without the grants, a lot of people would be in a desperate situation.

He says that the myth that social grants create dependency has been debunked, "Whether a new governing party comes in, they will have to pay the grants. The issue is not dependency, the issue is how much is enough. What is affordable?”

​Youth in Taung Demoralised: NGO

Young people in Taung, North West, are demoralised by high unemployment numbers, among other issues.

Lebogang Mojanaga of Neolet Foundation, an organisation working to assist them in skills and competence development, says young people in the area lack skills.
Mojanaga says his foundation tries to bring hope to the area by putting young people through school and university.

​Agency Pledges Sh240 Billion in Aid

The French Development Agency AFD will inject over Sh240 billion into renewable energy, water and transport projects in Tanzania.

AFD Representative in Tanzania Emmanuel Baudra, told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that the latest development plans are in line with the French President's commitment to increase support by a 50 per cent by 2020.

​Land Claims Open to 2019 – Govt

Sunday, 19 June 2016, marks 103 years since the enactment of the 1913 Natives Land Active and Act‚ the implementation of which “instigated a long and devastating history of forced removals and evictions of Africans from their ancestral lands.”

According to the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform ‚ while the Act was repealed‚ its legacy‚ remains visible in the “skewed land ownership patterns that still exist in South Africa.”

​Next 10 Years Critical for Africa's Transformation

The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has urged citizens and leaders across Africa to work to ensure that the continent’s development objectives are achieved in the next 10 years or risk slipping back into underdevelopment.

NEPAD chief executive, Dr Ibrahim Assane Mayaki, in an interview after the recent World Economic Forum on Africa, made it clear that it’s time for African countries to have clear national and regional development plans and fast-track their implementation.

Gates Donates Chickens to Africa’s Poor

Bill Gates is launching his latest scheme to help sub-Saharan Africans living in extreme poverty: he’s giving them chickens.

Gates will donate 100 000 birds vaccinated against common diseases under a programme he said would boost incomes because chickens are inexpensive to care for, a good investment and help provide nutrition for children.

The Microsoft founder and billionaire philanthropist says on his Twitter feed that, “If I were living in extreme poverty, I’d want to raise chickens.”

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