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UK Stops Funding a Malawi NGO

The United Kingdom government is to stop giving money to a charity in Malawi following a British Broadcasting Corporation investigation which found it was under the control of a cult-like group.

Dapp, which runs education and health projects in the African country, has received millions of pounds in the last decade from the United Kingdom, European Union and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

It is connected to the Teachers Group, whose leaders are wanted by Interpol over fraud allegations.

GJN Report Focuses on ‘Privatised Aid’

A damning report has warned that free-market consultants in Britain are taking hundreds of millions of pounds ring-fenced to alleviate poverty in the developing world, as the government continues with its agenda of privatising aid.

Conducted by British non-governmental organisation, Global Justice Now (GJN), the study raises grave concerns over the sheer amount of aid money the Department for International Development (DfID) has given to consultants Adam Smith International (ASI) for overseas aid projects.

Call for Mugabe to Apologise to the Nation, NGOs

According to Trevor Saruwaka Mutasa, if Zimbabwe goes hungry it has no capacity to feed its own people and therefore depends on non-governmental organisations and donor countries contrary to the mantra by President Robert Mugabe that they must leave us alone.

Mutasa states that in an article titled ‘food for all is our goal’, the country’s Minister of Public Service, Labour and Social Welfare, Prisca Mupfumira, attempts to pronounce a policy position on who must get this aid by boldly declaring that food is for all.

UN Warns Against Cutting Development Aid

The United Nation (UN) Chief has warned against proposed cuts in development assistance from some of the world’s wealthiest countries primarily over the refugee crisis facing large parts of Europe.

Ban Ki-moon called for enhanced international development assistance as the world builds towards realising the post-2015 development agenda.

As countries in Europe grapple with an unrelenting migration and refugee crisis, concerns from the UN that monies for long-standing development initiatives will dry up.

NGOs Criticise Uganda’s Draconian Bill

Aid agencies have warned that humanitarian response in Uganda could be severely compromised if parliament adopts a bill that regulates non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and criminalises non-compliance.

If passed, the bill, which is currently before a parliamentary committee, would have ‘catastrophic effects’ on vulnerable communities, a coalition of civil society organisations (CSOs) says in a recent position paper.

UN to Raise Funds for Zim’s Development

The United Nations (UN) plans to raise $1.6 billion from donors to improve agriculture, food security, health and governance in Zimbabwe between the years 2016-2020.
 
According to a UN resident coordinator in Zimbabwe, Bishow Palajuli, the global agency had raised US$1.64 billion for its Zimbabwe United Nations Development Assistance Framework (ZUNDAF), which started in 2012 and ends this year and is now seeking to do the same for the next four year period.
 

Africa Tackles Poverty and Hunger

Africa, widely believed to rely on aid and donations from the developed world, is leading the fight against hunger and poverty on the continent.

This emerged at a high-level meeting, sought to discuss progress made in ending world hunger and poverty, co-hosted by The Hunger Project and the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg.

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