Unspent Funds Will Impede Poverty Goals

Development money sits in bank accounts around the world, including South Africa, tagged as unallocated, undistributed, under-spent and unspent or as earmarked funds that cannot be touched. It runs into billions of dollars.

Africa remains the poorest region in the world according to the World Bank yet through inept planning, poor grant management, lack of donor consultation and administrative blunders funds for development remain stuck in treacle.

SA’s Election to ECOSOC Significant - Ebrahim

South Africa's election to the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations (ECOSOC) comes at a significant time, according deputy minister of international relations and co-operation Ebrahim Ebrahim.
Ebrahim notes that, “It is significant that South Africa will be a member of this critical organ of the United Nations (UN) at the time that the target date for the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals is fast approaching - 2015."

Zuma Urges United Nations to Reform

President Jacob Zuma is using his time at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly to make a wholehearted push for changes in the way the global body maintains international peace and security.

As part of the country’s aims at this year’s General Assembly, South Africa is calling on the UN to overhaul the Security Council, in order to make it more effective in dealing with crises in various countries.

NGO Calls for Development Support

A NGO has created various development programmes calling on stakeholders to come out and support them up for the benefit of the country.

Addressing a news conference in Dar es Salaam, Building Africa chairperson, Deogratious Celestine, stated that the programmes were created with the aim of complementing and supplementing the government efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MGDs).

"We have over 600 programmes created with the aim of helping various countries in Africa come out of poverty using own resources and achieve the set goals," added Celestine.

UN Applauds Dlamini-Zuma on New Role

The United Nations (UN) has welcomed the election of Home Affairs Minister, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, as head of the African Union Commission.

In a press statement, UN secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, says he is looking forward to working closely with Dlamini-Zuma on peace and security issues on the continent, highlighting the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and promoting sustainable development in Africa as priorities.

Could Material Reuse and Recycling be the Answer to Achieving the MDGs for Africa?

Much debate surrounds the real progress made by Africa to date with regards to attaining the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). If the aim of having the MDGs was to encourage development by improving socio-economic conditions in the world’s poorest countries, why then, after over a decade of the initial meeting and with just under four years left to reach the set deadline, are the poorest nations still poor, and in some cases their conditions have even deteriorated since the turn of the millenium?

Rio+20 to Pave Way Forward Once MDGs Expire

The United Nations (UN) Women says decisions taken at the Summit on Sustainable Development in Rio+20 from 20-22 June 2012 will inform what happens once the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire in 2015.

UN Women executive director, Michelle Bachelet, points out that decisions taken in Rio will give direction to new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), critical among those the empowerment of women and gender equality.

Poor Countries Remain Hungry – Report

According Global Monitoring Report for 2012, the developing world's progress is ‘seriously lagging’ on global targets relating to food and nutrition, with child and maternal mortality rates still unacceptably high.

The report notes that dealing with food price volatility must be a high priority, especially as nutrition has been one of the forgotten Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Released by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, the report states that recent spikes in international food prices had stalled progress across several of the MDGs.

Agricultural Training Institutions’ (ATIs) Response to Small-Scale Agriculture in South Africa

South Africa (SA) still lags behind in the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals of food security and poverty eradication. The current trends of education in SA affect the agriculture sector. Agriculture information is not integrated with other development programmes to address the numerous related problems faced by small-scale and emerging farmers. Information is an essential ingredient in agricultural development programmes.


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