NGO Told to Channel Funds Through Fiscus

The Zimbabwean Government says all United Nations country team agencies should direct financial assistance to government through the fiscus rather than the current scenario where various disbursements modalities are being used.

Chief secretary to Cabinet and President Robert Mugabe, Misheck Sibanda, points out that Zimbabwe is no longer a classic humanitarian case, hence more financial and technical assistance should now be channelled towards developmental programmes.

Manuel Admits Govt’s Service Delivery Failure

Planning Minister, Trevor Manuel, says South Africa has failed to deliver quality services to the poor, despite adequate funding.

Manuel points out that, “We must accept that despite the adequate allocation of funding, we fail to deliver quality services, especially to the poor."

Manuel says legislators needed to recognise that the quality of democracy should be measured in a country's success in uprooting poverty, reducing inequality and broadening opportunities.

African Countries Unlikely to Meet MDGs

Zambia's founding president, Kenneth Kaunda, says most African countries will not be able to meet their Millennium Development Goals (MDG) targets, particularly poverty eradication and the fight against HIV/AIDS because of a lack of education.

Speaking at the launch of the literary competition at Orkney, North West, Kaunda, pointed out that, "If we are going to be moving at this pace, we will not meet those challenges. We must improve on the speed that we are moving now to bring about the necessary qualities and quantities of education."

Humanitarian Diplomacy Dialogue on MDGs Beyond 2015

Debate on the MDGs has recently intensified in both the public and policy sectors. With less than five years to go until its deadline of 2015, and the majority of the Goals seemingly out of reach, many are questioning the design and implementation of the MDGs, as well as the commitment from the international community. A recent summit in New York, attended by the world’s leaders, seems to have done little to provide the direction and clarity so clearly needed at this crucial juncture.

Call for ‘Strong’ Political Will in Achieving MDGs

The United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, says strong political support is needed to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Addressing the G20 summit in South Korea, Ban said that despite widespread skepticism, he believes the goals are still achievable before the 2015 deadline.

“...I believe that with strong political leadership and good policies targeted towards the right people, right areas and smart investment and adequate financial resources, I am sure that this is achievable," he explained.

UN Foundation Observes Progress Made on MDGs

The United Nations Foundation board of directors is holding a Board meeting in Ghana and will meet with government and NGO leaders to learn and share strategies for advancing progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The meeting comes at the culmination of a year-long effort by the UN Foundation to raise awareness about the need for innovative partnerships between governments, civil society, and the private sector with the UN to address global challenges.

Rich Nations Fail Developing Countries – Manuel

Minister in the Presidency, Trevor Manuel, criticises developed countries for failing to act on the big commitments they have been making, to help developing countries.

Manuel, who is also accusing developed nations of ignoring these commitments, adds that, “This has led to a breakdown of trust and a high degree of cynicism about rich countries’ efforts to help tackle issues like poverty.”

He further states that the challenge in removing global economic imbalances and inequality is in relation to ethics of governance.

Towards Universal Primary Education: Africa’s Progress in meeting the 2nd Millennium Development Goal

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were formulated at the United Nations (UN) Leaders Summit in 2000.(2) The MDGs are eight internationally recognised targets that aim to reduce poverty, hunger, maternal and child deaths, disease, inadequate shelter, gender inequality and environmental degradation by 2015.(3)

MDGs: Rich Countries Urged to Help

The attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on poverty, hunger, education, maternal and child deaths and climate change would remain elusive to poor countries without the support of developed countries. That’s according to the Tanzanian foreign affairs and international cooperation minister, Bernard Membe.

Membe argues that with only five years away from the deadline, there are serious gaps in the realisation of commitments on MDG 4 and 5 on the part of developing countries, including Tanzania.

Creating Dignified Living for Women through Social Justice and Development

In recent months, South Africa has witnessed series of social unrest, many of which ended in violence by very poor communities who allege poor delivery of basic goods and services. The majority of South African citizens are poor and pervasive inequality exists between men and women and between black and white peoples of the country. Thus far, the poverty alleviation strategies of Government seem unable to reduce inequalities and the consequences of poverty among women in rural areas.


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