Global News Journal

from Africa News blog:

African poverty falling faster than thought?

March 4, 2010

NIGERIA/The old image of an Africa doomed to get ever poorer has certainly lost credence over the past decade even if it is a view still held by some.

Europe draws inspiration from U.S. Peace Corps

January 26, 2010
Carla Bruni, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, talks to a Haitian orphan

Carla Bruni, wife of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, talks to a Haitian orphan

Haiti and “the bad dream of newspaper headlines”

January 23, 2010

By Tom Brown

MIAMI – Since my return from Haiti, many have asked me what it was like that first week after its devastating earthquake. Here are but a few impressions:

Will EU ever move on from “soft touch” diplomacy?

By Reuters Staff
January 21, 2010
Miguel Angel Moratinos (centre)

Miguel Angel Moratinos (centre)

Spain’s Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos recalled this week that it had been said of the previous U.S. administration that what American diplomacy needed was “regime change”. Europeans, meanwhile, he said, simply needed “a regime”.

from Africa News blog:

The unnumbered dead

January 21, 2010

CONGO-DEMOCRATICThe simple answer to the question of how many people died in Congo’s civil war is “too many”.

EU catches up in race to help Haiti

January 18, 2010

OUKTP-UK-QUAKE-HAITI-UNIn the six days since a powerful earthquake struck Haiti, the world has responded with vast amounts of aid and promises of long-term reconstruction, something the Caribbean country’s creaking infrastructure desperately needs.

YOUR TURN TO ASK: Karel De Gucht, EU humanitarian aid chief

By Reuters Staff
October 13, 2009

** This post is from Alertnet, the Thomson Reuters Foundation’s global  humanitarian news Web site.**

from Africa News blog:

Should West back Zimbabwe’s government?

June 1, 2009

The United Nations has joined Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government in appealing for more than $700 million in humanitarian aid for the ruined country.

from Africa News blog:

Time to stop aid for Africa? An argument against

By Reuters Staff
February 23, 2009

Earlier this month, Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo argued that Africa needs Western countries to cut long term aid that has brought dependency, distorted economies and fuelled bureaucracy and corruption. The comments on the blog posting suggested that many readers agreed. In a response, Savio Carvalho, Uganda country director for aid agency Oxfam GB, says that aid can help the continent escape poverty - if done in the right way:

from Africa News blog:

Hu reassures Africa?

February 10, 2009

If anyone in Africa was worried that the global financial crisis might dim China’s interest in the continent, President Hu Jintao will be visiting this week to give some reassurances - as well as possibly to temper any unrealistic hopes for the amount of assistance to be expected.