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03 Dec 2009 description
report Xinhua

GABORONE, Dec 03, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX) -- Botswana has received yet another grant of 20 million yuan (3 million U. S. dollars) from China in support of the development of the diamond rich southern African country, the government said on Thursday.

China's new offer made on Wednesday brings the total to 30 million yuan (4.5 million dollars) this year.

In May, Botswana received 10 million yuan (1.5 million U. S.

01 Dec 2009 description
report ZimOnline

by Own correspondent

HARARE - Rigid immigration laws of neighbouring countries have discouraged Zimbabwean migrants from registering with host governments in order to access humanitarian support and legal protection, according to a new report released Monday.

The report by South Africa's Witwatersrand University said laws and regulations of most neighbouring countries did not cater for Zimbabwean migrants who it said were "forced humanitarian migrants" who fled their country to look for jobs and other means of earning an income to support themselves and their …

13 Nov 2009 description
report Mail and Guardian

More than 1 250 international volunteers were placed in the Southern African region in 2008/9. More than half of these were in South Africa, a study by the Johannesburg-based Volunteer and Service Enquiry Southern Africa (Vosesa) has shown.

The volunteers, mainly young people seeking experience abroad by working with local organisations and NGOs, serve for periods ranging from several weeks to two years.

But opinion on the volunteer sector is divided.

21 Aug 2009 description
report Inter Press Service

By Thalif Deen

STOCKHOLM, Aug 21 (IPS) - The widespread water scarcity in the African continent, impacting on the lives of nearly 300 million people, may be aggravated further by several new threats, including climate change, transboundary disputes and the negative fallout from military conflicts.

Par Granstedt, general secretary of the Association of European Parliamentarians for Africa (AWEPA), points out that the African continent has contributed least to the emissions causing climate change, but is hardest hit by their effects.

"We need to develop common strategies to …

07 Jul 2009 description

In the current global crisis numerous international organisations are calling on politicians of the west to respect their pledges made in development aid for Africa. In a recently published book, a Zambian economist Dambisa Moyo denounces not only the inefficiency of development aid, but insists on its negative impacts. The title of the book - "Dead Aid: why aid is not working and how there is a better way for Africa" - clearly indicates the results of research conducted by Moyo on figures of the past 50 years.