At least twenty villages in Botswana were evacuated and some 200 families displaced after the Okavango River, fourth largest of Africa, burst its banks in the past days, reaching unprecedented levels. As already occurred in the past during the rain season between March and June, the river flooded in the homonymous northern district where it empties into a vast swamp in the Kalahari desert, irrigating an area of over 16,000sq/km (Okavango Delta). Local authorities mobilised to avoid the spread of water-borne diseases, but a further rise of water levels may hamper operations.
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.