Posts Tagged: Africa
Land investments - the purchase or lease of vast tracts of land from mostly poor, developing countries by wealthier food-insecure nations and private investors for the production and export of food and agrofuel crops - have become a very fast-paced international phenomenon.
India and China, two leading emerging economies in the world, are competing with each other, as well as Africa's traditional western trading partners, to build a stronger relationship with Africa.
Across Africa, China has become known as the agent of mass construction, wisely bartering infrastructural development - chiefly mining-specific - for long-term access to strategic resources.
Patrick Bond makes a stinging critique of the recent report of the African Development Bank that claims that 'one in three Africans is middle class' and as a result, Africa is ready for 'take off'.
The political crisis in Cote d'Ivoire has had major diplomatic, financial, economic and social repercussions on the population, including on women and the organisations that defend their rights.
In an interview with Basta! at the World Social Forum, Firoze Manji discusses the problems of the 'aid industry.'
"Le Gabon n'est pas une monarchie," read the banner of one Gabon protester.
U.S. economic policy toward Africa has done little to promote democracy, transparency, or sustainability.
An opening for progressives in the U.S. and in Africa to push the Obama Administration on its short-sighted Africa policy might exist in 2011.
Is China smartening up its environmental and social act in Africa? It certainly wants to be seen as doing just that.