Boosting Rural Agriculture and Food Security and Political Stability in Cote d’Ivoire

Boosting Rural Agriculture and Food Security and Political Stability in Cote d’Ivoire The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and Cote d’Ivoire have today signed a financial agreement aimed at helping rural farmers add value to their products. A loan of $18.5 million from the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), is set to benefit and…

Scaling up Finance for the Sustainable Development Goals

Scaling up Finance for the Sustainable Development Goals The world currently faces the critical challenge of scaling up development finance, an indispensable requirement for the realization of the SDGs. Multilateral development banks (MDBs) can serve as effective institutional mechanisms to help finance the SDGs. This possibility is due to their clear mandate to support development-oriented programs, in-house expertise and track record on identification, development,…

Punishing Poor Mozambicans for the Actions of a Greedy Elite and a Major Swiss/British Bank

Poor Mozambicans are being punished for the actions of a greedy elite and a major Swiss/British bank, writes Joseph Hanlon, Senior Visiting Fellow in the Department of International Development. Fewer teachers will be hired this year, leading to even more overcrowded classrooms, and health spending is being cut, as donors reduce aid to Mozambique or shift…

Natural Gas Won’t Solve Mozambique’s Development Challenges

  Natural Gas Won’t Solve Mozambique’s Development Challenges 5TH DECEMBER 2017 BY: ISS, INSTITUTE FOR SECURITY STUDIES The discovery that Mozambique holds one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the world has generated great optimism about the country’s future. But the recent sovereign debt crisis has cast serious doubt on the ability of the country to…

African Governments Still Largest Developers of Region’s Infrastructure Projects

    African Governments Still Largest Developers of Region’s Infrastructure Projects Governments remain the single largest developers of infrastructure projects – and own between 57% and 90% of tracked projects – across Africa, the 2017 edition of Deloitte’s ‘Africa Construction Trends’ report has found. The report, released on Wednesday, includes 303 infrastructure projects valued at $50-million or above, that have broken ground on the continent since…

Africa Is Still Running Elitist Universities and Widening Inequality

  Africa Is Still Running Elitist Universities and Widening Inequality   Countries in Sub-Saharan Africa have failed to move their tertiary education systems from highly elitist to mass-based when compared with other regions in the world, according to a new World Bank study. According to the report Sharing Higher Education’s Promise Beyond the Few in Sub-Saharan Africa,…

Realizing Agenda 2030: Not Just More, But Better Financing Needed to Succeed

  Realizing Agenda 2030: Not Just More, But Better Financing Needed to Succeed How do the global goals crowd in international financing and inform domestic priorities? A new AidData report assesses the historical baseline for funding to the SDGs. September 2017 marked the two-year anniversary of the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as…

This Rare African Plant Signals Diamonds Beneath the Soil in Your Backyard

    Workers sift for diamonds in a kimberlite pipe in northwest Liberia. Stephen Haggerty Rare African plant signals diamonds beneath the soil By Eric Hand May. 4, 2015 , 3:00 AM There’s diamond under them thar plants. A geologist has discovered a thorny, palmlike plant in Liberia that seems to grow only on top of…

  Africa’s data revolution: Accelerating development through data-driven decision-making   5TH OCTOBER 2017 BY: IN ON AFRICA IOA It is essential that Africa’s data revolution be viewed as the joint responsibility of governments, international agencies, civil society and the private sector. Good quality data enables forward thinking and informed decision-making – both of which are critical in…