Africa’s E-Government Projects Need a Rethink

October 18, 2013 4:19 pm0 comments by:
Africa’s E-Government Projects Need a Rethink

Why so many e-government projects in Africa are not as successful as expected and what can be done to turn things around?

There’s not a lot of guidance on this question. Lists of success and failure factors are generic rather than specific to any one project, and need to be analysed before the project starts. Evaluation methodologies focus more on impact than implementation, and generally apply only after the project has ended.

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The African Growth Opportunity Act: Re-thinking the developmental role of Africa’s trade partners

October 14, 2013 12:39 pm2 comments by:
The African Growth Opportunity Act: Re-thinking the developmental role of Africa’s trade partners

On the 18th of May 2000 President Bill Clinton signed the African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) into law. AGOA caused a paradigm shift; it introduced a radical change into Africa-U.S. trade relations, which had been defined by Cold War-era policies, donor-recipient relations and aid (for poverty alleviation). Since 2001 AGOA has been the cornerstone of Africa-U.S. trade relations.

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A practical review of: Nyerere Freedom and Unity: A selection from writings and speeches

A practical review of: Nyerere Freedom and Unity: A selection from writings and speeches

s we mark NyerereDay in Tanzania, there are loads of thing that we remember about Mwalimu Julius Nyerere- the conscious of Africa. The briefness of this article cannot allow us to mention thousands of his praises. In short, Mwalimu worked extremely hard for the freedom and liberation of not only Tanzania but also Africa as a whole. He was unselfish, sacrificial, and realistic.

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African infrastructure financing: Closing the gap under tight fiscal constraints

October 7, 2013 2:02 am0 comments by:
African infrastructure financing: Closing the gap under tight fiscal constraints

Inadequate infrastructure continues to be a major binding constraint to Africa’s quest for sustained economic growth. The region has attained impressive growth rates over the past decade, buoyed to a large extent by a commodity boom from 2000, albeit now subsiding, and an improvement in the macroeconomic environment of many countries. Still, Africa continues to grapple with a massive infrastructure gap, notably in the water, sanitation, power and health sectors, which have a high social return, but which private investors often avoid due to their limited revenue-generating capacity.

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Voice of China: In pursuit of soft power

Headquarters; CCTV Tower; CCTV New Year's Gala; CCTV America; CCTV Africa; Television Broadcasting

China’s economic success and entry onto the world stage has firmly established the country as a force to be reckoned with, certainly in economic terms. China overtook Japan to become the world’s second largest economy in 2010 and there are scholars who forecast that it could overtake even the United States (US) within a few years to become the world’s largest economy.(2) But, despite its economic prowess, China has yet to match the soft power influence of the US.

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South Africa: Young womanly bodies, underage sex and adolescent pregnancy

October 3, 2013 3:54 pm0 comments by:
PICTURE - UNFPA

Since the advent of its current constitutional dispensation in 1994, South Africa has, at least in law, done away with patriarch systems of morality that dictate to women how to live their lives or to carry their bodies.

The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa entitles women to equality before the law and a right to equal protection and benefit of the law (section 9). Women have inherent dignity and a right to have their dignity respected and protected (section 10).

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