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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East Africa should be borderless

September 18, 2013 6:18 pm0 comments by:
Rorya District

In my travels around Tanzania, I was privileged to visit bordering villages in border regions of Tanzania. These include Mbeya, Kigoma, Kagera, and Mara. What I have experienced in these villages is overwhelming especially to somebody with more than 10 years of studies in International Relations. My constant feel was that African countries should be borderless. In this brief insight, I will explain my experience for each region and then argue my case.

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Special Economic Zones: Can South Africa follow in the Dragon’s footsteps?

September 3, 2013 7:13 pm0 comments by:
Special Economic Zones: Can South Africa follow in the Dragon’s footsteps?

Special Economic Zones (SEZs) have become the new buzzword for African governments, who see in them the long-awaited salvation from the poverty scourge that has gripped the continent despite decades of structural reform programmes. SEZs are generally defined as specially demarcated areas that offer unique incentives for a diverse range of economic activities.On the other hand, free trade zones (FTZs), usually found next to sea ports and airports, allow unrestricted import and export of goods free of customs, while export processing zones (EPZs) specifically encourage investment and manufacturing for export.China’s success with its SEZ model has caught on with African leaders eager to try something new.

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Reflections on the HRW Report: ‘Tanzania: Hazardous Life of Child Miners’

August 28, 2013 9:42 am0 comments by:
tazy

Today the Human Rights Watch is launched a report titled ‘Tanzania: Hazardous Life of Child Miners’ report. In summary, the report boldly underlines the following issues: the sad reality of systematic child labour in mining industry especially in the small scale/artisanal mining; and children exposure to the mercury and other unimaginably worst working conditions that violate everything that has to do with ‘health and safety’. In respect to those, the report analyses both local and international legal instruments that could solve these issues, if enforced. This analysis highlights the weaknesses of legal acts in wealth generation activities that are driven by profit without due considerations to human rights and in this case child rights.

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A Candle on Kilimanjaro: The Case for Keeping ‘Mwenge’- Tanzania’s Freedom Torch!

August 24, 2013 3:34 am0 comments by:
mwenge

As Tanzania is reviewing its constitution, citizens have been given opportunities to voice out opinions as their contribution to the new constitution. The first draft came out in early June and again there are more opportunities for the citizens to give opinions on the draft new constitutions. The constitutional review commissioners did a great job to critically summarize initial citizens’ opinions and came up with a draft that, by and large, represented the will of the nation.

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Making sense of Mugabe’s re-election in Zimbabwe

August 13, 2013 8:54 am0 comments by:
Making sense of Mugabe’s re-election in Zimbabwe

Robert Mugabe has outfoxed his biggest political rival, Morgan Tsvangirai to win his seventh term as president of Zimbabwe. His victory didn’t surprise many, but the margin with which he clinched the presidency.

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‘The People Are Waking Up’: Is CCM’s Grip Slipping? Tanzanian politics through the eyes of the diaspora

July 30, 2013 9:35 pm0 comments by:
‘The People Are Waking Up’: Is CCM’s Grip Slipping? Tanzanian politics through the eyes of the diaspora

This Research presents the findings of a study carried out, through qualitative interviews with members of the UK-based Tanzanian diaspora, in the summer of 2012. The central research question of the study was as follows: “to what extent do members of the Tanzanian diaspora believe that CCM’s position as the governing party is threatened by political opposition

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Thou shall not judge…

July 29, 2013 11:57 pm0 comments by:
Thou shall not judge…

I spent the first two weeks of July in Ouagadougou attending APSA Africa Workshop on Religion and Politics in Comparative Analysis. This workshop focused on the research and study of religion and politics in Africa. Religion has always been integral to the lives of Africans and it is a force to reckon with in Africa.

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