Last week the organization I work for – the Consumers Protection Association – published a joint report with Oxfam that shows how a health public–private partnership (PPP) is draining the budget of the Ministry of Health and diverting scarce resources away from primary healthcare services in rural areas, where death rates are rising and where three-quarters of the population live.
Money transfer operators have been siphoning money from African migrant workers and diasporans with little comeback for years – but Western Union and Moneygram, who dominate around two-thirds of African pay-out locations, are finally finding themselves at the end of some cold, hard scrutiny.
We are taught to believe that our modern lifestyle – which thrives on egoism, competition and inequality – is an improvement on the past. But considering the facts of the history of the human race, we may learn a thing or two from our egalitarian past.
The contradiction of Kenya’s independence is that those with the money to buy a lot of land were usually those who had collaborated with colonialism. How can African democracies have any content if the inherited inequalities from colonialism are not resolved?
Africans are losing $1.8-billion a year due to high fees levied on funds sent from abroad by relatives, Britain’s leading think tank on development said Wednesday
Twenty years after the 1994 Genocide against Tutsi and those Hutu considered as traitors, Rwandans are still trying to cope with their past and to prevent similar atrocities from occurring in the future. Do memorials contribute to the reconciliation process?
The main political parties remain stuck in the old apartheid paradigm while the people are trying to move on. Now a campaign to spoil ballots in the upcoming general elections is raising questions about South Africa’s political classes.
How do the various combinations – ‘one man, a mistress and at least one girlfriend’; ‘one woman, a steady partner, and several transient lovers’; ‘older man, a wife and his student girlfriend’ – co-exist with Christian values in the world’s most pious country?
Music as a form of political and social protest was common in South Africa throughout the apartheid years, but as we mark our 20th Anniversary of Freedom and Democracy, pop music seems preoccupied by everything but politics. Conventional success too distracting?