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Currently in the world of aid

Development aid from OECD countries fell by over five percent in 2006 shows the newly released data. The decline was mainly caused by record levels of one-off debt forgiveness in 2005.

EU, which promised heavy increases in aid to persuade poor countries to sign new trade agreements, is still below trend to meet its 2010 targets.

Death and resurrection

Hands1One of our staff died today. The rest of the team has gathered from the South of Chad to N'Djamena for training, and we get a call around 8am. He has passed away with first light. He has been sick for a while, and so the news is not unexpected, although still shocking. We sit in silence, stunned.

Tough terms in Algeria

[In Algeria] public-sector managers who leave their posts for jobs in the private sector will be liable to severe penalties, including prison terms of six months to a year and fines of up to AD500,000 (US $6,900), according to a presidential decree published in the official gazette on March 13th. The decree states that managers in state-owned enterprises wanting to work in the private sector must first spend two years unemployed.

Water for $20 billion

The brand new report The Next 4 Billion: Market Size and Business Strategy at the Base of the Pyramid quantifies the BOP market for water—3.96 billion people paying an estimated $20 billion annually.

This market is strongly segmented with the poorest - annual income below $1500 - footing over 50 percent of the BOP water bill in Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uganda. In Nigeria, 22 million of lowest-income households spend $444 million.