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Child death rate down in some of the poorest countries

Bangladesh, Nepal and Malawi have made major strides in reducing child mortality despite a shortage of resources.

Political will and a focus on family planning programs were found key to decreasing fatalities, trumping, in many cases, national wealth as a deciding factor. The Save the Children report has more details.

Call for papers - African Economic Conference 2007

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The ECA and the African Development Bank are organizing the 2007 African Economic Conference on the theme “Opportunities and Challenges of Development for Africa in the Global Arena”, which will take place in Addis Ababa on 15-17 November. The program committee invites submission of abstracts (or papers) by interested participants on any economic issues of relevance to African economies.

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.