The UK’s Independent newspaper has gone RED today. All of the development/Africa-related articles in the special edition are hyperlinked in red, and half of sale proceeds will go to the Global Fund.
I was able to catch today’s morning sessions at the Global Private Equity Conference and will link to the presentation when they go online next week. Comments on the event below the fold for those that are interested.
Rural Kenyan farmers have joined the global carbon trade:
They are being urged to plant trees, not for firewood, timber or electricity poles, but for absorbing excess carbon from the environment - and they are being paid for it. Through this new concept, 45 members of Rongai Development Programme have each received Sh700 as motivation to join the trade by establishing carbon sinks (forests and tree planting projects)
Toilet paper costs $417. No, not per roll. Four hundred seventeen Zimbabwean dollars is the value of a single two-ply sheet. A roll costs $145,750 — in American currency, about 69 cents...
By March , inflation had touched 914 percent a year, at which rate prices would rise more than tenfold in 12 months. Experts agree that quadruple-digit inflation is now a certainty...
Not basketball or soccer nets, but mosquito nets. The latest from uberfamous sports journalist Rick Reilly:
We need nets. Not hoop nets, soccer nets or lacrosse nets. Not New Jersey Nets or dot-nets or clarinets. Mosquito nets. See, nearly 3,000 kids die every day in Africa from malaria. And according to the World Health Organization, transmission of the disease would be reduced by 60% with the use of mosquito nets and prompt treatment for the infected.
Organized in Cairo by the African Union (AU) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), in collaboration with the UNDP (March 26-28).
UNECA's site has statements, documents and case studies presented during the conference.
In particular, one of the documents explores the Capacity Needs for the implementation of the PRSs and attainment of MDGs in Africa.
Some of the main ideas in the document:
The first session of today’s PSD Forum focused on ‘where the world is going?’ The conversation quickly turned to Asia and changing global dynamics. During the Q&A period Nigel Twose, a FIAS colleague bases in Johannesburg, very appropriately pointed out that none of the panelists had yet discussed Africa.
The Research and Analysis Working Group (RAWG) of the Poverty Monitoring System, and its Secretariat REPOA (Research on Poverty Alleviation) have recently published the Poverty and Human Development Report 2005 for Tanzania.
This is the first report of the RAWG since the start of the new National Strategy for Growth and Reduction of Poverty, MKUKUTA in its Swahili acronym.
Entrepreneurial Tanzanians are combining the ultra-violet power of the sun, black-painted roofs and plastic water bottles to sterilize their drinking water of cholera, typhoid, dysentery and the like.