Blog entries from: empty sky

Humanitarian aid. (Southern) Africa. Food Security. Livelihoods. Livestock.

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August 25 2014

From empty sky Mon Aug 25 2014, 19:10:00

I've been feeling bothered by the fact that what I do freaks people out, particularly since the Ebola outbreak, so I wrote a blog post on AidSource here: http://aidsource.ning.com/profiles/blogs/trying-to-be-nice

That is all. Oh, also, Mozambique has singed a "peace deal" and other things I've lost track of while paying attention to Ebola.

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allAfrica.com news stories in this entry:
Mozambique:   Mozambique Government, Former Rebels Sign Peace Pact (news)
Voice of America
25 August 2014

Mozambique's government and the former rebel Renamo movement have signed an accord to end two years of low-level fighting. [read more]




July 23 2014

From empty sky Wed Jul 23 2014, 04:12:00

Last week, South Africa celebrated Mandela Day. 18 July was Nelson Mandela's birthday. At some point, someone decided that the best way to honour the legacy of Mandela was to encourage people to volunteer 67 minutes on his birthday to help others. This sounds like a good idea. Replace volatile rallies, endless speeches and the risk of the legacy being politicised, with getting people to commit to helping others.

Instead, South Africa has managed to turn voluntourism into a national sport. Yes, I know local volunteering normally avoids the pitfalls of voluntourism; this doesn't. All the problems with rich (white) people popping over to Africa/Asia/South America to "volunteer" by hugging smiling babies for a week-long vacation, crammed into one day of the year. Into 67 minutes, ...

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July 8 2014

From empty sky Tue Jul 8 2014, 07:11:00

This

Because: "If you have to explain the humanitarian aid, you're doing it wrong."

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May 9 2014

From empty sky Fri May 9 2014, 03:33:00

Great (and unexpected from this source, tbh) piece of sanity from Oxfam on aid and the stabilisation agenda in the DRC. Must read here.

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April 15 2014

From empty sky Tue Apr 15 2014, 09:46:00

This video from Oxfam shows quite clearly the problems that have resulted from the decision of the Lesotho government to outsource the management of their hospital to Netcare.

There are many people who will probably try and dispute this. There are those who will claim that the success of the hospital has created this problem and it was impossible to foresee that more patients would need to be treated than the "ceiling" agreed to (although this would require ignoring all sorts of logical projections, etc.).

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March 31 2014

From empty sky Mon Mar 31 2014, 00:33:00

Interesting infograhic from Afrographique showing the proportion of mobile users who regularly make and receive payments on their phones. East Africa way out in front again.

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March 25 2014

From empty sky Tue Mar 25 2014, 02:42:00

Great piece from Daily Maverick on the bizarre moves by Mozambique's parliament - including quite a lot of women.

Worth a read here.

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March 24 2014

From empty sky Mon Mar 24 2014, 05:33:00

It's never a good thing when African (or any other) governments start randomly banning things on security grounds. Burundi's latest move should definitely ring alarm bells - they've banned people from jogging in groups in Bujumbura because "opposition parties are using them as an excuse to organise "uprisings", Bujumbura's mayoral spokesperson said on Thursday". A group, for the record, refers to two or more people.

Burundi has been growing restive and the UN has called for "restraint and dialogue" ahead of presidential elections in 2015. The country has also been dragged into the escalating diplomatic drama between South Africa and Rwanda - one of Burundi's diplomats joined the three Rwandans who were expelled from South Africa recently for planning to assassinate Rwandan opposition ...

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March 22 2014

From empty sky Sat Mar 22 2014, 04:41:00

Former presidents of Mozambique, South Africa and Botswana are mediating on behalf of SADC in the on-going border dispute between Tanzania and Malawi over ownership of Lake Malawi/Nyasa (although I imagine Mbeki is spending less time there as he's also responsible for trying to sort out the Sudan/South Sudan border and possible do something with the CAR). Former Mozambican President Chissano hosted a meeting in Moz on Thursday to try and move the two countries towards an agreement. Malawi claims the whole of the northern part of the lake falls within it's borders, as per a colonial era agreement, while Tanzania claims that modern practice of splitting a border body of water should hold force. It should be mentioned that the southern part of the lake is divided according to said modern ...

Malawi seems unwilling to budge, with the Malawian delegation leader, Malawi Foreign Minister claiming tha ...

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allAfrica.com news stories in this entry:
Mozambique:   Chissano Mediates in Lake Niassa Dispute (news)
Agencia de Informacao de Mocambique
21 March 2014

Delegations from the Malawian and Tanzanian governments met in Maputo on Thursday to discuss their border dispute, in the presence of a mediation team headed by former Mozambican President Joaquim ... [read more]




March 2 2014

From empty sky Sun Mar 2 2014, 23:14:00

Zambia has committed to reviewing the new NGO laws they've just passed in response to NGO complaints. The review is unlikely to change the fact that the Zambian government, like many other developing world governments, particularly in East and Southern Africa, is increasingly determined to regulate and to some extent control the NGO sector.

This affects two groups directly. Local NGOs being controlled by government creates questions around the ability of civil society to play a critical and watch-dog role. But what about INGOs? There has been plenty of discussion about the changing role and projectory of INGOs based on many factors. To what extent, I wonder, have INGOs begun to pay attention to the shrinking space specifically for their work in these countries? Whatever the rhetoric, it's ...

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