MDGs- are we nearly there?

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were set by the UN to address challenges facing folk in the developing world. To say that that they were ambitious is an understatement but they gave the developed world something to work with, a sort of strategy if you like until 2015. We are 5 years away from that target and I sense a real nervousness in some quarters as to whether … [Read more...]

Should Women in Africa care about International Women’s day?

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It is International Women's Day a day to celebrate women's achievements.  This year's theme is equal rights, equal opportunities and progress for all. Very good I say but the cynic in me can't help but ask what this really means for women in Africa especially the poorest in African communities? Late last year I was introduced to a group of internally displaced refugees … [Read more...]

Another excuse to keep Africans poor?

I stumbled upon a conversation on Twitter regarding a new kind of cola, Ubuntu Cola to be precise. I was told that this is a fairtrade cola that enables farmers in Malawi to earn a fair wage. I was intrigued by this so I asked more questions and I learned that what makes this cola a fairtrade product is because the sugar used is fairtrade certified. I did ask whether this … [Read more...]