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  • UK should be proud of its support for International Development

    By ACTSA | October 27, 2016

    The Guardian newspaper makes a strong and positive case for the UK to be Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe Update: Issue 3/2014

    By Mark | August 7, 2014

    Zimbabwe one year on

    This special edition of the Zimbabwe Update, a year after the 2013 elections, focuses on Zanu PF being seen as ‘the only game in town’, the Catholic Commission of Justice and Peace’s report on the 2013 elections, and who will succeed Robert Mugabe as leader of Zanu PF? It also looks at division in the MDC, the US Africa Summit, Mugabe’s promotion to chair of SADC, EU and UK relations with Zimbabwe, fears of another recession and uncertainty in Read the rest of this entry »

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    Aid for Trade but does it reduce poverty?

    By Tony | January 15, 2014

    Trade may help people out of poverty but improving or increasing trade does not necessarily help those in poverty. DFID has just cancelled support for a major programme, “ Trademark Southern Africa”, Read the rest of this entry »

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    UK should revisit its decision on South Africa and its concept of aid

    By Mark | May 2, 2013

    Guardian: Poverty Matters

    Ending support for middle-income countries shows a misunderstanding about the role aid can play in increasingly better-off areas

    The UK ending its bilateral, grant-based aid programme to South Africa from 2015 apparently came as an unwelcome shock to the South African government. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Press release: UK wrong to stop aid to South Africa says ACTSA

    By Mark | May 1, 2013

    The UK should not cease its aid programme to South Africa. It is the wrong decision announced in the wrong way says Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), the successor organisation to the British Anti Apartheid Movement.

    Democratic South Africa does have many Read the rest of this entry »

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    UK unilateral decision to terminate Official Development Aid to SA

    By Mark | April 30, 2013

    Department of International Relations and cooperation

    Republic of South Africa

    Media Statement

    The South African government has noted with regret the unilateral announcement by the government of the United Kingdom regarding the termination of the Official Development Aid to South Africa as from the year 2015.

    This is such a major decision with far reaching implications on the projects that are currently running and it is tantamount to redefining our relationship. Read the rest of this entry »

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    DFID: Is support for agribusiness in Africa contributing to poverty reduction or fuelling it? Why are large amounts of UK aid going to companies and trusts in Mauritius?

    By Mark | December 11, 2012

    War on Want

    New research from War on Want reveals that the UK government’s Department for International Development (DFID) has been using the aid budget to promote the interests of multinational food companies in Africa – with potentially devastating effects on small-scale farmers and rural communities. Read the rest of this entry »

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    UK Aid Priorities

    By Mark | January 10, 2012

    British parliamentarians query choice of countries to receive UK aid.

    Should the UK have bilateral aid programmes for Lesotho and Swaziland?

    A report by British parliamentarians queries some the approaches and methodology used by the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) in its Bilateral Aid Review. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe to introduce cash transfer scheme

    By Sarah | September 29, 2011

    The Guardian, 28 September 2011

    Zimbabwe has launched a $75m plan to protect orphans and vulnerable children over the next three years.

    The money will come from the Zimbabwean government and donors, including the UK, the European Commission and the UN children’s agency, Unicef. Some $45m of the money for a child protection fund has been raised from donors, leaving a $30m shortfall that will need to be covered before full national coverage can be ensured. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Youth and student delegation, day 11: Pretoria

    By Mark | September 14, 2011

    Swaziland and Pretoria

    Geraldine Donnelly

    “Good morning it is Wednesday 14th September 2011, 6.11am…”

    And so our day begins, the radio greets us as we board the minibus for the last time in Swaziland to be taken to the airport as we embark on our last journey to Johannesburg, South Africa. Read the rest of this entry »

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