Africa

Army unleashes military offensive in Darfur

by IRIN News September 6, 2006

Expectations that leaders of the world's richest nations meeting in Scotland this week would take far-reaching steps to eradicate poverty in Africa have not been met, with limited progress on debt relief, increased aid to the continent or the dismantling of unfair trade practices....

NIGERIA: Lagos, mega-city of slums

by IRIN News September 2, 2006

President Festus Mogae declared Botswana "drought stricken" after poor rainfall resulted in widespread crop failure, and has announced relief measures that will run until June next year....

Sudan Says No as U.N. Backs Force For Darfur

by Glenn Kessler and Craig Timberg Washington Post September 1, 2006

The U.N. Security Council yesterday approved a long-sought resolution that would place an expanded peacekeeping force in Sudan's troubled Darfur region under U.N. authority, even as the government appeared to have begun a new offensive against rebel forces....

Darfur humanitarian assistance near collapse as the result of increased conflict, U.N. official says

by IRIN News August 29, 2006

The Sudanese government and two Darfur rebel groups have finally signed a broad declaration of principles, but have postponed working out the finer details of the peace settlement until the end of August, mediators from the African Union said....

Photo: IRIN  A Zimbabwean mother and daughter try to make a living by walking across the border to sell food in Zambia

Zimbabwean mother and daughter try to make a living by selling food in Zambia

by IRIN News August 23, 2006

As a growing number of children orphaned by HIV/AIDS seek assistance from the state, South Africa's social development department has begun drawing up a plan to address their needs....

Government of Cameroon discovers that it pays 45,000 salaries to people that do not exist

by BBC News August 11, 2006

The authorities in Cameroon have discovered that they are paying civil service salaries to 45,000 employees who do not actually exist....

Zimbabweans face chaos and confusion as they try to deposit and spend their cash before it becomes worthless

by BBC News August 9, 2006

Zimbabweans are facing chaos and confusion as they try to deposit and spend their cash before it becomes worthless on 21 August....

Photo: BBC  Money is nearly worthless in Zimbabwe due to inflation of 1200 percent per year, the highest in the world.  The government’s plan to exchange new money for old has created further problems.

Zimbabwe government seizes millions in cash

by BBC News August 9, 2006

Zimbabwean authorities have seized more than $50m worth of old banknotes at roadblocks and border posts in a crackdown on money launderers....

Congo poll count raises concerns

by BBC News August 5, 2006

Serious concerns are being raised about the counting of votes in the Democratic Republic of Congo's first multi-party elections in 40 years....

Aid politics: why Ethiopia and its donors are no longer talking

by David Loyn BBC News August 1, 2006

Aid thinking moves in policy cycles, and the dogma for now, at least for the big European donors, is to give aid directly to governments....