news • analysis • advocacy
AfricaFocus for Mobile Access (or go to main site)
AfricaFocus Bulletin: Latest six bulletins
Earlier Issues: Last 50 | All 2011 | All 2010 | Full Archive
October 30, 2014 South Africa: In Africa? Or Not?
"In the early years after I got 'home,' it took me some time to figure out how to respond to the idea that Africa was a place that began beyond South Africa's borders. I was surprised to learn that the countries where I had lived -- the ones that had nurtured my soul in the long years of exile -- were actually no places at all in the minds of some of my compatriots. They weren't geographies with their own histories and cultures and complexities. They were dark landscapes, Conradian and densely forested. Zambia and Kenya and Ethiopia might as well have been Venus and Mars and Jupiter. " - Sisonke Msimang
October 20, 2014 USA/Africa: Decent Work Agenda
"While economic growth is laudable, the ["Africa Rising"] narrative does not address the role of unions and workers in pressing for economic and political justice, and it completely ignores the growing inequality and the ongoing deficit of decent work opportunities for African workers." - AFL-CIO, ITUC- Africa
October 14, 2014 USA/Africa: New Statistics on Immigrant Communities
According to a new brief from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey, based on data from 2008-2012, there are approximately 1.6 million people living in the United States who were born in Africa. Although these numbers do not include children born in the United States, and may well be an underestimate, the data show an extraordinary rate of growth, from 1 percent of the foreign-born population in 1970 (less than 80,000 born in Africa) to 4 percent in 2008-2012.
October 7, 2014 Africa: Ebola Perspectives
At one level, the challenge posed by Ebola is immediate, direct, and even simple. Health professionals know what needs to be done; the issue is committing enough resources quickly enough to match the pace of the deadly virus. At the same time, the challenge is enormously complex and far-reaching, as the world's failure to mobilize an adequate response poses fundamental questions about past mistakes, future policies, structural inequalities, and persistent stereotypes.
September 22, 2014 Africa: Climate Action & Economic Growth
It is still conventional wisdom to pit action to curb climate change against economic growth. But the evidence is rapidly accumulating that this is a false dilemma, buttressed by vested interests in the fossil fuel industry and a simplistic concept of economic growth. According to a report just released by the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate, falling prices for renewable energy and careful analysis of both costs and benefits of low-carbon vs. high-carbon investment strategies point to a clear conclusion: saving the planet and saving the economy go hand in hand.
September 16, 2014 Africa: Tracing the Oil Money
From 2011 to 2013, the governments of [ten oil-producing African countries] sold over 2.3 billion barrels of oil. These sales, worth more than $250 billion, equal a staggering 56 percent of their combined government revenues. But, reveals a new report from Swiss and international nongovernmental organizations, there is little transparency about these sales, a quarter of which were made to littleknown Swiss trading companies.