news analysis advocacy

AfricaFocus for Mobile

Visit No Easy Victories
"No Easy Victories makes clear that our lives and fortunes
around the world are indeed linked." - Nelson Mandela
tips on searching

About
AfricaFocus


Support AfricaFocus
Priority Issues


Focus on African Countries


Talking Points on Economy and Development

  • Politicians and investors in Africa and around the world speak of creating good jobs. In practice they most often promote a market-fundamentalist development model that sheds jobs while increasing profits for the 1%.

  • The "Africa Rising" narrative celebrating rapid economic growth in many African countries contains a partial truth. New investment in extractive industries to serve world markets is growing, and there is rapid growth in information and communication technology as well.

  • But most Africans, whether in the rural areas or the burgeoning cities, have little access to the wealth created. Jobs in the formal sector do not come close to keeping up with expansion of the labor force. And government policies marginalize the interests of workers and small farmers.

  • Sustainable development depends on public investment in health, education, and infrastructure, but these investments fall far short of what is needed.

  • Significant change in economic policies, in Africa and around the world, will only come if there is active transnational mobilization for economic justice for the 99%. Such action must include not only political groups, but also unions, farmers' organizations, human rights groups, churches, and others in all sectors of society.

South African platinum miners organize a wildcat strike in October 2012.
T-shirts refer to massacre of striking miners at Marikana in August that year.

 

Recent bulletins on economy and development


AfricaFocus Bulletin

July 26, 2016  Africa/Global: Not Yet "End of AIDS"
    At the 21st International AIDS Conference in South Africa last week, "optimism faded as delegates arrived to news that donor countries had reduced global HIV funding by more than $1 billion from 2014 to 2015. ... Nearly 20 million people are [still] in need of antiretroviral therapy. [and] nearly half of the $44 billion cost could be unfunded between 2016 and 2020." - Washington Post, July 25, 2016

July 15, 2016  Zimbabwe: #WageTheft
    "An astounding 80,000 Zimbabwe workers in formal employment--out of some 350,000 workers--did not receive wages and benefits on time in 2014, according to a new Solidarity Center report, 'Working Without Pay: Wage Theft in Zimbabwe,' released today in Harare." - Solidarity Center

July 15, 2016  Zimbabwe: #ThisFlag
    "The Zimbabwean regime did not expect Pastor Evan Mawarire to be set free on Wednesday night. But unprecedented public pressure forced the magistrate's hand, with a little help from blundering police. Look away now, Comrade Bob, because Zimbabwe will never be the same again." - Daily Maverick, July 14, 2016

July 6, 2016  Cuba/Sierra Leone: Reclaiming Slave-Trade History
    As recognition grows that the legacy of slavery and the slave trade is still embedded in the structural inequalities of today's world, scholars are finding new ways to make the lost connections visible. One dramatic and inspiring illustration, featured in this issue of AfricaFocus Bulletin, is the film "They Are We," showing the rediscovery and re-connection in person with their African relatives of an Afro-Cuban community which still celebrates their heritage with dances and songs in a language almost forgotten by current generations even in its villages of origin in Sierra Leone. The film, first released in Cuba in 2013, features the story of this rediscovery, in the voices and faces of the communities who collaborated in the making of the film.

More on: politics&human rights|peace&security|health|economy|ict

AfricaFocus Archive: by date | by place | by topic

June 30, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Air Pollution Threats & Solutions
June 22, 2016  
    Africa/Global: "Stop the Bleeding" Updates
June 13, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Don't Be a Fossil Fool
Jun   2, 2016  
    Liberia/Global: Financial Secrecy at Work
May 26, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Migrants' Rights Roundup
May 13, 2016  
    Mozambique: Debt Crisis & the Panama Papers
May   5, 2016  
    Uganda: Accountability and Child Soldiers
April 27, 2016  
    Nigeria: Shapes of Violence, 2
April 27, 2016  
    Nigeria: Shapes of Violence, 1
April 11, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Panama Papers Tip of Iceberg
Apr   5, 2016  
    USA/Global: When Elephants Fight
March 23, 2016  
    Namibia: Meeting Expectations?
March 16, 2016  
    Africa: Tolerance and Intolerance in Perspective
March 9, 2016  
    Africa/Global: Making Choices on Climate Future
February 29, 2016  
    USA/Africa: Rising Opposition to Tax Evasion
February 16, 2016  
    Africa: Ghosts at the African Union Summit

AfricaFocus Sponsor:
Open Society Foundations, Africa

soros.org/regions/africa
afrimap.org

OSI logo

Working for democratic governance, criminal justice reform, natural resources regulation, independent media, and public health reform.


About AfricaFocus Sponsors

For more frequent updates, visit the AfricaFocus FaceBook page
Africa News
Aug 26, 2016
AllAfrica | Conflict, Peace and Security
Ghana: Ghana Is Not Safe - Deputy Speaker
South Sudan: 'Abstain From Politics,' Ex-Rebel Leader Told
Africa: Could America's War On Terror Creep Across Africa?
Select a Country or Region What is this?

More Country News
Algeria | Angola | Benin | Botswana
Burkina Faso | Burundi | Cameroon
Cape Verde | Central Afr. Rep.
Chad | Comoros | Congo (Brazzaville)
Congo (Kinshasa) | Côte d'Ivoire
Djibouti | Egypt | Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea | Ethiopia | Gabon | Gambia
Ghana | Guinea | Guinea-Bissau
Kenya | Lesotho | Liberia | Libya
Madagascar | Malawi | Mali | Mauritania
Mauritius | Morocco | Mozambique
Namibia | Niger | Nigeria | Rwanda
São Tomé | Senegal | Seychelles
Sierra Leone | Somalia | South Africa
Sudan | Swaziland | Tanzania | Togo
Tunisia | Uganda | Western Sahara
Zambia | Zimbabwe


 

For more books visit
AfricaFocus Bookshop

Exchange link www.africaworldpressbooks.com
Books on Africa and the Diaspora

Exchange links

www.africafiles.org
News with an African perspective
allafrica.com
Premier Portal for Africa News
www.concernedafricascholars.org
Political activism and research
www.africaworldpressbooks.com
Books on Africa and the Diaspora
www.columbia.edu
Virtual library for Africa
www.kabissa.org
Space for change in Africa
www.opendemocracy.net
Debate on democracy
www.pambazuka.org
Weekly Forum for Social Justice
www-sul.stanford.edu
Internet resources on Africa
Africa.com:
News, Finance, Travel. Culture