Rural development

Banda Targets Rural and Urban Poor

Malawi President of Malawi, Joyce Banda says that her country has no boundary of urban and rural as far as poverty is concerned, one of the reasons why she has directed the Mudzi Transformation Trust to renovate and construct new houses for the needy in both areas.

Banda believes that, "…I am well informed that there are also people living in poverty in urban areas according to what I have seen at Chikanda," further wishing that her administration could make sure that people are sleeping in houses that do not leak when it rains.

Thembekile Mandela Foundation Launched

Former President Nelson Mandela's granddaughter Ndileka, is continuing with Madiba's legacy to enhance education in rural areas.

Ndileka has launched a new foundation in honour of her father and Madiba's eldest son Thembekile, who died in a car accident in 1969. 

The Thembekile Mandela Foundation will focus on education, health and youth development in rural areas and its first project will be to refurbish the hostels Clarke Berry School in the Eastern Cape.

Starvation to Hit Swaziland

A Swazi-based newspaper has reported that people in rural Swaziland are about to die of hunger.

The report states that rain has been scarce this season, adding that crops have failed and food has run out.

The newspaper further quoted one unnamed elderly woman as saying that: “We are starving, literally starving my child. Just like most of the kitchens in this community right now, there is absolutely no food.”

To read the article titled, “'Starvation' to Hit Swaziland,” click here.

TZ Government Urged to Empower Paralegals

The Miono Entrepreneurs Development Corporation, SHIMAWAMI, has urged the Tanzanian government to make deliberate moves to empower village paralegal officers if it seriously wants to address the increasing number of land conflicts countrywide.

The Miono Entrepreneurs Development Corporation, SHIMAWAMI, coordinator, Daudi Mwemkulo, the organisation, conducted a three-day capacity building training, to empower the village paralegal officers with needed skills to enable them assist their fellow villagers.

Phafogang Piggery Project Restore Dignity for Parents

“When World Vision Kodumela provided us with capital to embark on this pig farm adventure, I never thought pig farming would eventually become my passion”, said France Kgabo, Phafogang Piggery project secretary. Started in 2006, the piggery is becoming a serious profit making and a job creating project in Kodumela. It has employed eight women and three men, representing a tangible positive change in the lives of more than thirty children from the area. These include both World Vision registered and non-registered children.

Bulungula Incubator: Small-scale farming co-ordinator

The Bulungula Incubator (BI) is a rural development NGO based in the remote Xhora Mouth region on the Wild Coast of the Eastern Cape. Our programmes are concentrated on three focus areas: Education, Sustainable Livelihoods, and Health.. Our vision is to be a catalyst for the creation of vibrant and sustainable rural communities. To learn more about the BI, please visit our website: www.bulungula.org

Training on Impact Evaluation for Evidence-Based Development

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Development programs and policies are typically designed to create change to the target beneficiaries. Whether or not these changes are actually achieved is a crucial public policy question but one that is not often examined. Impact evaluation assesses the changes that can be attributed to a particular intervention, such as a project, program or policy, both the intended ones, as well as ideally the unintended ones.

Botswana Shoots Zim Stray Cattle

Botswana says it is shooting Zimbabwe cattle which stray across its border to protect its beef exports to the European Union (EU).

Zimbabwe farmers are furious and say that 400 healthy animals which crossed the unfenced border were shot by Botswana officials last month. But they're getting no sympathy from their own government.

Botswana says its exports to the EU are vitally important and it cannot risk any of its cattle contracting foot and mouth disease from Zimbabwe cattle.

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