Aid Workers Chased Away from Church

Humanitarian organisation, Gift of the Givers, says its aid workers were chased away from the scene of a collapsed building in Lagos, Nigeria, and threatened with arrest if they come near the site where a church building collapsed, killing dozens of people including South Africans.

Gift of the Givers founder, Imtiaz Sooliman, asserts that, “They [aid workers] tried to go to the church, but they were chased away. The authorities there did not want them to take any information or come near.”

WB to Invest in Electricity Production

This summer, the World Bank announced that it will allocate US$5 billion in aid to Africa to help the continent optimise its potential for electricity production. The initiative focuses on hydroelectric power, among other sources.

Although its regional economies are expanding rapidly, Africa still suffers from significant deficiencies in electrification, a factor which hinders development.

There is a plethora of initiatives both private and public aiming to increase access to electricity, but the scale of the task at hands is daunting.

Gift of the Givers Supplies Not Yet Reached Gaza

Medical equipment and supplies taken by the humanitarian organisation Gift of the Givers, have not yet reached Gaza almost a week after arriving in Egypt.
The South African Department of International Relations is still negotiating its safe passage and seeking clearance from the Egyptian government.
The team was allowed to enter the war-torn region after being stuck at the Egyptian Raffah border crossing.

SADC Urged to Reduce Dependence on Aid

Zimbabwe President, Robert Mugabe, has urged the Southern African Development Community (SADC) member states to reduce its dependence on foreign aid and to make better use of its natural resources such as minerals and land.

Speaking at the opening of a two-day summit of the 15-member SADC in Zimbabwe, Mugabe warns that the continued over-reliance on the goodwill of the cooperation partners compromises African countries the opportunity to own the SADC.

NGO Heading to Gaza for Relief Efforts

Humanitarian aid agency, the Gift of the Givers Foundation is preparing to travel to Gaza to assist with relief efforts.

Gift of the Givers founder, director and chairperson, Imtiaz Sooliman, points out that, “This is probably one of the most dangerous missions we've ever undertaken in 22 years of our history. It is a mission for which we have got the greatest number of volunteers and medical volunteers.”

BRICS to Launch a Development Bank

Leaders of the BRICS [Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa] group of emerging powers are meeting to launch a new development bank and a reserve fund seen as counterweights to Western-led financial institutions.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff hosts the leaders of BRICS before talks with South American leaders the next day in Brasilia.

Museveni Slams ‘Sinful’ Western Aid

Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni, has reportedly urged Africans to avoid what he calls ‘sinful Western aid’ after donors cut funding over anti-gay laws enacted in his country.

Museveni signed the controversial anti-gay law, which calls for ‘repeat homosexuals’ to be jailed for life, outlaws the promotion of homosexuality and obliges Ugandans to denounce gays to the authorities in February.

NGO Provides Aid to Striking Miners

Aid organisation, Gift of the Givers is expected to visit the mining areas again where they have been providing striking workers with food parcels for the past five weeks.

The organisation says though it will continue to provide aid to the most affected families, they have to now dig deep into their coffers to keep on supplying aid. 

Its spokesperson, Emily Thomas, says it is frustrating that the negotiations to end the strike remain at loggerheads, this is despite concerned parties reaching an agreement on the latest wage offer. 

Donors Slash Mozambique Budget Aid

Foreign donors have cut aid to Mozambique's government by 11 percent compared to 2013 amid concerns over corruption.

According to an official, the group of donors who contribute aid directly to the Southern African nation's coffers pledged US$275 million in aid this week, down from US$309 million in 2013.

Norway decided to stop its commitment altogether, joining Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain who all pulled out from direct budget support recently.

Chinese NGOs Target African Countries

China's assistance to Tanzania is heading to a new era that will centre on the people to- people activities that provides direct aid to the vulnerable groups through non-governmental organisations (NGOs).

Beijing, despite providing assistance to Dar es Salaam in the last five decades, uses only government- to-government mode but now envisages to be blended further using NGOs.


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