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Malawi Makes Progress Following Graft Scandal

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says that Malawi has made progress after a massive government corruption scandal last year, but urged action to bring soaring prices under control.

Malawi adopted an action plan to bust graft in the wake of massive fraud last year that prompted Western donors to freeze US$150 million in aid.

The country is heavily dependent on donors, who bankroll up to 40 percent of its national budget.

Mbeki: Stolen Funds Dwarf Development Aid

Former President, Thabo Mbeki, has warned that the illicit flow of money out of Africa is at least double what the continent receives from development assistance, according to conservative estimates.

Mbeki, who is heading the High-level Panel on Illicit Financial Flows from Africa, created by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa and the African Union, blames the large corporations for most of the losses, although government theft does play some role.

US Govt Tackles Food Shortages in Zim

The United States (US) government has launched a five-year, US$100 million programme to assist more than a half-million hungry Zimbabweans.
 
US Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Bruce Wharton, states that his country remains committed to the welfare of Zimbabweans.
 
Nonprofit international development organisations, World Vision and CNFA, will implement the five-year programme in Zimbabwe's most drought-prone provinces.
 

UN Cuts Food Aid in Zimbabwe

More Zimbabweans face serious hunger, following the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) cutting the number of people it assists with aid.
 
The WFP states that it has cut rations to a million Zimbabweans, and more cuts could be coming this year.
 
The agency announced in 2013 that one in four of Zimbabwe's rural population is expected to need food assistance in 2014, recognising this as the highest since early 2009 when more than half the population required food support.
 

Ban on NGOs in Zim Lifted

A ban on aid bodies in Zimbabwe’s Masvingo province has been lifted, and government is appealing to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to resume operations there.

Former provincial governor, Titus Maluleke, ordered the discontinuation of 29 NGOs, which provided food to desperate families in Masvingo, accusing them of engaging in political activity.

However, Minister of Provincial Affairs, Kudakwashe Bhasikiti, has announced the cancellation of the ban, arguing that the government cannot feed all the starving people in the province on its own.

ActionAid International: Human Rights Based Approach M&E Advisor

The vision of ActionAid International is a world without poverty in which every person can exercise their right to a life of dignity.

Action Aid International seeks to appoint a Human Rights Based Approach (HRBA) Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Advisor, based in Johannesburg.

Responsibilities:

The position focuses on the setting of monitoring standards, developing guidelines, processes and tools for monitoring ActionAid’s International Strategy.

Six-Year Rural Electricity Deal Signed

The Tanzanian government and the World Bank signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which the latter will provide US$209 million for the implementation of six-year Rural Electrification Expansion Programme.
 
The six-year project will also be financed by other Development Partners and other partners who will finance the project are Norway who will offer US$80 million, Sweden (US$70 million), European Union (US$50 million), England (US$42 million) and African Development Bank (US$5 million). Tanzanian government will issue 900m/- for the project.
 

​US Reviews Its Aid to Mozambique

The United States (US) has announced that, in the light of the undisclosed loans to the Mozambican state companies Proindicus and Mozambique Asset Management (MAM), it is reconsidering its aid to Mozambique.
 
In a press statement, the country’s embassy in Maputo says that the US is joining other donors in reviewing the packages of aid granted to Mozambique.
 

Donors, Funding Agencies, Suspend Aid to Mozambique

The group of 14 donors and funding agencies who provide direct support to the Mozambican budget have decided to suspend that financial aid, in response to last month's revelations about over a billion dollars’ worth of undisclosed, government guaranteed loans.
 
The loans are to Proindicus (US$622 million) - a company set up to provide security for offshore oil and gas operations and for shipping in the Mozambique Channel - and to Mozambique Asset Management (US$535 million dollars), the latter is intended to provide maritime repairs and maintenance.
 

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