Joaquim Chissano, the former president of Mozambique, has called on African leaders to protect sexual and reproductive rights in an “Open Letter to African Leaders” published Tuesday by The Africa Report.
Plans to reshape cities across Africa in the style of Dubai and Singapore threaten to deepen social inequalities and could prove costly to both investors and city authorities , says renowned scholar on city planning
During hard times, the poor lose faith in their leaders and the economic system; and when times are good, too few enjoy the benefits. The GINI coefficient, a measure of economic inequality, has been rising for many years in developing as well as developed countries, including the United States. In Europe, inequalities have intensified as a result of rapidly rising unemployment, especially among young people. Some have reacted by rioting; others have backed far-right xenophobic political parties; many more seethe quietly, growing ever more resentful of politicians and the system they represent
Development fundamentally is about transformation. Developing broad base capacities, changing people’s attitudes, creating new and effective institutions and providing the environment for new innovations are the fundamental issues on which the development transformation depends. Development helps to bring socio-economic change if these issues are addressed. The process depends both on the mobilization of internal and external resources.
Only when society starts to picture each individual person beyond “Gender”, we as human beings with the ability to realize our potential, shall we probably foresee a society of “Gender Equality”. For some people, “Gender Inequality” may not be an issue, but perhaps walking back into the past will probably help others appreciate how “Inequalities” against women, especially in olden days, robbed them of a life-time ability to realize their potential
The life of Nelson Mandela, and his struggle against injustice, oppression, and socio-economic inequalities, however, demonstrates why we should question this assumption. His journey from revolutionary to president of South Africa to active citizen provides lessons for all of us who value democracy and who yearn for a more active, engaged citizenry
Despite the emergence of a black middle class in South Africa, it is still among the world’s most unequal societies. Nelson Mandela’s legacy of tolerance formed the basis of South Africa’s democracy, but profound inequalities inherited from decades of racial segregation linger. The country’s first black President oversaw the transition of a deeply polarised society while reaching out to former oppressors, notably by having tea with the widow of the architect of apartheid’s white minority rule.
The poor in East Africa largely live in rural areas or in the slums of major towns and cities, with a sizeable number of the fortunately employed receiving a wage just below the poverty line. Health or medical care is an elusive matter with no health insurance cover while children face a 40 to 80higher chance of dying before their fifth birthday compared to their richer compatriots
Nelson Mandela’s legacy of tolerance formed the basis of South Africa’s democracy, but profound inequalities inherited from decades of racial segregation linger. The country’s first black president oversaw the transition of a deeply polarised society while reaching out to former oppressors, notably by having tea with the widow of the architect of apartheid’s white minority rule.
The magnitude of the problem of inequality in our country, compounded by the painful reality of unemployment and poverty, will hobble any future development prospects unless we seriously debate the efficacy and appropriateness of our policy responses in post-apartheid South Africa