January 25th, 2010

Auntie Maureen; shining a light for Uganda’s street children



Maureen Mwagale is carrying a child – Eric, (her godson) while she talks and laughs to a group of about 10 women in a small room in Balikudembe Church-Kisenyi. She is wearing a red T-shirt with Kaana (the future is in your hands), the name she decided on for her project.

The Moroto Girls (a name they decided on themselves) are here to listen to a business proposal Maureen pitched to them earlier in the week. She starts expounding on the money-making scheme; on the table sit kilos of beans which are to be shared between and sold by the women. Each is supposed to put Shs100 away at the end of the day for their joint saving account. Eventually, they would make enough to buy sacks of beans and then clothes for sale before reaching their target of opening up stalls in Karamoja to help them support their children.

For more read http://www.monitor.co.ug/Magazines/Sunday%20Life/-/689856/848306/-/ue30cmz/-/index.html

How will Chinese culture influence Africa?

So far, media coverage of China’s involvement in Africa has mostly been about investment. Stories of Chinese engineers in hard hats standing by roads up mountains in Ethiopia. Stories of Chinese farmers moving to Zambia.

But, in a push to extent its economic reach, China is now making a very real effort to export its culture to the world’s poorest continent. Last year the Asian giant overtook the U.S. as Africa’s top trading partner, confirming to the West that it has a real battle on its hands to maintain its influence over African nations.

Read more http://blogs.reuters.com/africanews/2010/01/22/how-will-chinese-culture-influence-africa/

Global recovery stronger than expected: IMF

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The world economy is still fragile but the recovery from the financial crisis has been significantly faster than the International Monetary Fund expected, the head of the institution said on Thursday.

In his first news conference of the year in Washington, IMF Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn said the IMF would unveil more upbeat growth forecasts in an update of the fund’s World Economic Outlook later this month.

Read more http://davos2010.reuters.com/2010/01/21/global-recovery-stronger-than-expected-imf/

How will Chinese culture influence Africa?

So far, media coverage of China’s involvement in Africa has mostly been about investment. Stories of Chinese engineers in hard hats standing by roads up mountains in Ethiopia. Stories of Chinese farmers moving to Zambia.

But, in a push to extent its economic reach, China is now making a very real effort to export its culture to the world’s poorest continent. Last year the Asian giant overtook the U.S. as Africa’s top trading partner, confirming to the West that it has a real battle on its hands to maintain its influence over African nations.

Read more http://blogs.reuters.com/africanews/2010/01/22/how-will-chinese-culture-influence-africa/

African viewpoint: Black label

In our series of viewpoints from African journalists, Ghanaian Elizabeth Ohene considers labels, hoaxes and Obamania.

This past week, like everybody else on the globe, I have been glued to the television screens watching the agony of the Haitians.

I have heard over and over again that Haiti is the poorest country in the Western hemisphere and as the rhetoric has expanded, I have even heard Haiti was THE poorest country in the world.

Now I don't know what the truth is about these claims; I have never been to Haiti and I have deep scepticism about terminology like GDP and the like.

Read more http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/8475534.stm

Ethiopian jet crash bodies pulled from sea off Beirut



At least 24 bodies of people killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash off Beirut have been pulled from the sea.

Addis Ababa-bound Flight ET409 burst into flames and crashed into the Mediterranean shortly after take-off from Beirut airport in stormy weather.

Rescuers are continuing to search for bodies and wreckage, but officials say it is very unlikely that any of the 90 people on board will be found alive.

A Lebanese minister said "bad weather was apparently the cause of the crash".
"We have ruled out foul play so far," Defence Minister Elias Murr told reporters.

For more read http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/middle_east/8478828.stm