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International aid to Africa needs an overhaul. Tips on what needs to change

Foreign aid "has failed to deliver sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction" in Africa, numerous studies have shown. De-linking African institutions from "an aid-dependent economic model" would be "one way to reform foreign aid" and make it work, argues Tigist Mekonnen Melesse, a post-PhD Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Effective Global Action, University of California, Berkeley.
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COVID-19 was a “preventable disaster” that became a pandemic thanks to lack “global political leadership”: WHO report

COVID-19 was a "preventable disaster" that became a pandemic due a lack "global political leadership," according to a recent report issued by a WHO-appointed high-level panel co-chaired by former Liberian President Johnson Sirleaf, a Nobel Peace Laureate and Africa’s first democratically elected female head of state, and Helen Clark, the former prime minister of New Zealand.
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COVID-19 vaccine “apartheid”, deadly virus variants and vaccine pauses

This week, the global death toll from COVID-19 topped 3 million, and cases topped 140 million, two heartbreaking milestones accompanied by burgeoning global COVID-19 vaccine “apartheid”, emerging deadly virus variants and mutations, increasing prevalence of vaccine “blood clots” and side-effects, vaccination pauses and restrictions, and the racist politics around the global distribution of life-saving vaccines.
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President Cyril Ramaphosa outlines South Africa’s “drastic measures” to combat the coronavirus pandemic

Read President Cyril Ramaphosa's statement declaring the novel coronavirus or Covid-19 a "national state of disaster" and outlining South Africa's "urgent and drastic" measures to combat the pandemic, issued Sunday, March 15, 2020, when SA had 61 confirmed cases. Five days later, the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in South Africa had soared to 150.
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