This Week’s Social Change News from Africa

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Guest Post by Tiffany Pintor

This is the first post in a series of roundups on social change news from Africa. This is a look at how Africa is struggling with climate change challenges as well as Africans’ continued efforts toward self-reliance even as international donors continue their support.

Africa Should Build Capacity to Use Green Climate Funds, Says African Development Bank Vice-President

All Africa
December 2012

At a high-level panel discussion on "Financing Climate Change: Africa's Access to Convention Funds, the African Development Bank (AfDB) AfDB Vice-President Aly Abou-Sabaa said that African countries should build or reinforce their capacities to use efficiently green climate funds when they become available. He believes that with adequate resources and continued support from the international community, Africa can do much more to address its climate change threats as it strives to build a resilient African economy.



African Leaders Criticize Climate Proposals by Developed World
Voice of Africa
December 2012

The first week of negotiations at the climate change summit in Doha has not been promising.  African activists say that “rich countries” have been evasive- as such campaigners took to the streets as minister go back to the increasingly frustrating bargaining table.



African Pension Funds: The missing Link to African Development?                

Huffington Post
November 2012

Mahamadou Lamine Sagna and Ibrahim Sagna propose that under ethical conditions pension funds can indeed be used in a viable African economic model for community development and industrial well-being.Click Here


ICTs Delivering Home-Grown Development Solutions in Africa


December 2012

In a joint report by the World Bank and African Development Bank, with support from the African Union, evidence suggests that Information and Communication Technology (ICT) innovations are delivering home-grown solutions in Africa, transforming businesses and driving entrepreneurship and economic growth.



Ivory Coast Donors Pledge $8.6 Billion to Spur Development Plans
Dec 5, 2012

The government of Ivory Cost said that Foreign donors have pledged about $8.6 billion to help finance a development plan meant to create jobs and improve infrastructure  which is more than double the amount initially sought at a World Bank-backed donor meeting in Paris.


Africa: USAID to Support African Diaspora Development Fund

All Africa
December 2012

The U.S. Agency for International Development will finance the Migration and Development Fund which will award up to $500,000 to financial institutions or network associations in West or Central Africa that propose innovations aimed at boosting local development, increasing investment in migrant home countries in Africa, or promoting regulatory reforms that affect money transfers.



Tiffany Echavez Pintor was born in Cebu, Philippines but grew up in South California.  After studying International Relations and Finance at Stanford and Oxford Universities, she worked in various writing and analytical roles in politics, venture capital and nonprofits.

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