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0 New Gates Foundation chief to seek revolutionary simplicity

The world’s biggest philanthropy is entering a new era, a third phase of sorts, but is hardly settling into a comfortable routine of funding the same old things  or losing its upstart mindset. Susan Desmond-Hellmann Susan Desmond-Hellmann is the new chief executive officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and…

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1 Documentary questions motives for Westerners ‘helping’ Africa

Nearly a decade has passed since Kenyan writer Binyavanga Wainaina penned the satirical essay “How to Write About Africa” for Granta. The biting piece called out the way that people talk about, write about and depict the continent of Africa. Taboo subjects: ordinary domestic scenes, love between Africans (unless a…

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1 A peaceful and food-secure Africa is not just a dream

Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze An open letter by the International Fund for Agricultural Development’s President Dr Kanayo F. Nwanze called on African leaders to follow through and deliver on their promises for investing in agriculture. It came just ahead of the 23rd African Union summit that will bring together Africa’s leaders. In…

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0 Oxfam tweet stirs UK controversy for being too political

A recent report and accompanying tweet by Oxfam Great Britain about the problem of food poverty in Britain has brought the group under criticism. Conor Burns, a Conservative Minister of Parliament (MP), called on the national Charity Commission to investigate Oxfam for its overtly political message. He claims it may…

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1 1.6 billion people living in poverty, says report

An estimated 1.6 billion people around the world are living in multidimensional poverty, says a new analysis by the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative. It is a significantly higher estimate than 1.2 billion people who live in income poverty. The difference is accounted for by looking at education levels, electricity access,…

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