Malawi

0 South African nations off pace for MDGs on water and sanitation

Only two countries in Southern Africa are likely to achieve improved access to safe water and improved sanitation, by the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The more than 100 million people without safe water and the 174 million without proper sanitation face serious health risks, due to…

1 China’s Colonizing Africa? Not so Much

When people take a break from debating whether Africa is or is not rising, they like to talk about China. The emerging economic powerhouse is making its mark on Sub Saharan Africa by support port projects in Kenya, mines in Zambia and standing behind the Sudanese government. The activities mean…

1 Dispatch from inside the Malawi protests: An African spring?

Flickr, tlupic Malawi protesters Malawi is in upheaval. Just as when Tunisians first rose up against their government, few outside are paying much attention. The same basic forces — unemployment, high food prices, human rights abuses and mistrust of government — which sparked the revolt in Tunisia and then…

0 Jailed Malawi journalist Collins Mtika set free, for now

Collins Mtika My friend and journalist colleague in Malawi, Collins Mtika, was released from jail yesterday. I took notice of Collins’ arrest last week thanks to Sika Holman (here is her blog on the Malawi protests). I tweeted about it, emailed about it and eventually wrote about what little I…

1 Malawi crackdown on protests, journalists and my friend Collins

Collins Mtika Last I heard, my friend and colleague Collins Mtika — a journalist in Malawi — was in jail. There have been protests in Malawi over high food prices, corruption in government (remember how the so-called “Arab spring” started?). As a result, Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has cracked…

0 Guardian: Time to abandon the democracy vs dictatorship debate?

The Guardian has published this very thought-provoking article arguing we need to stop thinking so simplistically when it comes to pushing for political progress in other countries. Well, who would argue with that? But David Booth, with the Overseas Development Institute, actually appears to be suggesting donors and development organizations…