Tony Blair

0 Why it’s so difficult to measure progress and well-being in Africa

Flickr, epSos.de Gross domestic product (GDP) is the magical term often used to described the economic growth of a country. Governments, experts and news reports point to it as a measure of progress. In development, a field often dominated by economists, GDP is all but an obligatory part of the discussion when…

0 Howard Buffett Foundation attacks UN to shift blame from Rwanda

Howard G. Buffett is pushing the international community to fully restore aid to Rwanda. When a UN Group of Experts (GoE) report found that Rwanda was supporting rebels fighting a deadly conflict in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), a number of countries including the U.S. and Britain cut or suspended foreign aid in protest. Howard Buffett and Tony Blair loudly protested the aid cuts.

0 Mixed Reactions to the DR Congo Peace Deal

In Ethiopia, 11 countries signed a “Peace Framework Agreement” intended to marshall regional support for conflict resolution in restive eastern Congo. Mark Goldberg of UN Dispatch interviews Prof Laura Seay, Assistant Professor of poli sci at Morehouse College on the prospects of this newest push.

1 Tony Blair’s odd poster child for advancing good African governance

Tony Blair and Paul Kagame Britain’s former Prime Minister Tony Blair wants to end aid dependence by fostering better governance, especially in Africa. Since moving off the geopolitical center stage, Blair has inserted himself into several new supporting roles that could generally be lumped together as world betterment consultant. For…

0 And the next president of the World Bank will be …

Probably an American and possibly, some say, Bill Clinton or Andy Summers. The World Bank is an institution created in the closing days of World War II to provide loans to poor and/or struggling countries based on the concept that a healthy global economy is good for all of us.…