The priorities of president Michael Sata of Zambia have emerged from his first month in office. Stamping out corruption is the chosen path to good relations with international donors and to accelerated poverty reduction.
A new US ambassador to Malawi has arrived in the middle of a diplomatic tussle between the two countries over the suspended Millennium Challenge Corporation grant for vital energy development. Will President Mutharika back down on his repression of civil liberties?
The eventual resolution of the US 2012 budget for foreign aid is unlikely to show mercy to international NGOs involved with population issues. Meanwhile, the stories of urgent family planning needs in developing countries keep coming.
The UK government lavishes funds on Rwanda but others feel rather differently about the repressive reputation of the Paul Kagame government.
Malawi is a scare story for Africa because President Mutharika was until very recently the donors’ pet; now he is perceived as a tyrant.
Evidence continues to emerge that the release of international donor funds to support global food security is matching neither the scale of the promises nor the urgency of the situation.
A high-level population conference has appealed to international donors to step up financial support for family planning and reproductive health services in developing countries.
International pressure to honor pledges of foreign aid contends with domestic imperatives to slash public spending. This is just one of the dilemmas facing leaders of the world’s most powerful economies at their summit starting on Thursday in the French town of Deauville.
The International Labour Organization has published a detailed response to its blacklisting as “poor value for money” by the UK Multilateral Aid Review
The UK International Development Secretary, Andrew Mitchell, has a tough job in expanding UK aid when other government spending is being cut. His bilateral aid review chooses some risky partners.