SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA

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Canada's Approach to International Development Is Embarrassing

On close examination, however, it becomes evident that not only is Canada's approach to development assistance outdated, it is outright embarrassing and risks ruining Canada's international reputation. I often use the term "lost in transition" to describe aid that barely gets to its intended beneficiaries, a concept that is appropriate for Canada's case. Even when poorly conceived and executed aid gets to the recipient, it often does more harm than good.
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Three Great Things that Happened in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2014

Sub-Saharan Africa did not have a particularly good year. There were internal conflicts in South Sudan and Central African Republic. Nigeria's north and Kenya experienced considerable insecurity that led to loss of lives. But great things happened in Sub-Saharan Africa -- one new and two ongoing efforts -- a combination of which hold tremendous potential to empower and improve lives.
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People Power in Burkina Faso Has Shaken up Africa's Autocrats

For millions of Africans, most of whom have lived under one ruler all their lives, developments in Burkina Faso have breathed a new life and hope into nascent democratic movement across Sub-Saharan Africa. The Burkina Faso's people power is bound to affect every other Sub-Saharan country in some way -- small or large, direct or indirect, proving that Africa is not preordained to remain under dictatorship forever.
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World's Population Is a Growing Crisis

It's been clear for the last few years that the seven billion mark was imminent, and because we've been inching toward it for some time, many will ignore its larger implications. How will we handle all this extra demand for resources?