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On this Earth Day, Canada is proud to re-establish its support for the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification. It is key to our commitment to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
We want to help affected communities develop resilience in the face of the effects of climate change.
The ambiguity of the term "rising" is striking. Advancing to maturity, or merely approaching a different level of development, or perhaps sitting on the runway, as in an aircraft preparing for a take-off? And is the entire SSA sub-continent comprising 47 countries with a population of 960 million rising in one go?
I have borrowed the term "Putinsanity" from Daniel Kaufmann, a renowned economist who specializes in governance. Kaufmann used the term in 2012 after Vladimir Putin was re-elected as president of Russia once again. But what has Putinsanity got to do with Sub-Saharan Africa?
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Obama is rightly emphasizing the reality that electricity is an input into nearly every good and service in households, villages, towns and national economies. A region in which 600 million out of 960 million are without power cannot possibly ignite, expand or sustain economic growth and development.
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On close examination, however, it becomes evident that not only is Canada's approach to development assistance outdated, it is outright embarrassing and risks ruining Canada's international reputation.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.
Sub-Saharan Africa is locked in paradox. The United States is the largest SSA donor by volume, followed by the United Kingdom, Germany, Japan and France. Which then begs the question -- where does this money go given the fact that SSA's population remains desperately poor? The short answer is that aid is largely "lost in transition."
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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.
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.
With more funding for research and development of new insecticide and for distribution of preventative tools, the world has the capacity to eradicate this horrific disease, malaria, from our psyche. The question is, do we have the will to do so?
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?