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?
Should the West continue to ignore the overall needs of Africa's continental economy, then it shouldn't be surprised when it finally decides on long-term investments for natural resources that China has already set up shop and captured most of the contracts.
The company: Dr. Steven Cohen is a psychiatrist at CAMH (the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health) in Toronto. He has also
Prime Minister Harper's new government has indicated that Canada would not increase its bilateral assistance to the current governments in Egypt and Tunisia. Detractors might see a shift to more multilateralism as a pretext for a government keen to reduce spending.
Stephen Harper's government appears at last to be interested in getting back on track with this country's historic relations with the African continent. But the problem with this development is that it reintroduces the old "trade" versus "aid" argument that has been going on for decades.
Microsoft Co-founder and Chairman Bill Gates has a revolutionary new model for foreign aid that, by his own admission, will be an "incredibly effective way to combat hunger and extreme poverty."