Rio+20 will debate sustainable economic path

End aid dependency say experts at OpenForum

Recent research shows that although changes in agro-food systems across Southern Africa have been primarily linked to the expansion of supermarkets and fast food chains in urban centres across the region, in rural and agrarian economies these changes are being driven by investment in upstream segments of agro-food value chains. In Changing agro-food systems: The impact of big agro-investors on food rights, a book that emerged out of a joint action research project

Angola's elections have come and gone but few Angolans have much to celebrate. President Jose Eduardo dos Santos does, as he can now look forward to another 5 years in office - on top of the 33 he has already enjoyed

The growing economic ties between China and Africa – with trade between the two soaring to US$160 billion in 2011 – have often resulted in far from glowing headlines in both the independent African media and western press. As the Chinese Vice-Minister of Information, Wang Guoqing said at a media seminar for African journalists in Beijing in 2012: “We know that there are some people who do not like our relationship. These people often try hard to demonize the relationship.” Meanwhile, state-run African media can be just as forthright in its unconditional support for China.

OSISA’s Economic Justice programme recognises that poverty represents a significant challenge in southern Africa. People who have little financial security are often unable to access the most basic of services, including food and clean water, housing and shelter, education and health services. In addition to the material effects of poverty, there are other less tangible consequences.

This paper seeks to do describe how feminists have responded to the challenges and opportunities of the neoliberal global economic order. I proceed by briefly defining neoliberalism, noting its origins and the global processes it sought to address, then describing how it spread worldwide, its effects and feminist reactions thereto.

In pictures: Angola's haves and have nots

Team Leader: Economic and Social Justice Cluster

Masego is the Team Leader for the Economic and Social Justice Cluster. Prior to joining OSISA she was a freelance consultant working in the area of environment and development. Before then she was a Programme Manager for the UNDP TerrAfrica initiative, which was aimed as mobilizing civil society engagement in processes aimed at up-scaling sustainable land management in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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