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The Horizon Scanning Project April 2011 Newsletter

Horizon Scan, issue 20, April 2011

Contents in the latest issue of 'Horizon Scan' -- the newsletter of the Horizon Scanning Project

  • Poverty, development and donor issues.
    • The poor will suffer more as a result of projected oil price increases.
  • Economic issues.
    • World Economic Forum on Africa 2011: “From Vision to Action, Africa’s Next Chapter”.
    • South Africa, deemed the gateway to Africa, joins the BRIC economic group.
    • Southern African rulers eying the money, not development.
    • The economic contribution of tourism in Mozambique – insight from a social accounting matrix.
    • Zimbabwe and Angola tourism updates.
  • Political issues.
    • India and South Africa as Partners for Development in Africa?
  • Social issues.
    • Few service providers have planned for an aging African HIV-positive population because no one expected this group to survive to old age.
    • Swaziland’s unmatched HIV-Aids epidemic can most plausibly be traced to a unique combination of biological, economic, social and cultural factors.
    • The challenge, and contradictions, of organised crime and urbanisation in Africa.
    • Cities report looks at future.
  • Environmental issues.
    • Middle income households may become more vulnerable to droughts as they transition away from traditional agriculture towards more modern agricultural livelihood strategies - evidence from Malawi and Botswana.
    • South Africa’s acid mine drainage waste-water is ‘mineable’.
  • Technology issues.
    • New technology that can diagnose patients with tuberculosis (TB) in two hours.
    • Africa's largest and latest fibre-optic submarine cable has brought a number of firsts to South Africa and the continent.
    • Umbono update: A blog post by Brett Commaille, dated 26 April 2011.

 

Snippets from 'Horizon Scan', issue 20

We think you have to read these articles in the newsletter:

> The poor will suffer more as a result of projected oil price increases.

In this article, the potential impacts of increasing oil prices are considered.

Reporting on a study conducted by the Overseas Development Institute, Horizon Scan identifies those countries in Africa which will be worst hit and those states with better resilience. Who is most resilient and who's in for a pounding?

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> Southern African rulers eying the money, not development

SADC leadership, August 2010'Horizon Scan' turns to the matter of tariffs and the Southern African Customs Union, and recounts an analysis of SACU and reports of jostling between SACU members and South Africa.  South Africa's efforts to boost its own industries, and its reliance on tariffs as a tool for doing so, is not pleasing everyone in the SACU. So, who is unhappy?

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> Africa's largest and latest fibre-optic submarine cable has brought a number of firsts to South African and the continent.

'Hey, we got cable!' That's the news about the West Africa Cable System, the 14,000km, ultra-high capacity (five terabytes per second) fibre optic submarine cable that's running along the west coast of Africa. Who is involved, how they benefit and what's at stake are described in this article in 'Horizon Scan'.

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