Halving Hunger: What Can Burundi and Rwanda Tell Us About Aid, Politics and Health?

With the 2015 deadline for achieving the Millennium Development Goals fast approaching, the 2013 Global Hunger Index (GHI) released by the International Food Policy Research Institute in October affords a prime opportunity to evaluate progress to date related to hunger alleviation and health outcomes. Comparing the GHI performance of African countries with aid flows per capita and political commitments to hunger and nutrition suggests that politics may trump aid when it comes to influencing progress in reducing hunger.

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East Africa goes live with payments system


Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda have gone live with the East African Payments System (EAPS), with Rwanda and Burundi to follow later, allowing for faster cross-border transfers.

The EAPS will eventually connect the five countries, although the latter two’s banking infrastructure and payments systems are not deemed mature enough to integrate at present.

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Malawi Internet VAT bites consumers

Malawi’s internet consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets following the government’s reintroduction of value added tax (VAT) on internet services, which came into effect on July 1, 2013.

During his presentation of the 2013/2014 national budget, the Minister of Finance, Ken Lipenga, announced that government had introduced a standard rate of 16.5 percent VAT on internet services.

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A baby here, a baby there

By Irene Ruby Pratka


Yesterday the Duchess of Cambridge went into labour and the world held its breath. The same day, approximately 210,000 other mothers gave birth, on six different continents, in sparkling clean hospitals, in little dark houses and even in open fields.

The same day, Burundi’s ambassador to the UN was giving a speech during a General Assembly session. While he acknowledged that the country has made significant strides on most fronts since the end of the war in 2005, he said, “The poverty in this country has become so blatant that ‘to live’ has become a synonym for ‘not to die’.”

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A 9 year old girl succumbs to injuries due to rape

(18 February 2011 at 18:34) A daughter of the 2nd year of primary raped by a college professor of municipal college Gihinga, died on Thursday night at King Khaled Hospital in Bujumbura of injuries from the same rape, said hospital officials.

The uncle of the died daughter, Athanasius Banzubaze, said that since the rape was consummated, the girl went to the toilet more than 20 times the night but the family found that it was very late to cure her.

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Burundi: IMF Approves US$7.6 Million Disbursement

(african-markets.com)The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has completed the second review of Burundi’s performance under the program supported by the Extended Credit Facility (ECF). The Executive Board’s decision will allow for the disbursement of an amount equivalent to SDR 5 million (about US$7.6 million), bringing disbursements under the arrangement to an amount equivalent to SDR 10 million (about US$15.3 million). The Executive Board’s decision was taken on a lapse of time basis. Burundi’s three-year ECF arrangement was approved on January 27, 2012.

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