The New Alliance for Africa

A ‘New Alliance’ for African development is being proposed by the rich nations known as the Group of Eight (G8). According to the website I’ve just linked to, ‘The G8 is made up of heads of government from Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States. The European Union is also represented at meetings by both the president of the European Commission and the leader of the country that has European Union presidency.’

New Alliance is a nice name, isn’t it? But not everybody thinks that it’s a good way forward for Africa.

My fellow blogger Jessica at Food Governance told us about African civil society rejecting the New Alliance. Now the campaign group War on Want tells us about African groups rejecting the New Alliance as ‘colonialism’.

I’m grateful to GM Watch for drawing attention to this story.

[Edit] Another blogger, Willem Van Cotthem at DESERTIFICATION, draws attention to the African Centre for Biosafety‘s announcement that the G8 “Hunger Summit” initiative [is] rejected by African civil society.


About argylesock

I wrote a PhD about veterinary parasitology so that's the starting point for this blog. But I'm now branching out into other areas of biology and into popular science writing. I'll write here about science that happens in landscapes, particularly farmland, and about science involving interspecific interactions. Datasets and statistics get my attention. Exactly where this blog will lead? That's a journey that I'm on and I hope you'll come with me.
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