How much money does France make in French-speaking Africa?

France secures access to markets in its 14 former colonies in Africa, to this date, 57 years after independence. Benefits are of commercial interest: access to resources and markets. Mechanisms to support this are a shared currency (the CFA-franc), military presence, secret diplomacy and marketing its language. But … change is on the rise. Lire en […]

A combien s’élèvent l’argent que la France génère en Afrique francophone?

A cette date, 57 ans après l’indépendance, la France sécurise l’accès aux marchés dans ses 14 anciennes colonies en Afrique. Les bénéfices sont de nature commercial: l’accès aux ressources et aux marchés. Les mécanismes pour appuyer cela sont une monnaie partagée (le franc CFA), la présence militaire, la diplomatie secrète et la commercialisation de sa […]

“The Africa we want”

“Ngos are losing their legitimacy. If it was the funeral of the ngo, Africans would attend without flowers and without speeches. They’d just attend to make sure it really died,” says Moses Isooba to a room full of ngo-workers at Partos Innovation Festival today. “We, Africans, want to determine the Africa we want! For our […]

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Dear President Macron, it’s time to let go your outdated African policies!

For more than 50 years, the citizens of 14 francophone countries in Africa are using an outdated French monetary system. They pay the price of it with their democratic rights and wealth, leaving their own countries in poverty. Whereas France is still benefitting from a joint currency they introduced during colonial times. It’s about time […]

Cher président Macron, il est temps de renoncer à vos politiques Africaines dépassés !

Depuis plus de 50 ans, les citoyens de 14 pays de l’Afrique francophones utilisent un système monétaire français obsolète. Ils en paient le prix avec leurs droits démocratiques et leurs richesses, laissant leur propre pays dans la pauvreté. Alors que la France bénéficie toujours d’une monnaie commune qu’ils ont introduite pendant les temps coloniaux. Il […]

Good development from Holland?!

What are good ways to combat worldwide inequality and injustice? Since my studies and in my work it is the main question that is always at the background. What is effective development cooperation? Am I working on projects and programmes that really make a difference and do not cause any collateral damage? Living in a […]

”The Diaspora’s voice is louder”

Samenwerken met diaspora-organisaties in internationale of multiculturele vraagstukken brengt meer kwaliteit, meer creativiteit, meer effectiviteit, en een groter draagvlak in Nederland èn in ontwikkelingslanden. Migratie is… Veel geschoolde jongeren uit Noord Ghana trekken naar de grote steden in het zuiden, of via gevaarlijke routes naar Europa. De Nederlandse overheid richt zich tegenwoordig vooral op terugkeer […]

ICT in Africa Works!

ICT brings tremendous opportunities – privately and in business – to Africa. RuralWeb helps out to master ICT to those who do not have access to this huge source of information. As an African, what is the use of a smart phone, when you only can choose from applications that show you restaurants in Ney […]

Het gaat allemaal om grip op je eigen leven

René Cuperus geeft in zijn artikel in OneWorld* een interessant probleem aan, maar ook meteen – zonder dat hij dat weet – de oplossing. Het probleem van ontwikkelingshulp & onze hele maatschappij Het probleem: een tweedeling in de maatschappij tussen elitaire hoogopgeleide experts die grip op hun leven hebben en de voordelen plukken van deze […]

Good news for poor people!

Everyone pessimistic on social change in countries where corruption is omnipresent: Banerjee & Duflo – the researchers of the book: Poor Economics – have some good advice for poor people who want to bring about change. In Blantyre I was travelling with my Malawian colleague when we almost ran into a road block, set-up by […]

What do poor people want?

Poor people make rational decisions on their lives and those of family members. Politicians that want to cut expenses on development aid, policy makers and those who implement projects should work having in mind those decisions and not just work according to their own beliefs. The most difficult part of development work is to think […]

Doel noodhulp en ontwikkelingssamenwerking

Critici gaan voorbij aan doel van noodhulp en ontwikkelingssamenwerking Verschenen in NRC Next (Opinie) 05/08/2011 onder de titel ”Voedselhulp heeft bescheiden doel” Anders dan critici lijken te denken, is ontwikkelingssamenwerking niet bedoeld om alle wereldproblemen op te lossen in de komende jaren. Dat is simpelweg onmogelijk, omdat ontwikkelingssamenwerking een relatief kleine speler is te midden […]