Monday, 17 December 2007

People Power, ADF and Western Union

There is nothing more than how members of a local community in Ghana are using there voting power to draw attention to their development needs. It also comes at a time when the donor communities have pledged 52% increase in support over the 2005-07 period through the African Development Fund. Apart from this, aid from migrants to poor countries reached $300 billion last year, nearly three times the world’s foreign aid budgets combined. So are the poor benefiting from this vast resources?

Elections boycott 2008 if… (People Power)

The people of Adumasa, a farming community near Suhum in the Eastern Region of Ghana have threatened to boycott the 2008 general elections if their five-kilometre feeder road from Tetteh Nkwanta through Ayitey to Adumasa is not rehabilitated.
The Odikro of Adumasa (head of community), Baffour Kwaku Addo, at a communal labour organized to weed the areas along the road said this is the fourth time the people have appealed to the District Assembly and the government to rehabilitate the road, but they have not received any response.
According to Baffour Addo Kwaku, an elder of the village, the road was constructed by one Mr. Hafter, a German whose wife’s parents had a cottage at Adumasa and that, Mr Hafter constructed five bridges and culverts on the road single handedly in 1985. Since then, no rehabilitation work has been done on the road despite several appeals.
He said at present, chain saw operators had taken advantage of the bad nature of the road to destroy the forest with impunity.
Baffour Addo Kwaku said at the moment, sick persons were carried in wheelbarrows to Ayitey, a nearby village before boarding a vehicle to Suhum or Koforidua for medical treatment.
He added that the youth, who are mostly farmers are leaving the area to urban areas and relegating farming activities to the background.
Source: GNA

African Development Fund (ADF)

Representatives from donor countries agreed last Tuesday (11 December 2007) to a record level of support for the African Development Fund (ADF), the soft window of the African Development Bank. Over the next three years (2008-2010), the total resources available to the ADF will reach US$ 8.9 billion, an increase of 52% over the 2005-2007 period.

Source: ADB

Western Union

Migration is so central to Western Union that forecasts of border movements drive the company’s stock. Its researchers outpace the Census Bureau in tracking migrant locations. Long synonymous with Morse code, the company now advertises in Tagalog and Twi and runs promotions for holidays as obscure as Phagwa and Fiji Day. Its executives hail migrants as “heroes” and once tried to oust a congressman because of his push for tougher immigration laws...

With five times as many locations worldwide as McDonald's, Starbucks, Burger King and Wal-Mart combined, Western Union is the lone behemoth among hundreds of money transfer companies... Last year migrants from poor countries sent home $300 billion, nearly three times the world’s foreign aid budgets combined.

Source: Marginal Revolution

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