PAMBAZUKA NEWS 201: Zimbabwe: Elections, despondency and civil society's responsibility

"The G8 registers...poor levels of performance on a broad range of issue areas that demand a much different form of engagement from the institution. Namely, these are commitments that require a large degree of long-term policy-coordination and collective action of the part of the G8 states. As a loosely affiliated organization that does not host a secretariat, the G8 is not well suited to these tasks. This partly explains why large-scale G8 strategies on water and famine and food security, more

For the well-being of today's families and for future generations, how important is investment in education and other forms of human capital? This report analyzes the potential for investments in education - by individual households, by government, and by donor agencies - to reduce poverty in postwar Mozambique. It also explores the factors that influence the decision to send children to school, and how long children remain in school.

Paul Wolfowitz' nomination as World Bank president was approved by the board 31 March. The approval was a formality after the controversial architect of the war in Iraq received the support of EU countries at a meeting of ministers in Brussels the previous day. Mr Wolfowitz will take over from departing president James Wolfensohn on 1 June. Fears are that Wolfowitz will roll back environmental and social safeguards and push an aggressive programme of liberalisation and privatisation. Peter more

Despite the Millennium Development Goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, chronic urban poverty is rising. This leaves most slum dwellers unable to access formal housing finance they need to continue to occupy or improve their houses. Few housing initiatives exist to help them generate the income and savings they otherwise require. A new integrated approach for developing a sustainable shelter delivery strategy may offer the urban poor some alternatives to securing adequate housing.

In June 2000, the World Bank approved a loan package worth nearly $300 million to the Chad-Cameroon oil project, the largest oil investment in Africa, following several years of considerable controversy. Within the World Bank, Britain's Department for International Development (DFID) was a strong advocate of the project, according to a new report from Friends of the Earth called 'Pumping Poverty', that examines the role of DFID in oil projects.

The Chad/Cameroon oil pipeline more