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Aid & development linkage


Danielle Cave


27 May 2010 10:29

  • Parliamentary Secretary for Development Bob McMullan leaped into the aid to Africa debate this week. In his 'Africa Update' speech at the ANU he denied Australia was trying to curry favour to secure a UN Security Council Seat by rapidly swelling Australia's aid allocation.
  • A day later, Foreign Minister Stephen Smith made a presentation as part of 'Africa Day 2010', in which he announced that Australia will open a new embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 'in recognition of the African Union's vital role and growing global influence'.
  • While on Africa, it's worth mentioning that yesterday, the ONE Campaign released 'The Data Report 2010: Monitoring the G8 Promise to Africa'. This annual scorecard revealed Britain as the indisputable leader in meeting its aid commitments, while Italy was declared an 'utter failure'.
  • Microsoft's 2010 Imagine Cup, a student technology contest that brings to life innovative ideas, is in the early rounds of competition, with world finals in July. Held in Poland this year, the theme is 'how technology can help meet the UN's Millennium Development Goals and solve some of the world's toughest problems'. Word is that the US entry is favoured to win with its 'Mobilife', a mobile application that makes it easy to diagnose vascular disease in developing countries. Not surprising to learn that this event is Bill Gates' favourite student competition. Keep up to date with the competition here.
  • An article in this month's Virgin Blue magazine alerted me to Pack for Purpose, a new NGO that encourages travelers to leave some space in their luggage (to the tune of 2.27 kilos) and fill it with educational materials and medical supplies. Depending on your destination, the organisation can link you up with a local NGO, who can tell you what they are most in need of. Those about to head off to the 2010 World Cup, take note.