Africa

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Ebola has good reason to be considered a global health crisis, but it points to a larger weakness of health systems in developing countries and their lack of preparedness for outbreaks like Ebola, and others. In many African countries, health worker shortages and scarce funding for building and maintaining health care facilities are constant challenges…

Read more Building strong health systems must be a priority

Independent armed groups continue to cause grave suffering in eastern Congo. In the latest Mennonite World Review, Patricia Kisare writes about the current conflict and how it is influenced by U.S. public policy. Mennonite Central Committee advocates for programs that encourage armed groups to disarm and be reintegrated into the mainstream society. In Congo, MCC…

Read more Peace closer in Congo?

Patricia Kisare evaluates the benefits and costs of the new U.S. energy initiative, Power Africa. As we have seen in extractive industry practices, seizure of private land is a common practice of large-scale projects. Families are often displaced from their homes or farmlands, a process which perpetuates the cycle of poverty. Additionally, potential environmental damage…

Read more Power Africa: The New U.S. Development Frontier in Africa

Julia Stafford writes about the recent Zimbabwean presidential election in the latest Third Way Cafe. On July 31, the people of Zimbabwe re-elected President Robert Mugabe. The Zimbabwe Electoral Commission declared that Mugabe won 61 percent of the vote. His primary opponent, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, garnered 34 percent of the vote. Although the electoral…

Read more Zimbabwe Election Update

Patricia Kisare writes about upcoming elections in Zimbabwe in the latest Peace Signs. Zimbabwe is home to the largest Brethren in Christ church in the world. Through its partnership with the Brethren in Christ church and local faith-based organizations, Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) funds trainings in peacebuilding and conflict transformation. MCC also supports community development…

Read more Election uncertainty in Zimbabwe