Combating Inequality in Africa
This article highlights on the concept that economic inequity and politics are directly connected; unfortunately many times it is in a negative manner. With gaps increasing between social-economical classes, the rich become richer and the poor become poorer. The association with politics and economic inequality is the richer populations are in power, thus marginalizing on the poorer population due to their income and neglecting them. Accounts in South Africa and Sierra Leone are examined by looking at the economic state of the controllers versus a majority of the population.
Harsch, Ernest. “Combating Inequality in Africa.” Africa Renewal, Vol.20 #2. http://www.un.org/ecosocdev/geninfo/afrec/vol20no2/202-combating-inequality.html (accessed July 2008).
Zimbabwe Starves as Despair Grows
The economic collapse of one of the most affluent countries in Africa is causing a massive food crisis in Zimbabwe. Rural villages are out of hope because there is literally no food left on their land. The rare food rations that are given run out within weeks and thousands of children have then left school to search for food for their families. The suffering has spread outside of the lower class, the populations of major cities have felt the hit in their empty food stores and excessive food prices for few items like bread. The United Nations is making efforts to ration more money to Zimbabwe, because statistics are predicting that by 2009 45% of the population will be need assistance.
Biles, Peter. “Zimbabwe starves as despair grows.” BBC News. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7685819.stm. (accessed October 27, 2008).
Why Inequality Prevails in Cape Town
In Cape Town, South Africa, researched has been conducted to examine the economic differences of the inhabitants. What made this research different was that they were looking at people’s access to water, sanitation and electricity. By reviewing the amount of people with access to education, healthcare, etc. versus people with dangerous public transit and high crime rates. The reason behind Cape Town being “the most unequal city in the world” is their government’s need to put the city on the international map. The upper class is spending money to please travelers instead of improving the life for the people living in the city. The strive for international acceptance is seen in many countries in South America, Africa and Asia where their people are being denied.
McDonald, David. “Why inequality prevails in Cape Town.” Cape Times. http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_id=1&click_id=594&art_id=vn 20081021062307379C101330. (accessed October 26, 2008).