Brazilian financial institutions are technically prohibited from financing corporations operating in unstable markets. As a result, Brazilian firms don't receive nearly as much support as their Chinese counterparts. So, who is succeeding in the battle for public relations?
Due to its geographic proximity, Mozambique has a competitive advantage in supplying LNG to Asian countries vis-à-vis America and European countries. It comes as no surprise therefore that the U.S. government has started to monitor Mozambique more actively.
The night we arrived the waves were crashing onto the street and the next morning that same shoreline stretched out to sea for a kilometer, revealing incredible tide pools. Neon coral, clown fish, eels, starfish and sea urchins showedthemselves in just a few inches of water.
Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, Liberia's President, has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for her peaceful leadership of the war-torn country. Johnson is Africa's first elected female head of state -- and she and other female leaders on the continent have Graca Machel to thank.
An increasing number of African countries have been growing robustly for more than a decade. But while growth is a necessary condition for poverty reduction and employment creation, is it also sufficient?
I will never forget the women of Chitehwe, a village in Mozambique I visited with Oxfam. It's a quiet revolution you won't hear much about in the media, but there is little doubt they are taking their destiny into their own hands.
Food price protests have at times shined a spotlight on the plight of the urban poor, which is real and must be addressed. But the world must also address the plight of rural poor, even if it's less likely to make headlines.
The dedicated staff of Gorongosa are doing their part to remake the park. The end result will look different than it did before -- that's a given. But that's also perfectly fine. It just needs to be something that the world will treasure.
As the riots in Mozambique demonstrate, growth, as a proxy for rising economic opportunity, is all very well. But economic development, especially if it is relatively job-poor, as in Mozambique, is not enough on its own.