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The Role of the Third Sector in Health Service Provision in Africa

African healthcare in the spotlight

The Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAPs) have been fully implemented in most African countries since 1987. They aimed at, among other things: to increase the role of the market mechanism (the automatic and self-regulating market force of demand and supply) in allocating all resources including the very essential social services like health or education and the promotion of the private sector-driven economy, and to redefine the role of the state in provision of services such as defense and security, law and order, policy formulation, international relations and other public goods.

In the health sector, this implied greater roles of the private and the third sector (the NGOs and civil society/Voluntary...

Battle of the Dynasties (And the Other Guy)

Is democracy being hijacked by the ruling elite
As the US elections are gearing up again for the coming year, both the Democratic and Republican caucuses are in the final days of deciding on which...

Banking Without Boundaries

Mobiles good for banking?
Almost two decades ago Bill Gates, one of the founders of Microsoft, famously dismissed retail banks as "dinosaurs". Conservative bankers regularly...

Independence referendums since 1957

http://www.statista.com/chart/2730/independence-referendums-since-the-second-world-war/
"Should Scotland be an independent country?" 4.3 million Scots answered this question yesterday after months of anticipation, discussion and debate....

Quarter of a million students descend on Germany

Over 300,000 students making their way to Germany
Most of the incoming 300,000 students prefer not to leave the country once they have finished their studies. For Education Minister Johanna Wanka the...

Germany's first minimum wage - 8.50 Eur

Finally, a minimum wage for Germany
Germany's first ever legislation for a minimum wage has been set by Chancellor Angela Merkel at 8.50 euros an hour (£7; $11.75).  The law will come...

Germany leads the way in Syrian refugee resettlement

Germany first in Syria refugees resettlement
In the free world there exists a tradition on welcoming refugees from war, revolutions or civil conflicts. The Syria Civil War has produced 2,5...

African Health Sector under stress

Child mortality is improving in African nations
Africa has a variety of problems, fortunes and misfortunes but now the most pressing one that needs urgent attention and concerted efforts is that of...

Spies, memories and the Wall

Stefan and Martina
East German spies from the infamous "Staatssicherheit", or Stasi in short, kept snooping on Stefan Rudolph's father, a Plant Manager in the German...

Increasing foreign fighters at Syria conflict

Foreign fighters statistics from Statista portal http://www.statista.com/chart/2658/where-syrias-foreign-fighters-come-from/
  Acording to CNN estimations up to 11,000 foreigners have travelled to Syria to take up arms agains Bashar Al Assad's government. When Islamic...

Ukrainian majority want a single state

Statista chart shows the results of the poll conducted by Pew Research Center
According to a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center and published by Statista, the Statistics portal, an overwhelming majority of Ukrainians...

Republican Shenanigans, it's Democracy Stupid!

GOP has a reputation to maintain
Carl von Clausewitz, a German soldier, once said, "War is politics by other means." But many in the United States (US) today feel that the Republican...

As Syrian conflict continues, neighbors become increasingly involved

No end in sight to Syrian conflict
As the Syrian conflict continues to rage, international tension in the region is reaching yet another high point. Israel has been accused of actively...

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