12:59 07/09/2010

Zambia: a middle income country?

The World Bank announced in a recent annual assessment of poor countries, that Zambia among others, had crossed the threshold to become a middle income country (MIC) because its average gross national income (GNI) surpassed $1,005.

An article in The Guardian, however, approached the assessment with cautious optimism. Its author, Charles… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
Kufeskisa Laugery talking to Masaki Inata

Challenges of caregivers highlighted at UN High Level Meeting

On the last day of the UN’s High Level Meeting in New York, two different speakers at the caucus co-organised by Care Action Network and the UK Consortium on AIDS and International Development, made reference to VSO’s work without knowing of VSO’s direct involvement!

The first was Prof. Orago,… Read more »

12:59 07/09/2010
A crowd at the 18th International AIDS Conference

Order, chaos and ululations

The 20, 000 plus crowd throngs Vienna City and can be seen all over the conference centre. People carrying red bags and wearing identical T-shirts can be seen everywhere. With the plenary is over and each person is heading to different rooms for sessions of interest to them. Although it seems chaotic, a keen eye… Read more »


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