South Africa forms developmental aid agency
Jan 18, 2011
South Africa has emerged from years of apartheid and political turmoil to become one of the leading economic powers on the continent. The nation's government recently announced that it will be forming its own developmental aid agency in order to assist struggling African countries, according to IRIN News.
South Africa has used its position to focus on the many flare-ups in violence and famine that are common on parts of the continent. South Africa has used the African Renaissance Fund (ARF) to help with conflict resolution in war-torn areas such as Mali, Zimbabwe and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
"What became clear as we moved on is that we need to look beyond conflict resolution into largely post-conflict reconstruction, and that begins to involve many other departments and arms of state," Dr. Ayanda Ntsaluba, Director-General of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, told the news source.
The organization will aim to be as transparent as possible in order to combat the long-running stigma of corruption and mismanagement from African governments.
A historical example of South African philanthropy occurred in 2009. South Africa sent an aid package to the war-torn Gaza Strip, according to EmergingMinds.org.