05 January 2004
What Difference Does It Make ?
Campaign group DATA on the difference being made in key African countries by the efforts of ordinary people.
Behind the global people protests and high-profile lobbying in the corridors of power, there are real signs that some of the poorest countries in Africa are beginning to feel the benefits.
While unfair trade terms, unpayable debts and the spiralling crisis of AIDS, threatens the future of many Africans, signs of hope are emerging.
In Mozambique for example, debt relief has enabled the government to dramatically increase spending on health care - half a million children have been vaccinated for tetanus, whooping cough and diptheria. In Tanzania, $3bn in debt relief has meant a jump in funds for education - eliminating school fees for 1.6m children whose parents were not able to afford to put their children in school.
DATA - the campaigning organisation founded by Bono - reports that while the campaigning to persuade the rich countries to offer a fairer deal to the poorer ones goes on, a difference is now being made in places like Senegal, Cameroon, Uganda, Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia.
'A new generation of dedicated Africans is pursuing DEMOCRACY, ACCOUNTABILITY and TRANSPARENCY and fighting back against the crises of DEBT, AIDS and TRADE. '
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