Letters: The invasion of Ukraine is a resounding call for Africa

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The invasion of Ukraine, a cry of alarm for Africa
The ECONOMIC shocks of the invasion of Ukraine have negative implications for African economies and non-energy producing countries.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the resulting conflict created an economic vortex for the entire world.

Reports indicate that since the start of the invasion of Ukraine, at least 10 million people have been displaced from their homes, creating a humanitarian crisis.

The invasion is a source of concern for African countries, many of which have ties to Russia, which has given them military support in their respective struggles for independence.

Several of them, like Zimbabwe, abstained from voting against invading Ukraine for fear of straining relations with Moscow.

The harmful effects of the invasion of Ukraine come from the economic contagion resulting from globalization.

Countries that depended on Ukraine and Russia for their exports will record lower exports and, therefore, lower incomes. Prior to its invasion, Ukraine had been a hub of higher-level education for African countries.

After the invasion of Ukraine, the prices of raw materials and energy have risen sharply, which will reduce the ability of developing countries to compete in world markets.

The diversification of African economies is no longer optional. It should be considered mandatory. That’s if the invasion of Ukraine taught the world anything.

The invasion of Ukraine showed the world what can go wrong when nations become too comfortable in their dependence on other countries for their economic well-being.

This invasion that began to look like a war for territory that historically belonged to the Soviet Union took on a moral narrative.

A globalized world works best when all countries cooperate. When one or more of these countries go rogue and say they are invading their neighbor, the other countries can strangle the aggressor’s economy until they decide to behave in a more acceptable way.

But what happens when this aggressor plays a vital role in the global economy by supplying more than 60% of Europe’s gas and energy needs? This is not a rhetorical question.

The answer to the question played for the world to see. Economic powers like Germany condemned Russian aggression against Ukraine, but hesitated to turn off Russian gas taps.

The United States banned Russian oil, but it was never really a big buyer of Russia’s black gold to begin with. Britain has sought oil from Saudi Arabia much to the chagrin and outcry of that country’s opposition politicians over the Arab country’s human rights record.

The countries of Africa and indeed all those who do not export oil but import it for their daily needs must renew their attention to the accumulation and building up of foreign currency reserves. Reserves allow a country to absorb shocks to its economy from both local and external sources. The conflict in Ukraine itself is a shock and its aftermath has also become a shock that countries need to do more to mitigate but unfortunately are unable to do. Take the case of Zimbabwe, it is in no way involved in this conflict and yet it will be negatively affected by the explosion.-Further Africa

Pan-Africanism the way forward

PAN-AFRICANISM is a worldwide intellectual movement which aims to encourage and strengthen the bonds of solidarity between all people of African descent. At its core, Pan-Africanism is “a belief that African peoples, both on the continent and in the diaspora, share not just a common history, but a common destiny”.

The Pan-African Movement is an “emotional, cultural, psychological and ideological movement that began among African dispora in the Western Hemisphere, with the aim (to make) Africans feel safe and achieve political, economic and psychological power vis-à-vis other races or regions of the world.

Pan-Africanism is the movement that started in the 1920s that emphasized the unity and strength of Africans and people of African descent around the world. It was developed to help unite Africans and fight segregation.

Pan-Africanism is not a single and integral whole, neither in the political sense nor in the ideological sense. … Some understand Pan-Africanism as the unity of African peoples in the struggle against imperialism, for the abolition of the vestiges of colonialism and for economic and social progress.

In February 1919, the first Pan-African Congress was organized by WEB Du Bois and Ida Gibbs Hunt, wife of American Consul William Henry Hunt, who was then working at the American Consulate in Saint-Étienne, France.

In nearly half a century between 1900 and 1945, various political and intellectual leaders from Europe, North America and Africa met six times to discuss colonial control of Africa and to elaborate strategies for eventual African political liberation.

From the Working Class Movement Library, Manchester: From October 15 to 20, 1945, the Pan-African Congress was held in Manchester.

This was the fifth Pan-African Congress to be held since 1900. The 1945 Congress was the most politically significant, coming as it did just months after the end of World War II.

In ancient Greek religion and mythology, Pan (/paen/; Ancient Greek: Πάν, Pan) is the god of nature, shepherds and flocks, wild mountain nature, rustic music and impromptu, and companion of nymphs. The ancient Greeks also considered the pan to be the god of theatrical criticism.

What was Kwame Nkrumah’s conception of Pan-Africanism?

According to this continental body which succeeds the Organization of African Unity, Pan-Africanism is: An ideology and a movement which encourages the solidarity of Africans around the world. It is based on the belief that unity is vital for economic, social and political progress and aims to “unify and uplift” people of African descent.-villagers

Lies have short legs

The Institute for Young Women’s Development (IYWD) notes with concern a damaging article written by a local weekly.

The article was the subject of a wave of defamation, unilaterally accusing civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations of being smugglers and defending what the author called “the interests of the elite and a program for regime change in Zimbabwe” by the National Endowment for Democracy ahead of last Saturday’s by-elections and 2023 elections.

In particular, the article attempts to manipulate publicly available information to advance an incorrect agenda that deliberately distorts the partnership between IYWD and the government in promoting women’s participation in democratic and development processes within the historical context. of exclusion.

A crucial aspect, deliberately omitted by the writer, is the fundamental principle of journalism which requires media professionals to give those who are publicly criticized and/or accused the right to respond.

For the benefit of our stakeholders, IYWD has seen fit to set the record straight and dispel any misperceptions that may have been caused by the article, regarding its work in Zimbabwe and beyond.

Founded in 2009, IYWD is a legally registered, membership-based feminist organization with a proven track record in promoting the participation of young women to inform and influence socio-economic and political processes to achieve sustainable livelihoods.

This is achieved through transformative feminist leadership programs and service delivery that strengthen women and women’s agency to participate in decision-making, earn sustainable livelihoods, and build climate-resilient communities and promote climate justice in marginalized areas.

IYWD is committed to mobilizing and strengthening the agency, voice and power of young women and women from marginalized communities to challenge the structures, systems and norms that oppress them and cause their discrimination and poverty.

Grounded in the realities of women, we collectively create pathways to imagine a better future and promote and defend the rights and well-being of women and girls.

Our work stems from the rights of young women and women as enshrined in the 2013 Constitution and various supportive policy and legislative frameworks that Zimbabwe is part of at national, regional and global level.-IYWD

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