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Trade Liberalization Does Not Always Lead to Gender Equality

Proponents of trade liberalization and economic globalization have often claimed such policies lead to increased equality for women. Evidence in Sub-Saharan Africa, however, has been mixed so far. Millennium Project South Africa Node writes the following:

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Millennium Project South Africa Node March 2010, pages 8
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SA-Node_Mar2010#page=9

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The Perception of China in Africa

Millenium Project South Africa Node cites a paper that examines "not only African attitudes towards China’s African presence, but the very considerations informing these views. [The authors] estimate the effects of Chinese foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows, Sino-African trade, and African notions of democracy and human rights on African attitudes regarding ‘China-in-Africa.’

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Sources:

Millennium Project South Africa Node March 2010, pages 8
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SA-Node_Mar2010#page=9

The Impact of Chinese Presence in Africa, 2008
http://www.davidandassociates.co.uk/davidandblog/newwork/China_in_Africa_5.pdf

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Green Jobs in South Africa

A recent report from international research organisation the Global Climate Network states that "36,400 new direct jobs and 109,100 indirect jobs could be created in the renewable energy sector in South Africa by 2020. Further, as many as 700 000 people could be employed in the biofuels industry in South Africa, the report entitled ‘Low carbon jobs in an interconnected world’ stated."

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Sources:

Millennium Project South Africa Node, March 2010, pg 1
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SA-Node_Mar2010.pdf#page=2

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Skepticism of Large Corporations in South Africa in Wake of Global Financial Crisis

From MPSAN
The South Africa Civil Society News Service (SACSIS… cites a recently published report by the World Economic Forum… based on a survey of 130 000 people, mostly under the age of 30 in ten countries,. A significant two-thirds held the view that the global financial crisis came about as a result of a deficit in ethics and values within the economy. For South African respondents, a significant 77% believed this to be the case.

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Sources:

Millennium Project South Africa Node March 2010, pages 3-4
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SA-Node_Mar2010#page=4

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Lack of Cohesion in South African Government, Society Impedes Development

Millennium Project South Africa Node (MPSAN) asserts that a lack of cohesion within governments impedes development in South Africa:
“[An opinion piece on] South African government policy and programmes in a growing number of areas [states they are] becoming ‘something of a minefield’ – full of contradictions, ambiguities and confusion which fuel harmful uncertainty. ‘Leadership issues, factional struggles, cadre deployment and ideological disarray leave a complicated – and, for the business community, often dangerous –political landscape to negotiate.’

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Sources:

Millennium Project South Africa Node March 2010, pages 3-4
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SA-Node_Mar2010#page=4

Leadership Magazine, March 23, 2010
http://www.leadershiponline.co.za/articles/politics/487-government-policy

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China’s interdependence with developing countries

China's new found buying power is helping fuel growth in developing countries in Latin America and South Africa.

From Millennium Project South Africa Node:
"Dr Martyn Davies, Head of the China Africa Network at Gordon Institute of Business Science) GIBS… states that China's demand for energy and commodities is underpinning and fueling growth in Sub-Saharan Africa... He calls it a ‘new coupling of growth’ where China's or Africa's growth is dependent on Chinese demand and its supply chains."

From Internacional Nacional Foro:

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Sources:

Millennium Project South Africa Node, March 2010, page 2
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SA-Node_Mar2010#page=3

Internacional Nacional Foro, February 2010, page 5:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/FORO_Feb2010.pdf#page=5
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