Coral reefs are among the ocean’s most biologically diverse and ecologically important habitats. While they are vital to the survival of many marine species as well as the economy and food security of many coastal communities, they are threatened by pollution, global climate change, overfishing, and natural disasters.
South-South cooperation (SSC) has increased its relevance in the new aid architecture as an efficient tool to develop capacities, especially among developing countries. The Accra Agenda for Action of September 2008 on aid effectiveness underlined the significance of the SSC as an effective and inclusive instrument to realize the potential of middle-income countries as both recipients and providers of devleopment assistance.
In Southern Africa, people with access to resources and those without are likely to experience “justice” in different ways. In many countries, especially those with high levels of corruption, the elite manipulate the law in their favor. In several countries in the region, there is an egregious lack of respect for human rights.
The Regional Acquisition & Assistance Specialist (RAAS) is located in the Regional Acquisitions and Assistance Office (RAAO) of USAID/Southern Africa. The function of this office is to provide procurement support technical offices of USAID/SA, the Regional Inspector General (RIG) Office and client missions supported by USAID/SA. The client Missions include Angola, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Regional Programs (Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland), South Africa and Zimbabwe. There are 11 similar positions performing formal acquisitions and assistance activities in the RAAO.
Swaziland’s children are plagued with food insecurity and poverty, fueled in part by insufficient access to clean water and poor sanitation. Schools are working to become support centers where students can drink clean water, eat locally grown food, wash hands, and learn about proper sanitation.
Last updated: November 20, 2013