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Author Archives: Alexander O'Riordan

Alexander O'Riordan
Alexander O'Riordan has worked on aid and development effectiveness for the EU, UN and various governments in over twenty countries. He has recently moved to Cape Town to complete his doctoral studies on the political economy of donor allocations of funding. He writes regularly for The South African Civil Society Information Service.

FIFA Exposes a Chink in the ANC’s Control of Government

FIFA

By ALEXANDER O’RIORDAN Last night Sepp Blatter resigned after 17 years in the position as president of football’s global governing body, FIFA. The resignation was to be expected since American criminal investigators last week indicted a host of FIFA executives on charges related to corruption and wire fraud. Notably, these charges allege that South Africa paid over a R100 million ($10 million) ... Read More »

Is South Africa the World’s Most Generous Donor?

South Africa

South Africa transfers just over R50 billion a year to Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia and Swaziland with no strings attached By ALEXANDER O’RIORDAN The Southern African Customs Union (SACU) is most easily identifiable in Botswana’s, Lesotho’s, Namibia’s and Swaziland’s (BLNS) use of the South African Rand as the basis for their own currencies, albeit through printing their own versions of the ... Read More »

Laughing President: The Real Reason Jacob Zuma Can’t Stop Smiling

Jacob Zuma

By ALEXANDER O’RIORDAN What happened in the South African Parliament last week was a carefully engineered spectacle of power Last week’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) and the subsequent fallout is being voraciously dissected in the press. Most of the analysis, however, is on what the media presumes are unintended consequences of President Jacob Zuma’s poor planning. But, what ... Read More »

Will the Greek Elections Strengthen the Hands of the Global South?

Greek elections

Now that Greece has the political endorsement to do so, it can quite legitimately threaten the EU with an intentional default. By ALEXANDER O’RIORDAN, Brussels  This week in the Greek elections, Greece elected into power the left-wing political party, Syriza, headed by Alexis Tsipras, who led the party to victory on an anti-austerity ticket, thus rattling financial markets by raising the ... Read More »

Green Energy: Sacrificing Poverty Alleviation for Climate Financing?

green energy

By ALEXANDER O’RIORDAN Green energy could be something of a magic bullet for social and economic justice because it will inevitably erode elites’ grubby hold on energy resources such as coal, oil and gas in much of Africa. Small-scale and affordable green energy solutions democratise access to energy because instead of having to broker a deal with an often vested ... Read More »