Donor funds move from Africa to Middle East — Quartz


Three years ago, Mozambique became the first heavily mined country to be declared landmine-free. This was hailed as a big humanitarian victory: over the course of 23 years, more than 300,000 explosive devices—the legacy of three decades of war—were successfully destroyed by the UN and other agencies.

But Mozambique’s feat is a great economic story as well, it now appears. In a new paper, scholars from London Business School and Brown University estimate the nation’s GDP would have been up to 25% lower in 2015 without demining.

Yet African countries looking to replicate Mozambique’s success face an uphill struggle. Angola, where 221 square kilometers of land is still contaminated, remains far behind its target of becoming landmine-free by 2025. MAG, a UK-based NGO, estimates the…

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