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Observation of the day: I’m sure I’ve scrolled over it many times before, but I just noticed that several African international organizations are premium advertiser’s on AllAfrica.com (which has a DC office).

I find it particularly interesting that ECOWAS, which received significant criticism for it’s inability to engage the situation in Mali prior to the French intervention, is one of these sponsors.

The sponsorship of the African Capacity Building Foundation and African Development Bank are also intriguing, but make a bit more sense to me.

All in all, I think this is an interesting way for these organizations to spend money, particularly in light of repeated requests by the continent’s premier regional organization, the African Union, for United Nations funding of it’s participation in various peacekeeping missions.