Kgalema Motlanthe was the token African at the recent G20 summit. With not much to offer in terms of negotiating power, whatever he asked for was tantamount to straightforward begging from the rich.
With domestic crises taking a priority for global leaders, they can hardly be blamed for maintaining a focus on their home-based issues. Still some positive noises were made to appease the poor of the world. How it translates into concrete benefit for the developing world through the life of the global crisis however remains to be seen. Given the circumstances, Wonkie thinks it is likely that rich countries will continue to implement more protectionist measures in the short-medium term.
As an aside, Wonkie is always amazed at the number of people that knock globalisation when the markets turn sour but are the first in line to capture the fruits of it when times are good. We would be happy to wager that at least half the anti-globalisation t-shirts sold in London over the last week were imported from some dingy Chinese sweatshop from across the seas.