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‘Water Is Peace, Life, Dignity’: Why The UN Deputy Chief Has A Thirst for Saving Lives

‘Water Is Peace, Life, Dignity’: Why The UN Deputy Chief Has A Thirst for Saving Lives

He is the UN deputy secretary general and was the Swedish foreign minister. He has brokered any number of deals between warring parties and negotiated the world’s development targets. But whatever he does, diplomat Jan Eliasson is happiest to be known as the “water man” – the individual who, for nearly 25 years, has ceaselessly […]

Nigerian Wins The First UN Military Gender Advocate Of The Year Award

Nigerian Wins The First UN Military Gender Advocate Of The Year Award

Nigerien army officer, Major Aichatou Ousmane Issaka, has won the first UN Military Gender Advocate of the Year Award for her service with the United Nations Mission in Mali between 2014 and 2015. The award recognises her dedication and effort of an individual peacekeeper in promoting the principles within the United Nations Security Council Resolution […]

A Breakthrough In Africa’s Rice Production

A Breakthrough In Africa’s Rice Production

The first hybrid rice varieties developed in sub-Saharan Africa are yielding up to four times more than other improved varieties, say scientists, who are using web-based tools to identify the right climate conditions to maximise harvests. The 15 hybrids, bred in Kenya and Tanzania, are also resistant to diseases and the high temperatures found in […]

Are Drought-Resistant Crops In Africa The Tech Fix They’re Cracked Up To Be?

Are Drought-Resistant Crops In Africa The Tech Fix They’re Cracked Up To Be?

The rains are not what they once were in Kitui County. As climate change bites, the wet season is more erratic and drought has become an all-too-common phenomenon in this rural corner of eastern Kenya. This year, the community’s produce of peas, sorghum and other staples failed to reach maturity because the rains arrived one […]

The Tribes Paying The Brutal Price Of Conservation

The Tribes Paying The Brutal Price Of Conservation

  The Botswana police helicopter spotted Tshodanyestso Sesana and his friends in the afternoon. The nine young Bushmen, or San, had been hunting antelope to feed their families, when the chopper flew towards them. There was a burst of gunfire from the air and the young men dropped their meat and skins and fled. Largely […]

Kenya’s Ogiek People Are Seeing Their Land Rights ‘Brutalised’

Kenya’s Ogiek People Are Seeing Their Land Rights ‘Brutalised’

They came without warning, forcing people from their homes with no time to collect their possessions. A deaf old man was attacked when he didn’t hear the orders to leave. Then the houses were burned to the ground. More than 200 families, all from the indigenous Ogiek minority, were evicted from their homes on the […]

Gabon Aims To Cut Yawning Poverty Gap By Ending Its Dependency On Oil

Gabon Aims To Cut Yawning Poverty Gap By Ending Its Dependency On Oil

Gabon is 85% rainforest. Flying over the giant canopy, the miles pass without a glimpse of the forest floor. Then a bald patch emerges. In the clearing in Awala, which has become Africa’s biggest industrial plantation, men in boots tend to thousands of small palm trees in long rows. They are setting the scene for […]

More Women in Govt, but Far From Gender Equality – Survey

More Women in Govt, but Far From Gender Equality – Survey

The number of women in parliament in Africa has almost doubled over the past 15 years to 24% while the number of women in cabinet has grown five times in 30 years to 22%, the McKinsey & Company Women Matter Africa report revealed on Thursday. Africa has more women in parliament than the global average, […]

‘The Best Solution? Move The Mauritanian Capital’: Water On The Rise In Nouakchott

‘The Best Solution? Move The Mauritanian Capital’: Water On The Rise In Nouakchott

The two events are not unrelated. As heads of state fly into Nouakchott’s new airport for the Arab League summit on Monday, Vieux Fall will be raising the roof – and the floor – of his family’s small compound. “The water table has risen more than usual this year. The toilets are overflowing. We are […]

Will The UK Be Left Behind On Sustainable Development?

Will The UK Be Left Behind On Sustainable Development?

The first top-flight UN meeting on the sustainable development goals (SDGs) since they were adopted last year marks a key moment for the implementation of the ambitious 15-year blueprint. The theme of this year’s high-level political forum in New York is “leave no one behind” – a fundamental principle behind the global goals.aunching the first […]

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