A teacher holds a child as young women learn business skills at Centre D'Apprentissage Feminin (C.A.FE.) in Bamako, Mali, Africa in June 2018. The school is funded by the Canadian NGO Education internationale, a co-operative offering exchange and development services in education. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Sean Kilpatrick
Covid-19 is stifling NGO efforts to promote gender equality when it's most needed

Covid-19 has presented an opportunity to increase gender equality both in Canada and worldwide. Rebuilding with women at the forefront will help communities succeed post-pandemic.

By Andrea Paras 11 Dec 2020

Continental report ranks how friendly African governments are towards girls
Continental report ranks how friendly African governments are towards girls

While the African Union's legal and policy framework does refer - patchily - to the rights, interests and plight of girls; continental bodies and national governments can and should do more...

By Rongedzayi Fambasayi 25 Nov 2020

Time for Africa to stop managing poverty and start managing development
Time for Africa to stop managing poverty and start managing development

Cristina Duarte of the Republic of Cabo Verde is the new special adviser on Africa to the UN secretary-general. A former minister of finance and planning in her country, she intends to bring to her role a renewed strategic narrative...

13 Nov 2020

Study sheds light on what it takes for women to succeed - or not - in science in Africa
Study sheds light on what it takes for women to succeed - or not - in science in Africa

Women are 49.6% of the world's population. An estimated 70% of the health and social care workforce are women; they deliver care to around 5 billion people...

By Allen Muyaama Mukhwana and Judy Omumbo 2 Nov 2020

#ConsciousLiving: Ashaki driving purpose-led beauty through impact sourcing
#ConsciousLiving: Ashaki driving purpose-led beauty through impact sourcing

Through her natural haircare brand Ashaki, Nthabiseng 'Joy' Duff has set out to prove that the beauty industry can be a positive force for change...

By Lauren Hartzenberg 30 Oct 2020

L'Oréal announces winners of Beauty Tech for Good Challenge
L'Oréal announces winners of Beauty Tech for Good Challenge

The international competition recognises the most innovative startups supporting responsible, sustainable and inclusive beauty...

14 Oct 2020

Digital democracy is still a long way off in Africa: it takes more than technology
Digital democracy is still a long way off in Africa: it takes more than technology

From the mid-2000s onwards, the digital revolution raised hopes of democratic transformation and strengthening in Africa. But it hasn't quite turned out like that...

By Nic Cheeseman and Lisa Garbe 2 Oct 2020

FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems
FAO launches Green Cities Initiative to help transform agri-food systems

Turning the recovery from Covid-19 into an opportunity for cities to become more sustainable, resilient, and provide access to healthy foods for all...

23 Sep 2020

Converse strengthens commitment to youth mentorship and empowerment
Converse strengthens commitment to youth mentorship and empowerment

Converse is expanding its All Stars youth mentorship programme by opening it to the public for the first time, with the aim to incorporate a more grassroots approach to supporting youth action...

23 Sep 2020

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5 ways coronavirus is deepening global inequality

Before coronavirus, inequality was already increasing in many parts of the developing world...

By Kunal Sen 19 Aug 2020

Residents of Lamu, Kenya, accuse the government of ignoring their concerns and going ahead with the construction of a huge port. TONY KARUMBA/AFP via Getty Images
Review of nine African 'blue economy' projects shows what works and what doesn't

Africa has 38 coastal countries and six islands whose maritime industry is estimated to be worth $1trn per year. This figure will increase as they develop their offshore hydrocarbon, energy, tourism, maritime transport, shipping and fishing sectors...

By Ifesinachi Okafor-Yarwood 12 Aug 2020

Mandela Prize awarded to Greek and Guinean rights activists
Mandela Prize awarded to Greek and Guinean rights activists

The 2020 Nelson Mandela Prize has been awarded to Marianna Vardinoyannis of Greece, and Dr Morissanda Kouyaté of Guinea...

27 Jul 2020

C40 Cities launches Mayors Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery post-Covid-19
C40 Cities launches Mayors Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery post-Covid-19

C40 Cities has released its C40 Mayors Agenda for a Green and Just Recovery. The plan seeks to create a 'new normal', which will identify, contain and proactively prepare cities for future pandemics, while addressing systemic injustices and keeping global warming below the 1.5°C goal of the Paris Agreement.

23 Jul 2020

Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Aftermath of Covid-19 requires Africa to be bold in its path to recovery

Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the ECA, says tackling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic effectively to ensure Africa grows back and builds back better in the aftermath of Covid-19 requires boldness...

19 Jun 2020

Covid-19 jeopardising progress made in protecting women, girls from violence, harmful practices
Covid-19 jeopardising progress made in protecting women, girls from violence, harmful practices

The passing of laws to end child marriage resulted in blocking thousands of child marriages and enabling second chance education for girls...

By Justine Coulson, Roberta Clarke, and Mohamed M. Fall 17 Jun 2020

#YouthMonth: What do all these #movements want?
#YouthMonth: What do all these #movements want?

One of the things that the outbreak of Covid-19 has made clear is that all of us are in the same boat, whether we like it or not. What happens in China affects all of us. What happens in the US affects all of us. What happens in South Africa affects all of us...

By Charles Siboto 12 Jun 2020

Moves are afoot in Africa to keep more women in science careers
Moves are afoot in Africa to keep more women in science careers

Women scientists have a vital part to play in scientific leadership and in contributing to Africa's development and transformation...

By Barbara Tiedeu 10 Jun 2020

The urban poor have been hit hard by coronavirus. We must ask who cities are designed to serve
The urban poor have been hit hard by coronavirus. We must ask who cities are designed to serve

The enormous death toll in New York City, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in the US, led New York's governor, Andrew Cuomo, to write...

By Colin McFarlane 8 Jun 2020

Africa, waste and the butterfly effect
Africa, waste and the butterfly effect

In light of the 57th Africa Day last month, we are prompted to reflect on the havoc that Covid-19 is wreaking not only across the continent, but across the world...

By Adwoa Coleman 4 Jun 2020

After Covid-19, Africa can build back better
After Covid-19, Africa can build back better

These are challenging times for Africa and the rest of our global village...

By Amina J. Mohammed 28 May 2020



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