News headlines for “Conflicts in Africa”

  1. Clean Cooking Transition: Pathways as Seen by Kenyan Villagers

    AMSTERDAM, Aug 04 (IPS) - The Sustainable Development goals on energy speak clear: universal access energy and clean cooking by 2030 (SDG7). But the current efforts are still lagging several steps behind the specific needs of the communities and are not enough to achieve energy access for all, especially clean cooking solutions.

  2. Religion & the Pandemic: A Call Beyond the Here & Now

    I have never been interested in religion or spirituality before, but I found myself tuning in to all sorts of on-line religion and spirituality related forums "in search of something."

    These are the words of a 30-something single young, middle class man (born into a Protestant-Catholic family background) in a European country. The latter is known more for turning several churches into museums or shopping centers, prior to the Covid-19 pandemic. When people are afraid, lonely and alone - they tend to seek "something" beyond science.

  3. Address Malnutrition with Food Insecurity

    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Aug 04 (IPS) - The 2020 State of Food Security and Nutrition in the Worldissued by the Food and Agriculture Organization and its United Nations partners in mid-July, reports that chronic hunger continued to increase to 690 million worldwide in 2019, 60 million more than in 2014.

  4. With Proper Investment in Youth, Kenya’s Potential for Progress Is Unlimited

    NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 03 (IPS) - Africa's demographic boom has been hailed as its biggest promise for transforming the continent's economic and social outcomes, but only if the right investments are made to prepare its youthful population for tomorrow's world.

  5. Why the African Free Trade Area Could be the Game-Changer for the Continent's Economies

    Aug 02 (IPS) - Most economists see structural transformation as one of the main routes to Africa's sustainable development. What it means is changing the share of agriculture, manufacturing and services in an economy. It is a central aim of the African Union's Agenda 2063.

  6. Sierra Leone - Why Everyone is Not Celebrating the New Media Law

    FREETOWN, Jul 30 (IPS) - Last week, Sierra Leone's parliament voted to repeal the country's 55-year-old libel law, which criminalised the publication of information that was deemed defamatory or seditious, and which had been used by successive governments to target and imprison media practitioners and silence dissenting views. But not everyone is convinced it was in the best interest of media freedom.

  7. Last Mile Teachers

    KAMPALA, Uganda, Jul 30 (IPS) - "It has gotten really tough for us," says James, a father in rural Liberia, of COVID-19 lockdown and school closures. "My son is trying but he is missing his friends and teachers. Children want to be in school."

  8. Myanmar's Protection Bill falls Short of Addressing Violence against Women

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 28 (IPS) - A legislation that aims to protect women against violence in Myanmar, while long overdue, is raising concern among human rights advocates about its inadequate definition of rape, vague definition for "consent", and anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rhetoric.

  9. COVID-19: Smarter Response & Recovery Measures Can Help Preserve Human Rights in Africa

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 27 (IPS) - "Social cohesion is built over years and is the result of policies that allow everybody in society to share in its sustainable prosperity," Ahunna Eziakonwa, Director - UNDP AfricaAs COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Africa, countries are simultaneously dealing with the health and socio-economic impacts of the pandemic, and how and when to ease lockdowns and curfews imposed to stop the disease spreading and get onto the path of recovery.

  10. As COVID-19 Cases Rise, African Countries Grapple with Safely Easing Lockdowns

    UNITED NATIONS, Jul 23 (IPS) - Re-opening economies is a tough balancing act between keeping people safe from the virus while ensuring they can still make a living.

    Some four months after the first COVID-19 case in Africa was reported in Egypt, countries on the continent are beginning to ease public health and social measures, such as lockdowns and curfews, imposed to curb the spread of the pandemic.

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