Africa: Global Green Growth Week 2017 Kicks Off in Addis Ababa
The Global Green Growth Week 2017 (#GGGWeek2017), in its second year, will take place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia from October 17 - 20 to discuss ways to scale up green growth in… Read more »
Africa: Global Green Growth Week 2017 - Unlocking Africa's Green Growth Potential
The Global Green Growth Institute in partnership with the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia will hold Global Green Growth Week 2017 on October 17-20, 2017, in Addis Ababa,… Read more »
South Sudan: Need for Inclusive Peace Efforts - No More 'Compassion Fatigue'
"Peace is not a one-day affair or event, it requires our collective effort," said South Sudan's Vice President, General Taban Deng Gai, while addressing the General Assembly at the… Read more »
Somalia: How Aid in Cash, Not Goods, Averted a Famine in Somalia
In February, when the government of Somalia sounded an alarm to the UN about risks of a famine in the country, the UN's Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA),… Read more »
South Sudan: 'I Decide for Myself' - Woman Shows Power of Knowledge
Elizabeth Ayumpou Balang is a teacher at a nursery and primary school in Rumbek, a town in central South Sudan. It is her dream job, but it did not come easily. Like many girls in… Read more »
Ethiopia: Internally Displaced Overlooked Amid Refugee Crises
Grasping its limp leg, a woman drags the carcass of one of her few remaining black-headed sheep away from her family's domed shelter fashioned out of sticks and fabric that stands… Read more »
Africa: Internet Shutdowns Stifle Media
"The internet for journalism is now like the air you breathe," said Befeqadu Hailu, an Ethiopian journalist and a member of the Zone 9 blogger collective who was arrested in April… Read more »
Africa: To Achieve Ambitious Goals - We Need to Start With Our Basic Rights
Recent protests in Ethiopia have seen people demonstrate in their thousands, angry at their authoritarian government, its favouritism towards those close to the ruling elite, and… Read more »
Kenya: Kenya and Ethiopia Join Forces to Advance Peace, Security, Development and Hope
The Horn of Africa is often synonymous with extreme poverty, conflict, demographic pressure, environmental stress, and under-investment in basic social services such as health,… Read more »
East Africa: Pope Francis Donates to FAO for Drought, Conflict-Stricken East Africa
As an unprecedented gesture, Pope Francis has donated 25,000 euro to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation's efforts supporting people facing food insecurity and famine in East… Read more »
East Africa: Poor Rains - Hunger Worsened, Crops Scorched, Livestock Dead
Poor rains across East Africa have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead, the United Nations food and agriculture agency has warned… Read more »
Ethiopia: No Border Wall for Ethiopia, Rather an Open Door - Even for Its Enemy
It's one thing to read about the exodus of souls flowing out of Eritrea, it's quite another to look into the tired eyes, surrounded by dust and grime, of a 14-year-old Eritrean… Read more »
Kenya: Achieving Universal Health Coverage Through Innovative Financing
Every year, one million Kenyans are driven below the poverty line by healthcare-related expenditures. Poverty predisposes them to disease and slows all aspects of growth in the… Read more »
Somalia: Drought Pushes 1 in 3 Somalis to a Hunger Knife-Edge
Another famine in former European colonies in Africa and another time in its Eastern region, with Ethiopia and Somalia among the major victims of drought and made-made climate… Read more »
Africa: Crisis in the Gulf - Escalation or Negotiation?
Turkey's parliament is this week fast tracking the dispatch of up to 3,000 troops to Qatar, home to the country's military base in the Middle East. Certain to stiffen Qatar's… Read more »
Kenya: Kenya's Drought - Response Must Be Sustainable, Not Piecemeal
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Africa: Towards a Global Role for ACP?
The African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States (ACP) met this week in Brussels for the 105th Session of its Council of Ministers to discuss the key question of how these 79… Read more »
Ethiopia: Falling Between the Sun-Scorched Gaps - Drought Highlights Ethiopia's IDP Dilemma
Displaced pastoralists gather around newly arrived drums of brown water as a water truck speeds off to make further deliveries to settlements that have sprung up along the main… Read more »
Kenya: With an Eye On Electoral Violence, Kenya Keeps Tight Rein On Media
As the clock ticks down to Kenya's general elections slated for Aug. 8, a move by the Kenya Communication Authority (CAK) to make journalists adhere to guidelines on election… Read more »
Africa: 'The Ocean Is Not a Dumping Ground'
An internationally renowned scientist, Ameenah Gurib-Fakim became Mauritius's sixth president on June 5, 2015 - and one of the few Muslim women heads of state in the world. Read more »
Ethiopia: 'We Can't Protest So We Pray'
As dawn breaks in Bahir Dar, men prepare boats beside Lake Tana to take to its island monasteries the tourists that are starting to return. Read more »
Kenya: UN Strengthens Kenya's Resilience to Disaster
Kenya's lack of capacity to cope with wide-scale disaster has seen thousands of households continue to live precarious lives, especially in light of erratic and drastically… Read more »
Africa: Feast and Famine in Africa's Dubai
As balmy night settles over Djibouti City, the arc lights come on at its growing network of ports as ships are offloaded 24 hours a day and trucks laden with cargo depart westwards… Read more »
Ethiopia: Govt's Land Grabs 'Ignored by World Bank'
Sales of huge land areas of Ethiopia, by the Ethiopian government, to foreign investors, have led to starvation and forced displacement. In his documentary Dead Donkeys Fear no… Read more »
Kenya: Climate Change Making Droughts More Severe
The Super El Nino of 2015 to 2016 wrought droughts and floods around the world, yet it is its sister La Nina that is now fuelling drought and hunger in East Africa. Read more »
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