Archive for 2012

Côte d’Ivoire: The Ticket to an Education

April 26, 2012 13:530 comments
Côte d’Ivoire: The Ticket to an Education

  The birth of tens of thousands of children during Côte d’Ivoire’s eight-year rebellion were not formally recorded. Providing these children with birth certificates is one of the mundane yet vital challenges facing the authorities as they work to re-establish the country’s public administration. While many families take a lax […]

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Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World

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Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World

 …Powered By MasterCard, INSEAD & UN   MasterCard Worldwide  in association with Singapore Committee for UN Women and the academic partner INSEAD, are calling for youth change makers worldwide to submit their pitch ideas for Project Inspire: 5 Minutes to Change the World. PROJECT INSPIRE is a competition that is […]

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AID POLICY: Does private money buy independence?

April 20, 2012 13:521 comment
AID POLICY: Does private money buy independence?

Private donors are growing steadily more important to global aid, contributing one-quarter of the estimated US$73.9 billion spent on emergency assistance from 2006 to 2010. Among the favourable factors in private funding are independence from the political motivations of donors, being able to react fast, and the opportunity to focus […]

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DR Congo: LRA nurtures the next generation of child soldiers

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DR Congo: LRA nurtures the next generation of child soldiers

The dilemma for Atati Faustin, 13, from Faradje in Haut-Uélé District, northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), is that although he misses his younger brother – abducted into the ranks of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) two years ago – he is also afraid of being reunited with him. “I […]

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2,300 Liberian refugees to legalise stay in Ghana

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2,300 Liberian refugees to legalise stay in Ghana

Over 2,000 Liberian refugees in Ghana have indicated their willingness to remain legal residents of the country. The Ghana Refugee Board (GRB) and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) have consequently registered 2,300 who want to legalise their stay in Ghana. The registration followed an ultimatum given to […]

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Nigeria: Over 75 Percent Kwara Women Shun Family Planning – Survey

April 18, 2012 13:120 comments
Nigeria: Over 75 Percent Kwara Women Shun Family Planning – Survey

Ilorin — The Baseline Household Survey conducted by the Nigeria Urban Reproductive Health Initiative (NURHI) has revealed that more than 75 per cent of women in Kwara State don’t use modern contraceptives for family planning due to wrong perceptions. The perception as highlighted include need to have more children, lack […]

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Eritrea: Fear of Compulsory Recruitment Drives Teen to Flee Home

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Eritrea: Fear of Compulsory Recruitment Drives Teen to Flee Home

Mai-Aini Refugee Camp — Gebre* knew the dangers as well as any 13-year-old. He understood that to be captured fleeing his country by the Eritrean border guards could mean jail or worse. And anyone taking the route to Ethiopia via Sudan could be held for ransom. But what was certain […]

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Uganda: Helping the ‘Collateral Victims’ of Aids

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Uganda: Helping the ‘Collateral Victims’ of Aids

Rakai — Sitting on an old mattress in front of a small house in Kimukunda village in the Rakai District of southern Uganda, Teddy Nakawoeisi, 60, is waiting for her grandchildren to bring home something for supper. Between the ages of 4 and 8 years, they are at a nearby […]

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Zimbabwe: Sewage-Fed Vegetables Give Pause for Thought

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Zimbabwe: Sewage-Fed Vegetables Give Pause for Thought

Harare — Maria Saungweme, 42, an informal trader and single mother from the low-income suburb of Glen Norah in the Zimbabwean capital Harare, uses sewage-infested river water to irrigate her two-acre vegetable plot. “I am not proud to say this, but I consider the sewage that is offloaded into the […]

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South Africa: Uniting to defeat Africa’s biggest killer

April 14, 2012 00:040 comments
South Africa: Uniting to defeat Africa’s biggest killer

Global campaign against malaria also creates opportunities for South African township communities (Cape Town, South Africa – April 2012) In the run-up to World Malaria Day on 25 April 2012, the South African division of the global partnership, United Against Malaria (UAM), is intensifying fundraising efforts to purchase life-saving mosquito […]

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