An African Civil Society Call to Governments at UNCTAD 14 Governments at the 14th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) must rise up to the fundamental challenge of equitable development in and for Africa within the global order. This intergovernmental forum, to be held in Nairobi, Kenya in […]
Don’t Listen to Obama On Gay Issues, Group Urges Buhari Project for Human Development (PHD), a Civil Society Organisation, on Sunday urged President Mohammadu Buhari not to listen to the US government on issues of Gay rights, so as to…Read more » HRW Urges Obama to Press for Repeal of Same-Sex Prohibition Act in Nigeria Human rights […]
The CSO FfD Forum took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on July 11-12, 2015, was organized by the CSO FfD Group. An opening reception took place on the evening of July 10, 2015. The objectives of the CSO Forum was to inform participating CSOs on the state of play of the official process and coordinate […]
Speech by Amb. Amina C. Mohamed, Cabinet Secretary, Kenya Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, during the Informal Meeting of WTO Trade Ministers on the Margins of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Ministerial Council: Paris, 4 June 2015 Thank you Hon. Stephen Ciobo for providing this opportunity and for inviting me to co-chair with you […]
NEWS AND ANALYSIS JUNE 11, 2015 Ford Shifts Grant Making to Focus Entirely on Inequality JOSHUA BRIGHT, THE NEW YORK TIMES, REDUX Ford Foundation president Darren Walker By Alex Daniels The fight against inequality will take center stage at the Ford Foundation under a sweeping overhaul announced today by the nation’s second biggest philanthropy. Not […]
In 2014, it was recorded that over 400,000 abortions were procured in Kenya, over 2500 of these ending in deaths. More figures indicate 21,000 women are admitted annually due to complications arising from attempts to procure unsafe abortions
Plans to reshape and modernize African cities, in part driven by investment, architecture and construction companies seeking new markets, could deepen existing social inequalities, according to recent research. But these development plans could also benefit the poor if governments are responsive to the needs of their citizens, argue analysts.
The implementation of these development plans within existing cities is having major exclusionary effects on vulnerable low-income groups through evictions and relocations, states the journal article “African urban fantasies: dreams or nightmares?”. This is because some of the informal settlements – where most of Africa’s urban poor live – are on lands attractive to property developers.
FRIGHTENING global inequalities means our world is fatally barbed. What is more? Maternal mortality is increasing in Africa, in direct contrast to the state of affairs in the northern hemisphere. Is mockery being made of global efforts to bring about development in specific areas of focus? Well, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) seems to think so.
It is the grim reality contained in its new report launched yesterday which ostensibly persuades the UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, to conclude that a sustained reduction in inequality also now requires a shift to more inclusive growth patterns
A draft law that aims to enforce women filling half the top management positions in both the public and private sectors has been given a resounding thumbs down by business.
Parliament has been holding public hearings on the Women Empowerment and Gender Equity Bill this week. The bill was introduced by the Minister of Women,
Children and People with Disabilities late in 2013 and is intended to help empower women.Gender rights bodies have also slated the bill for excluding gay, lesbian, transgender and intersex people. Representatives of organized business say the 50:50 clause will be impossible to implement.Business Unity South Africa’s Vanessa Phala says while the bill’s intentions are good, women are not well represented in industries such as mining, engineering and construction
This conception of equity following growth has deep roots in South Africa. One of the earliest incarnations of this idea is from the Mount Fluer Scenarios, which warned of an “Icarus” scenario, where a well-meaning democratic government spends irresponsibly and in the process bankrupts the country. The warning was heeded and successive government plans starting with GEAR (the growth, employment and redistribution macro-economic strategy) have had a singular commitment to growing the economy with the intent of creating more jobs, growing and reprioritising government spending as well as improving skewed economic ownership. The idea runs through GEAR and even finds a place in the putative social compacts reached in the Growth and Development Summit.