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 […]
There is a dominant narrative in Africa about ‘Africa rising’, however the bulk of the African people are not really feeling this growth in their pockets. Why? What Africa is rising? African growth has doubled the average growth rate of the 1990s. Between 2000 and 2011, six of the world’s fastest growing economies were in […]
By Luckystar Miyandazi, Tax Power Campaign Africa Coordinator at ActionAid International A 2016 statement by the joint inequality alliance noted that: ‘The world faces an inequality crisis that is spiraling out of control. Across the world we are seeing the gap between the richest and the rest reach extremes not seen in a century’. The […]
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
Despite progress made in the situation of children worldwide, the inequalities continue affecting the quality of life and human rights of millions of children, warned today the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).
UNICEF released here the report Every Children Matters, reflecting that 6.60 million infants Ander five died in 2012, mostly from preventable causes, while some 15 percent of the child population was forced to work, in a scene marked by social exclusion.
Justice and Liberty the First Losers of the Redistributionist Leviathan It was Thomas Kuhn, and not Karl Popper, who best succeeded at describing how human knowledge evolves. He demonstrated that men do not tend to seek the truth through verification of rational hypotheses; rather, sciences — including social sciences — are based on paradigms, often […]
Partnership formed between UN Women and the Mara Foundation, to enable and empower women entrepreneurs not only in Africa, but globally. The measure was announced yesterday during the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Mentoring, training and tools will be provided to help women entrepreneurs.
UN Women and Mara Foundation announce partnership to support women entrepreneurs in Africa.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has asked African governments to give priority to policies that will help narrow income in equality among segments in society and promote opportunity for the poor, as the Continent’s growth picks up.
Raila said that while African countries form the majority of top ten growing economies in the world today, their growth is marching neck to neck with extreme poverty, where almost one out of every two Africans lives in extreme poverty.