New Push On Malaria

00160245-ff08a6806db97f7d42f2095b8d76269c-arc614x376-w614-us1Published November 22, 2013

Malaria researchers believe that better coordination and new technologies, such as the use of vaccines and sophisticated disease mapping, can inject new life into the ambitious goal of eradicating the deadly illness.

For the past three decades, the key mandate of the malaria community has been promote the use of bed nets to control and reduce the spread of the mosquito-borne disease, and focus on the most vulnerable – African children.
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Facing the Challenge of Adolescent Motherhood

00260357-f3cf88c6eb10f8e37b28607933727c12-w600Published October 31, 2013

The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) released its 2013 State of the World Population Report, which examines the challenges of adolescent pregnancy. When a girl becomes pregnant, her present and future prospects change dramatically, and rarely for the better.
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American University Distributes Free Social Sciences Library Across Africa

00240281:954b2351266ada444e6f91db6febd916:arc5184x3456Published September 5, 2013

A leading American university is distributing free electronic library resources in the social and environmental sciences to universities across Africa.

With the help of partner organizations, the Global Development and Environment Institute at Tufts University is working to distribute the Social Science Library (SSL) to universities and similar organizations in 138 countries, 53 of them in Africa.
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Nigerian Central Bank Official Takes On Development Dogma

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu

Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu

Published August 16, 2013

On a sun-soaked mid-August morning in the American capital – when attracting even a small gathering to a serious discussion of international economic affairs is considered near impossible – an overflow crowd squeezed into a 120-seat auditorium at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

The draw was Kingsley Chiedu Moghalu, Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, talking about Africa as the global economy’s ‘last frontier’. In an often provocative presentation, he contended that both those who see no prospect for African prosperity and those who want to celebrate Africa as a continent that has ‘arrived’ on the global stage are wrong.
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Top African Literary Accomplishments of 2013

00251054:c818fce29ecd313206cd78eee04cbe31:w600Published August 8, 2013

The African continent is brimming with literary talent, but the French and Arabic-language authors are often overlooked in the US. Here is an inclusive list of the top African literary accomplishments so far this year.
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Potty Talk: Why Toilets Matter

00200048-d083d93b60d1c144e478aab9c2cb6e6e-w600Published July 29, 2013

No one likes to talk about the humble toilet, but “sanitation” is an important women’s issue, a political controversy, and an opportunity for innovation.
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Video: Kenyan Doctor Mohamud Said on Human Rights Work

saidPublished July 27, 2013

Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said of Kenya is the 2013 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner. The award is the National Peace Corps Association’s highest honor, given to Said in recognition for his substantial contributions to peace and human rights in Kenya.

Watch Julie Strupp’s three-part interview for allAfrica on the Harris Wofford prize, on Said’s struggles for human rights on the continent, his reconstructive surgery work, and his contributions to Kenya’s only school for deaf girls.
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Kenyan Doctor Receives Peace Corps Association’s Highest Honor

drsaidPublished July 25, 2013

Dr. Mohamud Sheikh Nurein Said is the 2013 Harris Wofford Global Citizen Award winner. The award is the National Peace Corps Association’s highest honor, given to Said in recognition for his contributions to peace in Kenya. In addition to practicing medicine in the country, Said is a former president of the International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims – the first African to hold that position.
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Top 10 Most Innovative African Countries

botswanaguyPublished July 22, 2013

Co-published by Cornell University, INSEAD, and WIPO, the 2013 Global Innovation Index (GII) is a ranking of 142 countries according to their innovation capabilities. Check out the 10 African countries that ranked highest in the 2013 GII and why.
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8 Things Foreign Policy’s Failed State Index Isn’t Telling – Part 2

Nairobi, KenyaPublished July 16, 2013

The Fund for Peace and Foreign Policy Magazine released their annual Failed State Index and its “hellish” Postcards from Hell photo essay supplement on June 24. Fifteen African countries are ranked at the top of the index among the twenty “most failed states” in the world.

This photo essay is Part 2 (See Part 1 here) of a response that aims to show not the “hellishness” but the humanity and resiliance of the people living in these so-called “most failed” countries.
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Mali: Transforming a Country Through Rice

salif_niag_profile_727_447_c1Published July 12, 2013

Aspen Institute 2013 New Voices Fellow Salif Romano Niang is the co-founder and chief impact officer of Malo, a company working to revolutionize the rice industry in Niang’s home country of Mali. Niang created a new model of rice production and marketing across the entire rice value chain that supports small-scale farmers and their communities. Niang has a BA and MA from Purdue University in political science and French, a minor in economics, and is currently a Ph.D candidate at the Department of Political Science. His research and teaching has focused on conflict, stability, the gap between rich and poor nations, and social entrepreneurship as a modern approach to wealth and peace.
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7 Things Foreign Policy’s Failed State Index Isn’t Telling – Part 1

00250327-1192a1007e3d1ee032f0d16f3a721ac3-w600Published July 3, 2013

Foreign Policy Magazine and the Fund for Peace released their annual Failed States Index (FSI) for 2013 on June 24. The FSI has come under fire from critics like Elliot Ross and Claire Leigh for focusing “exclusively on the most negative aspects of a state’s performance” and for ranking “states in a way that suggests they are in any way comparable.” While many African states are indeed fragile, the FSI’s preference for the label “failed states” implies a false permanence of condition rightly criticized by scholars and researchers as arbitrary and sensationalist.

The FSI and corresponding “Postcards from Hell” paint most of Africa with a damning red of failure and chaos. In staying true to its “failed” theme, the index chooses to ignore positive developments being made in many African countries and the differing levels of security within them. Futhermore, Foreign Policy fails to admit how its “failed states” labeling turns away private foreign investment and undermines a country’s ability to transform itself.

Here are some facts the Index will not tell you about the seven African countries designated in 2013 as among the world’s “most failed” states.
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10 West African World Heritage Sites to See Before You Die

Ghana's Asante heritage Published Jun 19, 2013

The World Heritage List includes 962 properties forming part of the cultural and natural heritage which the World Heritage Committee considers as having outstanding universal value.

West Africa is home to many incredible sites.
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10 Least Corrupt African Countries

00171346-4af3c8ef94329c302272f3287b70bfb1-w600 Published Jun 17, 2013

Vision of Humanity released its second annual Positive Peace Index (PPI) this year. The PPI measures the strength of the attitudes, institutions, and structures of 126 nations to determine their capacity to create and maintain a peaceful society.
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Top 10 African Countries for Doing Business

MoroccoPublished Jun 14, 2013

The World Bank’s “Ease of Doing Business” index assesses government regulations affecting domestic businesses in 185 countries. The aim of the report is to show improvement in such regulations is good for economic growth.

Based on the report we have compiled a list of the top ten African countries for doing business.
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