Tag Archive | Africa

Mali attack: Gunmen kill five at tourist resort

Mali attack: Gunmen kill five at tourist resort

French troops and a 10,000-strong force of UN peacekeepers have been battling to stabilise the former French colony. […]

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African Standby Force starts first military exercises

African Standby Force starts first military exercises

Members of the African Union’s new 25,000-strong multinational standby force are gathering to begin field training for the first time. The exercises in South Africa aim to make sure the force is ready by January to respond to crises across the continent. The force will be made up of five brigades from Africa’s economic blocs. […]

AfDB urges closing boardroom gender gap in Africa

AfDB urges closing boardroom gender gap in Africa

Women make up just 14% of the boards of major African companies and urgent action is needed to close the gender gap, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB). “To break the ‘glass ceiling’ in Africa, we urgently need to bring women on corporate boards, which we can do by fast-tracking them through middle and […]

Breaking the cycle of youth unemployment, poverty

Breaking the cycle of youth unemployment, poverty

Youth unemployment and underemployment are among the main barriers to development in West Africa, say experts. Not only does the exclusion of young people from the labour force perpetuate generational cycles of poverty, it also breaks down social cohesion and can be associated with higher levels of crime and violence among idle youth. “A decent […]

Women and Politics in Africa Today

Women and Politics in Africa Today

One of the most fascinating developments in African politics has been the increase in women’s political participation since the mid 1990s. Women are becoming more engaged in a variety of institutions from local government, to legislatures, and even the executive. Today, Africa is a leader in women’s parliamentary representation globally. African countries have some of […]

E o prémio para líder africano não foi entregue pela quarta vez

E o prémio para líder africano não foi entregue pela quarta vez

Pela quarta vez em cinco anos, o prémio Mo Ibrahim, destinado a um líder africano cuja governação democrática se tenha distinguido, não foi atribuído. O prémio, no valor de cinco milhões de dólares, a ser entregue em parcelas ao longo de dez anos, destina-se a premiar líderes do continente africano eleitos democraticamente e que deixem o lugar […]

Environmental crimes increasingly linked to violence, insecurity

Environmental crimes increasingly linked to violence, insecurity

Organized environmental crime is known to pose a multi-layered threat to human security, yet it has long been treated as a low priority by law enforcers, seen as a fluffy “green” issue that belongs in the domain of environmentalists. But due to a variety of factors – including its escalation over the past decade, its […]