AFRICA: Mobile phones for healthplusnews.org | 04 May 2011
Some 80 health professionals and telecom operators are meeting in the Ghanaian capital Accra to explore ways to use mobile phones for better healthcare delivery. What we are trying to do here is to find out what mobile technology applications will help us fix some of Africas health problems, said Fiemu Nwariaku, professor of surgery in Ghana and a moderator at the 2-3 December Mobile Health Africa Summit. The efforts are aimed particularly at improving healthcare for underserved populations.
SWAZILAND: Government suspends pensionsIRIN News | 23 Mar 2011
Swaziland's government, feeling the pinch of a growing financial crisis, has suspended this quarters pensions for the elderly and redirected the money to pay the school fees of orphans and vulnerable children (OVC). "[Government] will utilize the funds allocated for the elderly grants, since they...
WATER: Optimism at World Water Day conferenceIRIN News | 23 Mar 2011
Half the world's population now lives in cities, and this figure is expected to balloon to more than 70 percent by 2050, but in Africa, where the rate of urbanization is highest, the provision of clean drinking water has been shrinking steadily since 1990. "The ability of [African] governments to...
Obi Commissions Enenebe Erosion Control ProjectAfricaFiles | 20 Mar 2011
Governor of the Anambra state in Nigeria, Peter Obi, has commissioned projects around his state to resolve erosion problems. In return, other important figures in the region (for ex. traditional rulers) have promised to vote for his political party, The All Progressives Grand Alliance.
Ordered disorder: African asylum seekers in Israel and discursive challenges to an emerging refugee ...feedproxy.google.com | 11 Mar 2011
This paper analyses Israel's response to a recent influx of African asylum seekers, a phenomenon whose nature and scale are unprecedented in Israel's history. It addresses three intertwined questions. What are the discursive challenges to the construction of an Israeli refugee regime? What dynamics foster their development? And how can those challenges be explained and deconstructed?
Djibouti: Challenges remain, despite nutrition gainsfeedproxy.google.com | 15 Feb 2011
In a region with some of the world's worst indicators for malnutrition, Djibouti is making gains and ensuring mothers and their children have access to life-saving interventions, say officials. "We are making progress in the fight against malnutrition but much remains to be done; I applaud the government of Djibouti for its efforts to ensure that children have access to the help they need," Josefa Marrato, the representative of the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Djibouti, told IRIN.
Whose Aid is it Anyway? Politicizing aid in conflicts and crisesfeedproxy.google.com | 10 Feb 2011
The effectiveness of international aid, both in meeting urgent needs and in tackling entrenched poverty, is being undermined in some of the world's poorest places. While effective aid has helped save lives, protect rights and build livelihoods, some donors' military and security interests have...
The wealth and gender distribution of rural services in Ethiopiafeedproxy.google.com | 08 Feb 2011
Over the past several years, the Ethiopian government has committed a substantial portion of the public budget to expanding public services and infrastructure in rural areas. This paper assesses who exactly is benefiting from this public spending. To do so, this paper undertakes a public...
S Sudan's daunting challengesenglish.aljazeera.net | 07 Feb 2011
Southern Sudan is likely to become an independent nation once the official results of its referendum are announced. But many challenges lie ahead for what would be the world's newest nation.
Kalahari Bushmen inremarkable legal victoryBBC World Service | 28 Jan 2011
An appeals court in Botswana has ruled that indigenous Bushmen can drill wells for water on their traditional land in the Kalahari Game Reserve. The judgement is a remarkable victory for the Bushmen. Not only has the court upheld their right to water in the Kalahari Desert, but it has criticised the government's treatment of the bushmen as "degrading".
Mozambique Co-existing With FloodsInter Press Service | 21 Jan 2011
April signals the tail end of the flood season in Mozambique. The country's water managers will soon be able to appraise the effects of changing policies. Each year, the many major rivers that flow through Mozambique on their way to the Indian Ocean - the Pungwe, the Limpopo, the Zambezi - swell with rain and burst their banks during the November-April rainy season. In 2001, the flooding killed around 700 people and displaced up to 500,000 others.
UN urges clean-up following acute lead poisoning in NigeriaUNEP | 07 Jan 2011
The UN has released a report calling on Nigerian authorities to prevent further lead poisoning in the country. Abnormally high rates of death and illness among children have been recorded since the beginning of 2010 in Zamfara State.
ETHIOPIA: Saving Rural Mothers Livesips.org | 15 Dec 2010
Nigist Abebe has grown in confidence over five years on the job. Today she is one of 34,000 rural health extension workers at the heart of Ethiopias primary health care strategy. One of her most important functions in Dengo Furda Kebele, the village she was born and raised in, is supporting women...
Rough day for Michuki in ParliamentDaily Nation | 08 Dec 2010
Environment Minister John Michuki had a bad day in Parliament on Wednesday. The minister was, in the morning session, censured in the House for his role in the Artur brothers scandal. In the afternoon, he was kicked out of Parliament for breach of Standing Orders (House rules). Mr Michukis censure came as Parliament adopted the report of a parliamentary inquiry into the conduct of the Artur brothers.
Lawyer sues over CDF allocationsDaily Nation | 26 Nov 2010
The High Court has been asked to stop the release of Sh14.283 billion to the Constituency Development Fund kitty. The case challenging the disbursement of the money to be shared among the 210 constituencies was filed by a city lawyer against Finance minister Uhuru Kenyatta. Lawyer Onsando Osiemo...
Wildlife groups condemn Ugandan golf course planReuters | 23 Nov 2010
Environment groups have condemned President Yoweri Museveni's order to allow an investor to build a golf course in Uganda's biggest national park, saying it would disturb wildlife and hit tourism. Museveni earlier this month told the state-run Uganda Wildlife Authority to allow the Madhvani Group to build the golf course and a swimming pool in Murchison Falls National Park, which straddles the River Nile.
Elders to sue UK government for injusticesDaily Nation | 23 Nov 2010
The Taita Council of Elders is pondering filing a case in The Hague over historical injustices against the community. The council, also known as Waghosi wa Isanga, has called Taita lawyers for a brainstorming meeting on the matter. The councils treasurer Gabriel Nyambu said on Tuesday that they would discuss the possibility of suing the British government for taking away more than 17,000 square kilometres of their land to establish a national park.
Group Says Botswana Bushmen Evicted over Diamondsips.org | 05 Nov 2010
An international boycott of Botswana diamonds aims to draw greater attention to the governments mistreatment of native Kalahari Bushmen. The rights group Survival International launched the boycott in San Francisco and London Tuesday with a protest outside the diamond retailer De Beers, which is...