It is a mere six months old, but 2020 has already been a bumper year for natural disasters. The devastating Australian bushfires in January, broken heat records, the most damaging locust plague in 70 years in parts of East Africa, a super-cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, and the worst drought in centuries in Central Europe.
Ashim Paun 1 hour ago
In Kenya's urban areas, there's a serious problem of people not having enough food, particularly in the capital city of Nairobi.
Elizabeth Kimani-Murage 1 day ago
South Africa has the highest emission intensity in the G20 group of industrialised and developing countries. This threatens its commitment to help slow global warming. This disproportionate contribution is driven by the country's coal-dependent national electricity utility, Eskom.
MJ (Thinus) Booysen and Mark Apperley 10 Jul 2020
Financial leaders are at a tipping point. The choices they are making today will become the bedrock of the industry for years to come. Most organisations have been forced to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic without the luxury of time to consider implications on longer-term sustainability. This begs the question: How can financial executives ensure that the decisions they make today are feasible in a post-Covid future and contribute to a more resilient tomorrow?
Olga Arara-Kimani 6 Jul 2020
Accredited as an implementing partner, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will work with the Adaptation Fund on projects to help vulnerable countries fight the harmful effects of climate change. The FAO is the 13th multilateral implementing entity to work with the international fund.
6 Jul 2020
Reliance on biomass such as fuelwood for energy in rural areas has a strong bearing on Zimbabwe's environment. Rural communities in Zimbabwe meet 94% of their cooking energy requirements by using traditional fuels, mainly fuelwood, and 20% of urban households use wood as the main cooking fuel.
Ellen Fungisai Chipango 3 Jul 2020
The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has disrupted the operating environment for both the public and private sectors as a result of the unprecedented lockdowns and restrictions put in place by countries to curb infections. To navigate this wave of disruption and thrive in its aftermath, business as usual needs to become business unusual to enable organisations and nations to adapt to a rapidly changing economic environment. The buzzwords which are presently trumping conversations are flexibility, innovation and adaptability.
Siyabonga Mbanjwa 30 Jun 2020
Wildlife conservation hasn't escaped the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is largely due to the fact that tourism funding, which supports the conservation of wide swaths of Africa and some 23 million livelihoods, has all but dried up.
The Covid-19 pandemic has reached Africa at a time when the continent is already grappling with multiple crises. Undeniably, Africa's recovery from this pandemic will be a formidable task that requires pragmatic multi-sectoral and synergised actions.
Maria Helena Semedo 30 Jun 2020
Urban investments across the African continent are at an all-time high. Yet the nature of these investments differs starkly across cities. Many of them are driven by political considerations. For example, in Addis Ababa, a city that has made enormous strides in the past two decades, a new urban aesthetic is emerging. It targets urban elites, the Ethiopian diaspora and international tourists.
Biruk Terrefe 24 Jun 2020
Speaking during a recent African Youth Ministers consultative meeting on Covid-19, Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), said that tackling the ongoing coronavirus pandemic effectively to ensure Africa grows back and builds back better in the aftermath of Covid-19 requires boldness never before seen on the continent.
19 Jun 2020
The passing of laws to end child marriage resulted in blocking thousands of child marriages and enabling second chance education for girls. However, these gains made over the years are in jeopardy in the age of Covid-19.