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Biodiversity in the balance - degradation threatens economic prosperity
Biodiversity in the balance - degradation threatens economic prosperity

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.

By Ashim Paun 1 hour ago

Testing strategies to help Kenya's urban poor get access to food
Testing strategies to help Kenya's urban poor get access to food

In Kenya's urban areas, there's a serious problem of people not having enough food, particularly in the capital city of Nairobi.

By Elizabeth Kimani-Murage 1 day ago

Electric vehicles could add to carbon emissions and load shedding: but there's a solution
Electric vehicles could add to carbon emissions and load shedding: but there's a solution

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.

By MJ (Thinus) Booysen and Mark Apperley 10 Jul 2020

Safeguarding our communities through the Covid-19 pandemic
Safeguarding our communities through the Covid-19 pandemic

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?

By Olga Arara-Kimani 6 Jul 2020

New partnership to fight impact of climate change in vulnerable communities
New partnership to fight impact of climate change in vulnerable communities

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

Why rural electrification won't fix deforestation in Zimbabwe
Why rural electrification won't fix deforestation in Zimbabwe

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.

By Ellen Fungisai Chipango 3 Jul 2020

Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa
Post-Covid-19: Delivering sustainable energy across Africa

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.

By Siyabonga Mbanjwa 30 Jun 2020

Covid-19, Africa's conservation and trophy hunting dilemma
Covid-19, Africa's conservation and trophy hunting dilemma

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.

By Duan Biggs, Alexander Richard Braczkowski, Alta De Vos, Hayley Clements 30 Jun 2020

Maria Helena Semedo, deputy director-general, UN FAO
We must act now to avert an imminent food crisis in Africa

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.

By Maria Helena Semedo 30 Jun 2020

Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about spatial justice
Megaprojects in Addis Ababa raise questions about spatial justice

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.

By Biruk Terrefe 24 Jun 2020

Vera Songwe, executive secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)
Aftermath of Covid-19 requires Africa to be bold in its path to recovery

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

Covid-19 jeopardising progress made in protecting women, girls from violence, harmful practices
Covid-19 jeopardising progress made in protecting women, girls from violence, harmful practices

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.

By Justine Coulson, Roberta Clarke, and Mohamed M. Fall 17 Jun 2020

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