Leaders at this week’s UN economic and social council meeting must pledge to give people affected by disasters the flexibility that cash transfers offer
Erik Johnson and Paula Gil Baizan
Women and girls on the refugee trail are disproportionately affected by violence.
An expert panel suggest practical steps to improve their safety
With smartphone use and web penetration soaring, Africa is set for a tech revolution – but only if its infrastructure can support it
Mark Rice-Oxley in Kigali and Zoe Flood in Nairobi
Monday 25 July 2016 06.20 EDT Last modified on Monday 25 July 2016 17.00 EDT
You can buy sunlight with your phone, conduct an eye test on someone 100 miles away and attend a church service on your iPad. There are apps for investing in cows, for sending parcels and for mapping unrest. And soon you’ll be able to deliver blood and medicines by drone.
Research found that 23% of violent clashes in ethnically divided places were connected to climate disasters
Damian Carrington @dpcarrington
Monday 25 July 2016 17.00 EDT Last modified on Monday 25 July 2016 19.44 EDT
Climate-related disasters increase the risk of armed conflicts, according to research that shows a quarter of the violent struggles in ethnically divided countries were preceded by extreme weather.
A prisoner of climate change, Nouakchott faces challenges of flooding and erosion that have been exacerbated by preparations for the Arab League summit
By Alex Duval Smith
The two events are not unrelated. As heads of state fly into Nouakchott’s new airport for the Arab League summit on Monday, Vieux Fall will be raising the roof – and the floor – of his family’s small compound.