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At current rates, it will take sub-Saharan Africa 15 years to reach its water goals and 150 years to reach its sanitation targets. A group of experts explain what needs to change.
ARTICLE | 24 MARCH 2014 - 12:23PM | BY MARK DEARN
On 22 March, groups across the globe marked World Water Day, an occasion for highlighting the importance of water and sanitation as well as the many shortfalls in its provision.
Voices emphasising the need for improved sanitation facilities in Africa have grown stronger over the last decade, but now better publicity needs to translate into real progress.
ARTICLE | 7 DECEMBER 2012 - 1:54PM | BY LUKE LYTHGOE
The 12th annual World Toilet Summit has recently concluded in Durban, the first time the event has been held in Africa. It follows in the wake of World Toilet Day, established on November 19, 2001, to raise awareness about numbers of people living without access to proper sanitation – a figure which stands at 2.6 billion worldwide.
Elisa Furuta argues that it is time international human rights law scrutinised the long-term encampment of refugees.
Given the recent celebration of the 60th anniversary of the 1951 Refugee Convention on the Protection of Refugees and the annual World Refugee Day on 20 June, this is the right time to reflect on refugee protection.
Unable to access affordable sanitary care or facilities at school, schoolgirls are having to stay home during their period.
ARTICLE | 27 JULY 2011 - 10:46AM | BY LEONIE TAYLOR
It is a widespread but unacknowledged problem that girls in Africa miss school and stay at home because of menstruation. According to UNICEF, one in ten schoolgirls in Africa miss classes or drop out completely due to their period, and substitute pads or tampons for less safe and less absorbent materials such as rags, newspaper or bark.
Donor countries are losing interest in aid for refugees, but the conflicts that force their movement continue.
By Gaim Kibreab
Recent political events are intensifying a pan-African refugee crisis, with host nations becoming refugee-producing countries.
BY M.H.A. MENONDJI
The advent of the 11th World Refugee Day offers a unique opportunity to determine how both the Arab Spring and the continuing political turmoil in the Horn of Africa and Central Africa have affected the extent to which refugee populations are protected and served. Recent developments threaten to hamper the chances of finding durable solutions at both global and regional levels.
Without an end to conflict, there will be a continuing loss of human capital which will impede development.
BY CLEMENTE ABROKWAA