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.
The Central African Republic has been described as the 'next Somalia' or 'new Mali', but Islamist militants wanting to deploy there would face big, if not insurmountable, challenges.
By Sara Pantuliano
While commentators argue about who or what is most at fault for South Sudan's return to conflict, one thing is clear: the international community is not free from blame.
Sudan could be liable for environmental damage to South Sudan if it fails to tackle its locust problem.
9 SEPTEMBER 2013 - 10:38AM | BY GEORGE RICHARDS
Whether it is disagreements over oil fees, disputes over borderlands, or accusations of fuelling rebel groups in each other’s territory, there is no shortage of tensions between Sudan and South Sudan. The rhetoric from both sides of the divide is often barbed, and relations between political figures in the two countries are ever heated and precarious.
ARTICLE | 30 JANUARY 2013 - 1:08PM | BY WILLIAM LAMBERS
As conflict continues in Mali, the international community will need to support aid agencies to prevent a worsening of the humanitarian situation.
As French and Malian troops push north in Mali to recover territory gained by Islamist militants, the UN Refugee Agency renewed its warning that increased aid is vital to prevent a worsening of the humanitarian situation.
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.
Malians who have been internally displaced by the conflict in north urgently need greater assistance.
ARTICLE | 14 NOVEMBER 2012 - 12:31PM | BY ALICE THOMAS
The devastation from Nigeria's worst floods in decades could have been reduced by better planning and preparation.
Violent repression of political opposition and retaliatory attacks by anti-government groups are threatening Burundi's fragile peace.
By Georges Nikiza
In August 2005, ending 12 years of civil war in which over 300,000 lost their lives, Pierre Nkurunziza was elected as Burundi’s president. Since then, President Nkurunziza and his National Council for the Defence of Democracy and Forces for the Defence of Democracy party (CNDD-FDD) have presided over relative peace in the country, though tensions have remained simmering below the surface.
More acknowledgement and support for male victims of sexual violence in the DRC's conflict are urgently needed.
BY YOVANKA PERDIGAO
According to recent studies, 48 women are raped every hour in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and the country has been ranked as the second most dangerous to be a woman in the world. Gender-based violence in the region has become widespread and there has been a proliferation of non-governmental organisations and donor efforts to aid the plight of female victims.
BY ANDREW GREEN
No-one – neither the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nor Ugandan epidemiologists – has yet figured out exactly what the disease is that is plaguing children across four districts in the north of Uganda. Such uncertainty around what is being referred to as ‘nodding disease’ is highly debilitating for a region just beginning to emerge from decades of violence perpetrated by Joseph Kony’s rebel militant group the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA).
Searching for answers
Amidst the Sahel food crisis, relief agency programmes are in danger due to insufficient funding.
8 May 2012 By William Lambers
As the hunger crisis deepens in eight countries of the Sahel region, humanitarian aid should be increasing. But this is not the case in parts of the drought-stricken area. The UN World Food Programme (WFP) relies exclusively on voluntary donations and in Mauritania school meals for children have been reduced by the WFP due to low funding.
A year on from the end of the country's post-electoral crisis, political distrust, insecurity and anxiety are widespread.
Duékoué, Ivory Coast: The word in Abidjan is that no-one leaves town after dark, that the road to the north becomes a bandits’ nest after 10pm.
After 20 years, Kenyan officials are talking of closing down the world's largest refugee camp, but to those who call it home, would repatriation be another form of exile?
BY DANIEL PLAUT
This year, Dadaab, the world’s largest refugee complex, turns 20 years old.
Established in Kenya in 1991, as a response to the influx of Somalis fleeing their homes in midst of civil war, Dadaab was originally designed to host 90,000 people. As of this month, it holds around 450,000, according to the UNHCR.
Amidst early signs of malnutrition, efforts are being made by government and aid agencies to stave off the worst of the food shortages.
Keita, Niger: In Niger, efforts to prevent a major food crisis are underway, after the government declared that an estimated 5 million people, or one third of the population, could be at risk from shortages.
“Niger is in a situation of crisis” says Denise Brown, head of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) in Niger. “Women and children are suffering the most – people simply cannot get enough food to put on the table.”
People must be able to access what they need through the market rather than indefinite quantities of international humanitarian aid.
I first met Omar Adan in August, not too long after he had lost more than 300 sheep, camels and donkeys to the on-going drought in Ethiopia.
Four months have passed since the conflict in the Ivory Coast came to an end following a disputed election. But the wounds run very deep in the West African country.
BY WILLIAM LAMBERS
Thousands were displaced by the fighting between supporters of President Alassane Ouattara and those of ex-President Laurent Gbagbo. Many of the refugees fear returning home. The conflict caused a loss of livelihoods, shelter, medical care and other basic services.
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.
As millions of lives are threatened by a drought and resultant famine in the Horn of Africa, Think Africa Press asks what can be done to improve food security in the region.
Article | 11 July 2011 - 3:16pm | By James Schneider Share |