“Africa will see a population explosion nearly unprecedented in human history”

"Africa will see a population explosion nearly unprecedented in human history" "The United Nations Population Division, which tracks demographic data from around the world, has dramatically revised its projections for what will happen in the next 90 years. The new statistics, based on in-depth survey data from sub-Saharan Africa, tell the story of a world …

Africa’s success on MDGs depends on Nigeria — UNICEF

Cross posted from News Agency of Nigeria Gusau, June 25, 2013, (NAN)  The UNICEF Country Representative in Nigeria, Ms. Jean Gough, said on Monday that the attainment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Africa would rely on the success recorded in Nigeria. Gough made the statement at a two-day workshop, organised by UNICEF in Gusau and stressed that the failure of Nigeria …

Call for Youth Speakers for the International Conference on Family Planning

Youth focus and youth participation is central to the International Conference on Family Planning. Today, one in four people on earth are aged 10-25. It is the largest population of youth in history. Young people’s beliefs and decisions about family planning are critical to their sexual and reproductive health and rights. Too often, young people …

Family Planning FP2020: Plans, Partnerships and Progress – One Year On

By Valerie DeFillipo, Director, FP2020 originally at the Huffington Post on July 11, 2013 Sometimes it's hard to tell if your work really makes a difference. Three months after the London Summit on Family Planning, I led a delegation of UNFPA supporters to Ghana. We saw a diverse and inspiring range of maternal health programs -- …

Mo Ibrahim On How (And Why) Africa Should Solve Its Own Problems

Africa is the second largest continent on earth and has immense resources, yet African people are poor. The question is “why are we poor” if we have all this wonderful land, sea, shores? We are poor because of misrule, because we are badly governed. I don’t subscribe to the narrative that Africa is backward because …

Unemployment is most acute in Mauritania, Nigeria, Cape Verde and Cote d’Ivoire – Minister

ABUJA – THE Minister and Deputy Chairman, National Planning Commission, NPC, Dr. Shamsuddeen Usman, Tuesday, said Nigeria, Mauritania, Cape Verde and Cote d’Ivoire were among  countries in the world facing acute unemployment. Usman stated this at the workshop organised by the World Bank Group on “Learning from the past experience for future opportunities in youth …

Africa’s Land Reform Policies Can Boost Agricultural Productivity, Create Food Security and Eradicate Poverty

STORY HIGHLIGHTSAfrica has an opportunity to revolutionize agricultural productivity and end povertyBut land governance needs to be improvedA new report outlines challenges and describes solutions to scale up land reforms in Africa for shared prosperityWASHINGTON, July 22, 2013—Africa is home to nearly half of the world’s usable uncultivated land, some 202 million hectares that can …

Africa: UN Deploys Women Protection Advisers to Curb Rape in Africa

 Despite the United Nations' zero-tolerance policy against sexual violence, gender-based crimes have broken out across several of the world's latest conflict zones. Included on that list are South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of Congo, northern Uganda, Somalia and the Central African Republic.Describing rape as "a weapon of war", UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security …