How I got the invitation for the Women Deliver Conference (Malaysia 2013) -Foluso Ajani

This is excerpt of an e-terview we had with Dr Foluso Ajani, an advocate for maternal and reproductive health rights. She is passionate about efforts to reduce maternal health. In this short piece, she shares with us how she got the invitation for the Women Deliver Conference in Malaysia and the ‘Refer and Reward Scheme’ …

Africa’s Development Demands Culture of Shared Responsibility

Sustainable development in Africa is not the exclusive responsibility of government. We need to do our part as well. In the last one year, we have consistently provided information on progress reports of the MDGs in Africa. Each week of the last 8 weeks was dedicated to a summary of progress made in Africa on …

World Leaders Partner with African Governments to Return Stolen Funds

Over the years, global partnership has indeed been of great benefit to countries involved.  The G20 at their various meetings reaffirmed the importance of global partnership and their commitment to the MDGs. An important but under-emphasized component of global partnership for development, which is critical for African countries, is illicit outflows of resources. In Pittsburgh, …

MDGs may change to Sustainable Development Goals by 2015.

MDG 7 is one of the least discussed goals. Efforts are driven towards the preceding six. However, as the world embraces sustainability, it will receive more attention. Besides, it is speculated that the Millennium development goals will become sustainable development goals by 2015. This makes the goal highly relevant as we approach 2015. Many of …

Empowerment of women and girls will boost Nigeria’s economy-OKonjo Iweala

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, yesterday said Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) could grow significantly if the empowerment gap between the men and women could be narrowed. Delivering a keynote address at a national gender policy dialogue organised by the World Bank in Abuja, Okonjo-Iweala said: “If empowering women is smart economics; empowering …

MDG 3: Women Empowerment is highest in Rwanda and South Africa

In 2007, African countries showed overall progress in gender equality and the empowerment of women. Gender parity in primary education is likely to be achieved by most countries. However, parity decreases in secondary education, and the gap is widest in tertiary education.In primary and secondary education, the West African countries of the Gambia, Guinea, Mauritania, …