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Transformative adaptation made possible with local knowledge - and muscle

With the local market once more within reach, some residents have invested their wages in their farms, purchasing cattle or hiring threshing machines and tillers in a bid to boost incomes further

Residents in Mframafaw, Ashanti Region, Ghana, say they have transformed their farming town following participation in a Cash for Work initiative. Community members earned a daily wage for building a culvert, or small bridge, that ensures the road to their community remains passable year-round. With the local market once more…

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From the streets to becoming an automotive technician: UN Women striving to boost the economic autonomy of vulnerable women in Muhanga district

UN Women Rwanda partnered with YWCA Rwanda to provide hands-on skills to vulnerable women

By now, we’ve all heard about the low numbers of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Some argue it’s a pipeline issue that if we can interest more young girls in STEM subjects, the issue will resolve itself over time. But evidence for that is thin. Twenty-year-old Akimana,…

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SPARK Supports Somalia/Somaliland Economy to Recover from COVID-19

The ‘Tadamon’ programme contributes to the immediate and medium-term efforts to combat the negative impacts of COVID-19 on the Somalia/Somaliland economy

Somalis have experienced years of struggle, climate shocks and disease outbreaks in recent years. COVID-19 has worsened the situation as well, with up to 20 percent of Somalia/Somaliland’s population expected to suffer from direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic. According to officials, There is widespread unemployment in Somalia/Somaliland with…

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Refugees at risk: UN uncovers human trafficking at camp in Malawi

The widespread exploitation of men, women, and children at a refugee camp in Malawi has been uncovered by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Malawian Police Service

Now measures are underway to dismantle the human trafficking networks operating within the Dzaleka Refugee Camp, identify and rescue their victims, and bring those responsible to justice. “The situation was much worse than we first envisaged,” says UNODC’s Maxwell Matewere, who initially visited the camp in October 2020, where he trained camp staff…

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African countries celebrate the importance of fish industries employing 5.4 million people and providing essential nutrition

Artisanal fisheries and aquaculture are important across Africa, with annual production of 5.2 million tonnes, and a value of USD 5.8 billion

In rural Malawi, small-scale fisheries and aquaculture produce the most readily available animal-sourced foods - and much vital protein. It’s the same in Zambia. And, both countries are land-locked too, with no accessible coast to harvest fish from. That’s quite a contribution from the industries, often family and community-run. It’s…

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Africa Investment Forum showcases major projects, including $15.6 billion Abidjan-Lagos Highway

Among the transactions presented were four transport infrastructure deals and four transactions focused on energy and power

On the margins of the African Development Bank Group’s (www.AfDB.org) 2022 Annual Meetings, the Africa Investment Forum convened investors to promote the power of the platform to draw critical investment to the continent. The investor roundtable on 25 May came at a time when capital flows are in flux in…

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Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) Launches its National Digital Academy in Ghana

The national digital academy will support the uniquely identified digital skills priority needs at the national level

Smart Africa’s (www.SmartAfrica.org) capacity building arm, the Smart Africa Digital Academy (SADA) in partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Communications and Digitalisation have launched a national digital academy in the country, marking the official kick off of in-country implementation of the initiative. The agreement is contained within a Memorandum of Understanding…

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FAO adds voice to calls for an end to child labour in agriculture

Global conference to accelerate action against child labour is underway in South Africa

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations is adding its voice to renewed calls for an end to child labour in agriculture, at the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour, underway in South Africa this week. “In Sub-Saharan Africa, 4 out of 5 child…

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Nations and Delegates Unite to #EndChildLabour on the Second Day of the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour

ILO Director General, opened the first discussions of the day by highlighting the key priorities of the conference and noting the importance of sustaining global progress on the elimination of child labour

On Monday, 16 May 2022, the second day of the 5th Global Conference on the Elimination of Child Labour continued at the International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, South Africa where various representatives provided empowering insights to #EndChildLabour. Various panel discussion groups occurred throughout the day with a wide variety…

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New World Bank Report Says MENA Labor Markets Need Level Playing Field

The report says governments should reduce the dominance of state-owned enterprises

Ensuring the private sector can gain access to markets and compete equally with government-run businesses is vital for countries across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) to create jobs in a region with the highest youth unemployment in the world, according to a new World Bank report. The report,…