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The latest in-depth analysis of African and United Nations issues by the Africa Renewal team.

  • 17 January 2012

    African youth: finding solutions to their own problems

    Grace Akallo, former child soldier from Uganda

    On 1 December 2010, as part of the International Year of Youth, the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa held a panel discussion on youth and the future of Africa. Seated amidst ambassadors and officials, four young people talked about the challenges and opportunities they face. In this exclusive for Africa Renewal, Liz Scaffidi spoke briefly with each.

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  • 17 January 2012

    Sudan: The long journey home

    Sudan referendum, A. Coseac for UNHCR

    For tens of thousands of southern Sudanese living in the North, the historic referendum on whether the South should become independent has meant a long journey home to vote.

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  • 17 January 2012

    Least developed countries at a ‘turning point,’ says the UN’s Cheick Sidi Diarra

    Under-Secretary-General Cheick Sidi Diarra

    Under-Secretary-General Cheick Sidi Diarra: Despite advances, LDCs still need “structural transformation” to eradicate poverty and develop their economies.Photograph: UN Africa Renewal / Michael Fleshman

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  • 17 January 2012

    What David Kato's death can teach the world

    United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay

    News of the brutal murder of Ugandan human rights activist David Kato has reverberated around the world.

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  • 17 January 2012

    Truth is the starting point

    Choi Young-jin, Special Representative of the Secretary-General

    On 22 February, Africa Renewal's Michael Fleshman sat down in Abidjan with Choi Young-jin, the head of the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), for an exclusive interview about the country's continuing political deadlock and deteriorating security situation. Since civil war erupted in 2002, Côte d’Ivoire has been effectively partitioned between the north, controlled by forces loyal to the internationally recognized President Alassane Ouattara, and the south, controlled by the former president, Laurent Gbagbo. The country was plunged into renewed crisis after Mr.

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  • 17 January 2012

    Appointments underscore Africa's growing importance within UN

    Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde and the Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    Ms. Sahle-Work Zewde, veteran Ethiopian diplomat, was named head of the UN office in Nairobi by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.Photograph: UN Photo / Ryan Brown

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  • 17 January 2012

    End game in Côte d’Ivoire marks a new beginning

    Youssoufou Bamba, Côte d'Ivoire's Ambassador to the UN

    The arrest of former Côte d’Ivoire president Laurent Gbagbo on 11 April after a bloody weeklong battle in the heart of Abidjan has been greeted with jubilation by supporters of the internationally recognized president, Alassane Ouattara, and relief by the international community. Africa Renewal spoke with the Ivorian ambassador to the UN, Youssoufou Bamba, a few days before the final battle. In this exclusive interview in his New York office, Ambassador Bamba affirmed his government’s intention to bring Mr.

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  • 17 January 2012

    Winding path to decent housing for South Africa’s poor

    “We are waiting for houses,” says a resident of Soweto’s Motsoaledi shantytown, standing by her vintage wood-burning stove.Photograph: Africa Renewal / Ernest Harsch

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  • 17 January 2012

    Africa’s economy rebounds strongly, but jobs remain elusive

    Rice farming in Madagascar

    The doom predicted by some analysts for Africa in the wake of the global financial and economic crisis in 2008 and 2009 did not last.

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  • 17 January 2012

    A new nation is born

    Ban Ki-moon is met by Southern Sudan Government Minister Deng Alor Kuol

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is met by Southern Sudan Government Minister Deng Alor Kuol on arrival in Juba, capital of South Sudan, the world’s newest nation.Photo: UN Photo / Eskinder Debebe

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  • 17 January 2012

    Somali piracy: in search of remedies for a global malady

    Suspected Somali pirates are apprehended by a patrol of the EUNAVFOR

    Suspected Somali pirates are apprehended by a patrol of the European Union Naval Force Somalia (EUNAVFOR), one of several initiatives to combat piracy against international shipping off the coast of Somalia.Photo: EUNAVFOR

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  • 17 January 2012

    Famine in Somalia

    Somalia suffers from worst drought in century

    Somalia suffers from worst drought in century: Women rush to a feeding centre after the soldiers of the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) cannot contain the crowd in Badbado, a camp for Internally Displaced Persons (IPDs).Photo: UN Photo / Stuart Price

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  • 17 January 2012

    Confluence of famine and conflict devastating for women and children in Somalia

    Victims of famine seek treatment at Mogadishu hospital

    Victims of famine seek treatment at Mogadishu hospital: A mother cradles her malnourished and dehydrated baby at Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital Mogadishu.Photo: UN Photo / Stuart Price

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  • 17 January 2012

    Horn of Africa: tackling the evils of famine

    With 12.4 million people in the Horn of Africa in desperate need of food

    A mother looks at her malnourished child in Banadir Hospital in the Somali capital, Mogadishu: With 12.4 million people in the Horn of Africa in desperate need of food, former Ghanaian president Jerry Rawlings is begging the world for a “miracle of compassion.”

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  • 17 January 2012

    Statement: Secretary-General urges implementation of Somali roadmap for unity, peace and stability

    Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

    President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire: “It would be unfortunate if the FPI does not participate in these elections.Photo: Africa Renewal / John Gillespie

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  • 17 January 2012

    ‘The priority is economic recovery’

    President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire

    On the sidelines of the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, President Alassane Ouattara of Côte d’Ivoire spoke about the situation in his country and the challenges facing his presidency. The outbreak of civil war in 2002 had led to the country’s de facto partition between a rebel-controlled north and the south under former President Laurent Gbagbo. After peace agreements, elections were held in late 2010, with Mr. Ouattara internationally recognized as the winner. But Mr.

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  • 17 January 2012

    Wangari Maathai, the woman of trees, dies

    Wangari Maathai

    Wangari Maathai: A pioneer in linking environmental protection with human rights.Photo: UN Photo / Evan Schneider

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  • 17 January 2012

    In Ethiopia, battling poverty with tiny bits of cash

    Recipients of loans from Buusaa Gonofaa, a non-governmental organization

    Recipients of loans from Buusaa Gonofaa, a non-governmental organization: Even a little cash can help poor women expand their economic activities.Photo: Andualem Sisay

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  • 16 January 2012

    Clearing South Sudan of its deadly landmines

    A demining company prepares to destroy anti-personnel landmines

    A demining company contracted by the UN in South Sudan prepares to destroy anti-personnel landmines: Removing the hazardous mines can save lives and promote the new nation's development.Photo: UN Photo / Tim McKulka

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  • 16 January 2012

    ‘Peer review’ and civil society keep African leaders on their toes

    Amos Sawyer

    “We can build our democratic systems,” says Amos Sawyer of the Peer Review's Panel of Eminent Persons.Photo: Africa Renewal / John Gillespie

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