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

  • Girls empowering girls

    Submitted by: Eleni Mourdoukoutas on 30 March 2017

    The heart of the Rozaria Memorial Trust Girls Clubs, a Zimbabwe-based non-governmental organization that invests in women and girls in poor communities, is best seen through an unusual gift that some club members presented to Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women Executive Director. The young girls handed an elated Ms. Mlambo-Ngcuka a soccer ball at a Youth Forum marking the 61st Commission on the Status of Women (CSW 61), in March at the UN headquarters in New York.

  • Words into deeds on SDG 16 in Africa

    Sahra El Fassi
    Submitted by: Sahra El Fassi on 4 November 2015

    African leaders at the 70th United Nations General Assembly last September stressed the importance of good governance and indicated a realistic chance that they would integrate Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) number 16 (peace, justice and strong institutions) into existing African development frameworks.

  • Addis deal sealed

    Jocelyne Sambira
    Submitted by: Jocelyne Sambira on 16 July 2015

    A Global Development Partnership deal sealed between rich and poor nations in Addis was formally adopted Thursday in a room packed with participants from all over the globe. Cell phones were out and lights were flashing as people tried to capture the moment. "We've opened the doors and now we can run through them," Amina Mohamed, the Special Advisor to the UN Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning told reporters on the last day of the financing conference.

  • The home stretch

    Jocelyne Sambira
    Submitted by: Jocelyne Sambira on 15 July 2015

    Three days after the start of the financing for development conference in Ethiopia, we are in the home stretch. Negotiations on a draft text entered their final stages on Wednesday. 

  • The #FFD conference is not about “putting money on the table”

    Jocelyne Sambira
    Submitted by: Jocelyne Sambira on 14 July 2015

    Riding back to my hotel after Day 2 of the Financing for Development Conference, my mind was racing over a conversation I just had with the Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Africa, Carlos Lopes.

  • Leave no one behind in the new development agenda

    Jocelyne Sambira
    Submitted by: Jocelyne Sambira on 13 July 2015

    “Leave no one behind in the new development agenda” was the appeal made by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the opening of the Third International Conference on Financing for Development in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa on Monday.