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Africa Renewal: April 2018 - July 2018

Cover Story

African youth participate at an international youth forum at the UN headquarters in New York. Photo: Africa Renewal/Shu Zhang

African youth demand a seat at the table

Voices of young Africans are becoming difficult to ignore

Youth Leadership

Young people are using technology to change society. Photo: Alamy

The hashtag revolution gaining ground

Africa’s millennials are using technology to drive change
Students at the African Leadership University in Mauritius. Photo: ALU website

Nurturing young leaders

Training young African leaders can take societies to great heights
Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN youth envoy

Youth can be agents of positive change

— Jayathma Wickramanayake, UN youth envoy
Wizkid performs in London, United Kingdom. Photo: Alamy/Michael Tubi

Music: Nigeria’s new export

Naija beats topping international charts, but dividends are “scattered”

Youth Profile

Phumzile Van Damme

Phumzile Van Damme: A young MP with a mission

Standing up for women’s rights in South Africa’s parliament
Gwendolyn Myers

Gwendolyn Myers: A peace advocate

Mobilising the young for peace and development
Eric Kaduru

Eric Kaduru: Agripreneur with a passion

Changing youth mindsets about commercial agriculture
William Elong

William Elong: An ICT innovator

Scaling up drone manufacture for a global market
Gogontlejang Phaladi

Gogontlejang Phaladi: A social change activist

“Stand up, rise up and push forward.… Refuse to be silent”


Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women executive director

Bringing rural women to the frontline

— Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women executive director

Africa could be the next frontier for cryptocurrency

Experts say conditions on the continent are great for virtual currency
UN Secretary-General António Guterres (seated, third from left) in a camp for internally displaced persons in Bangassou, Central African Republic. Photo: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

UN signals new era of partnership with Africa

Increased attention may prevent conflict on the continent
Cape Town residents queue to fill containers with water. Photo: AP Photo/Bram Janssen

Cape Town water taps running dry

South Africa’s second biggest city averts a water crisis—for now
Elephant about to cross the road in front of a game drive in Kruger National Park. Photo: South Africa Tourism

South African tourism holding steady

Tourists undeterred amid reports of historic water crisis in the country’s second largest city


Liberians wave goodbye to departing Ukrainian peacekeepers. Photo: UN Photo/Gonzalez Farran

Mission accomplished: 15 years of peacekeeping success in Liberia

As the last contigents of peacekeepers depart, UN promises to remain engaged
Liberian women at an empowerment and leadership conference in Monrovia, Liberia. Photo: UNMIL Photo/Christopher Herwig

Women: Liberia’s guardians of peace

The role of women in bringing and sustaining peace lauded globally
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