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Africa Renewal: December 2019 - March 2020

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Weapons being burnt during the official launch of the Disarmament, Demobilization, Rehabilitation and Reintegration (DDRR) process in Muramvya, Burundi.             UN Photo/Martine Perret

Silencing the guns in Africa by 2020

African Union’s 2020 campaign to achieve peace and end conflict, extremism, crime


Silencing the guns

Ms. Aïssatou Hayatou

Silencing the Guns campaign kicks off in 2020

— Ms. Aïssatou Hayatou, ‘Silencing the Guns’ operations manager
A peacekeeper on the UN base in Kida, Mali, where they ensure the security of the civilian population.

Work in progress for Africa’s remaining conflict hotspots

Insecurity persists in the DR Congo, Somalia, South Sudan, Nigeria, Central African Republic, Mali and Libya
Former Al Shabaab combatants attend their graduation ceremony at Baidoa Rehabilitation Center, Somalia on 20 June 2019.          UN Photo

African youth and the growth of violent extremism

Youth empowerment is key to success for peaceful alternatives that keep them engaged
Liberian women marching through the streets of Monrovia agitating for peace.

We must involve women in the peace process

They are the ones sustaining peace and nurturing society
An area that used to be on the edge of Lake Chad. The drying lake has exacerbated suffering for millions.

Drying Lake Chad Basin gives rise to crisis

Food insecurity, conflicts, terrorism, displacement and climate change effects compound challenges
Ambassador Mamman Nuhu is the Executive Secretary of the Lake Chad Basin Commission

Address development issues in the Lake Chad Basin

—Ambassador Mamman Nuhu, Lake Chad Basin Commission Executive Secretary
Armed Turkana herdsmen guard their livestock at a watering hole at Oropoyi, in Kenya’s north western district of Turkana. Armed raids and cattle rustling over water and pasture sites are common among communities in parts of Uganda, Kenya, Sudan and Ethiop

Small arms fueling deadly communal violence

Local communities in search of lasting peace
—Bience Gawanas, Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa

I am optimistic about Africa’s future

—Bience Gawanas, Under Secretary-General and Special Adviser on Africa

Sustainable development

Design by Jamil Walji, Global award-winning premium Kenyan brand - at the Fashion Show

Battling the damaging effects of ‘fast fashion’

A call for sustainability in the fashion world, as effects of climate change continue to bite

Economic Development

Airplanes waiting for take off.

African airlines navigate turbulent skies

Aviation expert on what airlines need to do to remain competitive
Ibrahim Mayaki

Africa’s regional integration will benefit all

— Ibrahim Mayaki, chief executive officer of the the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), which is currently transforming into the African Union Development Agency (AUDA)—the implementing arm of the AU.


Betty Kariuki (right), YALI’s director of partnerships, with some of the beneficiaries.             Betty Kariuki

Partnerships: Creating opportunities for youth

Public, private and civil society organisations team up to tackle unemployment


President Julius Maada Bio launches plans to make quality healthcare affordable and accessible in Sierra Leone.            Office of the President of Sierra Leone

President Julius Maada Bio speaks on child and maternal mortality in Sierra Leone

“Pregnancy must not be a death sentence, we are working on different interventions”

Culture and Education

Black eye peas

Black-eyed peas: A taste of Africa in the Americas

From akara to acarajé: Culinary traditions that bind Africa and its diaspora
Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye.

Bigger than Africa: Tales of the Yoruba people

Conversations with filmmaker Toyin Ibrahim Adekeye


Teacher and Franciscan brother Peter Mokaya Tabichi, 36, holds his Global Teacher Award as he is cheered on by his students at Keriko Secondary School in Njoro, Nakuru county.            Getty Images/ Tony Karumba

Global Teacher Prize winner champions STEM

—Peter Tabichi, a Catholic Franciscan brother and winner of the Global Teacher Prize