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Africa Renewal: January 2022

Human Rights

COVID-19: Vaccinating stateless people in South Africa

Having no nationality of any country, this group is often left out of essential services

UN Affairs

Economic Development

AfCFTA: Traders to have opportunities to scale up and expand their markets in 2022

Immediate priorities include finalising negotiations on rules of origin, providing a finance facility for SMEs and launching the African Trade Gateway digital platform.

AfCFTA: What has worked and the way forward on agricultural trade

Building on the gains for inclusive and harmonised food and business value chains.
Wamkele Mene, Secretary General, African Continental Free Trade Area  Secretariat (AfCFTA)

One year of free trading in Africa calls for celebration despite teething problems

Wamkele Mene, Secretary-General AfCFTA Secretariat, says significant progress expected in 2022.

Free Trade Area

Happy owner processing order from a customer

Key pillars mostly in place to speed up Africa's free trade in 2022

One year in, African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) negotiators are making progress on remaining crucial elements, especially on rules of origin.


Women are encouraged to visit healthcare facilities during pregnancy and delivery.

Child health and survival: lessons from Eritrea

The country has one of the lowest child mortality rates in sub-Saharan Africa
Infant surrounded by protective malaria bed net in Ghana. Photo: World Bank/Arne Hoel

Widespread use of DDT for malaria control worries environmentalist

Botswana researcher and member of the global DDT Expert Group, Prof Bontle Mbongwe, says decisions on use should be based on science.


Africa’s youth renew commitment to the SDGs

Africa’s Youth in The Decade of Action: Actors or Bystanders virtual hub mobilises young people for the Global Goals.

Peace and Security



Cases drop for first time as Africa’s fourth COVID-19 wave ebbs

Cases drop for first time as Africa’s fourth COVID-19 wave ebbs

Newly reported cases fell by 20% in the week to 16 January, while deaths dropped by 8%.
World Health Organization
Health Campaign