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

  • 12 July 2019

    Africa is leapfrogging into digital agriculture

    A farmer in Senegal.
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  • 8 July 2019

    'I approach my work with zeal'

    Could you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Abinash Nayak from India. I am 29 years old and my hobbies are listening to instrumental music, playing the guitar and gardening. How long have you been a peacekeeper and what are your responsibilities?

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  • 2 July 2019

    'This is my dream job’

    Could you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Bayan Abu Kaf. I am a 30-year-old police officer from Jordan. My main hobbies are reading, drawing and painting. How long have you been a peacekeeper and what are your responsibilities?

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  • 24 June 2019

    ‘I am as equally well-trained as a male soldier'

    Can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Patricia Matola and I’m 26 years old. I am a Lance Corporal in the Malawi Defence Force, where I have served for the last seven years. This is my first UN deployment. How long have you been a UN peacekeeper and what are your responsibilities?

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  • 17 June 2019

    'Peacekeeping is rewarding’

    Can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Joshua Hart and I am 20 years old. I come from Birmingham in England and I am a sapper in the British army. I started preparing to join the army when I was 16 years and finally enrolled on my 18th birthday. When I’m not at work, I enjoy mixed martial arts or producing music from a small studio back home. I also play basketball and I recently participated in a basketball tournament ahead of the United Nations Peacekeepers’ day here in Malakal, South Sudan.

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  • 12 June 2019

    ‘My passion was to join the military’

    Can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Takyiwaa Esther from Ghana. I am 24 years old and my hobbies include listening to music and reading. How long have you been a peacekeeper and what are your responsibilities? I have been a Peacekeeper for two months now. Currently, I am a driver with the Ghana Battalion (GHANBATT) deployed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This is my first mission as a UN peacekeeper. Why did you choose this career? How did you become a UN Peacekeeper?

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  • 10 June 2019

    ‘I want peace for future generations’

    Can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Bestman Ezekwu Enock and I am a Naval Officer of the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Nigerian Navy. I am 34 years old and I have two daughters. I am currently serving at the Joint Operations Centre in Goma as a Military Staff Officer. I have a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Defense Studies, and I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. How long have you been a peacekeeper and what are your responsibilities?

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  • 7 June 2019

    ‘Young people should treasure peace’

    Can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Zuwena Mbarouk Iddi. I am a Sergeant with the sixth Tanzanian battalion serving in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. How long have you been a peacekeeper and what are your responsibilities?

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  • 3 June 2019

    Ending forced displacement in Africa, a collective effort

    Somali refugees finding their way in Kampala, Uganda.
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  • 29 May 2019

    ‘I wanted to be part of this meaningful career’

    Ms. Dimakatso Maila

    Can you tell us a bit about yourself? My name is Dimakatso Raisibe Margaret Maila from South Africa. I am 31 years old and I like running, cooking and reading. I am originally from Marulaneng Ga-Mphahlele in Limpopo Province and I joined the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in 2010. How long have you been a peacekeeper and what are your responsibilities?

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  • 19 April 2019

    UNDP - Sahara Group partner to promote sustainable energy, SDGs in Africa

    The partnership is initially expected to be rolled out in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Nigeria. Photo: UNDP
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  • 16 October 2018

    Africa’s bumpy road to sustainable energy

    Photo: Johannes Ortner

    For years, Kenyans freely used and disposed of plastic bags. The bags were ubiquitous—in the markets, in the gutters and in the guts out of 3 out of every 10 animals taken to slaughter.

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  • 11 October 2018

    A letter to girls from Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women, on International Day of the Girl Child

    Young girls from Mtakataka Secondary School in the District of Dedza, Malawi. Photo: UN Women/Karin Schermbrucker

    This is a critical time for the girls of our world. It is a time for the protection and assertion of rights, a time to listen hard and speak louder, no matter how difficult; to call out the continuing imbalances of power; to band together and take a stand on the changes that must happen so that girls and women are heard and their experiences are taken seriously. It is a time to act, together with men and boys, on the issues that will determine a lived equality for all, central to which is the ending of violence against women and girls.

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  • 13 September 2018

    Kofi Annan was the United Nations

    Secretary-General Kofi Annan

    Since the shock of former United Nations’ Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s death, I have been reflecting on what made him so special. To my mind, it is simply this:  Kofi Annan was both one-of-a-kind and one of us.

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  • 20 August 2018

    Investing in Africa is sound business and a sustainable corporate strategy

      The best time to invest in Africa is now. However, foreign investors have not moved into the continent as quickly as expected because foreign investment decisions are often methodically overstructured. One of the major factors cited is too much risk. But risks and profits are inseparable twins: high-risk ventures are frequently associated with higher profits.

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  • 6 August 2018

    Youth and trade: World Export Development Forum set for 11-12 Sept in Zambia

    Skilling up

    African youth will take centre stage at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) 2018, taking place in Lusaka, Zambia, from 11-12 September. The forum is an opportunity for business leaders, policymakers and youth from around the world to explore a range of trade-related issues, including agribusiness, investment and the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

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  • 6 June 2018

    Addressing the Foreign Direct Investment Paradox in Africa

     Photo: © Dana Smillie / World Bank

    Africa’s experience on inward foreign direct investment (FDI) presents a paradox. Conventionally, capital is expected to flow from countries with low to high returns. During 2006-2011, the region experienced the highest rate of return on FDI (11.4%) compared to 9.1% in Asia, 8.9% in Latin America and the Caribbean. The world’s average was 7.1%.  Yet Africa’s share of the global net FDI has been very low over the past decade (Figure 1).

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  • 3 May 2018

    Africa’s free trade agreement hinges on commitment and implementation

    The port at Tema, Ghana.

    Forty-four African countries recently signed a framework protocol for the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), inching the continent closer to becoming one of the world’s largest free trade areas. In Kigali, Rwanda, where the framework protocol was signed last March, African leaders were in an upbeat mood. If – or when – all 55 African countries ratify the free trade area, it would amount to over $4 trillion in combined consumer and business spending and a market size of 1.2 billion people.

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  • 2 February 2018

    AU Summit: leaders vow to end corruption

    President Muhammad Buhari of Nigeria addresses the General Assembly’s annual general debate. UN Photo/Cia Pak

    The African Union (AU) has entrusted the Nigerian president, Muhammadu Buhari, with the responsibility to spearhead a year-long effort to raise awareness of corruption on the continent. This comes 15 years after Member States adopted the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combatting Corruption (AUCPCC). At the AU Summit in Addis last week, African leaders resolved to step up efforts against corruption in 2018.

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  • 13 April 2017

    Teach SDGs in school

    Peter Thomson is the President of the United Nations General Assembly. Elected to the position in June 2016, he has pledged to push for the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly in Africa. In this interview with Africa Renewal’s Franck Kuwonu in Dakar, Senegal, he underscores the need to engage people around the SDGs in innovative ways. First, he explained why it was important for him to visit Africa at that time. 

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