1Africa Needs to Invest in Research
The Collaboration for Research Excellence in Africa says governments can develop national and regional initiatives that accelerate and support research and research-based education in Africa, in order to build the necessary human capital needed and increase the capacity of institutions to provide valuable training and research opportunities. More local research should lead to an increase in evidence-based policymaking and hopefully generate better outcomes in most cases for citizens.
SOURCES: Quartz Africa
2Shaking off the Corrupt Nigeria Reputation
BudgIT started the Tracka initiative to follow public projects and help communities ask serious questions that would enhance efficiency. Tracka staff extract capital projects from the budget and design a pamphlet containing the project title, amount and phone number of public officials for each of the 22 states where it operates.
SOURCES: Al Jazeera
3Poaching is Incredibly Detrimental to Africa’s Wild Lions
Time is against the Limpopo lions. Their numbers have crashed from 66 to 21 in only five years, according to survey data soon to be published by Kris Everatt who works with the global wild cat conservation group Panthera.
SOURCES: The Guardian
4DRC Children Suffer for the World’s Green Ambitions
Human rights groups say demand for electric vehicles is fueling a rise in child labour in cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo, urging companies to take action as the industry expands. Cobalt is a key component in batteries for electric cars, phones and laptops, and the DRC provides more than half of global supply. Tens of thousands of children as young as six dig for the toxic substance in artisanal mines in the country’s south-east, without protective clothing.
SOURCES: Business Day Live
5The BBC Chooses Nairobi to Launch its Largest Bureau Outside of the UK
Close to 300 of the 600 BBC journalists working across Africa are based in the new, state-of-the-art facility. The expansion is being funded by $376m from the UK government. The production facilities at the bureau include a TV studio and two further live broadcast positions, two radio studios, two radio workspaces and five TV edit suites.
6Giving Somali Residents Access to Medical Care
The UN Migration Agency has begun providing life-saving health care to two Somali towns previously inaccessible because of war and conflict. For almost 30 years, tens of thousands of people living in the towns of Gobweyn and Bulla Gaduud have been deprived of basic medical services because these areas have been too dangerous for aid workers to reach.
7A Zoo in Nigeria Stands Accused of Animal Cruelty
A patron was visiting the National Children’s Park and Zoo in the capital city of Abuja when he spotted and posted the image of a frail-looking camel which went viral. Nigerian zoos have been accused of starving wildlife animals in their care, local media reported a case of skeletal lions in a zoo in Obafemi Awolowo University, in south western Nigeria.
8Madagascan Traditional Sport Gets Makeover
The traditional sport has changed in another way, too. Typically it was pursued by unmarried men between the ages of 10 to 35. Now, women are increasingly taking part, both as combatants and managers. Winners of moraingy bouts earn cash as well as prizes that can include stereos, televisions, bikes and even cars.
SOURCES: New York Times
9Angola Invests in Different Income Streams
Angola’s Minister of Fisheries and the Sea, says government is committed to giving greater quality of life to Angolan communities dependent on fishing by investing in infrastructure and training to support the sector on good practices and sanitary conditions for the handling of fish. Officials note that the artisanal fishing subsector continues to be the driving force behind the economic and social progress of communities in Angola.
SOURCES: Ventures Africa
10New Diet Alert in Kenya
A growing number of Kenyans are giving up the meat they traditionally love in favor of plant-based diets. Here is a look into a few cooking pots across Nairobi, where veganism is trending.