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Since its inception, back in 1964, IPS has believed in the role of information as a precondition for lifting communities out of poverty and marginalization. This belief is reflected in our historic mission: “giving a voice to the voiceless”– acting as a communication channel that privileges the voices and the concerns of the poorest and creates a climate of understanding, accountability and participation around development, promoting a new international information order.
Dr. Denis Mukwege

Women, Peace And Security: Let’s Turn Words Into Action

By Dr. Denis MukwegeTo be able to tackle a problem we must first recognize that it exists. When...
African Mothers

Improving The Lives Of Millions Of Mothers And Children

It is slightly after 3pm on a hot Wednesday afternoon in Chipata district, eastern Zambia, and a group of women are gathering...
Maize crops Benin

Benin’s Agriculture Has A Good Season, But It Wasn’t Easy

Théophile Houssou, a maize farmer from Cotonou, has spent sleepless nights lying awake worrying about the various disasters that could befall any farmer,...

Women in Ethiopia Still Struggle Despite Leadership in Government

Following 2018 elections in Ethiopia, a record-breaking number of women now hold leadership positions in the country’s government. But women still struggle to rise up the ranks in other sectors.
A bakery shop in Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt’s Food Challenge: A Good Effort But Not Enough

“Unfortunately the overall nutritional panorama of Egypt does not look well,” says Dr. Sara Diana Garduno Diaz, an expert concentrating on nutrition and biology at the American University of the Middle East.
A billboard for Nigeria's incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari

Nigerian Journalists On Press Freedom Under Buhari

When Nigeria’s incumbent president Muhammadu Buhari won re-election this year, he campaigned (as he did in 2015) on an image of good governance and anti-corruption.
NHIF building

NHIF Reform Critical To Affordable Health For All In Kenya

Consider this. One million Kenyans fall into poverty every year due to catastrophic out of pocket health expenditures. For the almost four in every five Kenyans who lack access to medical insurance, the fear that they are just an accident or serious illness away from destitution.
women cross border trader

Defining The End State Ecosystem: How Can We Get Better At It?

Restrictions on the movement of people impedes Africa’s development, limiting economic integration and trade between African countries. Using a systems-thinking approach, champions...
Cyclone Idai

Cyclone Idai: A Time to Reassess Disaster Management

It was one of the worst tropical cyclones hit Southern Africa in recent times. Cyclone Idai, which has been characterised by heavy...
Peter Tabichivideo

World’s Best Teacher: “I Have Seen The Promise Of Africa’s Young People”

A maths and physical science teacher from an impoverished school in Kenya’s Rift Valley, Peter Tabichi, has won the one million dollar...
Ethiopian farmer adopting disease-resistant and drought tolerant seed varieties.

Why African Farmers Must Consider Drought Tolerant Crops

Smallholder farmers are most affected by drought because many don’t have irrigation technology and rely mostly on rainfall for their crops. Growing drought tolerant crops has many benefits including increasing farm crop yields.
Maths and physical science teacher Peter Tabichi

How Peter Tabichi is Lifting His Students Out of Poverty With Science

Maths and physical science teacher Peter Tabichi’s love for science is changing the lives of Keriko’s 480 students for the better. His dedication and passionate belief in his students’ talent has embolden the poorly-resourced learners to take on Kenya’s best schools in national science competitions.

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