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Africa: Circular Economy - Moving Africa Towards Environmental Sustainability

[ISS] For Africa, the impact of COVID-19 has made thinking about the future more important than ever. Recent analysis by the African Futures and Innovation team at the Institute for Security Studies forecasts that the pandemic is set to undo several years of development progress on the continent. At the same time, COVID-19 has raised questions about how prepared we are for future disasters, especially those linked to climate change. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: 'Census Impacts Service Delivery At Grassroots Level,' President Weah Says As He Launches NPHC 2021

[Observer] The President of the Republic, Dr. George Manneh George, has underscored the importance of national census, stressing that it directly impacts socioeconomic service delivery for citizens at the grassroots level. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Cash Transfers Can Help Refugees, but They Also Carry Risks. Insights From Kenya

[The Conversation Africa] Humanitarian organisations - such as the World Food Programme (WFP) - are increasingly using cash transfers as a way of assisting vulnerable people. Conventionally, humanitarian organisations procure food or other goods and distribute it directly to recipients. But cash transfers allow people to choose and purchase what they need for themselves. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Landmark UNEP Report Lighting the Path to a Sustainable Future to Be Released in January

[UNEP] COVID-19 has exposed how the degradation of ecosystems is not only undermining Earth's life-supporting systems, including the regulation of disease but also leaving our societies and economies tremendously vulnerable to sudden shocks. (AllAfrica)

Africa: What Can Be Done to Better Support Women Pursuing Their Phds in Africa

[The Conversation Africa] A Doctor of Philosophy - commonly known as a PhD - is the highest level of academic training. It allows the degree holder to teach the chosen subject at university, conduct research or practise in the specialised area. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: What the Tourism Sector Can Learn From Cape Town's Drought

[The Conversation Africa] Extreme weather events have been topical in the southern African region and beyond in the past decade or so. Prior to tropical cyclones Idai and Kenneth, no major extreme weather event had attracted such international media attention as the Cape Town drought popularly dubbed Day Zero did. Day Zero was the day the taps of Cape Town were anticipated to run dry. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: Deadly Flooding Adds New Danger to Communities Fleeing Sahel Violence

[UN News] Humanitarians have stepped up assistance to communities "on the brink", who have been affected by devastating flooding in Africa's Sahel region, where several hundred thousand people have been displaced by seasonal rains. (AllAfrica)

West Africa: For Sustainable Agriculture in West Africa, Let's Leave Our Echo Chambers

[African Arguments] Regional governments are supporting agroecology with one hand and business as usual with the other. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Our Physical, Mental Health Depends On How We Take Care of the Environment

[Nation] Kenyans are increasingly disconnecting from the basics of life. We have purposed to abuse and neglect something as crucial as the natural environment that gives us life. Maintenance of the complex natural ecosystem we are a part of determines our health, quality of life and ultimate survival. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Dan Botwe Initiates C'nity Innovation Projects for Constituents

[Ghanaian Times] Okere -- The Member of Parliament (MP) for Okere Constituency, Dan Botwe, has cut the sod at separate functions towards community innovation projects to improve the livelihoods of constituents. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: VP Chiwenga Speaks On Adolescent Health

[The Herald] Eradication of poverty and increased education are among key factors in dealing with early sexual activity among adolescents, Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care Dr Constantino Chiwenga has said. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Add Us to Bailout Package - -Aggrieved GCFM Customer

[Ghanaian Times] The Coalition of Aggrieved Customers of Gold Coast Fund Management (GCFM) have called on government to include them in the first phase of the bailout package. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: Public-Private Sector Bond National Development Catalyst - Speakers

[Ghanaian Times] Speakers at a public lecture, organised as part of the country's Civil Service annual week celebration, have called for public-private sector partnership to be intensified, because such a synergy is an important catalyst for national development. (AllAfrica)

South Africa: Rhino Month - the Juxtaposition of Conservation and Community

[Daily Maverick] At a time of unprecedented global uncertainty and insecurity owing to the Covid-19 pandemic, the often-overlooked focus on conservation is still crucial due to the far-reaching economic impacts of sustainable conservation on the environment, animals, and people. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: Q&A - How I Turned Brain Drain to Brain Gain

[SciDev.Net] Folakemi Odedina was told she would never finish her studies when she got married and became pregnant in her first year at graduate school. But, she overcame doubt and discrimination to become an internationally recognised specialist in prostate cancer research. (AllAfrica)

Madagascar: Rosewood Conservation - a Success Story From Madagascar

[UNEP] For Madagascar farmer Edmond, who goes by one name, it was a breakthrough. In 2019 he perfected a complicated technique to grow a rare species of tree known as Dalbergia normandii. (AllAfrica)

Africa: Impact of Covid-19 On Women and Children

[IPS] Dublin -- The impacts of crises are never gender-neutral and COVID-19 is no exception. The pandemic has resulted in increased rates of violence against women and has exacerbated challenges in accessing justice. Women are losing their livelihoods faster than men. (AllAfrica)

Tanzania: Ensure All Medical Machines Are Functioning, Rmos Tasked

[Daily News] REGIONAL Medical Officers (RMOs) have been advised to make sure that machines and medical equipment distributed to various hospitals are properly functioning and ease medics' work. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Flood Displaces 144,000 Persons, Causes Over 5 Billion Birr Damage in State

[Ethiopian Herald] ADDIS ABABA- (ENA) Unprecedented flood caused by the overflow of Awash River has displaced more than 144,000 persons and caused over 5 billion Birr damage in Afar Regional State. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Uhuru Had a Lot of Doubts About Gender Quotas

[Nation] President Uhuru Kenyatta had reservations about prescribing quotas for a particular gender in the composition of elective posts. (AllAfrica)

Zimbabwe: Child Marriages Surge in Zimbabwe - Plan International

[New Zimbabwe] MUTARE: Cases of girls being married under the age of 15 have surged from 4.9% to 5.4% in 2019, statistics released by Plan International, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) with operations in Zimbabwe, reveal. (AllAfrica)

Ethiopia: Heavy Rain Pelts Down Lives, Animals With Flash Flood

[Addis Fortune] With half of the weredas in Afar Regional State affected by recent flooding of the Awash River, the federal government struggles to feed and house more than 240,000 people in the region. Experts say the lowland nature of the region's land was not able to sustain repeated heavy rains during the recent season, reports MAYA MISIKIR, FORTUNE STAFF WRITER. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: How Accra Tackled Complex Challenges in an Urban Slum

[The Conversation Africa] When I first heard about the community of Old Fadama in Accra, Ghana, I recognised something. A Ghanaian Catholic sister who visited the green market weekly in that neighbourhood told me about it. She worried about a community of vulnerable migrant women known as "head porters" or kayayei, who earned a pittance transporting heavy items balanced on their heads. (AllAfrica)

Africa: South African President Warns Pandemic Has Set Back African Development

[UN News] Despite the continent-wide approach taken by African countries to combat COVID-19, the pandemic has set back their development aspirations, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told world leaders at the UN General Assembly on Tuesday. (AllAfrica)

Kenya: Raila Urges Wider Consultations On Parliament Dissolution Bid

[Capital FM] Nairobi -- ODM Leader Raila Odinga is urging President Uhuru Kenyatta to consult widely before making a decision on the Chief Justice David Maraga's advice to dissolve Parliament over the two-thirds gender rule. (AllAfrica)

Liberia: Pres. Weah Urges UN to Redirect Focus to Inclusiveness of Most Vulnerable in Society

[FrontPageAfrica] Monrovia -- President George Manneh Weah has urged the United Nations to review, refocus and readjust its priorities as the world changes considerably. (AllAfrica)

Ghana: National Interest Movement People's Charter ... We Are Promoting Prosperity for All, Not for a Few-Dr Abu Sakara

[Ghanaian Times] Dr Michael Abu Sakara Foster, Founder and Leader National Interest Movement (NIM) and Chairman of the Ghana First Platform speaks with the Ghanaian Times on the National Interest Movement agenda 2020 and Beyond christened "A people's charter to bring prosperity for the all, not a few" that seeks constitutional change and introduction of key policies to ensure a profoundly different system of governance, economic structure and social fabric of the Ghanaian society. We reproduce below excerpts of the intervi (AllAfrica)

South Africa: MEC David Maynier Visits Perdekraal East Wind Farm to Access Development

[Govt of SA] Yesterday (22 September 2020), I visited the Perdekraal East Wind Farm in the Western Cape to see the development of this utility-scale renewable energy project. (AllAfrica)

Cameroon: North West - MIDENO Invests to Enhance Rural Development

[Cameroon Tribune] The North West Development Authority is on the path of creating wealth with an impressive equipment pool. (AllAfrica)

Gambia: Lack of Subvention to Local Councils From Central Government Hold Back Area Development

[Foroyaa] Local councilors have decried that the lack of subvention from the central government is slowing down their developmental goals. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria: As Senate Approves Buhari's U.S.$22.7 Billion Request, Nigeria Could Service Chinese Loans Till 2040

[Premium Times] The Senate on Thursday gave nod to the $22.7 billion loan request by President Muhammadu Buhari, bringing Nigeria's external debt stock to nearly US$50 billion, amid lawmakers and public's concerns the approval was without scrutiny. (AllAfrica)