Can the SDG target to industrialise be achieved in resource-rich Africa countries?

19 Jun 2017 by Degol Hailu and Chinpihoi Kipgen

To see how far this SDG target will be achieved, we have analysed the performance of seven resource-dependent countries in sub-Saharan African (SSA) that have prioritized diversification and industrialisation in their national development plans and strategies. … Read more

Land degradation and Migration: will restoring degraded lands keep people at home?

15 Jun 2017 by Phemo Kgomotso

‘Would forced migration end, if people knew that they could thrive and survive in their homeland’? The United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) asks this pertinent question as we observe World Day to Combat Desertification, on 17 June, focused on examining the important link between land degradation and migration. … Read more

Saint-Louis, Senegal: the challenge of sustainability

08 Jun 2017 by Abdoulaye Mar Dieye

Saint-Louis is facing a lot of challenges. Chief among them is the dual threat posed by rising waters and overfishing. Both jeopardize the city’s very survival, its unique heritage and economy. Photo courtesy Eddy Graëff / www.saintlouisdusenegal.com
As the Ocean Conference is in full swing in New York, we mark World Ocean Day. Throughout this week, we were reminded of two essential truths: life below water, with its rich fauna and flora is precious and the livelihoods that depend on it are in danger. This is especially true along the west coast of Africa, and especially in Senegal a country, where at least two thirds of the population lives near coastal areas which are receding at an alarming rate (on average 1 to 2 metres per year) due to rising sea levels, and rapid urbanization. Few places illustrate the compounded effects of these predicaments with greater urgency than Saint-Louis, Senegal (also known as Ndar), the island city I am proud to call my hometown. Saint-Louis is a unique place. It looms large in the history of Senegal and indeed that of the whole region. It was once the seat of French West Africa (from 1895 to 1902), the country’s first capital, and the birthplace of philosopher Gaston Berger. It is the very place where the Senegal river meets the Atlantic ocean. Its bountiful delta attracts thousands of migratory birds. The pristine beauty of its Langue de Barbarie, the … Read more

Waves of change in Seychelles marine waters

07 Jun 2017 by Line Mancienne with contributions from Helena Sims & Andrew Grieser-Johns

The island nation of the Seychelles is globally recognized for its rich marine biodiversity. The Aldabra Atoll, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s second largest coral atoll, is renowned for its spectacular and abundant terrestrial and marine life.
Seychelles is among the top 25 largest ocean states in the world, with 1,370,000 km2 of oceans, and a land area of only 455 km2 encompassing 115 islands. It is no surprise that the country's economy, including the livelihoods of its people, depends heavily on its oceanic zone. Tourism and sport fishing, industrial tuna fishing, semi-industrial and artisanal fishing all rely on marine ecosystem services. … Read more

The food situation in Ethiopia is also of great concern

31 May 2017 by David Das Neves, South-South Cooperation and Development Effectiveness Officer, UNDP Africa

Few people are aware that Ethiopia is the African country that hosts the most refugees: 730 000 have been recorded, chiefly from Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea and Kenya. Photo: IOM
No one can deny the effect of climate change as one of the factors that have led to the current food crisis. The severe drought that is raging in this part of the world is wreaking havoc. Nevertheless, other factors must equally be taken into account. The UN Secretary-General recently stated that the combination of conflict, drought and disease has resulted in a nightmare situation. … Read more

Funding the SDGs in Resource-Rich Countries

18 May 2017 by Degol Hailu and Chinpihoi Kipgen

__________________EDI Component Scores for SSA_____________________
The EDI is a composite index made up of three weighted components – the extractive sector’s contribution to export earnings, fiscal revenues and GDP – and ranges from 0 to 100 with 100 being the highest dependence score. … Read more