IBM and UNDP join forces to launch tech skills programme for Africa’s young workforce
Feb 13, 2017
IBM is investing $70 million in building much-needed digital, cloud, and cognitive IT skills to help support a 21st century workforce in Africa. The initiative, “IBM Digital - Nation Africa”, provides a cloud-based learning platform designed to provide free skills development programs for up to 25 million African youths over five years, enabling digital competence and nurturing innovation in Africa.
2017 Conference on the Emergence of Africa: Stakeholders meet to discuss agenda
Feb 6, 2017
As part of the preparations for the 2nd International Conference on the Emergence of Africa (ICEA) to be held from 28 to 30 March 2017 in Abidjan, the Minister of Planning and Development, Mrs. Kaba Nialé, and the United Nations Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative, Mr. Babacar Cissé, met with Ambassadors and Heads of Mission accredited to Côte d'Ivoire.
65 Muslim scholars commit to tackling the spread of violent extremism in West and Central Africa
Feb 2, 2017
To help address the threat of violent extremism in their regions, 65 Muslim scholars from West and Central Africa have committed to actions that include more transparent mosque management, the participation of women and youth in decision-making processes, and training of religious leaders and institutions to deliver content more effectively. These are among the recommendations of the Abuja Declaration on Countering and Preventing Violent Extremism that was agreed at the conclusion of a two-day conference of traditional and religious leaders held in the Nigerian capital during 17-18 October 2016.
Journalist from Burkina Faso awarded with Zimeo Award for reporting on Sustainable Development Goals
Dec 28, 2016
Journalist Nourou-Dhine Salouka was awarded with Zimeo Award for Excellence in Reporting on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) on 8 December, in Nairobi, Kenya. From Burkina Faso, Salouka won the SDGs Reporting category with his news article about Samandollé, a small village in Burkina Faso that is struggling with scarce water resources and sanitation services.
Training religious leaders about preventing violent extremism in Cameroon
Dec 20, 2016
Since 2014, Cameroon’s security crisis, caused by Boko Haram, has exposed the vulnerabilities and obstacles that undermine integration of disadvantaged groups, especially women and youth. To prevent youth from being radicalised, UNDP trained religious leaders from the Far North Region of Cameroon on how to identify radicalisation and how to speak with radicalised youth.
National human rights bodies playing key role in advancing Africa’s rights agenda, says study
Dec 16, 2016
National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) have become an integral part of the structure for the human rights protection system in Africa, a report released on 21 October by the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) has shown.
South Africa: Engaging people to share their experiences on impact of laws
Dec 16, 2016
Since August 2016, South Africans have had the chance to participate in public hearings about how laws passed since 1994, the first year of the African National Congress government, have affected their lives. The forums are organised by the High Level Panel on the Assessment of Key Legislation and the Acceleration of Fundamental Change, chaired by South Africa’s former President Kgalema Motlanthe.
Maendeleo Policy Forum: Deepening Democracy - Election Management and Stability in Africa’s Divided Societies
Dec 14, 2016
The sixth Maendeleo Policy Forum, held in 14 December in Nairobi, Kenya, focused on election management and stability in Africa. Despite the amount of held elections is growing, Africa’s democracy remains fragile to the threat of instability and violent conflicts.
Sweden and the Netherlands partner with UNDP Africa on development response to growth of violent extremism
Dec 6, 2016
The Governments of Sweden and the Netherlands have made financial contributions of USD 3.3 million and USD 800,000 respectively towards UNDP’s regional initiative on preventing and responding to the growth of violent extremism in Africa through a development lens.
Training legal drafting to boost African Union treaty uptake
Nov 30, 2016
30 legal advisers and legislative drafters, with close to 15 of them women, met in Arusha, Tanzania to learn about new and cutting-edge models of legislative drafting in a workshop held 19–23 September 2016. The workshop built participants’ skills to understand the principles of drafting legislation and apply them to the AU processes.