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.
Empowering youth by employment – UNDP scaling up YouthConnekt programme in Africa
Nov 30, 2016
In 2013, Rwanda launched YouthConnekt, a youth empowerment initiative. Since then, more than 13,000 young people in the country have participated in YouthConnekt debates where they have learned about work opportunities and entrepreneurship. Nearly 4,000 young Rwandans have found work through the programme.
UN development chief meets communities grappling with scarce and vulnerable water resources in Burkina Faso
Nov 19, 2016
Wrapping up a three-day visit to the country, UNDP Administrator Helen Clark met with a rural community in Burkina Faso which is bearing the brunt of the effects of environmental degradation and deforestation in a country where scarce water resources leave the population especially vulnerable to even the smallest fluctuations in rainfall.
Working with African judges to protect rights of people living with HIV
Oct 10, 2016
More than 30 judges from 14 African countries convened in Johannesburg, South Africa 15¬–17 June this year for the third annual Regional Judges’ Forum to discuss HIV and tuberculosis (TB)-related jurisprudence as part of an ongoing initiative to sensitise senior judges and uphold the rights of people living with HIV in Africa.