From the State coup in Zimbabwe to the climate commitments, review of development news of December 2017 with a selection of articles, opinion columns and reports, in French and in English.
William Lacy Swing, director general of the UN’s International Organisation for Migration, distinguishes the refugee from the migrant and the displaced. He criticizes those who call for the closure of borders and the too-frequent mix up between the necessary protection of individuals and security issues.
“ UN chief: Migration ‘highly desirable’ if managed humanely and responsibly ” , Euractiv, 16 November 2017
Famine, airstrikes, blockades. It is way time that the international community stop turning a blind eye on what is happening in Yemen. For the country director at the International Rescue Committee: “We are far beyond the need to raise an alarm—what is happening now is a complete disgrace”.
“ “Yemen’s War Is a Tragedy. Is It Also a Crime? ” , The New York Times, 22 November 2017 Photo : Yemen © UNHCR
Africa Check rewards the best fact-checking works of the year realized by confirmed reporters or students in journalism. The website recognizes journalists making African politicians and institutions face their own contradictions.
“ Africa Check: African Fact-Checking Awards 2017 ” , AFP, 20 November 2017
Being the first French president not to have known the colonization period, will Emmanuel Macron design the end of the French-African interventionism? After his tour in Africa and his first address to Africa, analysis of what is ahead in this relationship.
“ Macron Says He Aims to Leave France’s Colonial Past in Africa Behind ” , Bloomberg, 28 November 2017
The Zimbabwe president, Robert Mugabe, was forced to step down by the Army after 30 years spent in power. Review of the struggling economy of the 154th country in the Human Development Report of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
“ How Zimbabwe gets out of its economic nightmare ” , Quartz Africa, 28 November 2017
In Kibera, a township in Kenya, almost a million people live without toilet access and “flying toilets” liter the streets. Umande Trust develop toilets transforming human excreta in biogas that can be used to eat or cook. An innovative project inspiring for entrepreneurs in the township.
“ How to deal with Kibera’s ‘flying toilets ” , Al Jazeera, 5 April 2017
In Kenya, farmers are being taught about climate-smart agriculture by the local government in partnership with Greenpeace Africa and the Institute for Culture and Ecology (ICE), a Kenyan environmental NGO. Agroecology is known to better support development and ensure food security in a changing climate.
“ Can Kenyan farmers combat food insecurity with climate-smart agriculture? ” , Equal Times, 8 November 2017
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