From the drought in Sahelian countries to the worrying situation of journalism in the world to the historic judgment handed by Colombia, a review of April 2018 development news.

Dried Africa [ARTICLE]
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Dried Africa

In the Sahel region, the current drought forces stockbreeders to prematurely migrate their herds, multiplying the tensions with sedentary farmers because of shared lands, water and pastures. A pastoral crisis which risks aggravating the food insecurity in this region weakened by the Jihadists’ presence.

Killer herdsmen’ blamed for wave of deadly Nigeria clashes  ” , Financial Times, 4 April 2018

Hints of Francafrique [ARTICLE]
Vincent Bolloré , June 2017 © ZAKARIA ABDELKAFI/AFP
Hints of Francafrique

During 3 decades, the Bollore Group has been leading an aggressive strategy to take on the African markets of transportation and logistics. But its dominant position is intriguing. And its methods even more. How has the Group been built?

How Befriending African Leaders Backfired on French Billionaire  ” , Bloomberg, 27 April 2018

Journalism, danger is everywhere [REPORT]
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Journalism, danger is everywhere

Hate speeches and attacks against the media are no longer confined to authoritarian States. The annual worldwide index of press freedom published by Reporters Without Borders states that in 2018 violence against journalists also occurs in Europe and in the United States.

Politician-fuelled 'hatred of journalism threatens democracies', says Reporters Without Borders  ” , France 24, 25 avril 2018

Climate at the core of Europe [ARTICLE]
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Climate at the core of Europe

By 2030, the emissions of greenhouse gas will be 30% higher than the required level to restrict global warming according to the UN. To avoid the worst-case scenario, France, Sweden, Finland and Portugal join their efforts and forces to achieve the goals set by the European Union.

Seven member states push for EU to raise climate targets  ” , Climate Home News, 25 April 2018

A right to environment [DECODING]
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A right to environment

Could legal action be the solution in the fight against climate change? The Colombian justice just condemned the government to stop deforesting a part of the Amazonian rainforest. This decision could be the starting point for a climate justice.

Colombia Takes Action to Protect the Amazon Rainforest  ” , IR Insider, 18 April 2018

Consume differently [REPORT]
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Consume differently

[REPORT] In Bangladesh, 5 years after the collapse of the Rana Plaza, what are the work conditions of workers in the textile industry? Despite promises of brands, a report denounces a deteriorating situation. Unions and organizations still fight against green and social washing.

Too often, workers speak loudest from the grave  ” , CNN, 25 April 2018

Solar energy on the rise [REPORT]
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Solar energy on the rise

2017 has been a prosperous year for solar energy sector. But while more than half of the new solar capacity worldwide is in China, Europe is lagging behind. By 2030, the European Union wants to achieve a 30% target of renewable energies. Is this goal enough to save Planet Earth?

China outshines Europe in 2017 clean power investment ranking  ” , Euractiv, 6 April 2018

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