Sport and development: A sure bet?
Opinion

Sport and development: A sure bet?

A versatile and inexpensive tool, sport has a positive impact on development issues. Hélène Bennès, a consultant for the international platform sportanddev.org, takes a look at this driver which is increasingly being used by development actors.
Hélène Bennès
“The root cause of gender inequality is the role society assigns to women”
Interview

“The root cause of gender inequality is the role society assigns to women”

Difficulties in accessing the labor market, violated inheritance rights, limited political weight… Racha Ramadan takes a look at the glaring inequalities between women and men in both the private and public spheres, in North Africa and the Middle East.
Racha Ramadan
The South!: How to change the way we view it?
Interview

The South!: How to change the way we view it?

What do we really know about societies in the South? Is knowledge about the South not shaped by the domination of the thinking of the North? This is what Jacques Ould Aoudia thinks, who published an essay on our views on the South.
Jacques Ould Aoudia
How digital technology can help reinvent basic education in Africa?
Opinion

How digital technology can help reinvent basic education in Africa?

African countries have worked hard to improve children’s access to basic education, but there’s still significant work to be done. Today, 32,6 million children of primary-school age and 25,7 million adolescents are not going to school in sub-Saharan Africa. The quality of education also remains a...
Rohen d'Aiglepierre, Erwan Le Quentrec, Francesc Pedró
Arab-Islamic education in Sub-Saharan Africa: going beyond clichés to build the future
Opinion

Arab-Islamic education in Sub-Saharan Africa: going beyond clichés to build the future

Arab-Islamic education in general and Koranic schools in particular are largely excluded from programs advocating for education for all in Africa. Yet this education concerns a large number of children, many of whom are considered as “out-of-school” by the public authorities. Consequently...
Rohen d'Aiglepierre, Hamidou Dia, Clothilde Hugon
The post-colonial dimension of development in question
Interview

The post-colonial dimension of development in question

How to think differently about international development, avoiding Eurocentrism and the models inherited from colonialism? Olivia Rutazibwa shares some keys to switch perspectives on development and aid issues.
Olivia Rutazibwa
Global education deserves courageous actions !
Opinion

Global education deserves courageous actions !

Few days before the Financing Conference for the Global Partnership for Education (GPE), Carole Coupez calls the international communty to make 2018 an historic year for global education.
Carole Coupez
Education, a prerequisite for development in Haiti
Opinion

Education, a prerequisite for development in Haiti

For Laënnec Hurbon, setting up a quality education system for all is a prerequisite for development. He reviews the situation in Haiti and the education reform which according to him is indispensable for the island’s development.
Laënnec Hurbon
Alain Mabanckou: “Writing the Africa we dream of”
Interview

Alain Mabanckou: “Writing the Africa we dream of”

In 2016, recognized for his “non-victim way of considering post-colonialism”, Alain Mabanckou was the first novelist to hold a Chair at the Collège de France. Encounter during the 2nd edition of the Thinking Workshops in Dakar.
Alain Mabanckou
Senegal needs to think about and firmly establish its education system
Interview

Senegal needs to think about and firmly establish its education system

After studying in Europe, Amadou Diaw returns to Senegal and found a business school. 25 years later, he shares his observations on the education system in Senegal and in French-speaking Africa, and on the reforms needed.
Amadou Diaw
Toilets for more gender equality around the world
Opinion

Toilets for more gender equality around the world

World Toilet Day, on 19 November, is always an opportunity to recall how important access to toilets is for development. But it is all too seldom said that it is even more crucial for women and for equality.
Céline Gilquin
Opening of the second edition of the Thinking Workshops in Dakar
Opinion

Opening of the second edition of the Thinking Workshops in Dakar

Dakar is a celebration, and the Thinking Workshops, launched in 2016 by the economist Felwine Sarr  and historian Achille Mbembe , aim to make their annual event a relaxed, intense and memorable space for debate. “May these days be a celebration of ideas, of mutual listening, of convivial...
Sabine Cessou
Felwine Sarr : “The Thinking Workshops must firmly establish an open space for debate in Africa”
Interview

Felwine Sarr : “The Thinking Workshops must firmly establish an open space for debate in Africa”

The second edition of the “Ateliers de la pensée” will be held in Dakar from 1 to 4 November 2017. These Workshops were launched in 2016 by Felwine Sarr, a Senegalese economist and writer, and Achille Mbembe, a Cameroonian historian based in Johannesburg, and have opened a space for...
Felwine Sarr
Youth employment: the challenges of OpenClassrooms in Africa
Interview

Youth employment: the challenges of OpenClassrooms in Africa

Pierre Dubuc, cofounder of this Paris-based start-up, gives details about the presence of OpenClassrooms in Africa. Its online training programs contribute to improving youth employment in the digital sector.
Pierre Dubuc
Development: when sport comes into play
Opinion

Development: when sport comes into play

Interventions combining sport and development are more and more frequent. For David Blough, executive director, and Arnaud Roy, project assistant, of the NGO Play International, sport is a concrete tool for development, especially in education.
David Blough, Arnaud Roy
Youth employment in Tunisia: the NGO Mercy Corps’ approach
Interview

Youth employment in Tunisia: the NGO Mercy Corps’ approach

The NGO Mercy Corps operates in 17 African countries, where it implements projects aiming to improve youth employment. A key issue in Tunisia, where youth unemployment is higher than 35% and is a major factor of migration.
Bertrand Effantin
Social inequalities in Côte d’Ivoire: education is the key
Interview

Social inequalities in Côte d’Ivoire: education is the key

Despite its high growth rate, Côte d’Ivoire remains undermined by deep social inequalities. According to Francis Akindes, Professor of Sociology at Alassane Ouattara University, education is more than ever a key issue.
Francis Akindès
Gender equality: Women’s empowerment is everybody’s business
Interview

Gender equality: Women’s empowerment is everybody’s business

What concrete action can be taken to move gender equality forward? Batik International runs projects that aim at empowering women in France, in the Southern Mediterranean and Southeast Asia.
Sarahi Gutierrez
More and more women entrepreneurs in Morocco
Interview

More and more women entrepreneurs in Morocco

The Association of Women Entrepreneurs of Morocco (AFEM) supports Moroccan women in the creation and development of their business, a support that includes the establishment of incubators. An interview with its president, Asmaa Morine Azzouzi.
Asmâa Morine Azzouzi
“Giving South Africa’s youth a chance to dream and look to the future”
Interview

“Giving South Africa’s youth a chance to dream and look to the future”

54.2% of South Africa’s youth between 15 and 24 are unemployed, which is the highest rate in Africa. Luvuyo Mandela manages Tyathumzi Advisory, an agency working for the empowerment of young South Africans through education.
Luvuyo Mandela
The economy of culture in Africa, a chance for development?
Interview

The economy of culture in Africa, a chance for development?

According to Cameroonian economist Martial Ze Belinga, the development potential of the economy of culture in Africa must be unlocked. This overlooked industry could become one of the most flourishing of the continent.
Martial Ze Belinga
Speaking the same language: A real economic asset
Opinion

Speaking the same language: A real economic asset

In November 2014, during the 15th Francophonie Summit in Dakar, an “economic strategy for La Francophonie” was adopted for the first time, thereby underscoring the privileged economic relations between countries which share a common language. La Francophonie makes it possible to promote trade...
Céline CARRÈRE, Maria MASOOD
“More daycare centers means more jobs”
Interview

“More daycare centers means more jobs”

Investing in the development of daycare centers in Turkey would give women access to the labor market and create a number of high-quality jobs, states Ipek Ilkkaracan, a researcher at the Istanbul Technical University (ITU).
İpek Ilkkaracan
“Companies are central to combating domestic violence”
Interview

“Companies are central to combating domestic violence”

Domestic violence frequently occurs in Turkey and does concern every social classes. For the careers of these women, it is an additional barrier which it is up to companies to stamp out, states the academic Melsa Ararat.
Melsa Ararat

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