Akili Dada – I REFUSE TO GIVE UP

Rittah Akoth is an emerging leader from the Parklands Law Campus, Nairobi University. After attending an Akili Dada workshop for young women leaders she decided to run for student leadership in her school. Though she lost the election, she emerged a victor with key lessons in leadership. My name is...

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African People & Wildlife Fund – New Community-based Initiative Launches

Wildlife conservation in Africa is complex. To get it right, conservationists must work with a diverse range of partners supporting a vast number of initiatives – livestock keeping, farming, economic development, land use, health, and education to name just a few. More than a decade ago, the African People & Wildlife...

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Women in the DRC at the bottom of supply chains: the invisible reason for a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises

New report documents gender discrimination, slavery-like conditions, deterioration of reproductive health, violence, forced displacement, and sexual exploitation experienced by women in (and because of) artisanal mines in the DRC. The timely report is released few days before the second session of the intergovernmental working group on a legally binding instrument...

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Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld has been selected as a 2016 Lowell Thomas Awardee

The Lowell Thomas Award is presented each year by The Explorers Club to groups of outstanding explorers. It is one of the organization’s highest honors. Previous recipients include E.O. Wilson, Sylvia Earle, Alan Rabinowitz, Laurie Marker, and other leading conservationists. The 2016 Award recognizes explorers who have dedicated themselves to...

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Taking one for Mother Earth: These African universities are environmental shining stars

UNIVERSITIES have long been seen as agents of change – catalysts for social and political action as well as centres of learning. As people become more environmentally conscious, universities in turn are expected to step up to the plate, continuing to act as role models in becoming the engines and innovation centres for green...

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From GPI: Determined to Help Clean Up Her City, Goma Woman Plows Through Government Inaction

GOMA, DEMOCRACTIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Goma is filthy. The lack of refuse bins and collection services is evident everywhere in Goma, the capital of DRC’s North Kivu province. Downtown, people eat on the roadsides and throw food waste and wrappers into the streets. At Virunga Market, one of the...

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MFF Grantees in Nairobi: Fomenting Leadership and Fighting for Women’s Rights

At the beginning of 2015, our President, Dr. Anne Mize, visited two Mize Family Foundation grantees based in Nairobi, Kenya. These organizations, Akili Dada and Urgent Action Fund-Africa, work to empower African women by supporting their education and leadership. Akili Dada promotes girls’ and women’s leadership in schools, villages, and...

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Independence and inter-dependence in Africa – Address by Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland

Below are excerpts from President Higgins’ address to the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on November 5th, 2014. “Today Africa is at a critical juncture of its development. The discourse is shifting away from war and disadvantage to debates about vindicating human rights and the...

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From ELAW: Victory for Access to Information in South Africa

ELAW partners in South Africa secured a major victory affirming the right to access environmental information from corporations when it is needed to protect constitutional rights. For over ten years, a South African community-rights organization sought access to a steel corporation’s records after the company had illegally dumped hazardous waste....

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