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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From Global Press Journal: Unable to Graze Cattle in Drought-Ravaged Regions of Kenya, Semi-Nomadic Herders Put Down Grass Roots

LOLGORIEN DIVISION, KENYA – It is about 2 p.m. and the sun feels unbearably hot.   A Masai herdsman is preparing fodder for his dairy cows before he can start milking them.   He chops Napier grass, a long, drought-resistant tropical grass he grows in a section of his 40-acre...

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