Africa

ILO Highlights Partnership with Mauritius on Green Economy [viewed]

ilo-mauritius26 August 2014: In advance of the Third International Conference on Small Island Developing States (SIDS), the International Labour Organization (ILO) is showcasing its partnership with Mauritius on the green economy as an example of how to increase resilience and tackle climate change in SIDS.

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BNEF Reports on 2014 Spike in Renewables Growth in Africa [viewed]

bnef21 August 2014: Sub-Saharan Africa is set to add a total of 1.8 gigawatts (GW) of electric power capacity from renewable energy sources in 2014, excluding hydropower, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF). BNEF has announced that this figure is larger than the total combined renewables capacity added from 2000-2013 in the region.

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UNIDO Nigerian Summit Reflects on MDGs, Inclusive Growth [viewed]

unido-nigeria19 August 2014: Participants reviewed the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Nigeria at a Presidential Summit organized by the UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Government of Nigeria. The session also discussed job creation, inclusive growth and human capital as catalysts for equitable, sustainable economic growth in Nigeria, and recognized eradicating poverty as critical for sustainable development.

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Acharya Recommends 50% of ODA for LDCs [viewed]

UN-OHRLLS21 July 2014: “Those that are in danger of slipping should be given foremost priority,” writes Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN High Representative for the Least Developed Countries (LDCs), Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) and small island developing States (SIDS) in a post for the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) 'In My View' series. He argues that half of all official development assistance (ODA) should be allocated to the LDCs to address poverty eradication and sustainable development.

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Event: 2015 Global Land Forum [viewed]

The 2015 Global Land Forum will take place under the theme 'Land governance for inclusive development, justice and sustainability: time for action'. The event will bring together practitioners, land users, activists, policy makers and researchers from around the world. Participants will debate, share and plan joint action on people-centered land governance, with the aim of contributing to broader goals of poverty reduction, food security, environmental sustainability and human well-being and dignity, including within the context of the post-2015 development framework. The first day of the Forum will be dedicated to ‘Africa Day,' with a spotlight on land governance in Senegal and the Africa region. The second and third days will discuss issues from a global perspective. The fourth day includes a field trip, which will be followed by an Assembly on the fifth day. The event will include plenary sessions, workshops and a Marketplace of Ideas. The International Land Coalition (ILC) is organizing the event together with the Pan African Institute for Consumer Citizenship and Development (CICODEV Africa) in partnership with Cadre de Recherche et d'Action sur le Foncier au Sénégal (CRAFS) and others.  

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USAID, Rockefeller Foundation Launch Global Resilience Partnership [viewed]

usaid-rockefeller-foundation20 August 2014: The Rockefeller Foundation and the US Agency for International Development (USAID) have launched a fund intended to build the resilience of disaster-prone communities in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa, South Asia and Southeast Asia. The initial investment of US$100 million will fund the best ideas and innovations resulting from a Resilience Challenge open to academic, non-profit and private sector entities.

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Adaptation Fund Approves Project in Belize, Accredits Namibian NIE [viewed]

Adaptation Fund19 August 2014: The Adaptation Fund has approved a US$6 million marine conservation and climate change adaptation project in Belize, and accredited the Desert Research Foundation of Namibia (DRFN) as a National Implementing Entity (NIE).

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Bioversity Highlights Work on Conservation, Sustainable Use of Agricultural Biodiversity [viewed]

Bioversity InternationalAugust 2014: Bioversity International's 2013 Annual Report highlights work in relation to four themes, namely how agricultural biodiversity is consumed, produced, planted and safeguarded.

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Event: Africa Regional Consultation on Communication for Development, Community Media and ICTs for Family Farming and Rural Development [viewed]

To help propel family farmers' voices forward, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO) and the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC) are hosting a series of three virtual consultations. The regional consultation for Africa aims to enable development practitioners, information and communication specialists, community media practitioners, rural development agencies and the private sector to share their regional perspectives on family farming and rural development. The online platform of YenKasa is hosting the regional consultation for Africa. The simultaneous regional consultations will be followed by one global online consultation, from 22 September to 6 October 2014, in which e-Agriculture community members and others will be encouraged to discuss and complement the outcomes of the regional consultations. The regional and global consultations will inform the Forum on Communication for Development and Community Media for Family Farming, which is taking place in October 2014.  

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ITTO TTM Reports on Objections to Indonesia Export Ban [viewed]

ITTO logo16 August 2014: The 1-15 August issue of the Tropical Timber Market (TTM) Report of the International Tropical Timber Organization (ITTO) highlights an industry appeal to allow log exports in Indonesia. According to the article, because of the existing ban, Indonesian domestic log prices are half of the international market price.

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