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West Africa Explores Ways to Mitigate Climate Change's Effects

From eroding coastline to depleted fish stocks, the effects of climate change are being felt along West Africa's coast and governments and environmental groups are coming together to talk about what can be done to mitigate its impact.  The ocean breaking on southern Senegal's coastline does not look much different from any other beach. But a...

NATO Commander Says Libya May Need Foreign Stabilization Force

The top NATO military commander says Libya may need a foreign stabilization force if rebels supported by international airstrikes succeed in ousting the country's leader, Moammar Gadhafi. U.S. Navy Admiral James Stavridis made the comment in an appearance Tuesday before the Senate Armed Services Committee.Admiral Stavridis says there has been no...

African Ministers Mull Government’s Role in Development

Ethiopia’s prime minister says Africa needs a new development plan in which the state replaces the private sector as the main engine of growth. The shadow of recent uprisings hung over a conference of African finance ministers, where officials talked about ways to satisfy Africa's growing population of restless youth.In his keynote address, Prime...

US Expects Wider Arab Role in Libya Coalition

A senior Obama administration official said Tuesday he expects more Arab countries to announce contributions to no-fly-zone enforcement over Libya in the next few days.  He also said the United States will transition shortly into only a "supporting" role in the military operation. Despite the Arab League endorsement of the no-fly zone, only Qatar...

Ivory Coast’s Health System Collapses, MSF Steps in

The medical aid group Doctors Without Borders says “intense armed conflict and political gridlock” are taking a toll on Ivory Coast’s civilian population. The group, also known as MSF, is trying to fill the gaps left by a barely functioning health care system. Renzo Fricke, MSF emergency coordinator, says, “Our teams are really trying to be where...

Researchers Developing New Techniques to Improve Food Security In Africa

Agricultural researchers from five African countries and Australia met in Kenya's capital recently to discuss how to improve food security in Eastern and Southern Africa. Under a four-year joint program called SIMLESA, researchers aim to increase the quality and quantity of maize and legume crops through the use of new or improved technologies....

UN: Nearly Half-Million People Displaced in Ivory Coast

The United Nations refugee agency reports nearly one-half million people in Ivory Coast have fled their homes because of escalating violence.  The UNHCR says little attention is being paid to the tragedy unfolding in this West African country because of the focus on events in North Africa.  The U.N. refugee agency says it is very concerned by the...

UN Seeks $160 Million for Migrants Caught up in Libya's Violence

The United Nations is appealing for $160 million to meet the emergency needs of an estimated 460,000 people who have fled Libya's violence or remain trapped inside the country. U.N. officials say they will revise the appeal and action plan in two weeks to reflect the changing situation.   Libya has been host to about 2.5 million migrant workers....

Peace Corps Mission Unchanged 50 Years Later

<!--IMAGE-->This month, the Peace Corps marks 50 years of work across the developing world. It was founded in 1961 by President John F. Kennedy and has been supported by other presidents, including Barack Obama, who has emphasized the need for public service. This month’s celebrations will recognize the achievements of volunteers past and...

Closing Gender Gap Could Boost World Food Supply

Food prices continue to rise, threatening to push more and more people into poverty and hunger. A new report from the UN food agency says one of the best ways to boost agricultural productivity worldwide would be to remove the barriers women farmers face that their male counterparts do not. Women farmers tend to be less productive than men, but...

Fistula: Healing the Pain of Obstructed Labor

A medical aid group says many pregnant African women suffer needlessly from complicated or prolonged labor. As a result, they’re forced to live with obstetric fistula – a condition that scars them physically, emotionally and socially.  Doctors Without Borders is highlighting the problem as the world marks the 100th anniversary of International...

Kenyan Women's University Prepares Students to Compete

Kenya's capital, Nairobi, is home to Kiriri Women's University of Science and Technology (KWUST), the only university in East Africa that caters specifically to women. Officials and students say having an all-famale environment better prepares the school's graduates to be successful leaders in the working world by developing their self-esteem and...

Encouraging Progress in Girls’ Education

As the world prepares to mark the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day on March 8, a new report details the progress and challenges girls face in getting an education. The report – from the Education for All Fast Track Initiative – highlights the importance of girls’ education for economic and social development.  It follows progress in...

Increased Investment Rapidly Changing Africa’s IT landscape

Africans must have greater access to new technologies if they are to catch up with the developed world, say development experts.  Technology improves the lives of consumers and attracts foreign investors eager to profit from a growing consumer population. McKinsey & Company, a leading global management consulting firm, estimates Africa’s gross...

Foreign Investors See Potential in African Agriculture

Agriculture is one of the most important economic activities in Africa.  In addition to providing employment, agriculture has the potential to transform African societies through the increased export of produce to Western markets. Many agree that transformation will not take place without increased investment in agriculture, including public or...