A new group of 40 young volunteers from the USA have joined the Peace Corps in South Africa to work on community development in rural areas. The 36th group, since 1997, will join 163 other Americans volunteers to create awareness on issues such as education, health, HIV/Aids awareness agriculture, small business and...
The United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has extended a $10 million assistance to help the most vulnerable among the people displaced due to the conflict in Ethiopia meet their life-saving needs. Hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced due to an escalation of conflict in Oromia and...
Sanivation, a socially motivated enterprise in Kenya is changing the way how human excreta is treated. The initiative founded by 29-year old Andrew Foote is making money out of toilet waste, while also promoting people to use toilets. The venture installs "blue box" plastic toilet containers in people's homes for...
A new research has found that oil spills in Niger Delta in Nigeria, home to Africa's largest petroleum industry, have increased deaths of newborn babies. The research showed neonatal mortality rates increased by around 38 deaths per 1,000 live births if mothers lived close to oil spills before their pregnancy. ".....
From its production to the disposal, your smartphone may be causing violence and deaths at various parts of the world. Here is how. Conflict minerals 3 T’s: tin, tungsten, and tantalum, and coltan are the major minerals with which components of the smartphone -- or even laptops, TVs -- are made. They...
While plague is spreading in Madagascar, killing dozens, the WHO has supplied 1.2 million doses of antibiotics and released US$1.5 million dollars in emergency funds to fight the outbreak. "Plague is curable if detected in time. Our teams are working to ensure that everyone at risk has access to protection...
Kenya has announced it will provide free education in public secondary schools, starting with January 2018, as it decided to waive off the Sh9,374 annual fee that students now pay. "In order to ensure a 100 percent transition for all leaners and remove the burden from parents, the parent component of...
By Thembela Ntongana, GroupdUp Learners at Vukile Tshwete Secondary School in the Eastern Cape during a protest over poor conditions at the school. Photo: Thembela Ntongana Equal Education held demonstrations in Limpopo, Gauteng, Western Cape and Eastern Cape on Wednesday to demand action from national and provincial government to fix South...
While number of people experiencing severe food insecurity across South Sudan in the October-December period is likely to increase by 1.4 million from a year earlier  to reach 4.8 million, the number marks a drop from six million in June this year. According to the UN, food insecurity in the country...
Timothy Njagi Njeru, Egerton University and Priscilla Wainaina, Egerton University The Kenyan government last December announced its “big four” development strategy to be implemented over the next five years. Food security is one of the key strategies. The others are affordable housing, manufacturing and universal health care. In the realm of...

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