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Seeds of success in Ghana

Mohammed Sabtuwo

Mohammed Sabtuwo does not just want to talk about how agriculture has changed his life; he wants to show us. Before we know it, he is up from his seat and whisking us away to his house, a sense of urgency in every step. On the way, he points to a small house, about half the size of a car ...

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Fresh RUWES scheme targets women, girls displaced by insurgency


Following the weeklong Capacity Enhancement Workshop that held in Abuja last week, the Rural Women Energy Security (RUWES) will now embark on a campaign to solely focus on women and girls in Internally Displaced Camps (IDPs). Supported by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the RUWES initiative aims at promoting access to clean energy technologies and develop market and entrepreneurship ...

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Geo-journalism: EJN launches ‘InfoCongo’


After many years of behind-the-scenes work, InfoCongo, a new GeoJournalism website from Internews’ Earth Journalism Network (EJN) that combines interactive maps, visualised data on natural resource issues and traditional journalism stories, has been launched at a ceremony in Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). A day after the launching ceremony, EJN specialists with support from development organisations working on similar topics in the Congo Basin such ...

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Countries report progress on water, sanitation commitments

Catarina de Albuquerque, Executive Chair of SWA

Sanitation and Water for All (SWA) partners report significant progress on 56% of the 383 commitments tabled by 43 developing countries and 12 donors at the 2014 High Level Meeting. Most of the commitments aim at removing barriers to progress, eliminating inequalities and ensuring sustainability of water and sanitation services. Countries report significant progress on half of their commitments, including ...

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SPDC JV declares force majeure on Bonny Light exports


The Shell Petroleum Development Company Joint Venture (SPDC JV) has declared force majeure on Bonny Light exports effective August 27, 2015 following the shutdown of both the Trans Niger Pipeline (TNP) and Nembe Creek Trunkline (NCTL). A leak was reported on the TNP at Oloma in Rivers State, while the NCTL is shut down for the removal of crude theft ...

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Uganda Breweries, WaterAid in $2.8m sanitation project

Uganda water

Uganda Breweries Limited (UBL) and WaterAid Uganda (WAU) have partnered to implement a three-year water and sanitation project in Bulangira Town in Kibuku District worth one billion Uganda Shillings equivalent to $2.8 million. “Bulangira is a challenged town with minimal infrastructure to support social services and limited access to land for water and sanitation services for the underprivileged. When WaterAid ...

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CITES, IUCN unite against poaching, illegal wildlife trade

Inger Andersen

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) and International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) have signed an agreement to strengthen the cooperation between the two organisations in minimising the illegal killing of and related illegal trade in elephants and other CITES-listed flagship species in sub-Saharan Africa, the Caribbean and ...

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Paris 2015: Civil society seeks urgent action from Nigeria


The civil society declares its official position regarding Nigeria’s actions ahead of Paris 2015 after a two-day forum held recently in Abuja, the federal capital city We, the representatives of Nigerian Civil Society under the aegis of Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet), held a two-day National Consultative Workshop on Nigeria’s Road to Paris: INDCs & SDGs. The ...

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Academy of Science unveils youth development action plan


Apparently determined to find a lasting solution to the social development and reproductive needs of youth in the country which had hitherto been neglected, the Nigerian Academy of Science (NAS) has unveiled documents that will assist governments to address the needs in a deliberate evidence-driven fashion. The documents are the product of a project titled: “Mobilising official support for developing, implementing ...

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Abia to prepare master plans for Umuahia, Aba, Ohafia


Governor of Abia State, Dr Okezie Victor Ikpeazu, has said that the state will prepare master plans for its three major cities: Umuahia, Aba and Ohafia. The governor made the declaration recently through his deputy, Mr Ude Oko Chukwu, during the 2015 Annual Luncheon of the state’s chapter of the Nigerian Institute of Town Planners (NITP) held in Aba, the ...

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