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Innovative drivers of sustainable development

D+C - 11. Februar 2020 - 10:00
The Up-Scaling programme of DEG, the German development finance institution

The programme was started in December 2013 and has since supported almost 50 different companies in 16 nations. To qualify for the programme, applicants must not only be innovative. They must also contribute to sustainable development. DEG belongs to KfW Banking Group and has the mission to support sustainable development.

SOKO from Kenya is a good example for up-scaling impacts. SOKO runs an online platform that gives small-scale jewellery makers in rural areas access to the world market. The artisans receive orders by app, and then produce the goods according to the designs demanded. They use locally available materials such as recycled brass, the horn of Ankole cows, wood and bones. The items are then upgraded at the SOKO headquarters in Nairobi and distributed internationally. This “virtual factory” has dramatically increased the artisans’ marketing opportunities. Some of them now earn five times more than they previously did.

To enhance its business model, SOKO is currently investing € 3 million, of which the DEG has contributed € 749,000 from the up-scaling programme with funds from Germany’s Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). Among other things, SOKO is investing in an automated gold-plating system.

Many of the companies that have benefited from the Up-Scaling programme become well established and are so successful, that they are in a position to pay back the funding.

Another example is the German green-technology start-up Bio-Lutions (see interview). Thanks to the Up-Scaling programme it was able to set up an Indian pilot scheme for producing biodegradable packaging and disposable tableware from plant residues. Last year, DEG became a stakeholder in this Hamburg-based company in order to support its next phase of growth: Bio-Lutions is expanding production in additional countries. DEG

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“The right balance”

D+C - 11. Februar 2020 - 9:46
Innovative start-ups make a difference in Africa, but on their own they cannot generate enough jobs

Can we be sure that every potential entrepreneur with a good idea gets access to loans in Africa?
It is difficult to answer your question in general. The less a country is developed, the more difficult it is for entrepreneurs to get access to financial services. There are other bottlenecks as well, because the investment environment must improve fundamentally in many African countries. Challenges range from bad roads and unreliable electric-power supply to lacking rule of law and a shortage of skilled workers. In such settings, it is very difficult to start an innovative business.

DEG supports small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the formal sector of African countries with credit and shareholdings. How do you find those companies?
We use several approaches:

  • We run offices in important African markets, and have just established a new one in Lagos. We are also present in Accra, Abidjan, Nairobi and Johannesburg, from where we reach out to partners. We mostly rely on local staff who have a solid understanding of their world region and its business community.
  • Moreover, we cooperate closely with African banks, and support their efforts to modernise and expand their activities. We have even established what we call German Desks in some branch offices of our partner banks in order to be more easily accessible to SMEs.
  • Finally, we cooperate with other ­European and international development finance institutions that share our mission of facilitating private sector development.

Our work is geared to allowing promising SMEs, once they have reached a certain size, to grow further and support sustainable development. Start-ups and the persons who establish them are not our primary target group – not least because they would like to get, and indeed deserve, more detailed attention on site than we can offer.

So you are not involved in technology hubs and other kinds of special institutions for entrepreneurs?
No, that requires too much specialisation, but we do appreciate initiatives of that kind. Experience shows that entrepreneurs benefit from an appropriate environment. Tech hubs typically offer good digital infrastructure, facilitate creative exchange with like-minded people and provide links to financial institutions. Moreover, they are often nodes in important international networks.

What kind of growth does Africa need to generate enough jobs for millions of young people? Innovative websites will probably not suffice.
Well, we do observe that the many new online platforms and apps that are emerging in Africa indeed only create a limited number of jobs, but at the same time, they are increasing local people’s opportunities and standards of life. Thanks to them, consumers have more choice and better access to information in general. That matters. More­over, the relatively small number of jobs they create attract comparatively well-trained people, and that matters too. They are offering prospects in Africa. Obviously, however, many more jobs are needed for less skilled people, and that means that manufacturing and the processing of agricultural and other commodities must increase and that supply chains must improve.

DEG helps German and European enterprises to invest in developing countries. If we consider economic policy in general and employment promotion in particular – does it make a difference whether domestic or foreign companies create jobs?
In terms of employment promotion, the important thing is to generate as many jobs as possible, and not so much who exactly is hiring people. However, an advantage of foreign direct investors is that they normally bring along additional know-how and expertise. Foreign companies rely on up-to-date management methods and technology. That said, these companies will certainly not generate enough employment, so local industries will be decisive. For obvious reasons, the investment climate must be suitable for both foreign and domestic investors, and that raises issues we’ve already touched upon earlier. The private sector needs infrastructure, good governance and a trustworthy formalised framework.

If one reads the business press of rich countries, one can get the impression that a good business environment basically means low taxes. Formalising the informal sector, however, means to tax the large number of informal businesses.
Well, in Europe we take things for granted that actually result from government action. A modern economy needs strong infrastructure, and that includes strong systems for education and health care. It also includes the rule of law. Clear rules support entrepreneurship. Consider food processing for example. If there is legislation concerning use-by-dates and the disclosure of ingredients, companies have to comply with it, but they don’t have to decide for themselves what standards make sense or are even indispensable. Tech entrepreneurs, moreover, obviously want intellectual property to be protected. Everybody must trust that the rules will be enforced. By contrast, corruption indicates dysfunctional governance. It is misleading to argue that market dynamism simply results from governments not intervening in markets. What really matters is to get the balance right.

Christiane Laibach is CEO of DEG – Deutsche Investitions- und Entwicklungsgesellschaft. DEG is a subsidiary of KfW group. Its mission is to promote private-sector activity in developing countries and emerging markets.
presse@deginvest.de

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Finding alternatives

D+C - 11. Februar 2020 - 9:15
Rwanda is taking its ban on single-use plastic bags one big step further, to include most other types of single-use plastic products

Now, Rwanda is taking this policy a step further. Beginning this year, it will ban all other types of single-use plastics, such as straws, coffee stirrers, soda and water bottles, plastic cutlery, balloons and almost all food packaging.

The law aims to protect the environment, the economy and the health of the people from throwaway plastics. Rwanda’s Environment Management Authority blames flooding and low agricultural productivity in part on improperly discarded single-use plastics, because this can prevent rainwater from penetrating into the soil. Plastic also clogs drains, which in turn creates a breeding ground for diseases such as malaria that are transmitted by bugs or parasites. Malaria is a leading cause of infant mortality in Rwanda.

Moreover, toxic chemicals used for manufacturing plastic often enter the food chain when animals consume them. This is a concern since a big proportion of the population’s diet is meat. Also, when plastic disposed of by burning, that contributes to air pollution.

Rwanda aims to be completely plastics free by the end of 2020, with a few exceptions such as plastics needed for packaging vaccines and other medicines, certain items sold at hotels, and plastics used for wrapping frozen foods.

Rwanda is one of 34 African nations imposing restrictions on single-use plastic bags. Africa is taking the lead in such rules, possibly because it has no strong plastics-industry lobby and exports very little plastic. Africa also has relatively low rates of waste collection and recycling, which makes plastic litter more visible than elsewhere.

Rwanda’s ban on single-use plastic packaging for food creates some tricky problems for importers, manufacturers, traders and consumers. Manufacturers or retailers, for example, are required to put mechanisms in place to collect and segregate used plastics for recycling. At an individual level, any person found disposing of single-use plastic items will be fined and required to repair the damage caused.

Retailers have about three months in early 2020 to sell off any goods that are packaged in throwaway plastic. Industrial manufacturers have two years to change their processes to avoid single-use plastic packaging. After those grace periods, noncompliance could mean heavy fines, loss of trading licenses and even closure of the business.

Some consumers wonder how all this will work. B. Cyuzuzo Deborah, a student at the University of Rwanda, says, “I cook at home and don’t use food delivery apps so I am not worried about plastic packaging there. But I am not sure what would be an alternative to plastic to hold a packet of biscuits that is not made locally, or to hold a fizzy drink when one is on the move.”

The government’s reply is to consider using paper, bamboo or wood-based packaging as alternatives to plastic.

“Consumers should ponder how items were sold and used before there was so much plastic around,” says Vincent Biruta, who until recently was the environment minister and a driving force behind the new law. When asked what consumers should use instead of plastic straws at a pub, he replied, “what did you use for drinking local beer before the advent of plastic straws?”

 

Roli Mahajan is a freelance journalist.
roli.mahajan@gmail.com

 

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With science ‘held back by a gender gap’, Guterres calls for more empowerment for women and girls

UN #SDG News - 11. Februar 2020 - 2:30
Fewer than 30 per cent of the world’s scientific researchers are women: that’s just one of the statistics showing how many challenges remain for women and girls in the scientific field, as the world marks the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, on Tuesday.
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Research in Somalia: opportunities for cooperation

ODI - 11. Februar 2020 - 0:00
As Somalia builds its institutions and shifts towards a federal system, this report investigates opportunities for research cooperation in the country.
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'Global Britain' needs to fix its visa process

ODI - 11. Februar 2020 - 0:00
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The new development diplomacy in middle-income countries: the changing role of traditional donors in India

ODI - 11. Februar 2020 - 0:00
This report assesses new development diplomacy in light of the economic growth of middle-income countries.
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Reducing gender inequalities in science, technology, engineering and maths

ODI - 11. Februar 2020 - 0:00
Despite progress in women and girl's achievements in science, technology, engineering and maths, more needs to be done in education to achieve parity.
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The Weaponization of Identity and Citizenship: The Case of Tanzania

DEVELOPMENT - 11. Februar 2020 - 0:00
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The article explores the weaponization of identity and citizenship in Tanzania that is becoming increasingly authoritarian. It illustrates the types of discriminations that a citizen can face for not affiliating with the ruling political party, from unemployment to statelessness; even refugees escaping persecution can’t find refuge and are expelled in such a climate.

The Crisis in Yemen is Getting Worse

UN Dispatch - 10. Februar 2020 - 17:08

For a brief period this fall, it appeared that the crisis in Yemen was de-escalating. Fighting had reached some of its lowest levels since 2015, when Saudi Arabia led an international coalition to intervene in Yemen’s civil war.

But any hopes that a lull in fighting could be sustained were dashed in early 2020 with a series of high profile attacks.  In February 2020 fighting in Yemen is intense — indeed as bad as it has ever been since the civil war began — if not worse. According to the United Nations, Yemen is the single worst humanitarian crisis in the world today.

On the line with me to explain this newest iteration of the conflict in Yemen is Scott Paul. He is a humanitarian policy lead with Oxfam and we spend a lot of time discussing why the crisis in Yemen is getting worse right now. For those who are not familiar with the crisis in Yemen, Scott Paul does a very good job at the start of the conversation explaining how we got to this point.

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Enlightening the young generation

D+C - 10. Februar 2020 - 15:58
In spite of financial constraints, Frank Masanta is running the school for disadvantaged children in Lusaka, Zambia

I was born in Ndola in 1981, and my parents had 12 children. I grew up in Lusaka, but my father got a divorce when I was still a baby. He raised me, but hardly took care of me and did not invest in my education. I did not do well in school and left school with a General Grade 12 Certificate. My father is a car mechanic, but I was never interested in that line of work even though he often fixed cars at home and I would help. I left home after completing grade 12 because I wanted to be independent. I married in 2002.

I had the idea to start a school when, due to financial hardship, I could not send my own kids to school. Moreover, I wanted to help other kids who shared my kids’ fate (also note my contribution in the Focus section of D+C/E+Z e-Paper 2019/08). I decided to start a school in which my wife and I teach ourselves. We charge a small tuition fee to pay the rent and procure books, furniture and all sorts of supplies. The teachers are volunteers with stipends which cover daily expenses but do not add up to a full income. In the long run, we plan to hire fully trained teachers who will take the project forward. Hopefully, private-sector businesses will support us.

I chose the location Ng’ombe because we used to live there and because I found an appropriate building. This neighbourhood is densely populated and poor. Small ideas can make a big difference here. There are two government-run schools in Ng’ombe, and though they don’t charge tuition fees, poor families cannot afford to send their children there because books and school uniforms cost too much.

After a while, I understood that one needs to be an entrepreneur to run a school. Unfortunately, the Sun-spring Charity School does not provide us with a livelihood. We are struggling merely to cover the costs. I generate my own income with a small business called Think Global Services. We print visiting cards, for example, and provide other services. I keep trying to raise more funds for the Sun-spring Charity School.

I have organised marches in Zambia, walking more than 1,000 kilometres in order to raise funds and awareness. We promote the right to education and sustainable development. During and after those walks, I met with business leaders and government ministers, insisting that more investment in education and more partnerships for education are necessary.

Moreover, I am involved in several projects that are designed to boost young people’s prospects through entrepreneurship. I am currently organising another 915 kilometre march. “The SDG&Climate Action Walk” will take place in March this year. The idea is to make people aware of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Moreover, I hope to raise money for building another school as well as planting 1 million trees up to 2030 to mitigate climate change.

I am simply a humanitarian, a Christian, and what I do is out of love. I believe what Muhamad Ali said: “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” I believe in education because it is the light one needs to make sense of the world.

I hope to be a successful entrepreneur and an active global citizen. I strive to raise funds in order to build partnerships for education. My ambition is to build more schools, especially for children in neglected rural areas. I also want to contribute to protecting the environment. Humanity is facing unprecedented challenges, and we must rise to them together.

Frank Masanta Jr. is an education activist in Zambia. More than 100 girls and boys attend pre-school and primary-school classes at his Sun-spring Charity School in the Lusaka agglomeration.
frankmasanta.jr@gmail.com

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Coronavirus hurts Mauritius though no-one is infected so far

D+C - 10. Februar 2020 - 15:11
Mauritius is a very small country far away from China – but its economy has close ties to that country

The government of Mauritius has put a number of safety measures in place, including a travel ban, a suspension of all direct flights to China and import stops for products from China. People arriving from China are quarantined. Rigorous medical controls have been set up at the country’s international port and airport. In short, the authorities are doing what they can to keep the island nation coronavirus-free.  

Hopefully, people’s health will not suffer – but the economy surely will. The sector feeling the impacts first is tourism. About 44,000 visitors from China were expected this year, staying an average of ten days and spending a total amount worth the equivalent of € 25 million. It will be difficult for hotels to attract more tourists from other destinations in order to make up for the losses. Moreover, industry leaders fear that the virus will affect not only business with China, but dampen the mood for travelling worldwide.

Tourism is not the only sector affected. Air Mauritius, the state-owned airline, cancelled all flights to mainland China and Hong Kong for the foreseeable future. Those flights normally add up to five percent of its total seats capacity. Part of the air travel is tourism, but business relations, academic exchange et cetera are compromised too.

The garment industry, another important pillar of Mauritius’ economy, will be short of supplies soon. It depends on imports from China. The government’s advice to companies is to find alternative sources – but the supply chains are simply not in place. It will take time to build them.

Construction normally relies on Chinese migrant labour. The industry will have to find workers elsewhere.

Retail traders and consumers will feel impacts as well: Chinese products are part of daily life in Mauritius.  Even the sugar price on the world market is falling due to the slump in Chinese demand. That matters very much to Mauritian sugar cultivators.

The only reason for optimism is the low oil price, which is another result of the spreading virus. It is expected to keep inflation low and help the economy in general. All in all, however, Mauritius expects its growth rate to suffer. Economists had predicted four to 4.2 % this year, but now expect the rate to be 0.5 % lower.

The coronavirus shows that globalisation has created much greater interdependencies than humanity knew in the past. When a major economy like China is hit by an unusual health crisis, a far away small island nation suffers – even if not a single person is infected.

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So steigern wir die Sichtbarkeit von Expertinnen

GDI Briefing - 10. Februar 2020 - 9:00

Reden wir über „manels“. Das sind Veranstaltungen mit ausschließlich männlichen Sprechern. Sie stehen stellvertretend für ein Problem in Wissenschaft und Gesellschaft. Die Open Society Foundation hat bei über 20 hochrangigen europäischen Konferenzen zwischen 2012 bis 2017 die Geschlechterzugehörigkeit der Sprecher*innen untersucht. Diese waren nur zu 26 Prozent Frauen. Zu ähnlichen Ergebnissen kommen Untersuchungen, die sich auf die aktive Teilnahme von Frauen bei (natur-) wissenschaftlichen Veranstaltungen beziehen oder einen globalen Vergleich anstellen: Die Anteile weiblicher Podiumsgäste oder Sprecherinnen überschreitet selten ein Drittel, erhöht sich nur langsam und ist in bestimmten Fachrichtungen sogar rückläufig. 

Anlässlich des Internationalen Tages der Frauen und Mädchen in der Wissenschaft, der am 11. Februar begangen wird, ist dies ein beklagenswertes Bild. Wie auch das Unterziel 5.5 der Agenda 2030 für nachhaltige Entwicklung soll der Tag dazu beitragen, die aktive Teilhabe von Frauen am gesellschaftlichen Leben und ihre Chancengleichheit bei der Übernahme von Führungsrollen zu erhöhen. Insbesondere geht es darum, dass Mädchen und Frauen in Bildung und (Natur-) Wissenschaft präsenter sind. Ihre Benachteiligung in diesen Bereichen setzt sich an anderer Stelle fort: So verdienen Frauen, die auch häufiger in schlechter bezahlten Berufen tätig sind, im globalen Schnitt 20 Prozent weniger als Männer; nur 24 Prozent aller Parlamentarier*innen waren im Jahr 2018 Frauen.  

Viel spricht dafür, dass die mangelnde Sichtbarkeit weiblicher Expertinnen in prominenten Situationen – wie etwa Podiumsdiskussionen – dazu beiträgt, Vorstellungen männlicher Überlegenheit aufrechtzuerhalten. Wenn Mädchen und Frauen Vorbilder fehlen, um einflussreiche Rollen und verantwortungsvolle Positionen zu übernehmen, verfestigt dies auch bestehende (Chancen-)Ungleichheiten. Die geringe Präsenz von Frauen sowie anderer benachteiligter Gruppen führt dazu, dass etliche Perspektiven im öffentlichen Diskurs unberücksichtigt bleiben. Dies schränkt auch die Möglichkeiten ein, Lösungen für komplexe Probleme zu finden. 

Es gibt verschiedene Gründe, warum Frauen bei Veranstaltungen unterrepräsentiert sind. Oft beklagen Veranstalter*innen, dass die angefragten Expertinnen nicht zur Verfügung gestanden hätten, dass es schwierig gewesen sei, eine Frau mit Expertise im gesuchten Themenfeld zu finden oder dass die weibliche Teilnehmerin kurzfristig abgesagt habe. 

Dahinter stehen größtenteils strukturelle Barrieren. Wissenschaftlerinnen haben weniger Führungspositionen inne als ihre männlichen Kollegen. Werden Teilnehmer*innen für Veranstaltungen nach Titel und Funktion gesucht, reduziert sich dadurch automatisch die Zahl der zur Verfügung stehenden Expertinnen. Oft beschränken Organisator*innen die Suche nach Expert*innen auf die ihnen bekannten Netzwerke; diese sind häufig männlich dominiert. Frauen arbeiten häufiger in Teilzeit und sind stärker als Männer in die Familienarbeit eingebunden. Schließlich sind Frauen auch zögerlicher bei der Annahme von Einladungen zu Themen, die vage formuliert sind oder ihrer Wahrnehmung nach nicht zu ihrem Kernbereich gehören.

Für Institutionen, Organisator*innen und Einzelne gibt es unterschiedliche Ansatzpunkte, um die öffentliche Präsenz von Wissenschaftlerinnen zu stärken. Institutionen können die Geschlechterdiversität von Veranstaltungen zu einem Kernanliegen machen und dieses nach Innen und Außen kommunizieren. Dazu gehören selbst gesetzte Quoten, die regelmäßig überprüft werden. Eine andere Maßnahme sind Fortbildungen, die für Diversitätsthemen sensibilisieren. Führungskräfte prägen eine geschlechtergerechte Kultur, wenn sie sich dazu bekennen, nicht mehr an „manels“ teilzunehmen. Ist eine Institution Geldgeberin, kann sie Anreize oder Bedingungen dafür schaffen, dass sowohl männliche als auch weibliche Perspektiven gehört werden. 

Wer Veranstaltungen organisiert, sollte früh mit der Planung beginnen und die Rahmenbedingungen möglichst familienfreundlich gestalten. Dies betrifft die Veranstaltungszeiten oder Kinderbetreuung. Wichtig ist zudem, sich aktiv um weibliche Expertinnen zu bemühen. Um Wissenschaftlerinnen jenseits der eigenen Netzwerke zu finden, hilft es, ganz unterschiedliche Personen nach Empfehlungen zu fragen und spezielle Datenbanken zu nutzen. Diskussionen mit Kolleg*innen am Deutschen Institut für Entwicklungspolitik legen nahe, dass sich die Chancen einer Zusage erhöhen, wenn deutlich wird, warum die Expertin angefragt wurde, was die Zielsetzung der Veranstaltung ist und wie der Ablauf geplant ist. Auch reicht es nicht, nur eine Frau einzuladen, denn die Rolle der „Quotenfrau“ ist äußerst undankbar. Eine unterschätzte Rolle spielt zudem eine kompetente Moderation, die alle Teilnehmer*innen gleichermaßen in die Diskussion einbindet. 

Auch Einzelne können Veränderungen anstoßen. Um das Bewusstsein für das Thema zu erhöhen, können angefragte Expert*innen nach dem Geschlechterverhältnis der Veranstaltung fragen und betonen, dass ihnen eine gemischte Zusammensetzung wichtig ist. Männer können sich weigern, an rein männlich besetzten Veranstaltungen teilzunehmen. Etablierte Wissenschaftler*innen können bei Anfragen auf jüngere Kolleg*innen verweisen und diesen die Chance geben, ihre Präsentationskompetenzen zu stärken. 

Es gibt durchaus viele Stellschrauben, um Wissenschaftlerinnen mehr Sichtbarkeit zu verschaffen. Nutzen wir sie, nicht zuletzt, um das Innovationspotential diverser Perspektiven auszuschöpfen und bessere Lösungen für anstehende Zukunftsaufgaben zu finden. 

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World Urban Forum: cities must be ‘at the heart’ of sustainable development 

UN #SDG News - 10. Februar 2020 - 1:04
The official opening of the 10th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) took place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, with UN chief António Guterres telling delegates that cities and towns were crucial to deliver sustainable development across the globe during the next decade. 
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World Urban Forum: cities must be ‘at the heart’ of sustainable development 

UN ECOSOC - 10. Februar 2020 - 1:04
The official opening of the 10th Session of the World Urban Forum (WUF) took place in Abu Dhabi on Sunday, with UN chief António Guterres telling delegates that cities and towns were crucial to deliver sustainable development across the globe during the next decade. 
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Sara Pantuliano on public attitudes towards migration

ODI - 10. Februar 2020 - 0:00
Public attitudes towards migration are not as polarised as we think and a "conflicted middle" group changes its mind very easily.
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Who’s Who

DEVELOPMENT - 10. Februar 2020 - 0:00

Intentional BlackLove: Space Making, Visionary Solidarity, and Black Feminisms Movement Building

DEVELOPMENT - 10. Februar 2020 - 0:00
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This article shares the highlights and successes of the Black Feminisms Forum and explains the necessity of Black space, Black women’s spaces and Black queer space (even within multi-ethnic and women of colour spaces), as well as visionary solidarity that was co-created and intentionally focused on BlackLove. It also discusses the Black Feminisms Forum as a continuous movementbuilding process for Black feminists activists, artists, community workers and agitators.

AU Summit: Guterres calls for ‘collective, comprehensive, coordinated’ response to challenges facing Africa

UN #SDG News - 9. Februar 2020 - 18:39
The challenges facing African nations are “complex, multi-faceted and far-reaching" but a “collective, comprehensive and coordinated” response by the global community will build on the momentum that already exists to help the continent thrive, the UN chief told the African Union Summit on Sunday. 
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Make Us Count

UNSDN - 9. Februar 2020 - 17:35

Make Us Count is a campaign powered by the UN Working Group to End Homelessness. Made up of NGOs from across the world, the Working Group advocates at the UN’s HQ in New York for those experiencing homelessness.

In February 2020, the UN will issue a resolution on homelessness for the first time in three decades, at the 58th Session of the Commission for Social Development. This is a potentially revolutionary moment. The UN Secretary General will release a report on homelessness for the first time. Member states will discuss solutions and strategies together for the first time.

We call on the voices of homeless people to be heard at these discussions. And we call for two fundamental policy changes to be adopted: to agree a common definition and to begin the global measurement of homelessness. In February, we will submit an open letter to the UN signed by leading agencies asking for these crucial policy changes

The WEGH is a partner and resource provider to any member state working on homelessness. The WGEH works closely with the Committee for Social Development of the UN which helps to organize the February meeting of the Commission.

For more information, please visit: https://makeuscount.com/

Source: Working Group to End Homelessness

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