Author: Lilian Kiefer, August 31 2015 - The advancement of digital technology and other information and communication technologies (ICTs) presents an untapped opportunity to propel Zambia towards sustainable development and poverty eradication.
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Author: Aijaz Ali Khuwaja, August 11 2015 - Polio is now a bone of contention between Pakistan and rest of the globe. A warning by the Chairman of Independent Monitoring Board (IMB) published in various sectors of the press has warned the Pakistani government to take transformative action to fix the country's appalling Polio programme. Globally, the Pakistani nation is facing isolation due to Polio. The question is how and when Pakistan will come out of the Polio crisis. Will Polio take our remaining national pride and isolate by comity of nations in near future?
Author: Ranjani K. Murthy, August 10 2015 - Justice is about fairness and equity. It is also about equitable distribution of power, resources, and outcomes in society. It requires expanding rights of the marginalized and ceilings on the privileged.
Author: Olabisi Olu Garrick, July 29 2015 - Skipping home from school one day, a 10 year old girl named Mariama found her dad in an unusually happy mood. Ushering her inside, he ordered her to remove her school uniform and change into plain clothes - he had something to tell her. Despite his smiles, his news was devastating. He’d arranged for Mariama to be married to an older man she didn’t know, and despite pleading with her father about not wanting to get married so early so that she could stay in school, his decision was final.
Author: Nellie Bristol, July 24 2015 - July 24 marks a significant milestone in the global effort to eradicate polio: Nigeria, one of the countries where wild poliovirus has proven hardest to extinguish, has reported no cases of the disease for a year. While the success should be celebrated, it also should be viewed with a note of caution. The country's polio program needs continued political attention and sufficient resources to achieve official polio-free certification, a determination made formally by the World Health Organization only after three full years with no cases.
Author: Aveseh Asough, July 22 2015 - In Nigeria, brown envelopes have a special significance.
For Nigerian journalists brown envelopes suggest money. Cash collected after an event or an assignment to cover ‘transport costs’.
It’s always been this way. At the start of my career as a journalist, before I got to know about the implication of cash or other gifts on my profession, I found it odd that often colleagues would stay back after an assignment to collect their brown envelopes.
Author: Clare Lyons, July 22 2015 - One good thing that came from an unsuccessful grant application last year was the seed of an idea for what became our MOELJO course (mobile phone skills and election reporting for journalists).
Author: Valentina Baú, July 20 2015 - The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) have represented a crucial framework in international development since their establishment in the year 2000. Two of their key strengths have been their ability to articulate complex development challenges in eight clear goals (while, at the same time, offering indicators for their measurement) and that of shifting the public focus on critical global issues.
Not only has this successfully raised awareness about and drawn enormous attention to problems that had until then been often neglected by donors in the North, but it has also succeeded in generating a commitment from governments in the Global South, whose accountability in the achievement of the goals is seen as an important component. While Goal 3 is one that explicitly refers to gender ("Promote gender equality and empower women", mainly in relation to literacy and education), it has been recognised that one of the shortcomings of the MDGs is their overall lack of a clear gender dimension. Even with the inclusion in Goal 5 of another issue that is high on women's rights agenda ("Improve maternal health") it can be said that there is no clear reference to gender equality across the spectrum, and to how it should be achieved.
In addition to that, the nature of the MDGs is such that progress in one has an impact on progress in all the others. Hence, working towards overcoming gender disparity means working to-wards the achievement of all Goals.
Author: J. Dawson, July 21 2015 - The Western Area Surge in Sierra Leone in December 2014 demonstrated that community mobilization and the supply of services are interdependent – one cannot be successful without the other. More than half of registered cases of Ebola were registered in the western part of the country, and the “Western Area Surge” was organized in the response.
Author: Stephanie Perrin, July 3 2015 - History often forgets revolutionary women, but those involved in the protests in Egypt since January 25, 2011 refuse to be overlooked and continue to build on the nation’s long history of women’s activism. Despite their enormous contributions to what has been contentiously called a "revolution," scholars and activists have found that in post-Mubarak Egypt, women’s rights have seen a decline (Olimat, 2014; Women’s Status Report 2014).