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  Decades after gaining independence, many African cities have experienced an unprecedented urban transformation. From business centers to new residential neighborhoods, the landscape and structure of these urban areas is changing fast. Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, offers a perfect example of rapid urban transformation in the last ten years. Like many other metropolitan areas […]

KINSHASA, Nov 27 (Reuters) – At least 39 people died in flooding on Tuesday in Kinshasa, the sprawling capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, following torrential rains overnight, authorities said. The heavy rain caused landslides near the University of Kinshasa, they said. A Reuters witness at the scene said at least three houses had fallen […]

(Accra) – Faith-based and traditional healing centers in Ghana continue to hold people with real or perceived mental health conditions – psychosocial disabilities – in chains in inhumane conditions despite a 2017 ban on such treatment, Human Rights Watch said today. “People with psychosocial disabilities are still chained like animals,” said Shantha Rau Barriga, disability rights director at […]

By Oscar Lopez MEXICO CITY, Nov 27 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Mexico on Monday vowed to crack down on gender-based violence as new figures showed killings of women rose more than 10% in the past year. Marking International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, Mexico detailed its efforts to combat the scourge including […]

  Philippe Le Houérou is chief executive of International Finance Corporation (IFC). You can hear—and smell—them everywhere you go in the world’s poorest countries. Diesel-burning back-up generators wail through neighborhoods at all hours, cough noxious pollutants into the air, and account for a disproportionate amount of consumers’ spending on electricity. For decades, back-up generators have […]

  Alejandro Litovsky is the chief executive of Earth Security Group. Rice could trigger the climate agenda’s ‘Arab Spring moment’. The staple commodity feeds 3.5 billion people uses 40% of the world’s irrigation water and is acutely sensitive to climate impacts. Being a subsistence crop, the knock-on effects of supply shortfalls on social unrest are […]

    Simon Missiri, IFRC’s Regional Director for Africa a.i. and Special Advisor to the Secretary General Since June, more than 2.5 million people have faced flooding disasters across Africa. Some of the hardest hit countries include Kenya, the Republic of the Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, South Sudan, Somalia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Niger, Ghana, Cameroon, […]

By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI, Nov 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Raped in war and now walking tall, survivors of sexual violence take to the catwalk on Monday to model a collection of fabrics designed to show strength and solidarity in the face of abuse. The 15 Congolese women – modelling in the capital Kinshasa – […]

By Emma Batha LONDON, Nov 26 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Domestic violence is a pandemic that costs billions of dollars a year, be it in lost work, damaged children or police time, Commonwealth Secretary-General Patricia Scotland said on Monday. Scotland – the first woman to run the group – urged her 53 members to count […]

By Beh Lih Yi KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From online stalking to revenge porn, cases of digital sexual violence have spiked sharply in Singapore, women’s rights campaigners warned on Monday as they called for reforms to clamp down on the emerging form of crime. The tech-savvy nation has seen several high-profile […]

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