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  By Nita Bhalla NAIROBI, April 29 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Twitter Inc’s decision to open its first African office in Ghana, citing it as a champion of democracy, is “a slap in the face” for sexual minorities in the country who suffer abuse and persecution, LGBT+ rights campaigners said on Wednesday. The social media […]

  By Laurie Goering LONDON, April 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – After powerful Cyclone Winston slammed into Fiji in 2016, swiftly wiping out a third of the country’s GDP, the Pacific island nation developed a plan to adapt to surging climate change threats and move people out of harm’s way. But shifting 40 at-risk communities […]

  By Emeline Wuilbercq ADDIS ABABA, April 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – From free school meals to decent work for adults, African officials are working to bring child labourers who dropped out of school due to COVID-19 back into the classroom to avoid a lost generation and meet a pledge to end child labour by […]

By Kim Harrisberg JOHANNESBURG, April 23 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Cape Town is reeling after one of its worst fires in recent history tore through the University of Cape Town campus, forcing 4,000 students to evacuate as it consumed precious items from the library’s rare African Studies collection. Tens of thousands of books, manuscripts, films and […]

Johannesburg, South Africa, April, 23, 2021]. Brand South Africa has noted the media coverage on the state of affairs in the entity. This coverage has been generated by unauthorised access to confidential and internal documents which contain inaccuracies and misinformation about developments at the entity. To this end, Brand South Africa wishes to state the […]

  Dear President Ramaphosa, Pride of Africa; Johannesburg represents a very large constituency of LGBTQ+ people and allies, both locally and globally.  We serve as an example of South African Pride through the rights and equality enshrined in our Democratic Constitution.  We are a beacon of hope for those in Africa who have yet to […]

  The story of democratic South Africa and its approach to human rights in the rest of the world is a tale of woe. For two-and-a-half decades, its foreign policy mostly failed to defend internationally – and quite often contradicted – the human rights principles contained in its constitution. An assessment in the Washington Post more than a decade ago […]

  In March 2021, the Kenya government gave the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees a 14-day ultimatum to submit plans for the closure of the country’s two main refugee camps. The camps in northern Kenya – Dadaab and Kakuma – hold more than 400,000 people. Kenya emphasised there would be no room for further negotiations. Planned terror […]

The death of Chadian president Idriss Déby Itno from injuries sustained on the battlefield just days before he was to start his sixth term in office has been met with shock and incredulity. The Chadian military announced immediately that it would form a transition government headed by Déby’s 37-year-old son, Mahamat Idriss Déby Itno, for the next 18 months. Like his […]

While much of the world was focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, developing countries continued to grapple with climate change impacts. Days after the pandemic began, developed countries responded with measures to save the lives of their populations. Yet, these same countries have yet to meet the commitments they made nearly three decades ago […]

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