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In the quest for Economic Growth in Africa who is getting left behind and why?

A new project from the Institute of Development Studies, entitled "Diverse Voices 2012" recently brought together three small groups in Malawi, Ethiopia and Kenya to discuss the issues and events of most importance to the vulnerable in these societies. The groups were a forum for some of those whose opinions have not had an equal chance of reaching lawmakers, practitioners, researchers and journalists. As a result, Diverse Voices is hosting a Global Debate on 7th June 2012. The focus will be the question that these groups felt most needed answering - In the quest for Economic Growth in Africa who is getting left behind and why?

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#BringBackOurGirls: a joint op-ed on the abduction of more than 200 school girls in Nigeria
P. Mlambo-Ngcuka; B. Osotimehin / UN Women, 2014
This op-ed is about the unthinkable nightmare endured by the 200 schoolgirls who were seized in the night by armed men dressed as soldiers who said they were there to protect them. In reality, the men were militant extremists who kidn...
Combating sexual violence in conflict: recommendations to states at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict (10-13 June 2014
Amnesty International, 2014
What can states do to end sexual violence in conflict? In the run up to the 2014 Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, Amnesty International made a series of recommendations to the 150+ nation states represented at the sum...
Towards a parliamentary strategy for African women’s rights and gender equality: uniting parliamentary efforts to end violence against women in Africa
While it is a universally recognised fact that eliminating gender inequality and achieving women’s empowerment are paramount to achieving the Millennium Development Goals, progress with implementation of the MDGs is the slowest ...
Change the Story: Refugees and Migrants Speak Against GBV
This 3-part series of short radio dramas highlights factors that make refugees and migrant communities vulnerable to sexual violence, as well as the challenges they face when attempting to access care and treatment services. ...
Elections and the risk of instability in Africa: supporting legitimate electoral processes
I. Crouzel / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
Whereas elections have become commonplace in Africa over the past 20 years, several recent examples have shown that they can also crystallise tensions and cause violence (as happened in Kenya, Côte d’Ivoire and Zimbabwe), ...
Science for humanitarian emergencies and resilience (SHEAR) scoping study: Annex 2 - The current status of early warning systems and risk assessments in Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia – A literature review
Evidence on Demand, 2014
The report forms part of the Science for Humanitarian Emergencies and Resilience (SHEAR) scoping study, which aims to provide the UK Government’s Department for International Development (DFID) with evidence-based recommendation...
Social networks and micro finance
T. Balantrapu; M. Rao / Centre for Micro Finance, India, 2012
This summary reviews a number of studies that deal with the issues of social networks and finance, the role of informal institutions within networks and econometrics of studying social networks. The paper highlights that with t...
Navigating the US Congressional process of reauthorising AGOA
E. Tamarkin / South African Institute of International Affairs, 2014
The African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), which provides eligible African countries with duty-free access to the US market, is scheduled to expire on 30 September 2015. While some believe reauthorisation will be resolved at ...
Does climate information matter? A proposed monitoring and evaluation framework for participatory assessment of the impact of climate services for male and female farmers
A. Tall; A. Davis; S. Agrawal / Climate Change Agriculture Food Security, 2014
A gender-responsive monitoring and evaluation framework to assess the value of climate information and advisory services for smallholder farming communities, including case studies from Kenya, India and Senegal. The proposed mo...
Civil Society and Development in West Africa: Issues, Problems and Doubts
E. Obadare / West Africa Civil Society Institute, 2014
West Africa’s multiple civil societies are as diverse in form, size, motive, constitution and approach as the distinct contexts in which they operate. Though much is attributed to them, there has hitherto been no thorough/detail...
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