the first human beings probably evolved out of africa around ethiopia 160000-200000 year ago -welcome to our roots and most of our genetics !! one woman with enough daughters mitochondria

FOCAC :: 6th in 2015; news; 7th in beijing in 2018 -chinese notes on africa rsvp chris.macrae@yahoo.co.uk linkedin UNwomens - whats on next on africa's diary that needs to be logged at EconomistDiary.com

Africa in beijing latest apl zimbabwe 1 2; mar senegal namimbia us hub china-africa


Discuss next 100 bn $ of African Infrastucture Investment... 018 rising//Outlook//Continuing Entrepreneurial Revolution Curriculum of The Economist's Norman Macrae 10 sept 1923 to 11 June 2010

breaking 2018 -help accra stage africa's and the world's greatest jobs creating education summit


#theeconomist #BR9 congratulatuon's africa's nobel ;peace winner Dr Denis Mukwege, a gynaecologist from the Democratic Republic of Congo - so much so many could learn from your solutions network http://www.mukwegefoundation.org/our-impact/

Dr. Denis Mukwege is a surgeon, gynecologist and women’s rights activist. He founded the Panzi Hospital in Bukavu in 1999 as a clinic for gynaecological and obstetric care, and expected to be working on issues of maternal health. Since 1999, however, Dr. Mukwege and his staff have helped to care for more than 40,000 survivors of sexual violence, which has made him the world’s leading expert on ‘repairing’ the internal physical damage caused by (gang) rape



- special thanks to South Africa's Taddy Blecher for being first educator to celebrate Norman Macrae remembrance party ; special thanks to sir fazle abed for being the greatest educator to remember Norman and his wonderful microfranchise-0 adolesecent girls jobs clubs across BRAC in Africa;


special thanks to 4 chinese female graduates for updating Norman's belief that the sustainability of all global youth will depend on china's education leadership , Kissinger 30 year celebration of the 150 person network of Chinese Americans who love both countries futures of youth and QuarterBillionGirls can share their story of what the human race needs to celebrate now. Africa undp reports

Sunday, April 12, 2020

joanna a quick search of african news channels led me to this- maybe you already know all about it but just in case timelines are urgent- it might be interesting to see if you wise and rwanda can talk- if rwanda real summit on african edu aug 21 is interrupted by virus can a virtual one be hosted https://edu-au.org/upcoming-activities/innovating-education-in-africa-expo-2020 it seems next planning virtual debate related to this is april 21 - see clause 9 https://au.int/en/pressreleases/20200409/communique-bureau-specialized-technical-committee-education-science-and

Friday, March 27, 2020

sad to hear that republic of congo has lost one of it best leaders to corona

Friday, March 13, 2020

congrats senegal leading african knowhow to deal with virus- wish you come train american congress

CDC in Senegal

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began working in Senegal in 2001, with an initial focus on supporting the HIV sentinel surveillance program. The launch of the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative in 2006 and the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief in 2010 expanded CDC’s support. In 2015, under the Global Health Security Agenda, CDC established an office in Senegal in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Social Action, the World Health Organization, and other partners to strengthen the country’s ability to prevent, detect, and respond to disease outbreaks.
Senegal Map

What CDC is Doing in Senegal

CDC Impact in Senegal
  • Supported development of the first electronic HIV case reporting and surveillance system in the region.
  • With support from CDC, Senegal’s HIV reference laboratory was the first public health laboratory in West Africa to achieve international accreditation.
  • 8 cohorts and 182 participants have graduated from the FETP frontline level training since 2016. An intermediate (9-month) level program was launched in 2019 to add more advanced epidemiological capacity to health sectors in Senegal.
  • CDC supported the expansion of Senegal’s Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response to include community-based surveillance reporting.
  • Through CDC support, the national measles rubella first dose coverage in 2018 was 82%, and second dose coverage was 63%.
CDC Staff in Senegal
  • 4 U.S. Assignees
  • 3 Locally Employed
Senegal at a Glance
  • Population: 15,850,567 (2017)
  • Per capita income: $2,620
  • Life expectancy at birth: F 69/M 65 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 42/1,000 live births
Sources: World Bank 2018, Senegal
Population Reference Bureau 2018, Senegal
Senegal Top 10 Causes of Death
  1. Neonatal disorders
  2. Lower respiratory infections
  3. Diarrheal diseases
  4. lschemic heart disease
  5. Stroke
  6. Tuberculosis
  7. Diabetes
  8. Malaria
  9. Meningitis
  10. Congenital defects
Source: GBD Compare 2018, Senegal

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

RESEARCH AND PUBLICATIONS


  • How do stakeholders’ feel about the PlayLab project in Uganda and Tanzania?
    Understanding the perceptions of different stakeholders (parents, communities, play leaders and programme staff) about the concept of learning through play for children aged 3- 5
    Key Findings
    Play labs have encouraged learning through play throughout the communities. Children and care givers across the community see positive learning and behaviour changes.
  • How impactful has the Girls’ Education Challenges (GEC) project been in Afghanistan and Tanzania?
    Assessing the impact of project interventions on educational outcomes amongst the participating girls
    Key Findings
    The GEC project in both countries improved enrollment, attendance, awareness, completion and competencies among the participating girls.
  • What factors prevent transition into secondary education in Uganda?
    Assessing the factors affecting the transition to secondary education
    Key Findings
    Poverty remains the key factor obstructing transition to secondary schools.
  • What impact has the expansion of small firms and job creation for youth had in Uganda?
    Understanding the impact of various on-the-job and vocational training programmes on labour market opportunities for young people
    Key Findings
    Vocational training and apprenticeship programmes are cost effective methods of successfully reducing unemployment in Uganda. Provision of soft skills increases the employability of workers.
  • What are the effects of balancing unpaid care work and paid work in East Africa?
    Comparing unpaid care work and paid work to see the successes, challenges, and lessons for women’s economic empowerment
    Key Findings
    Addressing unpaid care tasks (childcare centers, gender based services) encourages women to be effectively engaged in paid work.
  • Has the Livelihood Enhancement through Agricultural Development (LEAD) project improved lives of smallholder farmers in Tanzania?
    Assessing whether the LEAD project actually helped to increase adoption and productivity and also translated into economic benefits for participating smallholder farmers
    Key Findings
    The LEAD project has contributed significantly in increasing production, income and savings among the project participants.
  • Was consumption of nutritious food increased through the Innovative and Integrated Approach to Smallholder Family Nutrition project in Liberia?
    Evaluating the impact of interventions amongst the project participants
    Key Findings
    The consumption of orange fleshed sweet potatoes is higher in the intervention areas, which contributes to better nutritional outcomes.

Wednesday, January 22, 2020


African leaders: One Zuma to another Zuma?

- Jan 21st 2017
ALTHOUGH a jolly spot for surf and sun, Durban is hardly a centre of African diplomacy. So it was a surprise when Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the outgoing head of the African Union (AU), chose to deliver the first-ever “State of the Continent” speech there last month instead of at the AU’s grand headquarters in Addis Ababa.
Ms Dlamini-Zuma’s speech focused on high-minded plans for education and agriculture. She acknowledged “pockets of problems” in war-ravaged Burundi, Libya, Somalia and South Sudan, but only in passing. Journalists fought to stay awake. The thin crowd had to be cajoled into applause. South African cabinet ministers due to attend sent lackeys instead. Back in Addis, the event fed the widely held view that Ms Dlamini-Zuma spent her term at the AU with one foot in South Africa, where she is jockeying to succeed her ex-husband, Jacob Zuma, as president in 2019. 
Ms Dlamini-Zuma’s four-year term as head of the AU’s executive arm should have ended six months ago but was extended when its members could not agree on a successor. They will gather again from January 22nd and vote for her replacement. Among the contenders are a veteran diplomat from Senegal and the foreign ministers of Kenya and Chad. The selection process is less about the candidate’s talents than about governments and regional blocs vying for influence. For the second consecutive summit, representatives of civil society will be barred; some AU leaders apparently don’t like scrutiny.
As the first woman to head the AU’s executive arm, Ms Dlamini-Zuma came into the role in 2012 buoyed by high hopes and promises to reform a moribund institution. A medical doctor and veteran of the anti-apartheid struggle, she had served as a cabinet minister under four South African presidents, including Nelson Mandela.
Her record in government was controversial: as health minister she promoted the use of a toxic industrial solvent as a miracle cure for AIDS, and then purged regulators when they told her that human trials would be unethical. However, as home-affairs minister, she was credited with making her ministry less corrupt and inept. So many thought she would get things done at the AU. For the most part, they were disappointed. “Her heart isn’t in it,” says one observer. “Someone who was more invested might have done more.”
Her flagship policy, known as Agenda 2063, is a mishmash of proposals. Some are unambitious; others, implausible. Within 50 years, the document declares, Africans will grow more, earn more and eat more. (This is a safe bet, but in the unlikely event that it does not come to pass, Ms Dlamini-Zuma will not be around to take the blame.) A few paragraphs later it promises African passports and visa-free travel for all Africans by 2018. Governments will have to hurry to meet this goal. So far, only presidents and officials can get pan-African passports. They are so rare that even Ms Dlamini-Zuma struggles to convince border guards that hers is real. The document also aims to end all wars in Africa by 2020. How, it does not say.
It is by no means all Ms Dlamini-Zuma’s fault that the AU is so ineffective. It is a club that welcomes autocrats and democrats alike. The only leaders it ostracises are those who seize power in a coup or who ignore the results of an election too blatantly, as recently happened in Gambia. Those who merely rig the polls are welcomed. The AU’s current chairman, a ceremonial but symbolically important figure chosen by the body’s assembly, is Idriss Déby, the oil-fuelled strongman of Chad. The previous one was Robert Mugabe, who has misruled Zimbabwe since 1980.
Yet even given these constraints, Ms Dlamini-Zuma has been a let-down. She has campaigned against sex discrimination, violence against women and for an end to child marriages. Yet for all her rhetoric, the AU has failed to grapple seriously with the crisis in South Sudan, where women and girls are gang-raped by soldiers. She seldom visits countries riven by conflict; for instance, she has yet to visit Somalia. When put to the test the AU has repeatedly failed to deploy peacekeepers to crisis zones. The notable exceptions are Darfur, where it was the first outfit to send peacekeepers, and Somalia, where an AU force has helped to push jihadists from the capital. A crisis in Burundi offered a chance for the AU to show its mettle. President Pierre Nkurunziza’s decision to seek an illicit third term ignited mass protests followed by a brutal, ethnically charged crackdown. The AU said it would send peacekeepers to protect civilians. But when Mr Nkurunziza objected, it decided not to. A modest plan to send 100 observers is still on the starting blocks. The AU also promised, in July 2016, to send a force to South Sudan. It is nowhere to be seen.
The AU struggles to persuade member states to bankroll it. Some 70% of its budget comes from non-African donors such as the European Union. Ms Dlamini-Zuma tried to reduce the AU’s reliance on the West, appointing Donald Kaberuka, a former head of the African Development Bank, to find new sources of cash. His plan, to finance the organisation through a 0.2% levy on imports into African countries, is meant to start this month.
Ms Dlamini-Zuma is wary of foreigners who scold Africans about human rights. During her tenure the AU has considered a mass pullout from the International Criminal Court, which some members deem prejudiced because most of its targets have been African. Her alternative is the African Court of Justice and Human Rights, which the AU has barred from hearing cases against incumbent government heads and their senior officials.
Such deference to high office would doubtless please her ex-husband, who has been charged with 783 counts of corruption and fraud by South African prosecutors. (He denies wrongdoing.) Mr Zuma is expected to stand down as head of South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, in December. Whoever succeeds him as party chief is likely to win the presidency at the next general election. Mr Zuma has used all his presidential powers to avoid standing trial and is no doubt keen to anoint a sympathetic successor.
On an unrelated subject he argues that it is time for the ANC to have a female president and that his ex-wife is the most qualified candidate. Ms Dlamini-Zuma has said little about her plans beyond blandly indicating that she would never refuse a request from the ANC to serve the party. Judging by her Durban speech, she would welcome such an opportunity.
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