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 linkedin UNwomens - whats on next on africa's diary that needs to be logged at

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

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

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 D├ęby, 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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Friday, November 29, 2019

What's New
Young digital entrepreneurs leading Africa into a new era
By 2035, one third of the global workforce will be in Africa. Growth in the digital economy has seen young e-commerce entrepreneurs on the continent build businesses that aim to empower people and solve their problems.

A programme born of a partnership between UNCTAD and the Alibaba Business School has mentored 122 entrepreneurs in the digital and technology space. These entrepreneurs have created 3,400 direct jobs on the continent and generated US$100 million in annual revenues. More
UNCTAD empowers women in informal cross-border trade
Women engaging in informal cross-border trade often lack access to information on trade rules and customs procedures and suffer from weak entrepreneurial capacity.

An UNCTAD project is empowering such women in six border districts of Malawi, Tanzania and Zambia, where it has equipped 150 traders with information on trade procedures, helping them reduce business costs and expand opportunities. More
Escaping commodity trap critical for landlocked developing countries
Landlocked developing countries face special trade and development challenges arising from their lack of territorial access to the sea and geographical remoteness from international markets. Commodity dependence is one such challenge.

UNCTAD's assessments show that these countries need to diversify their economies and put in place new development policies and strategies to meet the goals of a plan of action adopted for these countries for the decade 2014-2024. More
Germany gives €1.6m for UNCTAD’s work on the digital economy
Germany's Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development will contribute €1.6m (US$1.76m) over three years to UNCTAD's work programme on e-commerce and the digital economy. The funding will support UNCTAD’s programme to help ensure the evolving digital economy delivers for all, not just a few people. More
Keeping markets fair in digital era requires stronger cooperation
As economies become more digital, keeping them competitive and fair requires stronger government cooperation. Dominant firms, previously kept in check by national competition and antitrust laws, now escape that jurisdiction due to digital platforms' ability to operate without borders.

The first Istanbul Competition Forum, held on 25 November, gathered more than two dozen competition authorities to address the challenges posed by the growing concentration of market power and wealth creation in the digital economy. More

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

how can africa lead sdg world up to sept 2020

nigeria with head of unga this year as well as sdg advocate, and infrastructure bank in ny led by nigerians and with jim kim -plus billionnaire advocacy dangote
Improving the outcome of children's lives, forms the basis for the work the Foundation is engaged in, using our investments in health, education, and economic ...
Oct 1, 2019 - For our second act in life, we both chose to start foundations aimed at improving health and education. (Today, the Dangote Foundation is the ...
May 3, 2019 - Learn how Aliko Dangote turned a local commodities trading ... It was there the budding entrepreneur furthered his education in business.
Aliko Dangote on Forbes. ... Dangote Cement produces 45.6 million metric tons annually and has ... EducationBachelor of Arts/Science, Al-Azhar University.
always watch the remarkable rwanda- appears to hub entrepreneurs every way it can - notably africa's teaching hospital hub with partners in healthy boston; jack ma's ewtp hub for africa

lets celebrate the intent of the nobel peace prize that ethiopia and neighnor eritea are rising -also addis as african infrastructure banking hub

ghana appears to have the benchmark model for new universities - with focus on both technol0gy and ethics of future public servants'

we are told youth make up a good share of uganda parliament6 - lets see what afruca can celebrate round that

is kenya still valuing youth fintech (mixed reports) - youth are trying hard but ownership changes are concerning - rsvp there were hopes unhapita cities report for 2020 out of kenya edited by former female mayor of malaysia's second city would be transformative- as could be kenyan leadership at unctad geneva , and as second to un secretary general in new york
-we love kenya's coding school moringa ...

jack ma continues to give a lot of time to africa as special envoy for livelihood entrepreneur and now he is full time on education and hoping to see the olympics transform youth opportunities around the world not just for sports but heroes of sdg generation

please tell us what else inspires youth- and all who partner them in humanising AI and being the sdg generation most around africa