Pillar 3: People-centred development

Jeffrey Sachs: How the data revolution will boost development

New York:  The data revolution is rapidly transforming every part of society. Elections are managed with biometrics, forests are monitored by satellite imagery, banking has migrated from branch offices to smartphones, and medical x-rays are examined halfway around the world.

Gender diversity in STEM key to achieving SDGs

Organisations involved in funding science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in Africa should improve gender diversity in the programmes they support, experts say. By promoting and rewarding the inclusion of diversity and gender analysis in research, collaborating institutions can be agents of change and help achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Low resource, capacity hamper Ghana’s health MDGs: official

Accra:  Low infrastructure, human and logistical capacity have hampered Ghana’s attainment of the Millennium Development Goals, deputy Minister of Health Dr. Victor Asare-Bampoe said here on Wednesday. According to him, the country’s health delivery system is faced with the challenge of increasing intake in the health-related human resource training institutions. There is also the lack of matching expansion in infrastructure and logistics, leading to high levels of failures at midwifery licensure examinations.

AU mulls blueprint to end HIV/AIDS by 2030

Addis Ababa:  African experts have started the process of coming up with a new health framework aimed at ending HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria on the continent by 2030, a statement emailed to Xinhua from the African Union (AU) on Thursday said.  The AU health policy frameworks are due to expire at the end of 2015 coinciding with the end of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the AU has started the process of developing the new framework to the three deadly diseases on the continent, according to the statement.

ECOSOCC: five special advisers appointed

Addis Ababa: The Presiding Officer of the Economic, Social and Cultural Council of the African Union (ECOSOCC) has appointed 5 Special Advisers to assist the Organ in the implementation of its mandate.  They include the following:

Helen Clark: From Beijing to post-2015

Beunos Aires: Now, 2015 presents new opportunities for setting a transformational agenda for women. Full gender equality and women’s empowerment must be at the very heart of the new Sustainable Development Goals. These are due to be adopted by world leaders at the United Nations Summit to adopt the post-2015 development agenda in New York in September.  The new Goals, which will succeed the Millennium Development Goals, are expected to include a standalone gender equality goal, and to integrate gender equality across the other SDGs.

First woman standing as AfDB boss wants African wealth retention

Cristina Duarte, the finance minister from Cape Verde who is the first woman to stand for the presidency of the African Development Bank, said the lender should encourage wealth generated in Africa to stay on the continent.  Duarte, 52, who has managed the West African island nation’s economy since 2006, is one of eight contenders to succeed Donald Kaberuka when he steps down at the end of his second five-year term in August.


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