Africa

May 12, 2020
This article was first published at AgriLinks.  
Kenya saw its first case of COVID-19 on March 13, and the Ministry of Health fears that if mitigation efforts are not implemented and followed, cases could skyrocket to as many as 10,000 by the end of April. The government has acted quickly to close schools and impose a nationwide curfew, while also issuing guidance on hygiene and social distancing. The cooperative sector also feels it has an important role to play in responding to COVID-19. The sector... Read more
May 10, 2020
Fredrick Nyagah, Technical Specialist, Gender, CLEAR Kenya, Global Communities “Covid-19: The Gendered Pandemic in Kenya” is a blog series that explores the many ways gender social norms effect and are effected by Covid-19. The authors discuss ways that the pandemic may challenge gender norms and how it presents opportunities for changes through the illumination of fresh perspectives. The first in the series addresses Gendered Social Distancing. The “Stay inside” and physical distancing measures we are all experiencing around the world  have meant that families are spending more uninterrupted time together than ever before.  In dual-earner homes where both partners are now teleworking... Read more
May 07, 2020
Dorthy Tindi Sitati Collaboration Learning & Adaption (CLA) Officer USAID CLEAR Program The Ushirika Hub was paid for by USAID Cooperative Development Program in partnership with Root Change, Global Communities, NCBA CLUSA & WOCCU   Government interference on cooperatives affairs is one of the challenges facing the development of cooperatives across Africa. Cooperatives will only be sustainable and successful businesses if they are autonomous. That said, cooperatives require an enabling regulatory environment and strong cooperative development services including appropriate knowledge and skills, and sound leadership and governance. The Ushirika Hub, a social network launched in Kenya in 2019, demonstrates how the cooperatives ecosystem can be strengthened through collaborations... Read more
May 07, 2020
Global Communities is pleased to share a new research and learning brief “Improving School Attendance and Positive Feelings about Menstruation for Girls in Ghana through a Holistic Menstrual Health and Hygiene Management Approach.” The brief is based on findings from a 6 month pilot project and survey conducted by the Ghana WASH 4 Health Program, with technical support from Be Girl, a mission driven US-based social enterprise that creates innovative, reusable menstrual protection products and age-appropriate menstrual education methodologies. Key Findings from this research included: • Girls reporting difficulties in attending schools was reduced from 47% to 10% as a result of the pilot intervention, suggesting that a holistic MHH approach, that includes providing sustainable period... Read more
May 04, 2020
Many communities in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) rely on Artisanal and Small-Scale Mining (ASM) as a primary livelihood. ASM is a significant driver of DRC’s economy. Approximately 15 percent of the national population directly or indirectly depends on income from ASM [International Conference on the Great Lakes Region, Report on Development of Regional Guide on the Formalization of ASM Sector in ICGLR Member States (unpublished), March 2017]. ASM tends to be an informal and risky business. If not managed properly, ASM can have negative impacts on the health and wellbeing of miners, and the community at large. Given its informal nature, ASM has also been used to fuel conflict in eastern DRC, particularly gold. But done right, ASM can also bring direct benefits to... Read more
Jan 26, 2020
In Ghana, the construction industry is booming, growing at an average eight percent per annum due to a growing economy, infrastructural development, rapid urbanization and a rising middle class. The growth of the sector has resulted in an unmet demand for skilled labor. While youth between the ages of 15 and 24 years make up 42 percent of the country’s population, the Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 3 reports that they face high unemployment rates of approximately 23 percent in Accra and 16 percent in other urban areas. The construction sector not only offers significant potential for creating economic opportunities for youth but it also provides more training opportunities than any... Read more
Jan 26, 2020
Ghana’s booming construction sector has been a key driver of the country’s impressive economic growth rate over the past decades, and is a major employer given its labor-intensive nature. While the sector’s growth is a source of new jobs, it faces a significant skills gap with the shortfall of artisans estimated to be in the tens or even hundreds of thousands. The Youth Inclusive Entrepreneurial Development Initiative for Employment (YIEDIE, Twi for “progress”) activity was designed to assist disadvantaged young people to capitalize on this need by offering training in the technical, soft and entrepreneurship skills that lead to employment in construction.   While the sector offers... Read more
Nov 18, 2019
By Eddy Perez, Global Communities Technical Director for WASH Hundreds of millions of people globally do not have access to sustainable safe drinking water and sanitation services. According to the WHO/UNICEF Global Joint Monitoring Program (JMP 2019), as of 2017, about 30 percent of the world’s population was without safely managed drinking water, and about 60 percent without access to a safely managed sanitation service. The situation is worse in rural areas, where 70 percent of the population lack basic services: as of 2017, 701 million were using unimproved pit latrines and 673 million still practiced open defecation. Three billion people still lacked basic handwashing facilities at home: 1.6 billion had limited facilities lacking soap or water, and 1.4 billion had no facility at all... Read more
Nov 18, 2019
This brief is based on the research conducted in collaboration with Global Communities by Miriam Harter and Hans-Joachim Mosler and published by the Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (known by their Swiss acronym as EAWAG). The research was funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The full report (Determining the Effectiveness and Mode of Operation of Community-Led Total Sanitation: The DEMO-CLTS Study by Drs. Miriam Harter and Hans-Joachim Mosler) includes findings from studies in Mozambique and Cambodia. This brief focuses on the findings from the studies in Ghana. This knowledge product is... Read more
Nov 12, 2019
According to the World Bank, Ghana’s youth population increased from 1.1 million in 1960 to 4.6 million in 2010. A major concern of successive governments in recent years has been to create adequate, decent and sustainable jobs for the growing youth population. Relative improvements in the country’s GDP, which has averaged six percent growth within the last decade, have not translated into opportunities for the growing youth population. This has created a yawning gap in unemployment, though estimates of the numbers vary. The World Bank for instance estimates that of those unemployed, 65% are between 15 and 24 years while the most recent Ghana Living Standards Survey Round 6... Read more
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