The quality of water services and infrastructure in South Africa has been on a downward trend.
Water is a critical resource, enabling socio-economic development.
Coal fired power station in South Africa .
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The court ruling that it’s a constitutional right to have clean air highlights the fact that South Africa needs to improve air quality urgently.
Nigeria last conducted a census in 2006.
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Census is a huge scientific responsibility that requires a high level of preparedness, transparency and quality assurance.
Some African and European leaders at the last AU-EU summit in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, November 2017.
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The persistent power inequalities between Africa and Europe do not bode well for supposed change. This is why the latest summit is important.
A man walks on rail track near the bauxite factory of Guinea’s largest mining firm, Compagnie des Bauxites de Guinee (CBG), at Kamsar, north of the capital Conakry.
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Successive regimes in Guinea have used mining to maintain the status quo.
The Anti-Corruption Court building in Jakarta, Indonesia.
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Realistic and analytical evaluation could save the Indonesian government from adopting legal reform projects that are costly and likely to fail.
Women continue to fetch wood and cook over smoky fires even where there are solar home systems.
Developments in the energy sector shouldn’t be reduced to technological sophistication. They should be guided by how they improve the livelihoods of the intended beneficiaries.
The banded rubber frog. Biodiversity research is heavily regulated in South Africa.
There are calls for measures to reduce the burden of red tape and promote and facilitate biodiversity research in South Africa.
Wind turbines at the Mehrum coal-fired power station in the Peine district in Lower Saxony, Mehrum. The phase-out of coal is planned by 2038.
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Good governance should be seen as the first and main tool for achieving climate change mitigation as policymakers pursue sustainable solutions for the environmental crisis.
ECOWAS is effectively protecting ousted president Alpha Condé, who manipulated the constitution to run for another term.
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If the Economic Community of West African States is to be a champion for good governance, it should address the root causes of political instability and coups.
South Africa’s controversial new Speaker of Parliament, Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
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The ANC’s choice of parliamentary Speaker reflects poorly on the party leadership and contrasts starkly with President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to uncorrupt governance.
The reform of the operations of the African Union is key to its future.
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The election of commissioners is a key step in the reform process of the African Union Commission.
A child who fled from Central African Republic attending a class at a refugee camp in Chad.
Attacks on schools and children evoke a strong emotional response, which is a definitive goal of terrorist groups.
The University of Ghana is considered one of the leading centers of learning in West Africa.
The government wants more power over university appointments, using financial management as the reason.
Traditional ecological knowledge involves an interaction between cultural practice, cultural belief and adaptive capacity to deal with climate impacts.
Traditional ecological knowledge of Indigenous peoples offers ways to adapt to climate impacts.
Research-based policymaking is not yet happening in Indonesia.
Indonesian policymaking is predominantly informed by research with poor theoretical engagement, with no strong tradition of peer review and with legal threats to academic freedom.
Last financial year White Ribbon Australia borrowed almost $300,000 to keep going.
All the warning signs that White Ribbon Australia was is deep trouble were there – for those with the management and accounting knowledge.
Indonesia makes permanent its forest moratorium to save remaining primary forests and peatlands.
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Indonesia has permanently banned new clearing of primary forest and peatland. Here are three benefits of the policy.
A man walk pass an Ebola awareness painting in downtown Monrovia, Liberia.
Do African decision-makers and leaders approach crises differently from counterparts elsewhere in the world?
Entering the second term of his presidency, Jokowi administration needs to put forest and land fires as priority.
The Indonesian government should improve transparency and public access to land-use data, make the ban on new plantations on primary forests permanent, and give communities access to forests.