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Youth And Employment In Africa—The Potential, The Problem, The Promise

Submitted by Web Master on 18 December 2008

In Africa, 200 million people are aged between 15 and 24 years, comprising more than 20% of the population. Africa’s population is growing fast and is experiencing a slow demographic transition, which will increase the pressure countries face with job creation. The large majority of the youth lives in rural areas and is mostly employed in agriculture, for which they account for 65% of total employment.

Banking On Change:Towards An Economic System That Works For People And The Planet

Submitted by Web Master on 25 November 2008

On November 15, the leaders of 20 nations and the major multilateral financial institutions will gather behind closed doors in Washington to discuss the future of the global economy. Led by outgoing U.S. President George W. Bush, this group includes many of the people, governments, and institutions whose policies are responsible for the current financial meltdown. As such, we believe they are the wrong group to be charged with reworking global economic rules and institutions.

Stakeholders Discuss Tanzania's Development Progress

Submitted by Web Master on 22 November 2008

Various stakeholders met at the Poverty Policy Week, a three-day forum popularly known as PPW to discuss the country’s development progress. This year, the theme was “Empowering of the Poor is Fundamental in Speeding/Facilitating/Enhancing Economic Growth  and Sustainable Development”.

NGOs Call For Radical Reforms As IMF Offers New Loans

Submitted by Web Master on 5 November 2008

Two weeks before U.S. President George W. Bush hosts an economic summit to address the six-week-old financial crisis that has wreaked havoc on the world's capital and stock markets, a coalition of nearly 600 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from 88 countries is calling for a "fundamental and far-reaching transformation on the international financial and economic system."

The Proposed Wildife Act, 2008

Submitted by Web Master on 6 October 2008

I have read with utter shock the proposed Wildlife Act, 2008 Bill which is to be tabled by the government in parliament this November. 
The Bill seeks to legitimize, the otherwise illegal powers that have, hitherto, purportedly been exercised by the Wildlife Division. 
More shocking, are the proposed provisions to give powers to the Director of Wildlife to grant grazing permits to villagers who normally graze their cattle in game controlled areas. 

Kenyan Organisation Urges For The Suspension Of CDF

Submitted by Web Master on 12 September 2008

Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) has been working on devolved funds for the last five years. Using the Social Accountability model, we have sought to increase the levels of participation of citizens in the identification, prioritization, implementation, monitoring and auditing of projects funded by different devolved funds.

Policy Forum Asks The Parliament Not To Legislate CDF For Now

Submitted by Web Master on 5 August 2008

By Patrick Kisembo, Dodoma

The Policy Forum has said that the concept of Constituency Development Fund (CDF) which is intended to empower people at the grassroot level financially is a high risk for the government to undertake at the moment.

Members of various non-governmental organisations raised the concern in Dodoma yesterday during a debate that discussed the establishment of the fund.

Bunge Calls For Civil Society To Support The CDF

Submitted by Web Master on 17 July 2008

As part of the efforts to improve their representation of citizens and support for development, Members of Parliament have called upon the civil society sector to support the establishment of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) proposed by the government.

Members of Parliament were concerned when they learnt that some people, including the civil society had negative attitude towards the establishment of CDF since its initial proposal. They reminded civil society representatives that the initiative is aimed at benefiting people in their constituencies.

Tanzania Forest Working Group Launches Mama Misitu

Submitted by Web Master on 10 April 2008

Seventeen non-governmental organisations today signed a milestone agreement to launch the Mama Misitu campaign, aimed at tackling corruption and mismanagement in Tanzania’s forestry sector.

Professor Wangari Maathai, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace, formally launched the campaign in Dar es Salaam.

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