Africa is the world's second largest and second most-populous continent; it is rich in diversity, abundant in ethnicity and bursting with languages. Africa Day (25 May), which marks the founding in 1963 of the Organisation of African Unity, now known as the African Union, provides an annual opportunity to reflect on the challenges and achievements of the Governments and peoples of Africa.
This year Africa Day will be celebrated all over the continent and in the Diaspora under the theme: “Accelerating Youth Empowerment for Sustainable Development’’. Africa Day is a day designated specifically to the celebration of African diversity and success. It is an opportunity to acknowledge the progress that African countries have made, while reflecting on the challenges faced in a global environment.
Inter Press Service (IPS) Africa is a leading and credible source of development news, with a network of more than 100 writers reporting from almost 50 countries. Focusing on Africa’s untold stories, IPS produces regular features on poverty, women’s empowerment, governance, access to water, research and trade. Since its inception, back in 1964, IPS has believed in the role of information as a precondition for lifting communities out of poverty and marginalisation. This belief is reflected in our historic mission:‘giving a voice to the voiceless’.
As we mark Africa Day on 25 May, read some of the latest developments in Africa from the IPS newswire.
- Uganda: First Woman Speaker of Parliament Changing Politics;
- Protecting One of Africa's Most Enigmatic Creatures;
- IBSA: India Cheers for Brazil, South Africa;
- Southern Africa: Very Little ‘Extraordinary’ About Latest SADC Summit;
- Sudan's Abyei 'Ablaze' After Capture by North;
- Population: Promise Rises With a Problem;
- Middle East: Egyptian Activists Gear Up For Third Intifada;
- United States of America: Congress Pushes for Vote on Libya Intervention;
- Kenya: Marginal Profits Hamper Malaria Drug Subsidy;
- Nigeria: Women Giving Each Other a Hand Up;
- Water, Sanitation Could Erase Cholera and Guinea Worm;
- Illegal Logging Spreading in Madagascar;
- Egypt: Hidden Hands Stoke Sectarian Strife;
- Zambia: Making the Most of Limited Capital;
- Sierra Leone Facing the Facts of Teen Pregnancy;
- Zambia: Young Voters Push Grassroots Issues to the Fore.
- The results of the South African local government elections results have been declared and, while turnout is the highest since democratic elections started in 1994, women are falling way short of 50 percent representation in local government;
- A lack of funds in Mozambique is hampering access to medicines in the southern African country;
- Globally 75 million girls remain out of school and robbed of a fulfilling future.
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