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Africa stands at a crossroads. Economic growth has taken root across much of the region. In many countries, exports are booming, foreign investment is on the rise and dependence on aid is declining. Governance reforms are transforming the political landscape. Democracy, transparency and accountability have improved, giving Africa’s citizens a greater voice in decisions that affect their lives. At the same time, many African governments are failing to convert the wealth created by economic growth into opportunities that all Africans can exploit to build a better future. Inequality is increasing. Find out more:
Africa's infrastructure crossroads - African Transformation Today
Africa's infrastructure crossroads - African Transformation Today
africantransformationtoday.acetforafrica.org
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Obtaining reliable data on an extensive set of health services coverage and financial protection pointers is challenging. Also, disaggregating collected data in order to uncover coverage inequities is another challenge. However, Reliable data is critical since measuring performance relies on it and exposing coverage inequities will go a long way in ensuring more efficient and impactful ways of attaining universal health coverage are implemented. Find out more:
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Global food production is currently based on extensive use of costly chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which damage the environment and human health. Eco-farming techniques could deliver nutritious, environmentally friendly food for a growing world, increase farmers' earnings and make farms more resilient to climate change. Find out more:
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Regulations and standards have become an increasingly important factor affecting the capacity of producers to participate in global markets. Directly and indirectly, they not only determine the terms of market entry but also affect the extent to which different producers are able to position themselves in global value chains in a manner which provides for socially and environmentally sustainable income growth. Standards compliance can enhance producer capabilities and assist in meeting many objectives of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Find out more:
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Demand for urban water and sanitation interventions continues to increase, especially due to the large numbers of people living in informal and congested urban settlements. Some 84 million urban Africans gained access to improved water supply and 42 million to improved sanitation between 2000 and 2010 – an average 3.9% increase in access over the decade; but urban populations also grew by an average of 3.9%. Find out more:
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As the types of skills needed in the labour market change rapidly, individual workers will have to engage in life-long learning if they are to achieve fulfilling and rewarding careers. For companies, reskilling and upskilling strategies will be critical if they are to find the talent they need and to contribute to socially responsible approaches to the future of work. Learn more:
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Empowering more women and girls to receive an education is a major focus of the United Nations’ Goals for Sustainable Development. If 50 percent of the planet’s population is being held back from its full productive potential, this deeply affects the rest of the world. These are 10 advantages of female education and why female education is necessary for sustainable development.
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The potential for the CFTA is big for both structural transformation and poverty alleviation in Africa. Some studies show that by creating a pan-African market, the CFTA could increase intra-Africa trade by about 52 percent, resulting in an increase of African manufacturing exports. Right now, on average, manufacturing only represents about 10 percent of total GDP in Africa, lagging behind other developing regions. A successful CFTA could reduce this gap by increasing the growth of the manufacturing sector and its value added given the CFTA’s market size of 1.2 billion people and over $3.4 trillion of cumulative GDP. Find out more:
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Digital trade presents a number of challenges for African and other developing countries, but these should not dissuade such countries from pursing the clear benefits that it can bring. Instead, the solution is to design a system of governance that would both tackle the challenges associated with digital trade and capitalise on the opportunities it offers. Doing so will require governance measures at the national level, including through development planning that integrates digital trade to e-strategies, as well as regulations appropriate for the new challenges of the digital trade era. Find out more:
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The global population is projected to hit 9.8 billion by the year 2050. Food security is a pressing concern for policymakers. Food supply needs to increase by 70 percent as global food demand is expected to grow by anywhere between 60 percent and 98 percent. New ways of growing food and improving food security are necessary. In this case, farmers need to increase food production either by increasing cultivable land or through adoption of new farming techniques. Erratic weather patterns as a result of climate change are making the situation worse. Find out more:
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