As countries urbanize and economies modernize, greater numbers of Africans are adopting lifestyle changes that drive the increasing prevalence of non-communicable diseases (NCDs). By 2030, the World Health Organization (WHO) projects that NCDs such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, and cardiovascular disease will be the most common cause of death in Africa.
Africa is the most “youthful” continent in the world — more than two-thirds of the population are under the age of 35. With the youth population on the rise and the persistent unemployment crisis, there is a clear need to place youth at the centre of public policy discussions and development priorities.
More than 95 per cent of women in Egypt have experienced sexual harassment at least once, but many citizens there turn a blind eye when it happens. The HarassMap project is aiming to change that attitude at home and abroad, empowering women and changing the attitudes of men in the process.
Long considered pests, insects are now on the menu for farmed fish and poultry in Kenya and Uganda, where scientists are looking for cheaper, healthier ways to boost animal growth and develop the local economy.
Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 09:30
Research in Action
Economic and social developmentJustice and securityPoverty alleviationPovertyGender
Zimbabwean independence ended racial segregation and colonial rule. Yet the hopes and expectations that it would radically improve living conditions for the country’s black majority remain unmet. The bulk of housing for the poor is marginal, overcrowded, and unsafe. Women are especially vulnerable, with limited mobility and tenure rights.
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 - 08:30
Research in Action
Poverty alleviationJustice and securityPovertyEconomic integrationGender
The ways in which crime and poverty interact have been much studied and debated in western research literature, yet little is known about these dynamics in Africa. In a series of seven papers, this 2016 special issue of the Ghana Journal of Geography helps to fill a critical gap in African perspectives on the issues. It presents findings from three years of research, led by the University of Ghana Institute of Statistical, Social and Economic Research, on the relationship between poverty and crime in neighbourhoods of four Ghanaian cities: Accra, Kumasi, Sekondi-Takoradi, and Tamale.