Sunday, October 1, 2023

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Counting Africa’s invisible workers

Africa boasts a large and creative labor pool, buttressed by a youth population that is expected to double, to over 830 million, by 2050. But African governments confront a serious problem: they do not know how many people they are dealing with, where they live, or how they earn a living, writes Carl Manlan.

Turkey at a critical juncture

A government that is truly dedicated to the development of its people on an equal basis can be saved by the people and no other safeguard can stand for the government other than its own people, writes Michael Melaku.

Coercion is not freedom

Political battles are fought on different battle grounds. Sometimes it’s a televised debate, a classroom or even on the streets.

Airing the IMF’s dirty laundry

The IMF's Independent Evaluation Office, established after Asia's 1998 financial crisis to assess IMF policies and programs at arm's length, has issued a comprehensive critique of the Fund’s role in Europe’s post-2008 crisis.

Do-no-harm development

Local communities affected by development projects too often face reprisals when they speak out against disruptions to their lives.

Air pollution’s true costs

The effects of air pollution are usually discussed in economic terms. But, daunting as they are, the figures only scratch the surface of the costs of air pollution, which causes millions of premature deaths – and untold suffering – every year, writes Simon Upton.

The data-poor lives of adolescents

Will today's adolescents be healthy enough to lead tomorrow's world? To ensure that they are, their age group must be included in more policy discussions – and that means collecting the data needed to guide health-enhancing interventions, writes Ali H. Mokdad.

CSOs participation and role in humanitarian assistance efforts

The Government is working with non-state actors to respond to the urgent needs of people affected by drought in different regions, with the effort...

Ankelba: the traditional baby carrier

Ankelba, a traditional leather ‘baby carrier’ is used in different rural areas of Ethiopia. In different locations like Raya and Dessie in the north and Hamer, Mursi and Surma in the south, people use leather products for different purposes. Pelt, ‘K’urbet’, which is made from Oxskin is used as a blanket and to make shoes and clothes including a ‘baby holder’, Ankelba. Similarly, it is also used to carry grain.

Fending for Ethiopia

With all that has been happening in the country, internet was “switched off” this past weekend. There are some interesting consequences to not being able to go online, one of which happens to be physically socializing with others rather than doing it on some website.