AFRICA: Rise in public support for women doesn't match on-the-ground wins

AFRICA: Rise in public support for women doesn't match on-the-ground wins

WNN Improve It (WNN) Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA: A new comprehensive study report by research associates Afrobarometer, working with on-the-ground surveys through Ghana’s CDD – Center for Democratic Development along with the IREEP – Institute for Empirical Research in Political Economy and IJR – Institute for Justice and Reconciliation in South Africa is bringing new insights […]

United Nations jumps in with crowd-sourced data solutions to global crisis

United Nations jumps in with crowd-sourced data solutions to global crisis

IRIN – UNOCHA Humanitarian News and Analysis – WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Dakar, SENEGAL, WESTEN AFRICA: Difficulty reaching conflict or disaster-hit communities slows down aid delivery, hampers assessment and can lead to groups in remote areas being left out of the aid equation altogether. But new technology, while not a panacea, is helping to remove […]

I dream someday of a day where FGM does not exist

I dream someday of a day where FGM does not exist

Madina Bocoum Daff – WNN Improve It (WNN/PI) Bamako, MALI, WESTERN AFRICA: “Woman has to suffer, woman has to endure”. We grew up listening to these words of my mother almost every day. She told us often “you have to keep your mouth shut whatever be the circumstance because you are a woman.” It was […]

AFRICA: New trials say mobile health technology is under-performing

AFRICA: New trials say mobile health technology is under-performing

WNN Improve It (WNN/GDN) AFRICA: Mobile phone technology is frequently heralded as a solution to many health challenges facing the developing world, but two systematic reviews have found that evidence to back such claims is still largely non-existent. Mobile phones are thought to be able, among other things, to help manage disease; facilitate drug adherence […]

MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives join modern birth clinics

MADAGASCAR: Traditional midwives join modern birth clinics

WNN Improve It (WNN/IRIN) Betraka, MADAGASCAR, AFRICA: Madagascar’s traditional midwives, or ‘matronnes’, are often thought to undermine safe childbirth practices, delivering babies in unsanitary environments and without provisions to manage complications. Yet they are now being recruited to a campaign to get women to deliver in clinics or hospitals, part of a move to lower […]

Stemming malnutrition worldwide cannot work with “short-term” strategies

Stemming malnutrition worldwide cannot work with “short-term” strategies

Mark Tran – WNN Improve It (WNN/GDN) AFRICA: Human rights are the most powerful tool to ensure efforts against hunger and malnutrition tackle structural causes and are not reduced to short-term strategies, civil society groups said in a report published on Tuesday. Who Decides About Global Food and Nutrition? – Strategies to Regain Control argues […]