ACORD March 2014 Newsletter

New report “African women and girls – Their say on their world post 2015” launched in New York

Voices of African women and girls at the grassroots were brought to the international level when ACORD handed over its latest report to the Executive Directors of UN Women and of UNFPA in presence of Malawian Minister this Monday. Five key issues stand out from the citizen workshops held in 13 countries. Read more

2014 declared year of agriculture and food security as African leaders recommit to continental agriculture programme CAADP
Can agriculture bring a solution to the challenges of youth employment, climate change and unlock Africa’s potential? Agricultural transformation was top on the agenda in January’s African Union summit as well as the recently released Common Africa Position on post 2015. ACORD and its partners issue strong and timely recommendations on “Putting smallholder farming first! – or risk policy failure Read More.

Societies caught in the conflict trap in Central African Republic, Chad, South Sudan and Sudan
When ACORD and French partner CCFD-Terre Solidaire launched our regional conflict research and peace programme last year, we never imagined how relevant it should prove – with fresh violence breaking out both in CAR and South Sudan in December. Common drivers of conflict are questions of identity, poor governance and control over natural resources. Overcoming this will demand long-term engagement and investments.  Read More.

Enhancing access to health services for poorly served Maasai pastoralists in Ngorongoro, Tanzania
Dying when giving birth remains a serious risk for women in North Eastern Tanzania and far too many children below 5 years old die, when it could have been avoided. In close consultation with the district health management team and its local partner, ACORD designed a programme to increase access to integrated sexual and reproductive health services for women and adolescent girls and reduce maternal and child mortality. Harmful cultural practices and limited information on sexual and reproductive health and HIV/AIDS will also be addressed in this innovative programme that has secured UK funding. Read More.

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