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News & Analysis | December 2020

Murchison Falls. A tour through the largest national park in Uganda.

Welcome to the Murchison Falls National Park named after its famous waterfall. George Atube, the ranger who talks with animals, accompanies us during our tour through this spectacular place. The Murchison Falls National Park is the oldest and largest park in Uganda which was…

Dossier

The Pan-African Green Wall.

From a green wall of trees to a mosaic of ecosystems. From the moment it was conceived to now, The Great Green Wall for the Sahara and the Sahel (GGW) – has been radically transformed. The objective, however, has stayed the same: to curb soil degradation and to combat poverty. In June 2005, the Heads of State and…

GGW. An inconsistent impact

The Great Green Wall’s goal is clear: to regenerate 100 million hectares of degraded land by 2030; to sequester 250 million tons of carbon dioxide; and to create 10 million jobs in rural areas, contributing directly to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. Still, understanding what the results have been so far is more complex. If we rely…

GGW. Resources insufficient.

It is not easy to juggle the various interests that revolve around the GGW, and it is just as difficult to trace the nature of the funds that have flowed to back the Project, which started out as African, but ended up becoming international. "Economic resources are a problem", said Abakar Zougoulou,  Agency's scientific director of…

GGW. Agroforestry Is Key.

Any ecological rehabilitation of a territory must consider several factors, not the least of which is access to land. Farmers and shepherds, totaling some 232 million people living in the area surrounding the Sahara, are an integral part of the Green Wall, which aims to enhance community gardens, grazing areas, fruit groves, income trees, and beekeeping. The…

Churches

Egypt. Mons. Claudio Lurati: “Called to witness with…

A great opportunity to rediscover the reasons for a presence. A multicultural…

Djibouti. The Catholic Church, a tiny seed of…

Especially present socially with its work among street children, immigrants and, more…

India. More than just tea.

The serious crisis in the tea plantations.  Alternative forms of working. Commitment…

Fratelli Tutti – Africa’s call for an “a…

The new encyclical of Pope Francis, Fratelli Tutti (Brothers All) draws attention…

Culture

Pan-African Museum. Reclaiming History.

Aimed at Africans and the diaspora, the Pan-African Museum of Heritage…

Music. Djibouti, Modern Notes.

The New York music house Ostinato Records recently released a Groupe…

Africa. Ubuntu, to live positively.

In the African context, Ubuntu is a religious belief which concerns…

Herbs & Plants. Piliostigma thonningii. A multipurpose medicinal plant.

Piliostigma thonningii, common name 'camel’s foot', is a leguminous, deciduous tree…

Opinion & Comment

The Geopolitics of Western Intelligence.

New international challenges may significantly change the geopolitics of Western intelligence. The alliance between the intelligence…

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China Ventures into the Middle East.

Mainly for reasons of energy sources, the last decade has seen China investing heavily in the…

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Advocacy

Not a choice between poor and ideology.

Advocacy is a process to ensure change where there is injustice, providing a solution to a problem, and building support for acting on both the…

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Baobab

The hyena, the goat, the leopard and the hare.

The hyena's home was near a river, and he owned a little canoe of which he was exceedingly proud. Most hyenas are very greedy and this…

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Youth & Mission

The Economy of Francesco. Young People, A Commitment, The Future.

Inspired by St. Francis of Assisi and by Pope Francis, 2,000 young adults met online to discuss making the economy more responsive to human dignity and…

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