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Culture May 2012

Music – Folila

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  Followers of World Music have known Amadou and Mariam for over a decade, before they became popular in France and, later, in the rest of Europe. Their single Je pense à toi was a hit on French radio, and their album Dimanche à Bamako was well received throughout the old continent. Amadou and Mariam are in their…

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East Africa – The changing face of pastoralism

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  Pastoralist groups have controlled the savannahs of East Africa for centuries. These are arid and semi-arid lands that cannot easily be used for agriculture, but do sustain grazing. Besides, until the early XX century, the population of the region was small, allowing for great swathe of land to remain unoccupied. Demographic changes and the…

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Madagascar – Feast of life and death

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  In the south of Madagascar live the Bara, a cluster of 18 ethnic groups that share language and culture. They live in a arid land, where agriculture cannot thrive, and so they developed an economy based on husbandry. They also developed an interesting relationship with death and the deceased. The Bara claim that death…

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DR Congo – Bye Bye, Gorilla

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  UNESCO director Irina Bokova received in March “worrying information” concerning the resumption of oil exploration in the Virunga National Park by Soco International. Similar concern was expressed on March 28 by the Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders during his meeting with President Joseph Kabila in Kinshasa. José Endundo, the Congolese Minister of Environment who…

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Advocacy

SDGs advocacy from UN to the Grassroots.

In 2000, the United Nations (UN) held a Millennium Summit and in its Millennium Declaration adopted the eight international Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to be achieved by 2015.…

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Baobab

The Lion, Jackal and Man

It so happened one day that Lion and Jackal came together to converse on affairs of land and state. Jackal, let me say, was the most…

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Youth & Mission

Young People. The Voice of the Planet.

The students are on the streets, waving banners, banging drums, singing, chanting, and calling for an end to the causes driving climate change that is wrecking…

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