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Nov 17, 2019 3:34 PM ET

Empower Young People to Sustain Our Planet, and Let Peace and Prosperity Thrive

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 17, 2019 - By Crystal Orderson   We need to empower young people to sustain our planet, and let peace and prosperity thrive says UN's Resident Co-ordinator in Kenya, Siddharth Chatterjee speaks to IPS on reflections on the ICPD25 Summit. Young people at ICPD25 youth session. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi / IPS NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 2019 (IPS) - Q: At ICPD25 we heard that women and girls are still waiting for the unmet. [more...]

Nov 17, 2019 3:04 PM ET

Art Helping Women to Highlight Gender-based Violence at ICPD25

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 17, 2019 - By Mantoe Phakathi     Ann Kihii (25) spends time with other young women from poor communities in Nairobi and use embroidery to create images that tell a story about the daily challenges they face. They also get a chance to discuss the issues among themselves in a safe space. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi / IPS NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 14 2019 (IPS) - While women find it hard to talk about. [more...]

Nov 17, 2019 2:56 PM ET

This Time Around ICPD25 Commitments Will Be Met Says UNFPA …

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 17, 2019 - By Crystal Orderson     Bettina Maas / UNFPA Ethiopia. Credit: Crystal Orderson / IPS NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 14 2019 (IPS) - The United Nations Population Fund, UNFPA Ethiopia country representative, Bettina Maas speaks to IPS at the ICPD25 Nairobi Summit and she says she is optimistic that this time around that the three critical commitments; bringing preventable maternal deaths, gender based violence and harmful practices, as well as unmet. [more...]

Nov 17, 2019 2:50 PM ET

Young People at ICPD25: ‘ We Have the Right to Sexual and Reproductive Rights’

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 17, 2019 - By Joyce Chimbi     ICPD25 Youth delegates: Michele Simon (left) and Botho Mahlunge. Credit: Joyce Chimbi / IPS NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 14 2019 (IPS) - Every day in developing countries it is estimated that 20,000 girls under the age of 18 give birth. This amounts to 7.3 million births a year. Complications from pregnancy and childbirth are still the leading cause of death among adolescent girls, according to the. [more...]

Nov 17, 2019 11:21 AM ET

World Youth Call to Governments to Ban All Hindrances to LGBTQI Communities

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 17, 2019 - By Mantoe Phakathi     MARTIN KARADZHOV, Global Youth Commitee speaking at ICPD25. Credit: Mantoe Phakathi / IPS NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) - Governments across the world must ban all state-implemented harmful practices against the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI) community delegates at the ICPD25 tells IPS. Adding his voice in bridging the gap of Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) among the youth, Martin Karadzhov,. [more...]

Nov 17, 2019 11:06 AM ET

ICPD25: Lessons From the East

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 17, 2019 - By Joyce Chimbi     Teruhiko Mashiko, Japan Parliamentary Federation for Population NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) - The Japan Parliamentary Federation for Population represented by Mr Teruhiko Mashiko and its secretariat, the Asian Population and Development Association (APDA) has made a clear and concrete commitment to endorse the ICPD25 agenda. Mashiko tells IPS that Japan, as should every country driven by the well-being of its population, should create. [more...]

Nov 17, 2019 10:55 AM ET

Women with Disabilities Speak out Against Exclusion at ICPD25

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 17, 2019 - By Joyce Chimbi     Jeffrey Jordan/ President of the Population Reference Bureau with ICPD25 participants. Credit: Joyce Chimbi / IPS NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) - One in five women globally lives with a disability even as they have same needs and interests as women without disabilities, their access to sexual and reproductive health services and rights remains severely limited. Delegates representing people living with disabilities at the. [more...]

Nov 17, 2019 10:47 AM ET

Forced Child Marriage Must Be Stopped Says South Sudanese Child Activist

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 17, 2019 - By Crystal Orderson     South Sudanese refugee, Priscilla Nyamal NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 13 2019 (IPS) - Young women and girls are still subjected to a range of harmful practices and violence, including early marriage. Every year, an estimated 12 million girls get married before the age of 18. In an IPS exclusive from the ICPD25 summit one young brave woman from South Sudan tells us her story of how. [more...]

Artificial Intelligence and Marketing - A Guide to 2020 and Beyond
Nov 15, 2019 9:00 AM ET

Artificial Intelligence and Marketing – A Guide to 2020 and Beyond

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 15, 2019 - Marketing is a sector that is in a constant state of evolution. It can be challenging to keep on top of the consumer and technical demands of digital marketing, but AI is becoming an increasingly vital component. That’s because AI is more than a simple marketing tool. It is, in fact, a means of strategy enhancement, target identification, and a more seamless approach to the ongoing demand for new clients.. [more...]

Nov 15, 2019 8:00 AM ET

Importance of Market Research

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 15, 2019 - When you’re launching a new business, all sort of exciting things are happening. Market research probably isn’t high on your list of fun things to do, and consequently, it’s easy to put it off. However, for any business, market research is crucial. This is particularly true for smaller businesses, for whom the first six months can be difficult. A new company will need to attract customers and secure business as. [more...]

Nov 15, 2019 2:30 AM ET

Aker Solutions to Provide Inspection Services for Equinor Assets in Norway

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 15, 2019 - OSLO, Norway,Aker Solutions has been chosen by Equinor as the main supplier for inspection services for more than 15 operating facilities in Norway. A frame agreement is expected to be signed shortly, covering an initial period of six years with options for two additional four-year extensions. The estimated value of the agreement is NOK 1.2 billion for the six-year period. The agreement covers a wide range of inspection services, including conventional inspection and. [more...]

Nov 13, 2019 8:23 AM ET

Africa Investment Forum 2019: MOU brings good news for Africa’s rail networks

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 13, 2019 - By African Development Bank   Another deal signed on second day of the Africa Investment Forum 2019 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 13 2019 - The African Export-Import Bank (Afreximbank) and Thelo DB on Tuesday signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the Africa Investment Forum in Johannesburg. The agreement will give both parties an opportunity to develop, finance and operate railway projects across Africa. Thelo and Afreximbank have agreed to collaborate. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 4:29 PM ET

2019 African Investment Forum builds on 2018 successes, attracts growing international interest

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - By African Development Bank   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 12 2019 - The Africa Investment Forum is making phenomenal progress in attracting interest from all over the world since launching at the Sandton Convention Centre last year. The value of boardroom transactions which will be negotiated this year will be considerably higher compared to $43bn in 2018. A hundred and nine countries are represented at this year’s conference, 61 of. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 4:20 PM ET

2019 Africa Visa Openness Index: African Union Commission, African Development Bank report shows wins in visa restrictions across Africa

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - By African Development Bank   - For the first time, on average, Africans can travel to approximately 27 countries visa-free or with a visa on arrival - Ethiopia moves up a record 32 places on the Index, entering the top 20 most visa-open countries in Africa   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 12 2019 - For the first time, African travellers have liberal access to over half the continent, the 2019. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 2:23 PM ET

Investment to Make Africa a World leader in Renewables

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - By Nalisha Adams     Kenya’s Lake Turkana Wind Power project opened in July is generates 300 MW of wind power. Credit: Isaiah Esipisu/IPS JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 11 2019 (IPS) - Africa, where close to half of its 1.2 billion people have access to electricity, is set to become a world leader in renewable energy. As global business and development leaders met in Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend the. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 2:11 PM ET

Cairo Dream Requires $264 Billion to Deliver Women’s Call for Justice and Bold Leadership

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - By Joyce Chimbi   NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 2019 (IPS) - For each of the 830 women dying each day from pregnancy complications and childbirth, an estimated 20 others suffer serious injuries, infections or disabilities. This is the reality that millions of women face, and informs the Nairobi Summit’s three critical commitments which are to bring preventable maternal deaths, gender-based violence and harmful practices, as well as unmet need for. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 2:05 PM ET

Nairobi Summit to Redouble Efforts to Urgently Deal with Reproductive Rights for Women and Girls

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - By Mantoe Phakathi     ICPD25 opening, Crown Princess Mary from Denmark with President Uhuru Kenyatta (middle ), and the key speakers. Credit: ICPD25 NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 12 2019 (IPS) - More than 6 000 delegates in the population development sector are gathering in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi this week to renew the promise made to girls and women 25 years ago in Cairo. Giving them the renewed mandate. [more...]

Nov 12, 2019 4:16 AM ET

2019 Africa Investment Forum kicks off delivering on the promise to redefine and unpack the continent’s investment opportunities

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 12, 2019 - • $500 million equity closed for the Africa Infrastructure Investment Fund to speed up investments in agriculture • Financial close for the Africa Guarantee Fund $175 Equity transaction to support Small and Medium Size Enterprises, and $350 million for South Africa’s beef agro-processing project   JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 12 2019 - The 2019 Africa Investment Forum opened on Monday living up to its promise to move from commitment to action. A. [more...]

Nov 11, 2019 4:44 AM ET

Call to Action as Thousands Breathe New Life to the Cairo Promise at ICPD 25 Summit in Nairobi This Week

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 11, 2019 - By Joyce Chimbi     Gender equality and women empowerment at the heart of ICPD25. Credit: Joyce Chimbi / IPS NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 11 2019 (IPS) - Every day 830 women die while giving life. At least 33,000 girls are forced into child marriage with 11,000 girls undergoing female genital mutilation. These are some of the cruel realities young women face every day. However, there is renewed hope that delegates. [more...]

Nov 10, 2019 2:00 AM ET

Simple Solutions to Common Mold Problems

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 10, 2019 - Mold. Most people cringe at the thought. They see dollar signs and think, “This is going to be expensive.” Darryl Morris, author, “The Mold Code Mini Handbook” – a free, digital, downloadable guide – explains that it doesn’t have to be. He’s the president of Midwest Aerobiology Labs and has been working with people in the Naperville and Chicagoland region for more than 14 years. When it comes to mold he. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 5:58 PM ET

Four Ways the African Development Bank Can Support a More Secure Africa

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - By Ifeanyi Nsofor   Dr. Ifeanyi Nsofor is a medical doctor, the CEO of EpiAFRIC, Director of Policy and Advocacy for Nigeria Health Watch An eight-month-old boy is examined by a doctor in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Credit: Kristin Palitza/IPS ABUJA, Nov 7 2019 (IPS) - Free movement of people and goods across Africa increases the risk of transmission of infectious diseases. The continent must realise that it is no. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 5:08 PM ET

Mo Money Mo Solutions – the African Development Bank’s Ready to Double Investment Across the Continent

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - By Issa Sikiti da Silva     Traders transporting goods in Mali. Thanks to the African Development Bank (AfDB), infrastructure linking African nations has made cross-border transportation of goods easier. Courtesy: Mary Newcombe/ CC by 2.0 COTONOU, Benin, Nov 8 2019 (IPS) - Buses carrying cross-border traders and goods from Cotonou in Benin to Bamako in Mali have recently been using the Lomé route — travelling through the capital of. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 3:58 PM ET

Central America – Fertile Ground for Human Trafficking

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - By Edgardo Ayala   This is part of a series of features from across the globe on human trafficking. IPS coverage is supported by the Riana Group. An older woman panhandles on a street in San Salvador. Criminal trafficking groups take advantage of vulnerable people, such as the destitute, to force them to beg. But in Central America, 80 percent of the victims of trafficking are women and girls, for. [more...]

Nov 8, 2019 6:15 AM ET

Facebook Helps to Protect the 2020 US Elections

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 8, 2019 - MENLO PARK, Calif.,-- The following is written by Guy Rosen, VP of Integrity; Katie Harbath, Public Policy Director, Global Elections; Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy and Rob Leathern, Director of Product Management. Experience the interactive Multichannel News Release here: https://www.multivu.com/players/English/8323454-facebook-2020-us-elections/ We have a responsibility to stop abuse and election interference on our platform. That's why we've made significant investments since 2016 to better identify new threats, close vulnerabilities and reduce the spread of viral. [more...]

Nov 7, 2019 3:20 PM ET

5 Things To Do When Getting Bored

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 7, 2019 - Boredom isn’t something that arises out of lack of things to do or things that you want to do. It is rather a thing that is mislabeled to cover up one or more problems. This is the reason why most people fail when trying to combat boredom, as they are not aware of the real problem. While people may have different ways to combat boredom, we have some tried and. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 6:29 PM ET

Burkina Faso: Climate Change Triggers Rural Exodus

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - By Issa Sikiti da Silva     A zone of Baobab reforestation in Burkina Faso. The Sahel is experiencing an overall decrease in rainfall, but also a depletion of soils due to agricultural overexploitation and progressive deforestation of the original savannahs. Courtesy: Ollivier Girard/CIFOR OUAGADOUGOU, Nov 6 2019 (IPS) - Ibrahim Harouna and his neighbours sit under a tree at his uncle’s house, playing chess and chatting amid the simmering. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 6:11 PM ET

Africa’s Youth make Land Restoration their Business

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - By Diana Wanyonyi and Nalisha Adams     Drone visual of the area in Upper East Region, Ghana prior to restoration taken in 2015. Experts say that Africa’s youth need to become involved in land restoration projects. Credit: Albert Oppong-Ansah /IPS ACCRA, Ghana/JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Nov 1 2019 (IPS) - The last time Siyabulela Sokomani ran a marathon he did so with a tree strapped to his back. A native. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 6:01 PM ET

Insurance Scheme Offers Hope for Drought-stricken African Farmers

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - By James Reinl     UNITED NATIONS, Oct 24 2019 (IPS) - A partnership between United Nations and African Union (AU) agencies will help African economies insure themselves against the droughts and other extreme weather events that plague the continent, organisers say. The AU’s African Risk Capacity (ARC) and the U.N. Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) stuck a deal in Bonn, Germany, this week to raise money for the safeguard. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 5:55 PM ET

Displaced by the Desert: An expanding Sahara leaves Broken Families and Violence in its Wake

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - By Issa Sikiti da Silva   An aerial view of settlements in the middle of the desert in the surrounding area of Timbuktu, North of Mali. Courtesy: UN Photo/Marco Domino BAMAKO, Mali/COTONOU, Benin , Oct 18 2019 (IPS) - Abdoulaye Maiga proudly displays an album showing photos of him and his family during happier times when they all lived together in their home in northern Mali. Today, these memories seem. [more...]

Nov 6, 2019 5:47 PM ET

Q&A: Holistic Land Management – Only a Movement can Prevent Desertification

iCrowdNewswire - Nov 6, 2019 - By Busani Bafana     The UNCCD says land degradation costs the global economy over 15 trillion dollars annually. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPS BULAWAYO, Oct 4 2019 (IPS) - Desertification is not cheap. It has social, cultural, environmental and of course economic costs to reverse what it destroys. According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) the scourge of desertification is costing the global economy up to 15 trillion. [more...]