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A Fitting Celebration of Life–Memorial Service for Nelson Mandela Falls on Human Rights Day

December 10th, 2013

How fitting that the memorial service for Nelson Mandela occurs on December 10, Human Rights Day—a day to reaffirm the right of every individual to education, adequate food and shelter, […]

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Invisible Children’s Grassroots Quest to Destroy Joseph Kony Produces International Action and Results

November 13th, 2013

Invisible Children’s grassroots efforts to end the terror of Joseph Kony and the Lord’s Resistance Army have led to an unlikely but effective coalition of governments, armies, nonprofits, and philanthropists. […]

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The Unseen Face of Refugees

June 20th, 2013

At first glance, this child looks like a typical African girl. But there’s more to her story than the picture reveals. She is a refugee struggling to survive in the […]

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Celebrating International Women’s Day—Recognizing the Role of Women Every Day

March 8th, 2013

Every March 8th, International Women’s Day, we acknowledge the struggles and successes that women encounter worldwide. This year’s theme focuses on violence against women, which takes many forms—physical, sexual, psychological […]

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Despite National Problems, Innovative Approaches to Education Provide Poor Children a Chance in South Africa

January 9th, 2013

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Robin Dixon says that the educational system in South Africa has improved little for the nation’s poor black students in the 18 years since […]

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Remembering a Leader of Legal Justice in South Africa

December 18th, 2012

The cause of social justice in Africa lost one of its giants this month with the death of Chief Justice Arthur Chaskalson.  Born and educated in South Africa, Chaskalson, 81, […]

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World Food Day Shines a Light on the Fight Against Hunger in Sub Saharan Africa

October 16th, 2012

Agriculture is the economic driver in rural areas of Sub Saharan Africa. More than three decades ago, the United Nations named October 16 World Food Day in honor of the […]

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World Refugee Day: Recognizing Those Who Give Voice and Hope to the Most Vulnerable

June 20th, 2012

People around the world are fleeing their communities in search of safe places to call home.  On World Refugee Day, June 20, we especially recognize the more than 3 million […]

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America’s Top Diplomat for Africa Bullish on the Continent’s Future

November 28th, 2011

At the annual meeting of the African Studies Association in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson spoke on a range of […]

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Turning the Millennium Goals into Reality: Gender Equality–Goal 3

July 6th, 2011

US First Lady Michelle Obama drew the world’s attention to the plight of women and youth in Sub Saharan Africa during her recent trip to South Africa and Botswana. In […]

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Making a Difference on World Refugee Day and Beyond

June 20th, 2011

In Africa today more than 3 million people are refugees—forced to leave their homes due to persecution, violence, or conflict. The UN Refugee Agency—UNHCR—says the refugee crisis is particularly acute […]

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2011 International Women’s Day: Focus on Education and Training

March 7th, 2011

This year’s theme for International Women’s Day on March 8 is equal access for women to education, training and science and technology. Education and training are important components of Aid […]

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Building African Democracies with Books

February 21st, 2011

As the dust settles after events in Tunisia and Egypt, the hard part of building true democracies from the ground-up has only just begun. Established rule of law, a thriving […]

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Saving Africa’s Forests

February 11th, 2011

The United Nations designated 2011 the International Year of Forests and is working to highlight the importance of forests worldwide. Nowhere are forests more important than in Africa. More than […]

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Human Rights and HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa

July 18th, 2010

“Rights here, right now,” the theme of the 18th International AIDS Conference kicking off in Vienna, Austria, today, champions the role of human rights in the fight against HIV/AIDS.  In […]

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Environmental Justice — Using the Law to Protect the Poor and the Environment in Southern Africa

April 26th, 2010

It isn’t everyday that an environmentalist takes on the government and wins. When Thuli Brilliance Mkama, the only public interest environmental lawyer in Swaziland, challenged the environment minister in court, she won and reaffirmed that law is a vital instrument to use against injustice and to support the poor.

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