Policy articles

Climate change and health solutions: Scientists advocate for prioritizing the needs of vulnerable communities

By Lenah Bosibori Scientists from across Africa have emphasized the need for placing vulnerable communities at the forefront when addressing the interconnecting challenges of climate change and health as they bear the brunt of the effects. Speaking during a webinar on ‘Prioritizing Health in Climate Change Action in Africa’ that was organized by the USAID-funded

ASSAf brings the SA IYBSSD to a close

  In December 2021, the 76th session of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly marked a significant moment in the world of science and sustainability by establishing the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD).   This global initiative highlights the pivotal role played by basic sciences – mathematics, physics, chemistry, and biology

A lobby group calls for preservation of threatened indigenous seeds to enhance food security

By Lenah Bosibori A lobby group has called for the preservation of threatened indigenous seeds saying the move will enhance food security in the Africa adding that some companies producing seeds are on a mission to make money. Speaking in Nairobi during the African Biodiversity Network’s (ABN) 20th Anniversary celebrations of commitment to African biodiversity

Climate change is undermining all SDGs

By Checky Abuje At the half-time point of the 2030 Agenda, the science is clear that the planet is far off track from meeting its climate goals thus undermining global efforts to tackle hunger, poverty and ill-health, improve access to clean water and energy and many other aspects of sustainable development. This is according to

Communities need to understand that energy is a driver of economic growth in Kenya and scale up initiatives to spur growth

By Pamela Kaithuru The global community is faced with the challenge of provision of affordable energy made more complex today by climate change. In an attempt to seek solutions to problems, nations have policies and goals. For example, Sustainable Development Goal number 7 focuses on universal access to affordable, reliable, and modern energy. It is

Climate mitigation from a cultural perspective in East Africa

By Checky Abuje Territories governed by Indigenous people and local communities, especially Wildlife conservancies in Sub-Saharan Africa are crucial for meeting the 30×30 targets as envisaged in Vision 2030 sustainable development Goals, Paris Agreement, and FAO plant treaty. However, this must be viewed from the cultural lens, cultural self-strengthening using local methodologies and intercultural exchange

We need more African women in political spaces

By Imali Ngusale By 2030, Africa’s population is expected to peak at 1.6 billion and women’s population will account for 58% of that population. Yet the continent is far from achieving 50% women’s representation in politics. Unfortunately, the current political climate around Africa seems to eschew women in political spaces. This notwithstanding, African women continue

Newly launched Africa Fellows in Education Program appoints four inaugural Fellows to promote evidence-based decision-making in education policy in Africa

The Global Education Analytics Institute (GEAI), in collaboration with the Partnership for Economic Policy (PEP), has launched a research and policy development fellowship designed to build local capacity and improve education decision-making across sub-Saharan Africa. Headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, PEP has a long history of building capacity for policy analysis in communities facing educational and