AFRICA WATCH: From Innovative Tailor-Made Messaging Apps, How Technology is a Liberating Force for women, to Whether Young People Can Lead Africa Into The Future | The Youth Cafe

UN Chief Antonio Guterez meets with young female African coders. Courtecy UN.

The Africa Renewal information programme, produced by the Africa Section of the United Nations Department of Public Information, provides up-to-date information and analysis of the major economic and development challenges facing Africa today. Among the major items it produces is the renowned magazine, Africa Renewal (formerly Africa Recovery), which first appeared in 1987. It also produces a range of public information materials, including backgrounders, press releases and feature articles. It works with the media in Africa and beyond to promote the work of the United Nations, Africa and the international community to bring peace and development to Africa.


Bogolo Kenewendo

Botswana’s youngest minister

The Africa Renewal programme examines the many issues that confront the people of Africa, its leaders and its international partners: economic reform, debt, education, health, women's advancement, conflict and civil strife, democratization, aid, investment, trade, regional integration, rural development and many other topics. It tracks policy debates. It provides expert analysis and on-the-spot reporting to show how those policies affect people on the ground. And, it highlights the views of policy-makers, non-governmental leaders and others actively involved in efforts to transform Africa and improve its prospects in the world today.

Africa Renewal reports on and examines the many different aspects of the UN's involvement in Africa, especially within the framework of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). It works closely with the many UN agencies and offices dealing with African issues, including the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the Office of the Special Adviser on Africa.


Gender Parity Acfions in this Issue

●DRC allowed women to register business

●Mauritius introduced civil remedies for sexual harassment

●Sao Tome and Principe and equalized mandatory retirement


6 Economic empowerment of women is good for all

8 Bostwana’s youthful minister, Bogolo Kenewendo, opening doors for

women and girls

9 Good education is the foundation for effective female leadership

12 Technology is a liberating force for African women

3 Innovative messaging app tailor-made for Malians gains popularity

14 Preparing Africa’s graduates for today’s jobs

16 Interview: Aya Chebbi, African Union Youth Envoy

18 African music on a round trip—from Cotonou to Cuba and back

20 Countries propose a treaty to end corporate impunity

22 Interview: Ahunna Eziakonwa, Director, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa

24 Megacities are magnets for investors

26 Mechanizing agriculture is key to food security

28 Zimbabwe’s beef industry stampedes back to life

30 Paying a high price for skin bleaching

35 Book Review

35 UN Appointments