Episodes of "Africa in Focus"
Monday, September 28, 2015
Following up on the ECOWAS Plan of Action on Ebola, which seeks to strengthen regional coordination between ECOWAS; the African Union; and partner nations; and international partners, WADPI seeks to capitalize on lessons learnt from recent Ebola epidemic to strengthen national capacities on disaster-preparedness.
In what will be the start of a relationship between "Africa in Focus Show" and KAIPTC to promote visibility of WADPI, Emmanuel K Bensah Jr. will be hosting participants/trainers/policy-makers from BOTH anglophone & francophone ECOWAS Member States LIVE on the show to explain to listeners why it is important to have a conversation about disaster-preparedness at the national; regional; and continental level.
The 3 June floods in Ghana, which spawned the hash tag #Accrafloods , runs the risk of becoming a lost opportunity to re-transform Accra to a city ready to counter any disaster -- unless the country is actively-seized by the urgency of having important and critical conversations on disaster-management.
Ghana's NADMO certainly cannot have all the answers -- for which reason "Africa in Focus Show" is pleased to partner KAIPTC in this unique partnership that will yield tremendous dividends for, among others, tackling National Emergency Plans; Ebola-Awareness Training; Communication during Disaster Response; and bio-threat preparedness from lessons learnt from Ebola.
Thursday, September 17, 2015
No boat ever served its purpose by staying in the harbour( but maybe that is another subject for another time).
I am currently not in Burkina as i have been on leave. My staff tell me they are safe but the situation is precarious.
I continue to weep......
Monday, September 14, 2015
COMING UP!》Ep.53: Towards Afro-Democracy? (1): Commemorating International Day of Democracy (15 Sept, 2015)
The raison d'être of the show means that this cannot only be about Ghana's democracy, but an attempt to evaluate how far Africa has gone with its democracy.
The show will take place a week after civil society organisations met in Dakar, Senegal, to further-pressurize ECOWAS member states to get serious on two-term democracy. The attempts by ECOWAS at the last ECOWAS summit in Accra, which proved unsuccessful in convincing countries like Togo and Gambia to follow the two-term mandate, may give vent to speculation of a cosmetic attempt for a democratic West Africa. That this recent CSO meeting has taken place so soon reminds us how serious civil society is in contributing to a democratic sub-region.
And how apt!
The theme for the day centres on the centrality of civil society and how it remains the oxygen of democracy.
"Civil society is the oxygen of democracy. Civil society acts as a catalyst for social progress and economic growth. It plays a critical role in keeping Government accountable, and helps represent the diverse interests of the population, including its most vulnerable groups."
Small wonder, then, we have a distinguished panel populated by Centre for Democratic Development (CDD); West Africa Network for Peacebuilding (WANEP); and AIF's partner West Africa Civil Society Institute (WACSI) to help speak to the State of Africa's Democracy.
Monday, September 7, 2015
Afro-Literacy (1): Commemorating International Day of Literacy
Ghana joins the world in celebrating International Literacy Day on 8 September under the theme "Literacy & Sustainable Societies."
We want to, therefore, use Episode 52 on that day to have an important conversation on aspects of literacy – for which reason we will populate a panel that will bring together people who are thinking about different aspects of digital; financial/economic literacy.
At AIF, we do not believe literacy should be seen only in the strictest sense of the ability to read and write, but appreciate the fact that it needs to go beyond to become sustainable.
We will therefore, with our guests, speak to issues, such as the importance of book-reading; the role of social media in fostering literacy; and why, for example, we must begin to support those who are working to digitize African content.
Call us on the following numbers when we open the phone lines at 14h30 GMT
+233(0)289.000.931 // +233(0)289.931.000
Join us if you can at 1pm on 8 September, 2015.
What is the rationale behind WorldReader?
Does WR have any activities lined up for 8 September?
Why is it important and useful to digitize African books?
How did Rachel Emefe Markham conceive of #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShows?
Why did Rachel find it important to start a twitter campaign when everyone is already talking about #BrandAfrica?
Three weeks after UN World Tourism Organisation meeting on #BrandAfrica, what are (vestigial) impressions on way forward?
What can Ghanaians do to improve digital literacy?
Are Ghanaians financially-literate?
What can be done to improve financial literacy?
What has GHASALC done in this respect? What are plans?
What is Pencils of Promise, and what does it seek to do?
What are some of its major activities?
Why did Pencils of Promise chose Ghana?
**Guests in the studio:**
Rachel Emefa Markham, student/founder of #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou; @WestAfricanne
Samuel Alomenu, WorldReader
Amber Shevin, Pencils of Promise
**Guests on the line**:
Representative of Forum on Agricultural Research in Africa(FARA) to comment on 2-day Consultation Workshop on AU's Science, Technology & Innovation(STI) Agenda 2024 @13h20
Eunice Brako-Marfo, Executive Secretary, Ghana Association of Savings & Loans Company (GHASALC), Ghana @14h00 to speak to us about financial and economic literacy
Nana Awere Damoah, author @14h20 to speak to us his book-reading activities, and why book-reading is important
Kwasi Gyan-Apenteng, Communications Consultant/Ghana Association of Writers on the critical importance of reading and writing in fostering literacy @14h40
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"explaining; unpacking; demystifying ECOWAS; AU; South-South policies!": Africa in Focus Show on Radio XYZ93.1FM
Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Issue 1: Approaches for Africa
Issue 2: Power and control
Issue 3: Sustainable development data
Issue 4: Promoting use
Debating the questions
Durban, South Africa, 7–11 September 2015
Ministers and heads of international and national agencies will be among several thousand people gathering for the Congress, which takes place every six years.
This year’s event is hosted by the Republic of South Africa with support from FAO, and marks the first time the Congress will be held on African soil since its inception in 1926.
The Congress outcome, Vision 2050, is set to reinforce the contribution of forests and forestry to a sustainable future and help pave the road to a new climate change agreement at the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Paris in December.
Monday 7 September
Opening of conference and high-level dialogue on the global forest agenda
Prince Laurent of Belgium, Special Ambassador to FAO for Forests and the Environment, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, chairperson of the African Union Commission, and FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva are among high-level speakers confirmed so far.
Launch of the Global Forest Resources Assessment (FRA) 2015
The foremost global forest data assessment will reveal how the world’s forests have changed over the last 25 years. Updated every five years, FRA provides comprehensive information on the state of sustainable forest management, the percentage of forests lost and gained, and other trends by region, country, income category and climatic domain.
Wednesday 9 September
Launch of the Five-year Forests and Water Action Plan
Worldwide, more than one in six people still do not have access to safe drinking water. As global demand for fresh water rises and water grows scarcer, the Five-year Forests and Water Action Plan will call for action in areas of science, policy, economics and forest practices.
Thursday 10 September
Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015
The winner of the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015 will be announced at a special ceremony. The USD 20,000 prize was established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests in 2012 and recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend on them.
Friday 11 September
Launch of Vision 2050 for forests and forestry
The Congress outcome, Vision 2050, is set to strengthen the role of forests and forestry in sustainable development and pave the road to a new climate change agreement at the UNFCCC COP21 in Paris in December.