News East & Horn Africa

Fri,31Oct2014

East & Horn Africa

Uganda: Groups seek inclusion of pregnant girls in national examinations

Education activists in Uganda have called on the government and head teachers to change the policy of preventing pregnant students or nestling girls, who give birth while still at school, from writing their final national exams.

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Harnessing the potential of pension fund capital

Many pension funds invest in low-yield, safe state bonds rather than infrastructure and farming projects. Photo©Jacob Silberberg/Panos-REAGetting pension funds, foreign exchange reserves and other large pools of African capital into local economies is critical.

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Kenya: Making a new Malindi

Poor and marginalised despite its rich residents, Malindi will be an important test of Kenya's newly decentralised government after changes to the constitution in 2010 devolved power to 47 counties.

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Tanzania: on track for target economic growth

The International Monetary Fund said today that Tanzania is on track to reach its target for economic growth of about 7 percent this year, but warned the government to keep its public debt in check.

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Kenya's Malindi, a paradise lost

Security fears have kept visitors away from Malindi’s pure white beaches. Photo©Andrew Njoroge for TARAfter three decades of mafia money and a rampant sex trade Malindi's tourist income is drying up. Will the separatists gain ground or can the town reinvent itself?

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Africa's woes blamed on leadership crisis

Despite its natural wealth, Africa is home to the world's most impoverished and abused people. Photo©ReutersA group of Ghanaians say the current crop of the continent's leaders are failing because they are still tied to the apron strings of the "colonial masters", giving them negative account of their own countries to secure financial or technical aid.

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