At first glance it would be impossible to tell Xavier Bambara is a Zoo Technology Engineer; perhaps this explains his passion for biogas. Xavier held several positions in Burkina Faso’s Ministry of Animal and Resources which saw him rise through the ranks over the years before becoming the National Coordinator of the Biogas Programme.
Many international conventions and human rights bodies have always demanded the inclusion of marginalised groups politically, socially and economically. Yet even with existing policies that advocate for the integration of these groups in sustainable development processes, little has been achieved to realise their social inclusion.
Overcoming poor representation and gender stereotypes
Hivos WE4L Lebanon Partner Maharat Foundation’s report following its gendered-based election media monitoring in the May 2016 Lebanese municipal elections shows how women political opinion-makers and leaders continue to be weakly represented in the Lebanese audio-visual media.
Approximately, 250 million roses will be produced for Valentine’s Day globally. Kenya is the lead exporter of rose cut flowers to the European Union with a market share of 38 per cent as of 2015. In 2016, Kenya’s earnings from cut flowers rose 18 per cent to Sh53.3 billion from Sh45.1 billion in the previous year. While the sector has seen strides in the provision of safe and healthy working conditions, adherence of companies in payment of minimum wage and complicacy of certification regulations, much more is yet to be achieved in terms of social responsibility for the workers.
Sub-Saharan Africa alone has been more vulnerable to the effects of climate change more than ever. The Intergovernmental panel on climate change predicts that by 2020, crop yields may fall up to 50 per cent and 75-250 million people could be affected by increased water shortages. This poses a significant risk for the generations to come and deny them valuable environmental resources such as clean air and food.