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Social / CSR in Mauritania

  • Africa: Analysts, Activists Explore Dividends from Empowering Women

    BOTSWANA, 2018/01/06 Imagine a next Africa where patriarchy is dead and additional women are economically empowered to provide for their own basic needs; one in which they continue to shatter the proverbial glass ceilings to occupy top leadership positions in all spheres. Imagine an African woman who isn’t limited by the imaginary walls society has set for her and can aim to reach her full potential through hard work like her male counterparts.
  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • U.S.$19 Million to Assist Vulnerable Groups in Mauritania

    MAURITANIA, 2015/10/10 The Government of Mauritania will tackle the structural causes of the economic and social vulnerability for households using a US$15 million World Bank grant for the Social Safety Net Project aimed at implementing the National Social Protection Strategy (NSPS). The agreement was signed on Monday, September 7, 2015 by Sid'Ahmed Ould Raiss, the Mauritanian Minister of Economic Affairs and Development, and Louise Cord, World Bank Country Director for Mauritania, in the presence of Gaston Sorgho, World Bank Country Manager in Mauritania. Louise Cord stated that "the Social Safety Net Project in Mauritania will focus mainly on execution of the two pillars of the NSPS, namely the Social Registry and the 'Tekavoul' (Solidarity in Arabic) Social Transfer Program."
  • The village of Betieck, about 40 kilometres from Kaedi

    MAURITANIA, 2015/10/10 You travel through the countryside in southern Mauritania, heading to Kaedi - about 400 kilometres away from the capital, towards the border with Senegal. You have five to six hours to take in the world unfolding around you. The rolling hills. The dunes of sand. The brightly coloured houses dotting the desert. A camel. Not giving a ride but taking one - in the back of a jeep. The sky. In the bluest shade you can imagine, with large, fluffy clouds gliding across it. It is just two days before the Tabaski and there is great bustle in each small town you pass through. Colourful silhouettes queue up to buy food for the family, new clothes for the children. There are sheep everywhere, a lot of standing motionless, as if by presently resigned to the fate that awaits them. Noontime arrived, the heat is terrifying. It intensifies each minute, the burning air quivering and undulating.
  • Arab Youth Survey Report 2015

    BAHRAIN, 2015/04/25 Confidence part Arab youth that the Arab Spring would bring positive change across the region is declining and as a result they are uncertain whether democracy could ever work in the Middle East. This is the headline finding of the 7th Annual ASDA’A Burson-Marsteller Arab Youth Survey released today. - Arab youth see the rise of ISIS as the biggest obstacle facing the region - Youth are keen to start their own business as concerns about unemployment continue - The UAE remains the majority popular country to live in and emulate and Saudi Arabia is viewed as the region’s biggest ally - A lot of view the Arabic language as central to their identity but believe it is losing its price to English
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.
  • Mauritanians want land leased to Saudi society cancelled

    MAURITANIA, 2014/02/04 Mauritanians living in Boghe, 300 kilometres south-west of the capital, Nouakchott, have asked their government to cancel the rural land concession granted to a Saudi society, Al-Rajihi, in the form of a lease. The land covers an area of 31,000 hectares. In a letter addressed to President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz Sunday, the people, supported by a group of NGOs working under the Network of Civil Society Organizations for Food Security (ROSA), said the lease infringes on the pastoral code and will stifle human and animal life in the region.
  • Women representation in Mauritanian politics

    MAURITANIA, 2013/12/26 An African Union (AU) observer mission to the Mauritanian municipal and legislative polls, led by former Algerian Prime Minister, Ahmed Ouyahia, has recommended that the Mauritanian government should create an environment which will allow additional women participate in the country's political process. Speaking Tuesday to the media, Ouyahia, who monitored the elections in November and December, said the measure would put the country on the international map as one which encourages gender parity. Since 2006, the law in Mauritania requires only 20 % women representation on the inventory of candidates for national and municipal assembly polls.
  • Inequality rises in resource rich countries in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/21 Despite catalysing strong economic increase, the revenues taken from resources are widening the gap between rich and poor in a lot of African nations, the Africa Evolution Panel says.  While the continent’s 20 resource rich nations account for almost 80 % of its gross domestic product and per capita incomes have generally increased, these nations’ records on poverty reduction and human development are chequered, the APP says in its Africa Evolution Statement 2013. “Africa’s increase figures are real and there is nothing wrong with resource based increase in terms of taking off, but increase has got to be equitable,” Strive Masiyiwa, a member of the Panel and founder of Econet Wireless said.
  • Trade Reforms and Poverty Reduction in Arab Countries

    EGYPT, 2013/05/06 A new partnership announced today between the United Nations and the International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) seeks to fight poverty and create jobs through trade reforms in the Middle East and North Africa. "Today we find ourselves at a world turning point, with nations of the South increasingly driving world increase and making rapid evolution on poverty reduction and job creation," said the Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Rebeca Grynspan at an event in New York.