People in North Africa

  • Children on the move from Africa do not first aim to go to Europe, new UNICEF study shows

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/29 Children on the move into Europe from Africa take the decision to leave home on their own and do not initially intend to go to Europe. For the majority the systematic trauma and abuse they witnessed or suffered in Libya caused them to flee to Europe and take the terrifying Central Mediterranean sea route, according to a new study commissioned by UNICEF and carried out by REACH.
  • 'Family Planning is Not Only Life-Saving, But Empowering'

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/12 "Contraceptives empower women. And empowered women ... well, they transform societies" Contraceptives are "one of the greatest anti-poverty innovations the world has ever known", philanthropist Melinda Gates said on Tuesday, calling for family planning to be a world priority. Access to birth control boosts economic productivity by allowing women to earn an gain and leads to smaller families with additional resources to spend on children's health and education, Gates said.
  • Africa population growth key at AU summit

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  • Africa facing shortfall of 50 million jobs by 2040

    BOTSWANA, 2017/07/02 Unemployment crisis will ravage the continent if it doesn’t opt for market-based development, according to statement by Tony Blair’s Institute Parts of Africa could face a massive unemployment crisis by 2040, with “catastrophic” consequences for the world economy, new research has found. The statement predicted a shortfall of 50 million jobs, which should serve as a “wake up call” for governments across much of the continent, inclunding international donors and agencies. According to the analysis by the Tony Blair Institute for World Change, based on world bank data, the labour force in sub-saharan Africa will be 823 million by 2040, up from 395 million in 2015. However, total number of jobs is only expected to hit 773 million, it said, leaving 50 million people in Africa unemployed.
  • Omar Sharif Dies At 83

    EGYPT, 2015/07/12 'Lawrence of Arabia' and 'Doctor Zhivago' star multiple award-winning actor, Omar Sharif, died on Friday from a heart attack at a Cairo hospital, aged 83, his agent Steve Kenis said according to a BBC statement. Egypt-born Sharif won two Golden Globe awards and an Oscar nomination for his role as Sherif Ali in David Lean's 1962 epic Lawrence of Arabia. Before this year, his agent confirmed that he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Omar Sharif was born on April 10, 1932 as Michel Demetri Chalhoub in Alexandria, Egypt, to a Melkite Catholic family of Lebanese descent. He studied at Victoria College, where he became active in sports and developed interest in theatre and acting. Next obtaining a degree in mathematics and physics at the University of Cairo, he worked for five years in his father's precious wood business before studying acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London.
  • The European Union (EU) and Tunisia signed an agreement on population

    EUROPEAN UNION, 2014/03/05 The European Union (EU) and Tunisia on Monday signed an agreement on the movement of populations between the Europe and Tunisia. The EU Commissioner in charge of Interior affairs, Mrs Cecilia Malmström, and the Tunisian ambassador to the EU, Tehar Cherif, both read a joint declaration, stating that the agreement is as well meant to promote a common and responsible management of migration -- through the simplification of visa procedures. Mrs. Malmström indicated that the EU will support the Tunisian authorities in their efforts regarding political asylum with a view to establishing a system of protection for refugees and asylum seekers.
  • The Executive Director of United Nations Fund for People Activities (UNFPA), Babatunde Osotimehin,

    MAURITANIA, 2014/01/11 The Executive Director of United Nations Fund for People Activities (UNFPA), Babatunde Osotimehin, begins a two-day visit to Mauritania on Saturday during which he will meet President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz and senior government officials. The UNFPA representative in Mauritania, Kodogo Ouedraogo, said on Thursday that Osotimehin would discuss with President Abdel Aziz 'the significant leadership role that the country has to play in the continent to support implementation of strategic options notably those relating to the African continent's development of the post-2015 schedule'.
  • Africa’s demographics are driving global population growth

    AFRICA, 2013/09/15 Sewage spilling into the streets, shacks for homes and shanty towns stretching into the horizon. This is New York in the late 1800s, its grim scenes famously captured by local reporter Jacob Riis, who took chance of newly-invented flash photography to portray the city’s hard scrabble life The same was authentic of London, its own miserable conditions captured by the pen of Charles Dickens. The images conjured are little different to what one finds today across a lot of developing cities, whether Mumbai or Jakarta. And the experience of the New Yorks and Londons shows that a lot of of today’s most liveable cities were once anything but. So, how do cluttered urban sprawls become cities? And how do Africa’s people trends compare to other regions?
  • Algeria's southern unemployed demand oil jobs

    ALGERIA, 2013/04/01 Protests by the unemployed in southern Algeria are raising the specter of rising unrest in the country's sensitive oil regions; Algeria's vast, sparsely populated Sahara only holds 10 % of the country's people but it is home to this North African country's enormous oil and gas reserves - the basis of the entire economy and the source of the government's power. Those who live there claim they aren't benefiting from that wealth, and can't get jobs with the oil companies.