Key stakeholders from Angola and Namibia evaluated the current role and future potential of Africa’s national oil companies (NOCs) during a strategic panel on the second day of Angola Oil & Gas (AOG) 2022 (http://bit.ly/3UyBCpP), as NOCs take concrete steps across the continent to increase efficiencies, cut costs, boost profitability, and transform into competitive, agile, and integrated energy companies.
Moderated by Manuel Mota, Partner – Assurance, EY, the panel comprised Patricio Vilar, Chairman of the Board of Directors, IGAPE; Baltazar Miguel, Executive Board Member, Sonangol; and E.P. Immanuel Mulunga, Managing Director, NAMCOR.
One of the most important reforms in Angola’s oil and gas (http://bit.ly/3AX1Wln) sector has been the Regeneration Program of national oil company Sonangol, which refocused its activities on the primary E&P value chain and repositioned the NOC to serve as a competitor to international operators.
Concluding its final phase in June 2021, the program has achieved several key successes – including raising its operating revenue year-on-year, completing new seismic acquisition, and launching several refining and storage projects – with its comprehensive restructuring serving as a model for other African NOCs.“Within this process of restructuring the sector, we had a vision that Sonangol (http://bit.ly/3H1TmW6) should focus on its core activities and improve its performance.
The assets that were not core, we put aside,” said Miguel.
“We have opened privatization up to 30%, evolving to IPO.
This process has started.
We have launched an international tender where over 17 foreign institutions participated.”“Our national oil company was not a parastatal – it was a state within another state,” noted Vilar.
“We have already privatized 84 state-owned companies.
Out of 60 industry units, we have practically privatized them all.”The panel identified how NOCs can assess market readiness for privatization and how they can better compete with international operators in the free market.
“How ready is Sonangol for an IPO?
The practices of organizations listed on stock exchanges and the gaps that Sonangol has in its own practices have been identified, and a roadmap for the implementation of processes has been defined.
We are currently starting this implementation,” added Miguel.
For many African oil- and gas-producing countries, NOCs serve as the bridge between private and public sector interests and account for the lion’s share of government revenues.
However, African state oil firms continue to face financial constraints – often subsidizing government budgets – and require enhanced access to financing to catalyze their growth.
“Now that we have finally made discoveries and looked to find producing assets outside of Namibia (http://bit.ly/3VGCXuy), we have to go back to our roots and focus on our upstream.
We are talking to Afreximbank and other financial institutions to make sure we have the necessary capital required for investments in the upstream space,” said Mulunga.
“Traditionally, our revenue and asset base has been very small, but thanks to the discoveries and producing assets we are going after, there is an appetite to invest in Namibia.” The panel concluded by exploring the future contributions of African NOCs in the sector and their leading role in nation-building and economic diversification.
In view of the global energy transition underway, panelists discussed how African NOCs can build more diversified and sustainable energy portfolios.
“We’re already producing 150 MW of clean energy,” said Miguel.
“We have been engaged in green hydrogen (http://bit.ly/3EOYavo) production with two companies.
We have a carbon project that has been coordinated with a local NGO.
We have several other initiatives that we have been able to implement within the energy transition.
The global banking system is requiring that we show via our projects what precisely Sonangol is doing on decarbonization and environmental protection.”“If we don’t have a strong narrative on what we will do, then we won’t get financing,” stated Vilar.
“Let us not abandon what sustains us.
Let us continue maximizing what we have, while minimizing the ecological impact.
That should be our concern.”
The Ambassador of the European Union, H.
Manfredo Fanti together with EU Member States’ Ambassadors H.
Nabil Hajlaoui (France), H.
Peter Hughebaert (Belgium), H.
Theresa Zitting (Finland), H.
Regine Hess (Germany), H.
Mary O’Neill (Ireland), H.
Marco Lombardi (Italy), Deputy Ambassador Mr. Job Runhaar (the Netherlands), H.
Francisca María Pedrós Carretero (Spain), Ms. Lena Hothes, Counsellor (Denmark), and Mr. Joakim Ladeborn, Head of Politics, Trade and Promotion (Sweden) will hold a press conference for Tanzanian media at the French Residence to present the Team Europe initiatives for this year’s 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence (GBV).
The annual global campaign, which will run from 25 November to 10 December 2022 under the theme “Take Action to Prevent Femicide Against Women”, will raise awareness about GBV and calls for global action and advocacy efforts to end violence against women and girls.
In Tanzania, Team Europe, together with local and international stakeholders, advocates for action to prevent and fight against femicide and GBV through support for a range of different initiatives at national, regional and local levels, including awareness-raising activities on both GBV prevention and response.
WiLDAF, coordinator for the national campaign, will together with the Minister for Community Development, Gender, Women and Special Groups launch the 16 Days of Activism in Tanzania on 25 November at Leaders Club grounds.
During the campaign, the Embassies of Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and the EU Delegation in collaboration with government partners, NGOs, policy-makers, community groups and activists will organize several public events which will take place around the country.
Highlights include workshops and specialist dialogues, an anti-GBV caravan to 12 regions of Tanzania focusing on involving men and boys, the Shule Salama tour to various schools, an anti-GBV award ceremony as well as bringing together a diverse range of voices, activists, partners and decision-makers to address GBV.
The list of activities and the respective organizers can be found in Annex 1.
The newly admitted UNWTO members reflect the diversity of the broad tourism sector, with private companies, Destination Management Organizations, universities, professional associations, Intergovernmental Organization and NGOs, all represented.
The new additions also reflect UNWTO’s global mission, six from Europe; four from the Americas; four from Asia and the Pacific; two from Africa and two from the Middle East.In accordance with the current legal process of admission, the 18 candidatures were submitted for consideration and approval of the 117th Executive Council after being previously reviewed and endorsed by the Committee on Matters related to Affiliate Membership, during the meeting of the Committee that took place on 17 November.
With this official approval of the Executive Council, the new members can enjoy all the rights and benefits corresponding to this UNWTO membership, in accordance with the statutes and rules of the Organization.
UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili said: “We are proud to see the Affiliate Members network growing while adding value to the Organization, and wish a warm welcome to the 18 new entities joining our community.”The 18 new Affiliate Members are:Asociación Española de Directores y Directivos de Hotel (Spain) Busan Tourism Organization (Republic of Korea) Cappadocia University / Kapadokya Üniversitesi (Türkiye) Comité International Des Festivals Du Film Touristique - CIFFT (Austria) Escuela Profesional De Turismo De La Universidad Nacional De San Antonio Abad Del Cusco (Peru) Eturia CLM (Spain) Hospitality & Tourism Association of Eswatini (Eswatini, the Kingdom of) Innovaris SL (Spain) Jeddah Central Development Company (Saudi Arabia) Johannesburg Tourism Company (South Africa) Manifest Destinations Group, INC.
(United States of America) National Inbound and Domestic Tourism Association of Moldova (Moldova) ONWARD (United States of America) Osaka University of Tourism (Japan) Pacific Tourism Organization (Fiji) Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority (Jordan) PT.
Pintu Bali Digital (Indonesia) Smart Tourism & Hospitality Consulting SA – SMART THC (Panama)
From 28 November to 03 December 2022, United Cities and Local Governments of Africa (UCLG Africa) (http://www.UCLGA.org), through its African Local Government Academy (ALGA) and its Partners, are organizing the 6th edition of the African Forum of Territorial Managers and Training Institutes targeting Local Governments (FAMI 6_2022).
This meeting marks the contribution of UCLG Africa to the United Nations Decade of Action and will be held in Agadir, at the Training Center of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ibn Zohr University.
The FAMI 6_2022 is organized in partnership with the General Directorate of Territorial Collectivities (DGCT) of the Ministry of Interior of Morocco, the Souss-Massa Region, the Prefectural Council of Agadir-Ida Outanane, the Communal Council of Agadir, the Provincial Council of Tiznit as well as the University IBN ZOHR, with the support of the different National Associations of Local Authorities of Morocco (ARM, AMPCPP, AMPCC), and the UCLG Africa Partners Network.
Scheduled one week after the closure of the work and negotiations of the COP 27, the theme chosen for this 6th edition is: "The challenge of training and capacity building of Local Elected Officials and Staff of African Local Governments in Climate Action".
This 6th edition will be an opportunity to present, discuss and provide answers to the various issues related to the challenges of training and capacity building of local elected officials and local government executives in Africa in terms of climate action.
While the impacts of climate change concern and challenge the entire planet, and while they may differ greatly from one region to another, everyone on this planet has a role to play in climate action (States, Governments, local authorities, the private sector, civil society, NGOs, donors, etc.).
With regard to the African continent in particular, its vulnerability to climate change, aggravated by rampant urbanization, is due to a series of factors, including low adaptive capacity, high dependence on ecosystem goods for livelihoods and less developed agricultural production systems.
Adaptation is also essentially a territorial and local issue.
Territorialization of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) is therefore essential to ensure that adaptation measures have an impact on the ground, benefiting populations and territories.
In this regard, sub-national and local governments should be recognized as key actors in the design and implementation of climate change adaptation measures.
They should also be the main beneficiaries of the financial resources allocated to adaptation action plans.
In this context, UCLG Africa has engaged with the Region of Souss-Massa and the Municipality of Agadir of Morocco in an ambitious pilot program of territorialization of nationally determined contributions in Morocco, funded through the Readiness programme of the Green Climate Fund, currently being implemented.
The FAMI 6 will be an opportunity to highlight this good practice and share it with other African local authorities that will be mobilized to participate in the Forum.
The FAMI 6 will be marked by a series of activities aiming at:- Learning and exchanging on the conclusions of the COP27 with a focus on the gains for African Local Governments;- Situating the main actors and stakeholders involved in the process of training and capacity building in climate matters targeting African Local Governments;- Exchanging on the main challenges and needs in this field;- Raising awareness, training and empowering local governments on climate financing opportunities;- Training trainers in climate action in partnership with the ADEME Agency;- Highlighting good practices and successful experiences in climate action;- Identifying key funding opportunities for training and capacity building, etc.
The following are expected to attend this meeting: representatives of Governments, Local Authorities, Local Elected Officials, International Organizations, Territorial Managers, Representatives of Training Institutions, as well as representatives of the Private Sector and the Civil Society.
The opening ceremony will be attended by senior officials representing the Forum's organizing institutions, including:- Honorable Mrs. Fatimetou ABDEL MALICK, President of UCLG Africa, President of the Gender Standing Committee of UCLG, President of the Region of Nouakchott, Mauritania.
- Honorable Mr. Karim ACHENGLI, President of the Council of the Souss-Massa Region, Morocco.
- Honorable Mr. Abdelaziz BENDOU, President of the University Ibn Zohr, Morocco.
- Mr. Jean Pierre Elong Mbassi, Secretary General of UCLG Africa.
The media is invited to cover the opening ceremony scheduled for Monday, November 28, 2022 at 13:00 at the Grand Auditorium of the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Training Center, Agadir.
A fishing boat believed to be carrying at least 430 migrants was safely towed to the Greek island of Crete on Tuesday after being dramatically rescued during near-gale force winds, the country's national news agency AMNA reported.
Local authorities, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and volunteers moved to help the group, which included many children, according to the report.
Their nationalities have not been disclosed and no asylum seekers were reported missing. Previous reports published by NAMA said that there were up to 500 people on board.
A full-scale operation was carried out to rescue them, as their vessel was adrift in winds greater than 7 on the Beaufort scale.
"I will ask the European Commission to activate relocations to other (European Union) member states as part of EU solidarity," Greek Migration and Asylum Minister Notis Mitarachi tweeted.
Greece has been at the center of Europe's refugee crisis since 2015, and the country has repeatedly called for more solidarity among EU member states in meeting the challenge.
"Greece will continue to effectively protect its maritime borders, which are the maritime borders of Europe, saving lives and fighting against the deadly networks of shameless smugglers," Greek Minister for Maritime Affairs and Island Policy Ioannis Plakiotakis said in a press release sent via email. ■
Environmental justice efforts are critically important to save Madagascar’s unique biodiversity from irreversible destruction.
On November 17, the U.S. government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) convened a roundtable workshop to address environmental injustices and promote the wise and sustainable use of the country’s precious natural resources.
Environmental justice ensures efficient enforcement of environmental laws, effective sanctions in response to environment-related misconduct, and equitable sharing of benefits from environmental resources.
“Forests and natural habitats are disappearing, fauna and flora are threatened with extinction, and communities suffer injustice that leads them to break the law to survive,” Agathe Sector, USAID’s Environment Office Director, said in remarks at the workshop.
“Despite commendable efforts to reverse this trend, impunity, corruption, and lack of enforcement stand in the way.
Legal frameworks exist, but their application is insufficient.
The need for rigorous, fair, and equitable natural resource management is a critical aspect of good governance in Madagascar today.”During the workshop, representatives of the public sector, CSOs, and conservation NGOs joined together to evaluate the effectiveness of Madagascar’s environmental legal framework, call for revisions to national policy, identify necessary strategies, and highlight the need for more effective implementation of existing programs.
Participants also endorsed several environmental justice resolutions and developed a clear action plan for organizations engaged in this essential work.
Stakeholders like the Tafo Mihavo network of natural resources managers and the Study and Research Group on Primates of Madagascar, Solidarity of Land Stakeholders urged representatives from the ministries of the Environment and Sustainable Development, Justice, Land Management and Land Services to address critical issues such as the transfer of natural resources management to local communities and the relevance of existing laws and regulations.
They also underscored the important link between land tenure and environmental justice, and how natural resource management practices, such as protection of drinking water sources, affect human health.
Specifically, the recommendations called for decentralization of law enforcement and empowerment of communities through the dina , and adoption of new land use legislation.
Through its Hay Tao environmental governance project, USAID supports Madagascar’s public institutions to develop policies and enforce environmental and land laws to improve the legal framework for natural resource governance.
The United States stands side by side with Madagascar like “mpirahalahy mianala” to help safeguard the country’s unique biodiversity.
Since 2013, USAID has committed more than $60 million to promote sustainability, improve livelihoods for communities, bolster governance of natural resources, stop wildlife trafficking, and protect forests from illegal exploitation.
The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) today announced its 2022 Champions of the Earth, honouring a conservationist, an enterprise, an economist, a women’s rights activist, and a wildlife biologist for their transformative action to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation.
Since its inception in 2005, the annual Champions of the Earth award has been awarded to trailblazers at the forefront of efforts to protect our natural world.
It is the UN’s highest environmental honour.
To date, the award has recognized 111 laureates: 26 world leaders, 69 individuals and 16 organizations.
This year a record 2,200 nominations from around the world were received.
“Healthy, functional ecosystems are critical to preventing the climate emergency and loss of biodiversity from causing irreversible damage to our planet.
This year’s Champions of the Earth give us hope that our relationship with nature can be repaired,” said Inger Andersen, Executive Director of UNEP.
“This year’s Champions demonstrate how reviving ecosystems and supporting nature’s remarkable capacity for regeneration is everyone’s job: governments, the private sector, scientists, communities, NGOs and individuals.”UNEP’s 2022 Champions of the Earth are:Arcenciel (Lebanon), honoured in the Inspiration and Action category, is a leading environmental enterprise whose work to create a cleaner, healthier environment has laid the foundation for the country’s national waste management strategy.
Today, arcenciel recycles more than 80 per cent of Lebanon’s potentially infectious hospital waste every year.
Constantino (Tino) Aucca Chutas (Peru), also honoured in the Inspiration and Action category, has pioneered a community reforestation model driven by local and Indigenous communities, which has led to three million trees being planted in the country.
He is also leading ambitious reforestation efforts in other Andean countries.
Sir Partha Dasgupta (United Kingdom), honoured in the Science and Innovation category, is an eminent economist whose landmark review on the economics of biodiversity calls for a fundamental rethink of humanity’s relationship with the natural world to prevent critical ecosystems from reaching dangerous tipping points.
Dr Purnima Devi Barman (India), honoured in the Entrepreneurial Vision category, is a wildlife biologist who leads the “Hargila Army”, an all-female grassroots conservation movement dedicated to protecting the Greater Adjutant Stork from extinction.
The women create and sell textiles with motifs of the bird, helping to raise awareness about the species while building their own financial independence.
Cécile Bibiane Ndjebet (Cameroon), honoured in the Inspiration and Action category, is a tireless advocate for the rights of women in Africa to secure land tenure, which is essential if they are to play a role in restoring ecosystems, fighting poverty and mitigating climate change.
She is also leading efforts to influence policy on gender equality in forest management across 20 African countries.
Following the launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021-2030), this year’s awards shine a spotlight on efforts to prevent, halt and reverse ecosystem degradation globally.
Ecosystems on every continent and in every ocean face massive threats.
Every year, the planet loses forest cover equivalent to the size of Portugal.
Oceans are being overfished and polluted, with 11 million tonnes of plastic alone ending up in marine environments annually.
One million species are at risk of extinction as their habitats disappear or become polluted.
Ecosystem restoration is essential for keeping global warming below 2°C and helping societies and economies to adapt to climate change.
It is also crucial to fighting hunger: restoration through agroforestry alone has the potential to increase food security for 1.3 billion people.
Restoring just 15 per cent of converted lands could reduce the risk of species extinction by 60 per cent.
Ecosystem restoration will only succeed if everyone joins the #GenerationRestoration movement.
The Honourable Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Kailash Kumar Jagutpal launched Health Promotion Clubs in the Public Service on 14 November 2022 to mark the World Diabetes Day 2022 in Mauritius.
The Health Promotion Clubs aim at promoting a healthy lifestyle among the public officers through regular practice of physical activity, talks and awareness campaigns on health issues, especially NCD risk factors and regular NCD screening programme.
Eminent personalities including the Minister of Public Service, Administrative and Institutional Reforms, Honourable Mr Teeruthraj Hurdoyal and the newly arrived World Health Organization (WHO) Representative, Dr Anne Marie Ancia attended the event.
High officials of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, representatives of other ministries and numerous public officers were also present.
“Diabetes is a silent killer.
It affects a huge proportion of the population in Mauritius,” said Dr K.
Jagutpal, Health Minister in his address.
He expressed concern on the growing number of prediabetes in the population as well as the prevalence of uncontrolled diabetes.
The risks of having complications are higher among the uncontrolled diabetes said Dr Hon. Jagutpal.
“You need to know yourself.
That is in terms of your family history as heredity is a non-modifiable factor for noncommunicable diseases”, added Dr K.
He urged public officers to take advantage of the facilities that are being put at their disposal at their workplace for regular practice of physical activity to prevent diabetes and other NCDs.“You need to invest more in your health, and you have to work hard to make this behaviour of practicing regular physical activity a habit”, further added the Health Minister.
The Health Minister emphasized on this year’s theme "Education to protect tomorrow", and the need for better access to quality diabetes education for health professionals and people living with diabetes.
The last NCD survey conducted in 2021 shows around 20% of the overall population in Mauritius has diabetes.
The prevalence of uncontrolled diabetes is a real concern as it increases the risk of severe health complications such as heart diseases, renal impairment, eyes problems and damaged arteries.
Pre-diabetes and obesity are major precursors of diabetes and cardiovascular disease and therefore, promoting a healthy lifestyle at an early age will help to reverse the situation.
The support and technical assistance provided by the World Health Organization was duly acknowledged by Dr Hon. K.
Honourable Mr Hurdoyal, Minister of Public Service, Administrative and Institutional Reforms, expressed concern over the rising number of diabetes at global level.
He said, “tackling diabetes has become very critical in the face of COVID-19 pandemic as they can lead to more health complications and cause premature deaths.”“The health and well-being of public officers is a top priority of my Ministry”, added Hon. Mr Hurdoyal who announced NCD screening programme in different ministries and departments.
The creation of a Fitness Centre for public officers to prevent and control NCDs among civil servants and improve the work life balance as well as enhance productivity is in the pipeline.
Dr Anne Ancia, the newly appointed WHO Representative in Mauritius, during her first public health event, said, “each one of us has an important role to play in the fight against diabetes”.
She emphasized on small daily actions that can contribute to reducing one’s risk of developing diabetes and other NCDs. “It is critical to promote the adoption of a healthy lifestyle among children and youth people to prevent diabetes”, said Dr Ancia who recalled the creation of the first global targets for diabetes by 2030, as part of recommendations of the 75th World Health Assembly in May this year to strengthen and monitor diabetes responses within national NCD programmes.
These global targets are, among others, 80% of people living with diabetes will be diagnosed and will have good control of their glycaemic levels and blood pressure; 60% of those older than 40 will be receiving treatment with statins; and 100% of people with Type 1 diabetes will have access to affordable insulin and blood glucose self-monitoring.
Ancia highlighted the need to double our efforts to improve services to prevent and manage diabetes care and achieve Universal Health Coverage.
There is also a need to take action to accelerate the implementation of the Package of Essential Noncommunicable (PEN) Plus regional strategy which focuses on integrating outpatient care for severe and chronic NCDs at first-referral level health facilities.
The diagnosis and management of Type 1 diabetes, and other severe NCDs is also a priority for Member States in order to save the lives of children living with Type 1 diabetes.
“Despite encouraging results from the last Mauritius NCD survey report 2022, we still need to do more to reduce suffering and premature death due to diabetes and other NCDs in the country.”, said Dr A.
She also commanded the sustained efforts of the Government of Mauritius in addressing diabetes and other NCDs and for making it a priority at the level of the Ministry of Health and Wellness.
Promotion of a healthy lifestyle in the population remains key in combating diabetes and other NCDs. Children needs to learn the importance of healthy and balanced diets, combined with regular exercise as well as learn to say ‘no’ to smoking and alcohol while also maintaining a healthy weight, said the WHO Representative.
“I wish to reiterate the availability of the World Health Organization, in supporting the country in its fight against NCDs”, concluded Dr A.
The World Health Organization country office has been working closely with the Ministry of Health and Wellness in view of strengthening the national NCD Prevention and Control Programme during the past years.
In close collaboration with WHO, the country has recently aligned its national food laws to international standards to ensure food safety while new legal framework for the setting up of a national food standards agency has been enacted.
WHO also supported the assessment and strengthening of the foot care services through procurement of podiatry kits and training of foot care nurses in June 2022.
The findings of the foot care assessment will help to improve the quality of foot care services in the country to prevent amputations among people living with diabetes.
Further, the Ministry of Health and Wellness and WHO is working closely to finalize the national NCD Integrated Action Plan and National NCDs Service Framework which will soon be launched.
WHO has also been supporting ongoing training of NCD nurses in NCD prevention and promoting involvement of NGOs and civil society in addressing health issues, especially NCDs and the high prevalence of NCD risk factors.
Mauritius has also enacted new tobacco plain packaging legislation with WHO legal support, and the tobacco industry has been given the necessary notice prior to implementation of the new tobacco law to address the high prevalence of smoking in the country.
The Government of Mauritius remains fully committed to provide quality health care services to the population in the face of the high prevalence of noncommunicable Diseases.
No stone is left unturned in the fight of diabetes and other NCDs.
*As US, EU, others seek policy consensus in closing gender gaps British High Commissioner to Nigeria, Catriona Laing, has said that the United, (UK), Kingdom government has launched a $100 million, (about four hundred billion naira), the program through the first bank of Nigeria as direct funding specifically to women-owned enterprises in Nigeria.
She made this known at the ongoing gender and inclusion summit organized by the Policy Innovation Center, (PIC), an initiative of the Nigeria Economic Summit Group, yesterday in Abuja.
She said the investment is part of the implementation of the UK’s three Es projects, namely Educating girls, Empowering women and Ending violence against women and girls.
“The UK has three areas focusing on Gender.
The three Es includes educating girls, empowering women and ending violence against women and girls.
“The UK has worked on education for decades now, particularly in north-east Nigeria where we have supported 1.
4 million additional girls going to school.
“On the empowerment side, we recently launched a hundred million programmes through the first bank of Nigeria which will direct funding specifically to women-owned enterprises,” she said.
Laing explained that gender rights are basic human rights and everyone is entitled to them but there are social norms, religious norms and behavioural norms which are used as excuses for not making progress on gender equality.
She adds, “We are also digitising Humanitarian services and cash transfers so that women can receive money directly into their bank account which gives them more empowerment.
United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mary Beth Leonard has called on government and International partners to prioritize streamlining policies towards closing gender parity gaps.
She said gave priority to the US government which is why it is investing over $200 billion annually towards programming our gender activity and equality globally.
According to her, “In Nigeria, the US mission works to promote an environment that supports women’s success and addresses challenges that hold women back and to empower Nigerian women to do the same.
“The upcoming 2023 elections present a critical opportunity to include more women in leadership positions in government.
And we encourage women not only to vote on election day but also to consider running for office at all levels of government in future elections.
“This campaign season presents an opportunity to demand candidates prioritise policies and legislations for women and girls.
Speaking on gender equality in the workplace and employment opportunity, Deputy Head of the European Union delegation to Nigeria, Alexandre Borges-Gomes, said less than 50 percent of women in Nigeria have paid jobs against 76 percent of men, according to a recent survey.
Deputy Director, PIC, Dr Osasuyi Dirisu explained that the is the first national-level body of its kind for applying behavioural insights and other innovative policy tools in Africa.
She said the PIC works in several policy areas such as financial and digital Inclusion, health, human capital, gender and social policy, accountability and transparency hence.
“We do a lot around strategies, programs, regulatory and policy design.
And being here is ensuring that the policy process is participatory, and then we present solutions and evaluate, get lessons to learn so that we can scale.
She added that PIC has so projects in the last year on harnessing behavioural insight, sustainable and inclusive digital transformation, assessment of the context and behavioural drivers of learning poverty and outcomes for “at risk (in and out of school children.
” in response to the need for capacity strengthening for gender and development, PIC collaborated with the centre for Gender and Social Policy Studies, at the University of Ife to develop a five-day gender and development course started it in April and have about 100 attendees from donor organisations, private sectors and NGO.
We also conducted a gender assessment of the mining sector.
“We are here at the summit and hope to institutionalise and have an opportunity for stakeholders to come together to have a real conversation about gender and advanced cause to improving gender equality in Nigeria.
The Lagos State Government, through the Ministry of Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation (WAPA), on Tuesday supported 54 women-focused Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) with N250,000 grant each.Mrs Bolaji Dada, the Commissioner for Women Affairs and Poverty Alleviation, Lagos, during the Grant-in-Aid presentation, said the gesture was to encourage NGOs whose area of focus deals with promoting and enhancing the affairs of women in the state.Dada reiterated the Lagos state government’s commitment and support to programmes that affect the lives and well-being of its citizenry.She said: “ Today, WAPA is extending our kind gesture and support to 54 women focused NGOs with a sum of N250, 000 each as ‘Grants-in Aid.“In 2021, a sum of N100,000 each was given to 25 women-focused NGOs that were outstanding in their performances towards alleviating the plights of women residents in Lagos State.“Having observed that most women-focused NGOs have judiciously utilised the funds they received last year in various capacities to the public, it behooves on us as a responsive government to continue to support more registered NGOs”.The commissioner said the 54 beneficiaries were selected out of the over 300 NGOs registered under WAPA, based on their work and commitment toward women empowerment.She, however, urged the NGOs to redouble their efforts by reaching out to more women through their various programmes.“Your progress on this journey of lending the Lagos women residents a voice is of paramount interest to us.“We want you to do more, that is why you are benefiting from this initiative.“Feel free to inform us on recommendations that will enhance a conducive livelihood for our women,” Dada said.Meanwhile, Mrs Adesola Olusoga-Bello, Vice-Coordinator of African Women Lawyers Association, Lagos Chapter, commended the Lagos state government for supporting female-focused NGOs through the grants.She said: “This is a laudable initiative coming from the Lagos state government through WAPA.“The state has always shown passion to things that are related to women and it is a good one that they are doing this through various NGOs,” she said