Setting a different theme on nutrition

The theme of this year’s African Union Summit was “Silencing the Guns,” and much of the focus was on continental efforts to ease the conflicts in South Sudan and Libya. But peacemaking wasn’t the only thing on the agenda during the meetings last week in Addis Ababa. A collection of presidents, officials from international agencies and bankers also held a meeting to discuss nutrition on the continent, focusing on the impact conflict has had in driving hunger across Africa. → Read the rest “Setting a different theme on nutrition”

Is the African Union up to the continent’s challenges?

Thirty years to the day after Nelson Mandela stepped out of prison, his freedom a symbol of African self-determination and a triumph for the solidarity between Africans, the African Union is kicking off its annual summit to address the significant challenges of the continent. Unfortunately, many of the bloc's 55 leaders that will ultimately determine the AU's strategy are chief among those same challenges and show little willingness to tackle the systematic flaws in the system that they rely on. → Read the rest “Is the African Union up to the continent’s challenges?”

An agreement with some strings attached

The World Health Organization is really pushing African countries to translate commitments their leaders have made to universal health coverage into actual practice. And they are offering up some inducements.

The WHO signed an agreement with the African Union last week to provide expertise in areas ranging from drug regulations to finance modeling to AU and country officials. → Read the rest “An agreement with some strings attached”