Q&A: Toilets confront climate change

By Shahani Singh Two-and-a-half billion people worldwide have no access to safe, durable sanitation systems. Brian Arbogast, director of the water, sanitation and hygiene programme at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, tells SciDev.Net how innovative toilet technologies and business models could help fix this — and help communities cope with the devastation of climate …

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Africa News Headlines for 23 October 2015

A selection of Africa news headlines from around the globe over the past 24 hours Kenya submits data evidence to UN over sea boundary dispute with Somalia Source: Geeska Afrika Sudan begins releasing blocked supplies for Darfur peacekeepers Source: Reuters Uganda Political Tensions Climbing Ahead of 2016 Poll Source: Voice of America WHO: Cholera Outbreaks …

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The quest to find affordable and sustainable sanitation solutions for Africa

Santiago Septien, University of KwaZulu-Natal Around 2.5 billion people in developing countries do not have access to basic sanitation. This is the cause of some of the biggest environmental and health problems facing people living in poor communities, including water pollution and the transmission of diseases and infections. But installing and operating sewage and wastewater …

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Trial in Senegal of former Chadian president is a victory for civil society

Marie Gibert, Birkbeck, University of London Hopes have been raised that the victims of atrocities perpetrated more than 25 years ago by the regime of Hissène Habré, Chad’s former president, may at last find justice. The former dictator is on trial before Senegal’s Extraordinary African Chambers for crimes including the politically motivated murders of at …

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Obama’s visit to Kenya: why Africa matters to America

Scott Firsing, Monash University Preparations are underway for US President Barack Obama to once again visit Africa. In July, he will become the first American president to visit Kenya. Ahead of Obama’s visit, Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta launched the local chapter of a global initiative to promote entrepreneurship. The pair will be co-hosting the sixth …

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