Rewriting the script around South Africa’s rape statistics

Lisa Vetten, University of the Witwatersrand Statistics on violence – particularly towards women and children – are highly politicised in South Africa. Typically, they serve one of two purposes: either they provide government with evidence of a good story to tell; they are winning the war against against crime. Or they highlight a crisis and …

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When better education doesn’t lead to a better job

Francis Teal, University of Oxford Many visitors in poor, sub-Saharan African countries are struck by how schools outnumber factories. The large number of schools is due partly to the success of one of the Millennium Development Goals – that primary education should be available to all children. According to the World Bank, the proportion of …

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Call for joint funding to enhance African statistics

By Natasha Gilbert [Republished under a Creative Commons license from SciDev.Net.] [WASHINGTON DC] African governments should work with development donors to fund the collection of a wider and better range of social and economic data, a meeting on the quality of statistics in Africa has heard. Many African nations have weak systems for collecting and …

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Africa News Headlines for 4 January 2015

Son of Kenyan opposition leader found dead at home Source: New Vision/AFP Extremists kidnap 40 males in northern Nigeria Source: Stars and Stripes/AP Zuma’s foundation sponsors new Bible translation Source: StarAfrica Pope names 3 African cardinals, 17 others Source: The News Ebola – a wake-up call for leaders? Source: Sierra Leone Telegraph Trafficking great ape …

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