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Two men playing Morabaraba. Board games are a part of the social fabric of many African societies. ConstantineD/flickr

Rebecca Y. Bayeck, Pennsylvania State University

Cape Verde, the small island archipelago nation off Africa’s northwest coast, has set itself a very bold renewable energy target. As part of its “sustainable energy for all” agenda, it has pledged to obtain 100% of its electricity from renewable resources by 2025.

Climate change: UCLG Africa has a responsibility to its members to report on climate change issues across the continent: Beyond Declarations – A Question of Localization

We were sad to learn that Kenyan scholar, Professor Calestous Juma from the Harvard Kennedy School, passed away.  Read more from Quartz Africa here.

The Seedbeds of Transformation conference will provide a collaborative, transdisciplinary space for people with diverse perspectives to explore transformations and the SDGs in Africa. The meeting will draw on a wide range of knowledge and regional contexts to identify appropriate pathways for achieving these goals in Africa. Designed around the concept of an innovation marketplace, this three-day conference will bring together innovators from research, government, industry, NGOs, the media and more.

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The Refugee Center Online is looking for refugee and immigrant authors to write Refugee Voices articles on a variety of topics. $40-$50 for each article. Learn more here!

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Why blaming ivory poaching on Boko Haram isn’t helpful

In 2016, as part of a ceremony in Cameroon’s capital Yaoundé, 2,000 elephant tusks were burned to demonstrate the country’s commitment to fight poaching and illegal trade in wildlife. US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power gave a speech at the event linking poaching to terrorism. 

The idea that terror groups like Boko Haram fund their activities through ivory poaching in Africa is a simple and compelling narrative. It has been adopted by governments, NGOs and media alike. But it is undermining wildlife conservation and human rights.

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new study led by Colorado State University analyzed the social interaction patterns of juvenile female elephants and found that orphans have less access to mature, dominant individuals than non-orphaned elephants, whose primary social partners are their mothers and aunts.

Orphan elephants have less access to mature, dominant individuals than non-orphaned elephants. Photo: Shifra Goldenberg/Save the Elephants, CSU

This investment will contribute to ENGIE’s goal of providing 20 million people around the world with access to decarbonized, decentralized energy by 2020, using the latest digital technologies