Monday, August 25, 2014


The inaugural Haller Prize for Development Journalism was launched in June 2014. The ethos of Dr Rene Haller and the Haller Foundation is to promote and share knowledge. The same motivation has led to the establishment of this Prize.
The aim of the Prize is to encourage and advance excellent journalistic investigation of the charitable and entrepreneurial development sectors in sub-Saharan Africa.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Giving Women Land Rights, Giving them Solid economic footing

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

A woman Farming in Ndop-Cameroon
Elizabeth Maimo, a 52-year-old farmer barely ekes out a living from a tiny parcel of land she rents in Santa village in the North West Region of Cameroon.  The mother of five finds it hard to put food on the table for herself and her children, talk less of sending them to school. But some ten years ago, she and her husband were considered well-off.

 Farming on over 10 hectares of land, Maimo and her husband could comfortably feed their family and sell the surplus to raise family income. In a country where 40 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, her family was counted among the wealthy.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Plastic Bags the Environmental Plague that Keep African Gov’ts Worried

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

Heap of non-biodegradable plastic bags in Nkoldongo neighbourhood in Yaounde.
It is ubiquitous – the plastic shopping bag, so handy for everything from toting groceries, newly bought dresses to disposing of pooh, may be a victim of its own success.

Plastic bags are a true menace to our ecosystems and our waste disposal goals. Barely recyclable, once discarded, they either enter our landfills or our marine ecosystem.

COMIFAC’s Forest Governance Meeting Holds in Douala- Cameroon

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

In a bid to putting in place a roadmap to make forest governance in the Central African region more appropriate,forest experts grouped in different themes are meeting in Douala- Cameroon to participate in different adhoc committees on the subject.  The meeting organized by the executive secretary of COMIFAC with the support of CEEAC,  GIZ/COMIFAC project, the World Bank and JICA held on July 29-30, 2014.

Cameroon Cocoa Producers Ressolve to Iprove Quality, Fight Climate Change

By Elias Ntungwe Ngalame

Stakeholders in the Cocoa sector in Cameroon have taken measures to ensure that the quality of Cameroon cocoa is improved through application of climate friendly mechanisms. Meeting in Kumba  in the Southwest region of the country recently to evaluate the 2013/2014 cocoa season, actors resolved to engage in sensitization of farmers to carry out measures that will help mitigate the effects of climate change that has greatly affected cocoa production in the country.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Nigerian manufacturers deserve the stick

 By Greg Odogwu

A friend of mine once told a story of how he made money by simply adhering to the environmental laws of one European country. It was during UNFCCC COP 15 in Copenhagen, Denmark in 2009, when he travelled as a civil society delegate from Nigeria. Towards the end of the heated climate talks he discovered that he did not have any money to shop with; and naturally, anybody coming back from foreign travel is expected to “bring back something”. He had earlier used his pocket money to buy warm clothing because during that period Copenhagen was unbearably cold.

Friday, July 11, 2014

East Africa Hosts First international Green Economy conference.
algeria-solar.jpgPeter Labeja, PAMMAC Uganda Coordinator
The East African country of Tanzania will this week hosts the first ever international conference on Green Economy in the South - South conference. 

The three days meeting (July 08 – 10th) will take place at University of Dodoma, Tanzania, hosted by the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. The summit has been organized to critically examine different tools and approaches that inform Africa’s green economy strategies.