While the news focuses on the conflict in the eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the capital of Kinshasa is a different world, writes Christina Juan. "Economic reforms, health care developments and a culture of music and creativity are providing support to the capital and possibly laying strong foundations that can someday help not only people in the capital but also in the rest of the country," she argues.
Additional policewomen and improved working conditions in Afghanistan will help counteract gender violence, says Oxfam. "Effective policewomen, safe in their jobs, are a critical factor in sustaining change for the better," says Oxfam's Elizabeth Cameron.
"The biggest challenge to the effort is choosing the parties to the negotiation. The Taliban have so far completely sidelined the Afghan government and have indicated that they only want to talk with the United States."
"Sudan's first national elections since 1986 are set for next week. To put it lightly, these elections are facing something of a credibility problem. Opposition parties have been restricted in their ability to campaign; the main opposition party has chosen to boycott the elections; and Sudan's president threatened to cut off the fingers of election monitors dispatched by the Carter Center."
The man who became the face of UN climate negotiations leading up to the December Copenhagen climate summit announced that he will retire in July. Now, the race is on to replace Yvo de Boer as the Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. ... Conventional wisdom suggests that the next climate chief will come from the developing world, since each of the last three were Westerners.