UN and Africa: focus on faith groups, youth potential and Tanzania economy

4 February 2016

Faith groups fighting terrorist ideology need more empowerment

Faith groups fighting terrorist ideology that misuses religion need more empowerment from bodies such as the UN. That’s the view of one African expert on religion and conflict who’s been attending a UN-sponsored symposium on The Role of Religion and Faith-Based Organizations in International Affairs. Kenya-based Dr Mustafa Ali is a director of the faith-based, youth-focussed organization Arigatou International, and was one of the speakers exploring the link between religion, violence and extremism. Matthew Wells asked him why violent extremism on all continents was being so heavily fuelled by faith-based ideology.

An audience member listens during the Youth Forum. UN Photo/Rick Bajornas

African countries recognizing “youth potential” in reaching SDGs

Many African nations are starting to recognize the potential of youth in helping them achieve the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. That’s according to Divine Rusabase, a 20 year old Burundian representative, who’s been at UN headquarters in New York, at the annual youth forum. Over 60% of the African population is under the age of 35. Rusabase believes empowering young people is a vital step towards realizing the 17 SDGs that include ending poverty and hunger. The UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) forum brought hundreds of young representatives together to talk about how they can boost development. Divine Rusabase told Carmen Cuesta Roca what had struck her most about being there.

Women plucking tea leaves on a tea plantation in Tanzania. UN Photo/B Wolff

Tanzania’s records “strong” economic growth in 2015

Tanzania recorded strong economic growth of 7 per cent in 2015, according to a review by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).The economy in the East African country has been driven by construction and financial services as well as the transportation and communication sectors.Tanzania’s relationship with the IMF is based on an agreement called a Policy Support Instrument or PSI.Pricilla Lecomte has been speaking to Hervé Joly, the IMF mission chief in Tanzania.She began by asking him to explain what a PSI is.

Presenter: Jocelyne Sambira

Production Assistant: Sandra Guy

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