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Building the infrastructure for an African Internet

Two new developments could lay the foundation for Africa coming more fully online and consuming, producing, and engaging with the global internet.

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Self-administered flu vaccine delivered via mail

An innovative new delivery method for flu vaccines could help spread preventative medicine while relieving stress on the existing health system.

The South Africa Node writes,

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South Africa Node Aug 2010, pg. 8
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SA-Node_Aug2010.pdf#page=8

www.iol.co.za/index.php?from=rss_Innovation&set_id=1&click_id=116&art_id=nw20100718222307728C396532

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Skills shortage in reproductive health in Africa

A shortage of skilled reproductive health specialists in Africa is leading to serious geographic health gaps and desperate (and potentially unsafe) health practices.

The South Africa Node writes,

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Social marketing sex education in Zimbabwe (through hair salons)

New health marketing techniques directly tailored to the social environments of their beneficiaries helps spread sex education in Zimbabwe.

The South Africa Node writes,

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South African Universities consider raising admission standards to maintain global competitiveness

The South Africa Node writes,

Several universities in South Africa have raised their 2011 admission requirements for fear that continuing high failure rates among students will erode their global competitiveness. According to a snap survey of 12 universities conducted by The Sunday Times, 8 are considering tighter admission requirements next year, believing that poor student pass rates are partly attributable to lax selection criteria.

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The South Africa Node highlights the vicious cycle that tighter standards might create:

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Women's representation in politics not improving in Southern Africa

Some nascent legislation is aimed at accelerating gender parity in political positions in many Southern African nations and Madagascar, but the overall trend has been regression.

The South Africa Node writes,

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"Climate refugees" a primary challenge or political tool?

An emerging debate on climate refugees highlights the complicated dynamics of linking environmental disasters with their effects that disproportionately affect the poor.

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Food crisis in wake of flooding not met with sufficient aid

UN calls for emergency relief funds have gone unheard by the global community and only 1/3 of what was sought has arrived.

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Center for Democracy and Development, July 2010 pg. 10:
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/CDD_July2010.pdf#page=10

Http://www.apanews.net/spip.php ?article128239

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People Migrating From Farther to Live in Mumbai

Within Mahashtra—the western Indian state in which Mumbai is the capital—more than 74 percent of the migration is from rural to urban areas. Sixty percent of all migration within the state is into Mumbai from four nearby districts, Ratnagiri, Satara, Pune and Raigad. However, according to Strategic Foresight Group Asian Horizons, this trend is changing rapidly.
“The last census in 2001 revealed that the migration from districts farther away from the city, i.e. the other parts of Maharashtra, such as Latur, Nanded, Solapur, Parbhani, Jalna, Osmanabad and Beed is on the increase.”

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Strategic Foresight Group Asian Horizons March 2010, page 3
http://newsletters.clearsignals.org/SFG_Mar2010.pdf#page=3
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