Pambazuka News 269: Ivory Coast: Dynamics of mediation

eLearning Africa 2007, the second International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training, will take place from the 28th to the 30th of May, 2007 in Nairobi, Kenya under the Patronage of the Kenyan Minister for Education, Science and Technology, the Hon. Dr. Noah Wekesa, MP and will focus on "Building Infrastructures and Capacities to Reach out to the Whole of Africa".

Since 4 August, about 1,500 people from the area north of El Fasher have arrived after their villages were bombed, placing them in the crossfire between government forces and rebels of the National Redemption Front (NRF). Some of the new arrivals have put up flimsy shelters on a sandy slope outside El Salaam camp as they await official registration.

Draft legislation drawn up at a regional conference in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, is mainly aimed at guaranteeing the property rights of returnees and internally displaced persons (IDPs) in countries such as Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic, Rwanda and Uganda.

To celebrate the 100th anniversary of Oxford Journals, Oxford University Press is publishing a collection of 100 seminal papers selected from many of their 180 journals. Included is the above-named paper by Professor Roger Zetter which appeared in Volume 4 of the Journal of Refugee Studies.

District health systems in Africa depend largely on public funding. In many countries, not only are these funds insufficient, but they are also released in an untimely fashion, thereby creating serious cash flow problems for district health managers. This paper examines how the untimely release of public sector health funds in Ghana affects district health activities and the way district managers cope with the situation.