Archives for September 2011

Do truth and reconciliation comissions bring lasting peace?

Africa HYS team | 11:38 UK time, Wednesday, 28 September 2011

Ivory Coast is due to swear in its Truth, Reconciliation and Dialogue Commission, aimed at forging unity after the post election violence which left about 3,000 people dead and 500,000 displaced.

Didier Drogba and former Ivorian prime minister Charles Konan Banny (AFP)

 

The 11-member body includes religious leaders, regional representatives and Chelsea footballer Didier Drogba to speak for Ivorians living abroad.

The commission is modelled on South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission but it is not clear if it will be issuing amnesties and pardons.

But do TRCs bring lasting peace? 

Does the process of talking about what happened help to heal the wounds or does it stir up emotions that are better left to die down naturally? 

Has your country had a TRC? If so, what did it achieve?

Perhaps you think such a process would help a situation in your country?

Which past conflicts in Africa might have benefitted from a truth commission?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 28 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.
 

Are Africa's currencies at risk?

Africa HYS team | 12:27 UK time, Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Kenyans are concerned over the continued weakening of the shilling against the dollar.

African currencies

 

The prices of basics commodities such as sugar, maize, flour, petrol and kerosene have more than doubled in the last few months.  Many people are struggling to put food on the table.

How is your own country's currency holding up? Is the Eurozone financial crisis affecting African economies?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 27 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Are men to blame for Africa's child brides?

Africa HYS team | 12:45 UK time, Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Every year, an estimated 10 million girls are married off before the age of 18 across the world. A lot of them in Western and Central Africa. Why is the practice so widespread?

Desmond Tutu (AFP)

Launching a "Girls not Brides" initiative in New York, Demsond Tutu argued that men have "aided and abetted" the continuation of child marriage. Do you agree?

Men tend to be political, traditional and religious leaders. They have the power to make things change. But they don't use it. Is this because men themselves benefit from child marriage?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 21 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

 

 

Why is Africa failing on health MDGs?

Africa HYS team | 11:56 UK time, Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Researchers say just nine of 137 developing countries will achieve ambitious targets to improve the health of women and children.

Obstetrician and patients

 

The analysis in the medical journal The Lancet updates previous estimates of progress on the fourth and fifth Millennium Development Goals

MDG4 aims to reduce the death rate for children aged under five by two-thirds between 1990 and 2015.

MDG5 states an ambition to cut deaths among pregnant women and new mothers by three-quarters during the same timescale.

The experts predict that no country in sub-Saharan Africa will meet the goals to dramatically reduce deaths by 2015.

The targets were set by world leaders in 2000.  Were they realistic? Is it better to aim high and fail, or would more be achieved if the goals set were more easily attainable?  Have you seen any improvement in healthcare for mothers and children in the last decade? 

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 20 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Should there be presidential age limit?

Africa HYS team | 13:20 UK time, Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Are Africa's leaders too old?

Africa's oldest head of state President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe (Reuters)

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe is 87 years old and has been in power since 1980 

Cameroon's ruling party, the People's Democratic Movement is expected to nominate President Paul Biya as its presidential candidate for next month's elections, despite criticism from some quarters that he has been in power for too long.

At the age of 78, he is one of the oldest leaders on the continent.  The average age of Africa's presidents is around 70. Why are so many African leaders over the average retirement age? Does the age of your head of state really matter?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 14 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

 

 

 

Must hundreds die before we take safety seriously?

Africa HYS team | 16:28 UK time, Monday, 12 September 2011

As Kenya comes to terms with the death of nearly 100 people in an oil pipeline explosion in Nairobi, Zanzibar is mourning the victims of a ferry disaster that killed nearly 200 people.  

Accidents of this nature are all too common across the continent so we ask: Is health and Safety taken seriously in your country?

People caught up in the explosion (AFP)

Whose responsibility is it to make sure we are safe? Is it the service providers or do we have a role to play in ensuring our own safety?

Do you take unnecessary risks that compromise your safety? What can be done to ensure safety guidelines are put in place and followed in all sectors?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 14 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

 

 

Is it time for tougher action in Somalia?

Africa HYS team | 12:46 UK time, Wednesday, 7 September 2011

Kenya's Prime Minister Raila Odinga has called for an emergency regional summit to seek urgent means to end the crisis in Somalia.

A boy looks down on Seyidka settlement for people displaced by famine.

 

He says he will advocate for "stern UN action" to save the lives of over 750 000 people facing starvation.

Meanwhile the humanitarian organisation Medecine Sans Frontiere say they cannot even access the places that are being most affected by the continuing famine. 

Do you think it is time for tougher measures to ensure humanitarian relief to Somalia?
What form should these measures take?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Wednesday 9 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.
 

Are teachers right to strike?

Africa HYS team | 12:18 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

As a new school term begins, teachers in Kenya and Uganda are on strike. 

Teaching in class

 

In Uganda they are demanding a 100 percent salary increment. 

Kenya's National Union of Teachers (KNUT) is calling on the government to employ 28,000 more teachers to cater for a shortfall in teaching staff. The union argues the shortage of teachers in the country is compromising the quality of education.

Teacher strikes are common across the continent. How can the continent address this problem once and for all? Are teachers right to strike or is it just unfair on the children? Are strikes like these effective in your country? Leave a number if you'd like to be on the programme today.

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Tuesday 6 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

Is money corrupting churches?

BBC Africa HYS Team | 12:32 UK time, Thursday, 1 September 2011

church congregation

 

Forbes magazine recently revealed that there are pastors in Nigeria who are so wealthy they have not one private jet, but two or more. These church leaders are amongst the richest men in the country.

There are many charismatic churches in Africa that attract congregations of thousands and have amassed great wealth: is it a problem that the individuals who head them appear to be enjoying such material luxury?

Do you think there is any contradiction between being a man of God and having a lot of money?

How should churches raise money to support their activities and pay their staff? How should churches use their wealth? What rules should apply when it comes to churches and money?

If you would like to debate this topic LIVE on air on Thursday 1 September at 1600 GMT, please include a telephone number. It will not be published.

 

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