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Africa Connect Online
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Get to Know Us

AfricaConnect has positioned itself to play a key role in covering the major proceedings that are happening at the United Nations Headquarters and its many agencies, programs and funds with a focus on Africa and the African diaspora all over the world.

In addition to high-level events and major political developments which already receive substantial media coverage, AfricaConnect also covers events that are regularly underreported, but are of major importance to Africa’s development, as they often cover specific subjects and priorities that can be ignored in other venues.

AfricaConnect is about fetching development to Africa by allowing Africans all over the globe to connect with their roots trough authentic African cultures, arts, entertainment, interviews with African movers and shakers, and providing a “voice” mainly to be heard on two continents, Africa and the Americas (as well as the Caribbean).

AfricaConnect is convinced that in order to achieve dignityfor all Africans, we must ensure respect for all human rights. Presently women and girls are still disproportionally and systematically deprived of their rights. The plague of violence against women and girls is a critical barrier to sustainable development and must receive immediate focus.

This problem is worldwide, however Africa has specific challenges, we must therefore educate and empower men and women, boys and girls to overcome these injustices and realize that gender equality and empowering women and girls benefits all. Addressing barriers to women’s leadership and political participation is important to increasing economic growth and eradicating poverty.




Team

  • Omon Okor

    Founder & CEO

  • Daniel Van Schaik

    Content Manager

  • Barbara Sam

    Director of Operations

  • Chistopher Moumakwe

    South Africa Director of Operations

  • Nasihi Sobahle

    South Africa Correspondent

  • Linda Barra

    Fashion Correspondent

  • Modou Cham

    Correspondent

  • Essence Semaj Henley

    TV Host / Correspondent

  • Assie Khoussa

    Correspondent

  • Akotegnon Camille

    Africa Correspondent

  • James Hercules

    Photographer

  • Sekeo Diarra

    Videographer

  • Robert Bernstein

    Author

  • Cinnamon Carter

    Editor in Chief




Our Mission

“To be able to bring a definite end to poverty in Africa we must address the persistent and growing poverty experienced by women and girls and tackle structural causes of gender inequality that perpetuate its cycle.”

Why Africa Connect Online is Here

AfricaConnect allows people from Africa and its diaspora to be educated and informed about the most recent sustainable development efforts, by connecting them with their roots and promoting sustainable development trough authentic African music and arts; the real story behind events occurring on the African continent and the United Nations and bringing light to the passion and courage of those who seek to change the future sustainably.


Africa's Development

Since its initiation the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) has been promoted widely both within Africa, the industrialized North and recently in the South, as the integrated and comprehensive socio-economic development program to accelerate Africa’s renewal. NEPAD is widely recognized as Africa’s development plan by most Governments, the international financial institutions and by many international governance institutions like the United Nations. NEPAD is widely seen as the mechanism through which support to Africa’s development efforts can be best delivered. Thus, the NEPAD process has come to be accepted not only by African countries but also by Africa’s development partners as the framework mechanism for their development efforts.


The Millennium Development Goals (2000 – 2015)

The Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), with a span from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS, to promoting gender equality and the empowerment of women, as well as providing universal primary education, have been a milestone in global and national development efforts. The MDGs have helped to galvanize development efforts and guide global and national development priorities. While three of the eight goals have been achieved in many parts of the world prior to the final deadline of 2015, progress has been patchy within and across countries in Africa.

At the beginning of 2015 we may conclude that Africa has been at the short end of the global development efforts and much more need to be done to accelerate progress and increase development on the African Continent.


The Global Development Agenda Beyond 2015 (2015 – 2030)

In September 2015 the international community will agree on and set up a new development pathway and structure for the world, obviously the immediate focus should be to assist and guide the African continent towards sustained development.

The outcome document of the 2010 High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly on the MDGs requested the Secretary-General to initiate thinking on a post-2015 development agenda and include recommendations in his annual report on efforts to accelerate MDG progress.

The outcome of the Rio+20 Conference on Sustainable Development initiated an inclusive intergovernmental process to prepare a set of sustainable development goals (SDGs). There is broad agreement on the need for close linkages between the two processes to arrive at one global development agenda for the post-2015 period, with sustainable development at its center.