The aim of this page is to recognise, celebrate and encourage the self-empowerment of community agency networks (CANs) and community groups across Africa.

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This page is the beginnings of a portal for Africa community action. The majority of our information about this is collated via our place pages...Near you. Most of this page focuses on Africa community action topics.

Ubuntu[edit | edit source]

What we can learn from the African philosophy of Ubuntu
Authors: BBC Reel, Feb 25, 2022
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Ubuntu (Zulu pronunciation: [ùɓúntʼù]) (meaning humanity in Bantu) describes a set of closely related African-origin value systems that emphasize the interconnectedness of individuals with their surrounding societal and physical worlds. "Ubuntu" is sometimes translated as "I am because we are" (also "I am because you are"), or "humanity towards others" (Zulu umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu). In Xhosa, the latter term is used, but is often meant in a more philosophical sense to mean "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity".

Food[edit | edit source]

Community energy[edit | edit source]

Solar Sister: A women powered clean energy revolution
Authors: UN Global Climate Action Awards, February 25, 2013

Climate action[edit | edit source]

Sustainable transport[edit | edit source]

Africa Streets Mission

Urban sustainability[edit | edit source]

Africa now has 350 million urban dwellers, more than the populations of Canada and the United States combined. Asia and Africa are expected to double their urban populations to roughly 3.4 billion by 2030.[1]

Ecological restoration[edit | edit source]

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This page is the beginnings of a portal for Africa community action in response to Ecological emergency. The majority of our information about this is collated and can be shared via our place pages...Near you.

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Social inclusion[edit | edit source]

Sustainable livelihood[edit | edit source], Collaboration, Education, Livelihoods and Development in a Changing World

Resources[edit | edit source]

Video[edit | edit source]

Permacyclists VF
Authors: Permacyclists, Jul 1, 2011

Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]

Wealth and poverty in Africa – interactive, 2011[2]

Apps for sustainability[edit | edit source]

About Africa[edit | edit source]

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Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most populous continent after Asia. At about 30.3 million km2 (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 20% of Earth's land area and 6% of its total surface area. With 1.4 billion people as of 2021, it accounts for about 18% of the world's human population. Africa's population is the youngest amongst all the continents; the median age in 2012 was 19.7, when the worldwide median age was 30.4. Despite a wide range of natural resources, Africa is the least wealthy continent per capita and second-least wealthy by total wealth, ahead of Oceania. Scholars have attributed this to different factors including geography, climate, corruption, colonialism, the Cold War, and neocolonialism. Despite this low concentration of wealth, recent economic expansion and the large and young population make Africa an important economic market in the broader global context. Africa has a large quantity of natural resources and food resources, including diamonds, sugar, salt, gold, iron, cobalt, uranium, copper, bauxite, silver, petroleum, natural gas and cocoa beans, and tropical fruit.

The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Isthmus of Suez and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognised sovereign states, eight cities and islands that are part of non-African states, and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition. This count does not include Malta and Sicily, which are geologically part of the African continent. Algeria is Africa's largest country by area, and Nigeria is its largest by population. African nations cooperate through the establishment of the African Union, which is headquartered in Addis Ababa.

Environmental issues in Africa[edit | edit source]

Environmental issues in Africa are caused by anthropogenic effects on the African natural environment and have major impacts on humans and nearly all forms of endemic life. Issues include desertification, problems with access to safe water supply, population explosion and fauna depletion. These issues are ultimately linked to over-population in Africa, as well as on a global scale. Nearly all of Africa's environmental problems are geographically variable and human induced, though not necessarily by Africans. W

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  1. Worldwatch Institute, 2007
  2., 25 December 2011
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Authors Phil Green
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Created December 30, 2013 by Phil Green
Modified April 28, 2024 by Phil Green
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