GROOTS Kenya Leader Invited to Africa Progress Panel | Geneva, Switzerland, January 31

January 27, 2012

Esther Mwaura-Muiru, founder and coordinator of GROOTS Kenya, has been invited by former Secretary General of the United Nations, Kofi Annan, to take part in the Africa Panel this January 31 in Geneva, Switzerland.

A select group will join members of the panel, which includes Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo, women and children's rights activist Garça Machel, and musician and philanthropist Bob Geldof, in order to "exchange ideas, experiences and opinions on the implications of the changing global context for Africa's Progress."

Key themes to be discussed at the meeting include equitable growth and poverty, employment, governance, social development, peace and security, human rights and resource mobilization, all of which present both opportunities and challenges for the continent.

The meeting provides a platform for participants to discuss these themes and make recommendations to be included in the Africa Progress Panel's Annual Progress Report, which will be launched at the World Economic Forum Meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in May 2012. Mwaura-Muiru's voice will add a crucial grassroots woman's perspective to shaping the panel's recommendations.