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Red Cross expands Ebola operations

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) announced on 1st July an expansion of its Ebola operations to help millions of people in the three worst-affected countries recover from the deadly outbreak. “Our ultimate goal is…

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Internal displacement doubles in Libya

According to the United Nations refugee agency, the number of people displaced within Libya has almost doubled from an estimated 230,000 last September to more than 434,000 amid escalating fighting this year in different parts of the crisis-gripped North-African country,…

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IMF Review Mission to Ghana

A team from the International Monetary Fund (IMF), led by Joël Toujas-Bernaté, visited Accra during June 17−30, 2015 to conduct discussions on the first review of Ghana’s financial and economic program supported by the IMF’s Extended Credit Facility (ECF)[1]. The…

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MOBOfree ID verification

MOBOfree, the leading African social marketplace, on 29th June announced the launch of the first-of-a-kind ID verification program in Nigeria and Uganda, further strengthening its position as Africa’s safest social marketplace for both buyers and sellers alike. MOBOfree’s ID verification…

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Facebook opens African office

Facebook  has opened its first office in Africa to further the company’s commitment to help businesses connect with people and grow locally and regionally.   Based in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Facebook’s newest business office will be headed by Ogilvy veteran,…

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Burundi: UN concern for elections

Reiterating his appeal to all Burundian political leaders to consider the wider interest of the people of their country, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concerns about the Government’s insistence on going ahead with elections on 29 June despite the…

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Central African Republic: abuse by troops?

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) has voiced its deep concern over the situation of children at the centre of allegations of sexual abuse by French and other foreign troops in the Central African Republic (CAR)….

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Senegal: Policy Support Instrument approved

The Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)  approved a three-year Policy Support Instrument (PSI)1 for Senegal, on 25th July.  The PSI supports implementation of a three-year program of macroeconomic reforms designed to advance the Plan Sénégal Emergent (PSE),…

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Uganda NGO bill and UN Human Rights

United Nations human rights expert Maina Kiai urged Ugandan legislators to hold meaningful consultations with civil society on a Bill that aims at regulating non-governmental organisations (NGO). A one-day consultation is taking place on 25th June in Kampala. “Since the…

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Tanzania: MSF to vaccinate refugees

Some 115,000 Burundian and Congolese refugees living in Tanzania will be vaccinated against cholera in a mass campaign carried out by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) this month, it was announced on 22nd June.  A cholera outbreak was declared in mid-May…

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