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Ecobank Group CEO Albert Essien

Ecobank: Engage with Africa on a long-term basis

Ecobank Group CEO Albert Essien gave the keynote address in Munich on 25th Feburary at the 4th Conference on Managing Risk in Africa. Mr Essien offered strategies for managing risk in Africa’s growth markets. Against the backdrop of what he…

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UK: Austerity bites

Austerity Bites Fiscal Lessons from the British General Election By Jonathan Hopkin and Mark Blyth This May’s general election wins for British Prime Minister David Cameron and his Conservative Party confounded opinion pollsters and surely surprised Cameron himself. Despite presiding over…

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Source: WHO

WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

The World Health Organization (WHO) celebrates 10 years of implementation of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in the African Region on 27th February. Tobacco kills an estimated 6 million people every year but due to the lag…

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Press Conference: by H.E. Mr. Goodluck Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

Nigeria: suicide bomber kills seven

A female suicide bomber has killed at least seven people at a crowded bus station in north-eastern Nigeria.  Police say more than 30 others were wounded in the city of Damaturu, capital of Yobe State. No group has said it…

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Kenya: UN food rations to refugees

The United Nations has said today that a strong response by donors to its urgent appeal for funding means that it can resume providing full food rations to refugees in Kenya in January. In mid-November, insufficient funding forced the UN…

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The body of a suspected Ebola case in Sierra Leone is taken by an International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) team to the cemetery where it was buried in a dignified way. UN Photo/Martine Perret

Ebola fight requires district-by-district approach

The outgoing head of the United Nations Emergency Ebola Response Mission (UNMEER) said today, 30 December, that communities are going to play a big role in defeating the “nasty disease” in West Africa by stamping out outbreaks while they are…

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A WFP barge transporting food supplies on the Nile River. Photo: WFP/South Sudan (file)

South Sudan: UN boosts food assistance

A barge carrying a shipment of food destined for thousands of people in South Sudan has crossed over from neighbouring Sudan, reopening a long-closed river corridor along the Nile, the United Nations World Food Programme (WPF) announced on 29th December….

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A group of internally displaced people at Yakole in Central African Republic. Photo: UNHCR/M. Dore

UN: Concern for Muslim minority group

The United Nations refugee agency, speaking on 23rd December,  voiced concern over the “deteriorating situation” facing more than 400 members of a Muslim minority group trapped by the ongoing violence fracturing the Central African Republic (CAR). Adrian Edwards, spokesperson for…

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OECD publishes Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel

The “Sahel” label covers a fluid space that defies classical geographic description and is characterised by the constant movement of people and goods, as well as the instability and violence that has marked recent years. Understanding this mobility and cross-border…

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Ivory Coast resumes diamond trade

In 2003, the UN imposed sanctions on Ivory Coast, forbidding the country to trade diamonds. Now that political calm has returned, Belgium’s FPS Foreign Affairs and the Antwerp World Diamond Centre are helping the Ivorian government set up a monitoring…

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