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African Literacy Conference 2015

Oxford University Press announced on 3rd March that it will sponsor a major African literacy conference in 2015. The 9th Pan-African Literacy for All and 10th Reading Association of South Africa (RASA)  National Literacy Conference will host some of the…

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UN Secretary General Condemns Boko Haram Attacks

A statement was released by the UN on 27th February, attributable to the Secretary General, on the Boko Haram attacks.   The Secretary-General reiterates his strong condemnation of the continuing indiscriminate and horrific attacks by Boko Haram against civilian populations…

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Africa Best Practices Forum

The first Africa Best Practices Forum opened on 26th February in Lomé. Organised jointly by Ellipse Communication and the specialised recruitment agency AfricSearch, this forum brings together economic and political decision-makers to promote the dissemination of best practices. “This forum…

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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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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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