Protect elderly women from gender-based violence

Many older women in Africa continue to be victims of gender-based violence despite the gains made by the international community to protect the rights of women and improve their socioeconomic and political conditions, says  Sam Slewion,  a social justice activist and Representative for Liberia for the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse(INPEA).  Mr. […]

Congolese airline expands to West Africa

Within the scope of expanding its network, Sunday, 22 March 2015 will see ECAir, Equatorial Congo Airlines (, the national airline of the Republic of the Congo, inaugurate its new Brazzaville-Dakar via Bamako route. Bamako (Republic of Mali) and Dakar (Republic of Senegal) are two major West African capital cities. This route, which will run […]

‘Let’s finish the job’ – UN Ebola envoy

At the height of the Ebola outbreak in September, the United Nations appointed public health expert Dr. David Nabarro as its Special Envoy on Ebola. He was tasked with working with local and international partners and governments to better coordinate and implement Ebola response measures. Six months into his term, Nabarro spoke to IRIN from […]

Liberia opens passport center in Belgium

The Liberian Biometric ECOWAS Passports Application Center (PAC) in the Schengen zone of Europe was officially opened on Saturday at the Liberian Embassy in Brussels, Belgium. Speaking at the program, Isaac W. Nyenabo II, Liberia’s Ambassador to Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg and the European Union, said the center will ease the hardships, frustration and financial cost of Liberians living in […]

FAO: Agrocorridors drive economy

Economic “agrocorridors” can be a strategic tool to draw private capital and large-scale investment to projects that benefit smallholder farmers and boost food security in lower-income countries, according to a new FAO report that provides guidance on how development planners can avoid pitfalls. These corridors, according to the report, are development programmes that foster promising […]

US-based journalists praise Liberian press union

The interim leadership of the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) says the recent suspension of the Press Union of Liberia (PUL) Vice President, Jallah Grayfield by the union’s executive committee is a significant step aimed at curtailing ethical transgressions in the Liberian media. It says it supports the PUL for the corrective action […]

EU-Africa business forum in May

The EU-Africa Chamber of Commerce is expected to host the first edition of its EU-Africa B2B Forum on 06–08 May 2015 in Mons, Belgium.  This high level Business-to-Business (B2B) event aims to bring together business professionals to discuss mutual opportunities, expectations and needs. Over five hundred (500) participants are expected for each day. The EU-Africa B2B Forum will […]

Polar Music Prize announces winners

Scottish percussionist Evelyn Glennie and US country star Emmylou Harris are the winners of this year’s Polar Music Prize, it was announced today. Glennie, who is deaf, is one of the leading instrumentalists in her field and has released 30 albums and worked together with such luminaries as previous Polar Prize winner Björk, as well […]

Gothenburg fights violent extremism

The Swedish city of Gothenburg is taking new steps to fight violent extremism by hiring two coordinators to oversee city-wide efforts to prevent young people from joining terrorist groups like IS. One of those positions was filled Monday, with Zan Jankovski taking up the job. In a statement, he said: “This question is becoming ever […]

Somalia: a dangerous place for journalists

The dangers and pressures journalists face in Somalia undermine coverage of not only sensitive political stories but also important humanitarian issues.  Somalia is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.  Fifty-six have been killed there since 1992, five of them in 2014.  […]