Two refugee summits in New York

It’s billed as a potential “game-changer” for refugee protection and the rights of migrants, but what can we really expect from the UN Summit on Refugees and Migrants taking place in New York next Monday? And is US President Barack Obama’s Leaders’ Summit on Refugees likely to deliver substantial new commitments on refugee resettlement and funding? […]

Mills Jones speaks about who a leader should be

2017 is just around the corner and the fact that Nimba County is second only to Montserrado County in term of voting population is not lost on politicians aspiring for the Liberian presidency. So we are the ones everyone wants to talk to as the countdown begins towards the 2017 general election; Nvasekie Konneh writes. So, fresh […]

Good news for 300,000 West African farmers

Impact investing pioneer Root Capital announced today at the African Green Revolution Forum a new partnership with The MasterCard Foundation that will help raise incomes for over 300,000 smallholder farmers in West Africa. The foundation has committed $5.2 million to Root Capital over five years to support early-stage agricultural businesses that generate transformational impact in rural […]

John T. Richardson: Only fools trust Pres. Sirleaf

One of Charles Taylor’s best known and most eloquent defenders is John T. Richardson, a Liberian architect, who continues to speak with the former Liberian President two to three times a week. Richardson, an American trained architect who launched his career in the 1970s, winning contracts from the African Development Bank, USAID, and the World […]

Middle East group to build ships in Angola

Privinvest, the Middle East based shipbuilding group, is to start a major shipbuilding and maritime economy programme with the Republic of Angola. The programme will initially see Privinvest provide a range of vessels for the Angolan Navy. In parallel, Privinvest together with Simportex, will develop and operate a shipyard in Angola. This shipyard will have modern facilities and […]

Kenya: Jihadists vanish after turning themselves in

Musa Rashid had fought for a year with the Somali jihadist group al-Shabab until, disillusioned, he returned home to Kenya. Part of the lure was a government amnesty for those who renounced violence, and the promise of support to settle back into his Majengo neighbourhood, a low-income suburb of the capital, Nairobi. Rashid, 40, saw […]

Alarming malnutrition rates in Nigeria

The world may have finally woken up to the child hunger emergency in northeastern Nigeria, but the latest data shows, if anything, a deepening crisis. Levels of Global Acute Malnutrition recorded in July and August were well over the 15 percent threshold deemed “critical”, and, in some cases, higher than 50 percent, meaning more than […]