Most countries not prepared for a pandemic

Despite progress made since the Zika and Ebola crises, a report released today by the International Working Group on Financing Preparedness (IWG), established by the World Bank, shows that most countries are not adequately prepared for a pandemic, and the world is still doing too little to finance recommended actions to strengthen pandemic preparedness.   […]

Sub-Saharan Africa makes strides in Education

The outlook for schooling in sub-Saharan Africa is more positive than it’s ever been, with the region having experienced a dramatic increase in access to all levels of education. According to Caerus Capital’s report, Business of education in Africa, sub-Saharan Africa has the best record of improvement of any region since the Millennium Development Goals […]

Jämtin named head of Swedish development agency

The Swedish government has appointed Carin Jämtin as director general of the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency(Sida). Jämtin has an extensive experience in development cooperation and served as Minister for International Development Cooperation from 2003 to 2006. Born in 1964, Jämtin has a long and solid experience in Swedish development cooperation, not least in the […]

DR Congo ebola outbreak could spread

An Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo could spread to the neighbouring Central African Republic, where militia violence has forced thousands of people to flee across the border, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday. Two cases of the virus have been confirmed by the WHO in Congo’s remote northeastern Bas-Uele province […]

Sweden: Saidi, Kasim push Norrby forward

  Nigerian striker Salisu Abdullahi Gero scored a 40-minute opener as Ostersund improved its position in Sweden’s premiership football championship (Allsvenskan) with a 2-1 victory over lowly-placed Kalmar in the 10th round.   Ostersund’s 4th win takes it to the 7th position with 15 points, six behind league leaders and defending champs Malmo.   Another African on the score sheet […]

Transnational organized crime in Africa

The distinction between legitimate business and illicit activity is fluid in Africa due to the significant size of informal and unregulated trade on the continent. The rapid pace of globalization has allowed organized criminal groups to link up with international networks, expanding markets, access to new technologies, and improved methods of communication. According to the […]

Liberian men meet to discuss gender equality

About 500 Liberian men, including lawmakers, policymakers, professionals, traditional and religious leaders, among others, are expected to attend an All Men Conference slated for Wednesday in Liberia’s capital, Monrovia. Under the theme: “Liberian Men; Stepping It Up for Gender Equality”, the conference is organised by the country’s Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection in collaboration with the […]

‘Fearless’ Ugandan lawyer awarded German Africa Prize

  Ugandan human rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo has won the 2017 German Africa Prize.   In a statement, the German Africa Foundation which has awarded the prize since 1993, said Opiyo had been honored for his role in protecting peace, democracy, and human rights in the east African country. Opiyo, founder of the human rights […]

Language of peace hard to find in Cameroon

A middle-aged man stands in front of a freshly covered grave, a flag tied around his neck. The flag has blue and white stripes and a white dove in its top left quadrant, but these are not the colours of any country recognised by the United Nations; Mbom Situs writes. That is something this man […]

Konneh speaks at Mandingo Agenda Conference

  Speech delivered by Richmond Mohamed Konneh at the 2017 All Liberian Mandingo Agenda Conference in Philadelphia, USA April 28, 2017   What are the problems affecting the Mandingos of Liberia? Are our grievances different from the concerns of the vast majority of Liberians? What exactly is a Mandingo agenda? What are the path to […]