Africa, China trade increases in 1st quarter of 2017

China’s trade with African countries in the first quarter of 2017 climbed by nearly a fifth from a year earlier, while its direct investment in the continent soared 64 percent, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday. Trade cooperation between China and Africa is “off to a flying start” in 2017, thanks to policy benefits […]

Governments urged to promote intra-African trade

The African Trade Insurance Agency (ATI), held its 17th Annual General Meeting on Thursday with the sustained commodity price decline and current geopolitical uncertainties at centre stage. Meeting participants urged African governments to intently focus on growing intra-African trade and diversifying their economies away from commodity reliance in order to reduce vulnerability to external shocks.   With […]

A ‘mystery disease’ is killing people in Liberia

On April 23, an 11-year-old boy was admitted to a local hospital in a remote county of Liberia. He was vomiting, had diarrhea and was delirious.  The day before, he attended a funeral. One hour after being admitted to he hospital he died. Other people who had attended this funeral soon became ill. Within a […]

Sida launches framework for understanding poverty

    The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) recently launched a new conceptual framework for understanding poverty in multiple dimensions.   The framework is part of an initiative by Sida to further strengthen its poverty focus and its contribution to Agenda 2030. “The 2030 Agenda calls on us to end poverty in all its […]

Africans in scoring form in Sweden

  The 6th round of Sweden’s top football competition last week saw African players still in scoring form.   Ghana’s Nasiru Mohammed and Sierra Leonean striker Alhassan Kamara scored one goal each as BK Hacken whipped city rivals IFK Goteburg 4-0 to climb up the Allsvenskan table.   Zimbabwean Philana Tino Kadawere brought mid-table Djurgarden […]

UN wraps up peacekeeping operation in Ivory Coast

After 13 years, the United Nations is wrapping up the peacekeeping phase of its engagement with Ivory Coast (Cote d’Ivoire), after helping the country restore peace and stability following the post-2010 election crisis. When the UN Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) closes its doors on June 30 this year, it will mark the most recent […]