Sweden fights men violence against women

Extensive work is underway to implement Sweden’s national strategy in the area of ​​men’s violence against women. But it is clear that work remains. Among other things, missing often are important perspectives, mainly the disabled and girls’ exposure to violence. This is shown in the Swedish Gender Equality Agency’s follow-up work on the strategy. Lena […]

Tanzania among world’s ten fastest growing economies

Tanzania is amongst the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies at the rate of 6.8 percent, reveals the new 2020 African Economic Outlook report. Other five African countries are Rwanda at 8.7 percent, Ethiopia 7.4 , Côte d’Ivoire 7.4 , Ghana 7.1, and Benin 6.7. East Africa maintained its lead as the continent’s fastest growing regions, predicted […]

Kidjo wins Grammy for Best World Music Album

Angélique Kidjo won Best World Music Album for Celia at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards last month. This marks her fourth win in the category and fourth GRAMMY win overall.  During her acceptance speech, Kidjo celebrated a new generation of African artists coming up to represent the continent while thanking luminaries who came before her for their contributions to world music, […]

Why privatizing Liberia’s economy is important

By Mengistu Eddie Wolokollie Liberia is a West-African developing country that has a difficult economic situation related to political instability and conflicts that occurred in the past. Since 1980, Liberia was torn by inner conflicts, because of the coup against President William R. Tolbert. The government policy led by this president was rather ineffective and […]

African economic growth will pick up this year

Africa’s economic growth remained stable in 2019 at 3.4 percent and is on course to pick up to 3.9 percent in 2020 and 4.1 percent in 2021, the African Development Bank’s 2020 African Economic Outlook (AEO) revealed Thursday. The slower than expected growth is partly due to the moderate expansion of the continent’s “big five” […]

Agriculture is the world’s most important business

African Development Bank President Akinwumi Adesina reminded students of the important role they have to play in the continent’s economic development, as he was conferred with an honorary doctorate in his homeland. The Doctorate of Science was awarded by the Federal University of Agriculture in Abeokuta, Nigeria, on Tuesday, in honor of Adesina’s work in […]

Equatorial Guinea launches Year of Investment

Equatorial Guinea has kicked off a year-long investment campaign aimed at driving capital investment into the country’s bankable projects. Major U.S. firms have pledged to increase their investment in Equatorial Guinea in 2020, along with Nigerian banking and financial institutions. Notable investment-ready projects include the construction of two modular oil refineries, an ammonia plant, a […]

Sweden gives $12m to global climate change fight

Sweden has contributed SEK 100 million (approximately US$12 million) to help rural farmers adapt to a changing climate and to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions in developing countries, the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced recently. Sweden’s contribution supports IFAD’s commitment to invest at least $890 million in climate-focused actions by 2021. This includes […]

UN reviews Sweden’s human rights compliance

Sweden’s human rights compliance will be reviewed within the framework of the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Monday 27 January in Geneva, Switzerland. Sweden’s delegation at the review before the UN Human Rights Council will for the first time be led by a government minister – Åsa Lindhagen, Minister for Gender Equality with responsibility […]

No lasting peace without justice

Lasting peace and the prosperity that comes with it cannot be achieved without justice, the Commonwealth Secretary-General has declared, during a keynote speech in the Hague. Patricia Scotland was addressing the International Criminal Court (ICC) as guest of honor for the opening of the new judicial year. The distinguished lawyer and former Attorney General in […]