Sweden unclear on problem of female genital mutilation

Sweden’s Gender Equality Authority sees a clear need for a study to find out how many girls and women in the country are exposed to genital mutilation. The uncertainty is too great today, the authority states in a new report. “The statistics on how many girls and women have been subjected to genital mutilation and how […]

Norway presents climate action plan

Norway is committed to achieving its emission reduction target under the Paris Agreement. On Friday, the government presented a white paper describing its action plan for transformation of Norwegian society as a whole by 2030. The plan shows how Norway will achieve its climate target and at the same time create green growth. “Under this […]

Chad: $11.26 million for women and girls’ education

The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank has approved a grant of $11.26 million to the Government of Chad to finance the Girls’ Education and Women’s Literacy Project– the first Bank grant exclusively targeting women and girls. The project will be financed from the Bank’s Transition Support Facility and will be implemented over […]

A guide to picking Liberia’s next president

By Ansu O. Dualu The role of a president is tenfold. It requires you to be is a legal scholar, a philosopher, a social and developmental economist, a diplomat, an environmentalist; in essence, you must be a well-read, well-rounded individual who is tested and comfortable with making executive decisions. The president fears nothing but the […]

A few thoughts for Africans in 2021

By NJ Ayuk In 2021 most opportunities in the energy sector and in business in general will go to those who show up and negotiate better deals and get involved in making African resources work for us. Forget handouts, foreign aid and government handouts. As I wrote in the second edition of Billions at Play: The Future […]

LAC boss lauds staff, others for support in tough year

The general manager of the Liberian Agricultural Company (LAC) has commended the workers of the rubber producing entity and all of its stakeholders for “standing by me and assisting me in taking the right decisions at the right time and to ensure minimum disruption of normal life on the plantation“ Vijay Mirah especially praised the […]

2020 is worst year ever for global tourism

International tourism arrivals fell by 72% over the first ten months of 2020, with restrictions on travel, low consumer confidence and a global struggle to contain the COVID-19 virus, all contributing to the worst year on record in the history of tourism. According to the latest tourism data from the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), destinations welcomed 900 […]

Sweden: Ban on entry from UK and Denmark

The Swedish Government decided on Monday to severely restrict possibilities to travel from the United Kingdom and Denmark to Sweden. The entry ban from the United Kingdom is due to the spread and mutation of COVID-19 that have been reported there. The entry ban from Denmark is mainly to reduce the risk of congestion and […]

Funds to educate children affected by DR Congo crisis

Responding to the intensifying humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Education Cannot Wait (ECW) Friday announced US$22.2 million in catalytic investment grants to accelerate the nation’s education in emergency response. The initial program will run for three years, with the goal of leveraging an additional US$45.3 million in co-financing from national and global […]

Africa: $25 million to boost energy production

The African Development Bank’s Board of Directors on Monday approved $15 million from the Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) and $10 million from the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) to advance African Renewable Energy Fund (AREF) II’s projects to boost low-carbon energy generation in sub-Saharan Africa. SEFA’s contribution will comprise a package of $10 million […]