Africa dominates list of most improved economies

Five of the top 10 countries with the most improved economies since the previous year are in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2015 rankings.   The five African countries are Benin, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Other nations making the list are Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Azerbaijan, Ireland, […]

Ebola: Shortage of experienced doctors

The difficulty of finding doctors with field experience is hampering international medical intervention to help curb Ebola in West Africa. Fear of contracting the virus and restricted air travel have also slowed the response. During a visit to the three most affected countries that began in Guinea this weekend, the US ambassador to the United […]

Convention on the Rights of the Child to become law

Children have rights – the right to life, play and learning. This means all children: regardless of whether your name is Maria or Mariam and whether you live in Borlänge or Bamako. This November marks 25 years since the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. So far, 193 countries have undertaken […]

Open letter to President Sirleaf: Resign now

Dear President Sirleaf: Indulge us, in this manner, to accentuate that your ascendency to power in Liberia brought hope to many after the tumultuous years of the civil war and the subsequent and misguided leadership of President Charles Taylor. To many Liberians, the egregious events that transpired in the years preceding your leadership could not […]

The state of state-building in Somalia

A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence. The 14 October agreement between the Mogadishu-based Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the autonomous Puntland State […]

AU head visits countries hit by Ebola

African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma at the head of a 14-member delegation is expected to arrive in Liberia on Thursday for a one-day official visit. Dr. Dlamini-Zuma’s visit to Liberia is part of her tour of the three countries worst affected by the Ebola Virus Disease. The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Africa […]

APC Norway chieftain hails Buhari

I was one of the most happiest person when General Muhammed Buhari (GMB) declared to his interest to be elected the President of Nigeria in 2015. I still remember vividly when he lost the presidential election in 2011 against President Goodluck Jonathan, he wept bitterly and said that could be his last election in Nigeria. But as […]

Ebola hits West Africa food security

West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, which has been disrupting agricultural and market activities, threatens to erode food security and negatively affect the livelihoods of millions of already vulnerable people in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone unless more is done to meet their immediate food and nutritional needs, say aid agencies. They say they are still calculating […]

Gbowee Foundation empowers 83 local groups

As the outbreak of Ebola in Liberia continues to take its toll closing schools, putting some government employees on compulsory leave and slowing down economic activities, several institutions and individuals have been making donations to the fight against the virus.  For some, the donations have been directed towards the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare and other […]

Tanzania’s new citizens to get land, voting rights

Over 162,000 former Burundian refugees, who were recently granted Tanzanian citizenship after living in the country for over four decades, will now be able to buy and own land and vote, said a senior government official. The UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) has hailed the move. Most of the former refugees have been living in camps […]