Norway names 10 African development partners

Ten African countries are among the 16 chosen by Norway as development partners, according to a white paper released recently by the Norwegian government. Norway divides its development partnership into two categories.  Ethiopia, Tanzania, Uganda, Mozambique, Ghana and Mali are placed in the first category for long-term development cooperation. Non African nations in the group […]

This is what Weah must do to be a true ‘country giant’

The US-based Emancipation Movement of Liberia (EMOL) is urging Liberian President George Weah to create an Equal Fighting Chance Opportunity or EFCO scholarship fund in the amount of US $20 million by an act of legislation.   EMOL said the local scholarship project will motivate all children in all the 134 administrative districts, 73 electoral […]

Liberia holds 3-day men’s gender equality conference

A three-day ‘All Men’s Conference’ under the theme:  ‘Gender equality: A call for men’s action NOW—Repair the past and push women forward’ has kicked off in Liberia. The national conference, which runs from June 11 to 13, is being held under the auspices of the Liberian Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection with support […]

Niger ratifies African free trade agreement

The Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on Friday received from the permanent representative of the Republic of Niger to the AU the instrument of ratification of the Agreement on the African Continental Free Trade Area from Niger. In addition, the permanent representative indicated that the process of ratification of the […]

Weah’s budget: Pro-poor or business as usual?

Liberians heaved a sigh of relief when President George Weah through his Minister of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP) Samuel D Tweah Jr. submitted the Draft National Budget for 2018/201; writes Seltue Robert Karweaye, Sr. The proposed Fiscal Year (FY) 2018/2019 budget envisages spending US$562.4M, an increase of about 5% from the 536.2M of the […]

Norway to provide more funding to Somalia

Norway will provide a further NOK 30 million ($3.6m)  to alleviate the situation in Somalia. The funds will be channeled through the Somalia Humanitarian Fund, which is administered by the UN, and through Save the Children Norway and Norwegian Church Aid. ‘Over the last year, Somalia has been severely affected by drought. Now, the population […]

Gender inequality in earnings costs trillions of dollars

Globally, countries are losing $160 trillion in wealth because of differences in lifetime earnings between women and men. This amounts to an average of $23,620 for each person in the 141 countries studied by the World Bank Group in a new report released today. The study, Unrealized Potential: The High Cost of Gender Inequality in […]

Stockholm hosts global conference for men

On 15-16 May, more than 300 participants gathered in Stockholm, Sweden for the 4th International Conference on Men’s Equal Opportunities, known in short as ICMEO. Many gender equality ministers in Europe were among the participants, along with other representatives of governmental agencies and civil society as well as many experts. Lena Hallengren, Sweden’s Minister for […]

UK backs Liberia’s return to Inter-Parliamentary Union

The governments of the United Kingdom and Liberia have recounted the pioneering role of both countries that proudly culminated into the establishment of the global parliamentary network, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU).   The vice chair of the British Group of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (BGIPU) Lord John Whittingdale opined that such important epoch has formed the basis […]

Liberia: Is that Emmanuel Shaw, again?

Is that Emmanuel Shaw, again? That was my reaction to a picture in which the French President Emmanuel Macron and Emmanuel Shaw were standing side by side and smiling. Both appeared as if they were former schoolmates meeting at a class reunion gathering. But this was not at a class reunion gathering. It was at […]