ECA wants to become Africa’s premier think tank

The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) is working hard to ensure it becomes a premier think tank that Africa can rely on to address some of its social, economic and environmental challenges, Executive Secretary Vera Songwe said on Wednesday. Speaking at a retreat of African permanent representatives based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia Ms. Songwe said […]

Liberian media development fund drive launched in US

A fund drive intended to seek monetary and technical support for the development of the local Liberian media has been launched in the United States of America (USA). The rally was initiated by the Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) on Saturday, October 6 at its Annual National Benefit Banquet held in Minneapolis, […]

SIPRI films: Malians talk about their security

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has produced a series of interview films spotlighting people’s perceptions of security in Mali. A range of voices from the country’s different regions are represented — all of which belong to members of the Monitoring Groups for Peace and Security (MGPS) within the SIPRI–CONASCIPAL peacebuilding and civil-society strengthening […]

A solid partnership to empower Liberian women

A group of Liberian ladies participated in the 2018 edition of the African Women Intercultural Dialogue (AWID) in Abuja, Nigeria on September 25. Hawa Norris, Laila Genoway, Nohn Dekpah and Krubo Nwainokpor attended the event through a collaborative partnership between SEHWAH, a Liberia-based Non- Governmental Organization (NGO) and the SHEROES Sisterhood, a Pan-African women empowerment […]

Norway to increase funding for human rights

‘Human rights are coming under increasing pressure in various parts of the world. This is why the Government has proposed an increase of NOK 88 million in its support for promoting human rights in next year’s budget, to a total of NOK 680 million,’ says Norway’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide. In 2019, […]

Attend the West African civic education workshop

The Mandela Institute for Development Studies (MINDS) is accepting applications from journalists and others interested in civic issues for the West Africa Regional Civic Education Workshop in Elections and Governance which will take place on the 4th – 5th of December 8 in Cotonou, Benin. Applications will end on October 17 and will be open […]

How international justice can go local

In his recent diatribe against the International Criminal Court, U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton might have given some the impression that the International Criminal Court had somehow conjured up international law, writes Eric Witte. That is not the case. Instead, the court is the keystone of a nascent system of institutions enforcing already-existing laws: […]

Burkina Faso, ITFC sign billion dollar agreement

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC), member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, has announced several major initiatives during a special event sponsored by ITFC at the 5th edition of the Rebranding Africa Forum (RAF) being held in Burkina Faso from 5-6 October. The high-level event was attended by several African Heads of […]

US Congress committee backs war crimes court for Liberia

The US House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed a resolution Wednesday supporting full implementation of Liberia’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) recommendation for the establishment of an Extraordinary Criminal Tribunal for Liberia. The resolution comes on the heels of Liberian President George Weah’s first visit to the United States since taking office in January 2018. […]

Kenya to host international open data conference

The 6th International Open Data Conference (IODC) will be held in Africa for the first time, in Nairobi, Kenya, in 2020. The announcement was made at the closing ceremony of the 5th IODC 2018 held in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from September 27 – 28, 2018 under the theme “The Future is Open.” This year’s IODC […]