Sierra Leone: Rights lawyers file case against ECOMOG

One fighting force during Sierra Leone’s armed conflict has not yet been held accountable for the egregious crimes committed against civilians: The Economic Community of West African States Monitoring Group (ECOMOG). Nevertheless, there is hope that this impunity gap may close since, recently, a collective of human right lawyers filed a case to the Supreme […]

Nordic Africa Days held in Swedish city of Uppsala

The Nordic Africa Days (NAD) 2018 ended on Friday, September 21, having welcomed 260 scholars from more than 40 countries to Uppsala, Sweden. In the 33 panels, participants discussed perspectives on this year’s theme, African Mobilities – reshaping narratives and practices of circulation and exchange. “We are very proud to have brought together so many […]

Digital transformation in tourism is a priority

World Tourism Day 2018 was observed in Budapest, Hungary on Thursday (27 September 2018) with the official celebration focusing on the digital transformation in tourism, a World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) priority. The event examined how investment in new technology provides the sector with opportunities for innovation. Introducing a new seminar-based format, the official celebration provided […]

Egypt: Swedish Institute to be relocated

Sweden has terminated the contract with Egypt on the establishment of the Swedish Institute in Alexandria. However, dialogue activities as such will continue. Due to practical difficulties, such as the rental agreement being terminated and limited travel links to Alexandria, the Swedish Government has decided to relocate the institute. The plan is to move the […]

Russia, Africa to talk trade and investment in November

Africa, with its growing and diversifying economies, has become one of the most exciting investment destinations globally. Foreign direct investments coming into Africa continue to rise, making the continent a focus of much international attention from a wide range of players. Squeezed between the United States and European Union sanctions, Russia has reinforced its commitment […]

Sweden: Burkinabe farmer among winners of top award

The laureates of this year’s Right Livelihood Award, widely known as the ‘Alternative Nobel Prize’, were announced Monday in Stockholm, Sweden. The 2018 Honorary Award goes to anti-corruption champions Thelma Aldana (Guatemala) & Iván Velásquez (Colombia) “for their innovative work in exposing abuse of power and prosecuting corruption, thus rebuilding people’s trust in public institutions.” […]

Gender equality vital for peace and security

Gender equality is a stronger predictor of peace than a country’s GDP or its level of democracy. As the proportion of women in a country’s legislature increases, the country is less likely to use force in foreign relations, less likely to have human rights abuses against its own people, and less likely to have civil […]

Norway gives more money to emergency fund for Africa

Norway is providing a further NOK 60 million($7.3m) to the EU Emergency Trust Fund for Africa because ‘the loss of thousands of lives on the journey across the Sahara and the Mediterranean is a terrible tragedy’ said Minister of Foreign Affairs Ine Eriksen Søreide. The EU Emergency Trust Fund for stability and addressing root causes […]

Top politician to address US-based Liberian journalists

Liberian opposition leader Alexander Cummings will serve as keynote speaker for the annual benefit banquet of the US-based Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas’ (ALJA) slated for early next month. Mr. Cummings was the presidential candidate for the Alternative National Congress in the country’s last election. The banquet is part of activities put together […]

Eritrean, Ethiopian women discuss empowerment

Ethiopians and Eritreans alike are celebrating the breakneck speed of a rapprochement between Addis Ababa and Asmara, two longtime enemies. Closer ties between the two will usher in a new era of peace and prosperity for the Horn of Africa. A hundred guests followed an invitation by Universal Peace Federation (UPF) Austria in cooperation with […]