ECA, EU agree to help speed up Africa’s single market

On the margins of the Africa-Europe conference which took place in Vienna Tuesday, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) and the European Union signed a €3million agreement aimed at supporting national implementation strategies for the continental free trade area. The establishment of an African trade observatory is also planned, and will be a […]

President Weah launches $3m pro-poor loan scheme

Liberian President George Manneh Weah has fulfilled yet another major promise—this time launching a US$3 million Pro-Poor Loan scheme aimed at empowering struggling Liberian businesses surmount their longtime spectators’ role in the Liberian economy. During the 2017 elections campaign and in his inaugural speech early this year, the President promised that he would enunciate policies […]

Ethiopia unveils online guide for investors

Ethiopia’s online investment guide, iGuide, which seeks to help investors discover opportunities in the country, business costs, key procedures and laws they may need to know before committing their money, was officially unveiled in the capital, Addis Ababa Wednesday. The web-based investment promotion tool was launched in the presence of Shumete Gizaw, Ethiopia’s Minister of […]

WFP reaches a record 5 million in DR Congo

With widening violence, largescale displacement, poor harvests and endemic poverty nearly doubling the number of acutely food insecure people in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) this year to 13.1 million, the World Food Programme (WFP) significantly expanded its operations, reaching a record 5 million, a twofold increase from 2017. Building on a surge in food […]

US court gives all-clear for war crimes trial of Liberian suspect

The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled Friday, December 14 that extrajudicial killing, torture, crimes against humanity and war crimes claims can proceed against Philadelphia resident Moses Thomas, a former Colonel in the Armed Forces of Liberia (AFL). The ruling is based on two U.S. statutes: the Torture Victim Protection Act […]

Africa: Colonial structures persist within academia

“Colonialist structures still shape education, starting from primary school,” says Nordic Africa Institute researcher Henning Melber who took part in a roundtable discussion at the Nordic Africa Days in September in Sweden about the importance of the #RhodesMustFall movement and the continued decolonisation of the academia. Nordic Africa Institute

Sweden’s campaign against sexual exploitation of kids

Each testimony is valuable. Swedes traveling abroad on holiday and observing suspected sexual exploitation of children can turn to the Swedish police with tips. This is the message in the Resekurage campaign, which is now being re-launched, including information on Police’s major passports. Every year hundreds of thousands of Swedes travel abroad. Resekurage is an […]

The AFRO: First Pan-African Cryptocurrency

AFRO Foundation, a non-governmental organisation based in Geneva, Switzerland, has launched the AFRO, first Pan-African cryptocurrency dedicated to growth and development in Africa. Global leader in mobile money, Africa is now welcoming its first digital currency. Against the backdrop of numerous national currencies affecting trade and growth on the continent, the AFRO provides a reliable, […]

AMEU President: Liberia must prioritize higher education

The President of the African Methodist Episcopal University (AMEU) Dr. Joseph Isaac is calling for higher education to be prioritized to allow graduates to contribute positively to the socio-economic, technological and developmental advancement of the Liberian society. Dr. Isaac said the higher education section of Liberia must include professional and academic experts into the system […]

Empower women to help save Africa from climate change

Africa must unlock the power of its women and girls if it is to adapt to climate change, cope with disasters and build its green energy sector. That is the message from African delegates as the world prepares to implement the Paris Agreement on climate change in Katowice, Poland, this week. Research shows that when […]