On rights, democracy in global fight against COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens to accelerate the global trends of democratic backsliding and weakening respect for human rights. It is intensifying existing inequalities, hitting those who are already marginalised, subjected to discrimination and living in poverty the hardest. The Nordic governments advocate international cooperation, solidarity, human rights and democracy in fighting the pandemic. Disproportional response […]

Sweden pledges funds for farmers in poor countries

Sweden, through the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), has pledged funds to help avert a potential food crisis in some of the world’s most vulnerable rural communities in the wake of COVID-19, the UN’s International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) announced recently. 50 million Swedish Kronor (approximately US$5.7 million) will be committed to IFAD’s Rural Poor […]

Supporting students and teachers during COVID-19

By Massa Dopoh Liberia as a nation has been faced with a lot. From one tragedy to another. From one disease to another. One global pandemic to another. Yet, in the midst of all these tragedies, we, as a nation and people, have striven and endured. Our endurance is our strength. As our children and […]

Old tensions haunt Ivory Coast’s upcoming election

When Ivory Coast’s President Alassane Dramane Ouattara in March announced his retirement, he had planned for a smooth transition of power. The country’s Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly, who had worked alongside Ouattara for 30 years, had been chosen to represent the ruling party in the presidential election on 31 October. However, when Coulibaly died […]

Liberia: Global summit for justice on Saturday

A virtual conference focused on justice in Liberia will be held this Saturday, September 5, via Zoom. The conference with the theme, In Pursuit of Justice, is organized by the Global Initiative for Justice (GIJ) and will be moderated by Welma Redd and chaired by Michael Mueller. Panelists are Liberian legislators Yekeh Kolubah, Armah Jallah, Conmany […]

Liberia’s death penalty calls: human rights implications

By Atty. Urias Teh Pour The upsurge of reported cases of rape, especially statutory rape has seen thunderous calls for the enforcement of the capital punishment. These calls continue to resonate from political leaders, civil society activists, religious leaders and the general public. The July 26 independence Day Orator, a respected clergyman, in his oration […]

Sweden hosts international meeting on gender equality

Some 70 participants from civil society organisations, the social partners and government agencies took part in a digital meeting on 26 August hosted by Minister for Foreign Affairs Ann Linde and Minister for Gender Equality Åsa Lindhagen. Discussions covered the international coalition to work for financial gender equality, of which Sweden is one of the […]

US industry puts Africa at risk of plastic pollution

The American Chemistry Council (ACC) has lobbied the US government during the COVID-19 pandemic to use a US-Kenya trade deal to expand the plastics industry’s footprint across Africa. Documents obtained by Unearthed — Greenpeace’s investigative journalism platform — through the Freedom of Information Act separately show that the same lobby group, which counts Shell, Exxon […]

Europe, Africa digital forum next week

For the first time, the EurAfrican Forum will be held exclusively online, on the 3rd and 4th of September. EurAfrican Forum Digital 2020 will bring together personalities from the public and private sectors, but also representatives of civil society, entrepreneurs, activists and scientists This year’s edition will focus on challenges and common points, under the […]

Governance of education in Liberia

By: Mengistu Eddie Wolokolie Education forms the foundation of development in a country. It increases productivity and improves the quality of life of the citizens. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Liberia’s adult literacy rate is below average as it stands at 48.3%. The country faces significant challenges in terms […]