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 […]

President Weah should back justice for war victims

Liberian President George Weah should show leadership at the United Nations General Assembly by announcing his government’s endorsement of justice and reparations for victims of grave crimes during the country’s civil wars, 80 nongovernmental organizations said in a letter to the president released today. Liberian, regional, and international groups sent the letter ahead of President […]

A new Africa-Europe alliance

On 12 September, on the occasion of his State of the Union Address, European Union (EU) Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Africa does not need charity, it needs true and fair partnership. And we, Europeans need this partnership just as much.” He added that “Today, we are proposing a new Alliance for Sustainable Investment and […]

Gambian diaspora investment forum in Norway

The first edition of the Nordic Gambian Diaspora Investment Forum is expected to take place on October 7 at the Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Ndey Jobarteh, chairperson of Gambia House, the event’s organizer, notes that the forum will bring together “our compatriots within the Nordic Countries to start a conversation […]

Liberians should not cry for secularism

It is bad enough that secularism is a growing problem in the Liberian culture. Given the rebellious spirit that is prevalent in our homeland, it frightens me when some of my friends downplay the relevance of religion in all strata of society. They debate that our country must entrust discussions of national interest to secularism; […]

Preventing election violence in West Africa

During 2018, elections will be held in 23 African states – at local, regional or national level. Democratic elections have become more common on the African continent. At the same time, an increase in electoral violence is reported, writes Emma Skeppström. According to a study by Stephanie M. Burchard, more than half of Africa’s states […]

Nigeria: President Buhari eyes second term

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari on Wednesday formally submitted his candidacy to stand for a second term of office at elections in February next year. The 75-year-old leader travelled to the headquarters of his ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) party in the capital Abuja to hand in his nomination form. He was accompanied by state governors, […]