• Speech: Swedish PM Löfven presents government policy

    Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    On Monday, January 21, Sweden’s re-elected Prime Minister Stefan Löfven presented his government’s statement of policy to the Riksdag (Parliament): Mr Speaker, Honourable Members of the Swedish Riksdag, All around Europe, extreme right-wing movements are spreading. In several countries, forces with an antidemocratic agenda have made it all the way to government. But in Sweden […]

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  • Jokiboki sells customised, handmade products online

    Monday, January 21, 2019

    Jokiboki is a new online store in Malmo, Sweden that sells customised handmade leather and canvas products sourced from Africa. Established by Kenyan Njahira Gathara, the store markets uniquely, handcrafted spacious, durable leather bags and other accesories for everyday needs. It also engages in corporate branding to help express a business’ unique identity through customised […]

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  • Liberian mining agreement: The case of Hummingbird Resources

    Sunday, January 20, 2019

    The National Investment Commission (NIC) has announced that the Liberian government and the Hummingbird Resources Inc have signed a gold-mineral development concession worth over US$ 250 Million. The agreement between the government and Hummingbird was negotiated and signed but very little was known about the contents of these negotiations, and actual terms of the agreements, due to opaque processes, […]

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  • Transnational crime converging across Africa

    Sunday, January 20, 2019

    An INTERPOL report has found crimes are increasingly converging across Africa, underlining how transnational threats cannot be treated in isolation. Published under the framework of the ENACT project, which aims to enhance Africa’s response to transnational organised crime, the report consists of a continental and five regional overviews which highlight the relationships between different types […]

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  • Liberia gets $25m World Bank credit for agriculture project

    Friday, January 18, 2019

    The World Bank Board of Executive Directors has approved an International Development Association (IDA) credit of $25 million for the Smallholder Agriculture Transformation and Agribusiness Revitalization Project (STAR-P) of Liberia. This project will increase agricultural productivity and commercialization of smallholder farmers for selected value chains in Bomi, Grand Cape Mount, Lofa, Nimba and Margibi counties. […]

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News

Nov
2

Flydubai expands operations in East Africa

Dubai-based flydubai’s inaugural flights to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar touched down on Wednesday, October 22 in Tanzania. The new routes further underline flydubai’s rapid expansion in Africa, which has seen the carrier’s network double to 12 destinations this year. The airline entered the market in 2009 with flights to Djibouti, and in 2011 Addis Ababa became […]

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Nov
2

Governments must prevent attacks on journalists

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, calls upon all governments to take steps to prevent attacks on journalists and to hold accountable those who commit them. On the first annual International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists, the human rights expert […]

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Oct
30

Searching for justice in Central African Republic

As the International Criminal Court (ICC) steps up its work in the Central African Republic (CAR), pledging to bring the worst perpetrators of violence to justice, concerted efforts are being made to counter endemic impunity in CAR. But the prevailing insecurity in many parts of the country rules out any quick fix solutions. ICC Prosecutor […]

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Oct
30

Sweden recognizes Palestinian state

The Swedish government has formally recognized Palestine as a state Thursday morning, following through with its earlier promise by Prime Minister Stefan Löfven to acknowledge their sovereignty claim. Speaking to reporters, Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said the territory has fulfilled the “criteria of international law” adding that Palestine had both “a territory, a people and […]

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Oct
29

Africa dominates list of most improved economies

Five of the top 10 countries with the most improved economies since the previous year are in sub-Saharan Africa, according to the World Bank Group’s Doing Business 2015 rankings.   The five African countries are Benin, Togo, Cote d’Ivoire, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Other nations making the list are Tajikistan, Trinidad and Tobago, Azerbaijan, Ireland, […]

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Oct
27

Ebola: Shortage of experienced doctors

The difficulty of finding doctors with field experience is hampering international medical intervention to help curb Ebola in West Africa. Fear of contracting the virus and restricted air travel have also slowed the response. During a visit to the three most affected countries that began in Guinea this weekend, the US ambassador to the United […]

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Oct
26

Convention on the Rights of the Child to become law

Children have rights – the right to life, play and learning. This means all children: regardless of whether your name is Maria or Mariam and whether you live in Borlänge or Bamako. This November marks 25 years since the UN adopted the Convention on the Rights of the Child. So far, 193 countries have undertaken […]

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Oct
26

Open letter to President Sirleaf: Resign now

Dear President Sirleaf: Indulge us, in this manner, to accentuate that your ascendency to power in Liberia brought hope to many after the tumultuous years of the civil war and the subsequent and misguided leadership of President Charles Taylor. To many Liberians, the egregious events that transpired in the years preceding your leadership could not […]

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Oct
24

The state of state-building in Somalia

A fence-mending deal signed this month by Somalia and Puntland has variously been hailed as a blueprint for stability and state-building in the wake of decades of civil war, and dismissed as a recipe for renewed inter-clan violence. The 14 October agreement between the Mogadishu-based Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and the autonomous Puntland State […]

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Oct
22

AU head visits countries hit by Ebola

African Union Commission Chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma at the head of a 14-member delegation is expected to arrive in Liberia on Thursday for a one-day official visit. Dr. Dlamini-Zuma’s visit to Liberia is part of her tour of the three countries worst affected by the Ebola Virus Disease. The Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission of Africa […]

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