• ‘Increased aid does not reduce migration’

    Monday, December 11, 2017

    The European Union (EU) wants to increase aid to African countries, but on condition that they take action to prevent migration to Europe. This approach is cynical and does not reduce migration, according to Lisa Åkesson, a researcher at Nordic Africa Institute (NAI), who participated in a recent seminar in Stockholm, Sweden, linked to last […]

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  • Millions of Africans are internally displaced

    Sunday, December 10, 2017

    As the world focuses its attention on preventing irregular migration and protecting refugees coming out of Africa, the displacement that happens behind its own borders persists at an alarming rate. A new report by the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC) and the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC) reveals that since the beginning of 2017, 2.7 million […]

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  • WorldRemit targets 5 million customers in Africa

    Saturday, December 9, 2017

    Leading digital money transfer service WorldRemit has raised $40m to drive its next phase of global growth, aiming to serve 10 million customers connected to emerging markets. Half of these customers will be in Africa.    As part of the expansion, WorldRemit will enable customers in Africa to transfer money to 148 countries as easily as […]

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  • Sweden’s position on US statement about Jerusalem

    Thursday, December 7, 2017

    The Government deeply regrets the US statement about Jerusalem. The UN has given Jerusalem a special legal and political status, which the Security Council has called upon the international community to respect. There is a risk that this statement may lead to strong reactions and greater instability in an already turbulent region, and have long-term […]

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  • Sirleaf: National memories must unify Liberians

    Wednesday, December 6, 2017

    On the shoulders of the intersection of Broad and Buchanan Streets in Monrovia, the Liberian capital, sits a 174-year old building painted in dominant white with dotted brown curvy designs on every side. That’s the National Museum of Liberia- a historic and cultural asset that shriveled in ruins for many years.  The structure, representative of […]

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News

Aug
11

Obasi scores twice in return to Swedish football league

  Nigerian striker Chinedu Obasi celebrated his return to Sweden by scoring twice and providing an assist as 2nd-placed AIK whipped Sirius 4-1 in an 18th round match of the country’s top football championship.   Obasi, who re-joined AIK during the summer after a stint in China, raised the curtains with a 7th minute penalty and added his second […]

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Aug
10

Danish companies establish African infrastructure fund

A.P. Moller Holding, a Danish company, has together with PKA, PensionDanmark and Lægernes Pension launched a new infrastructure fund with a focus on Africa. The fund has received commitments of $550 million from anchor investors. The new fund will focus on investments in infrastructure in Africa to support sustainable economic growth in the region while delivering […]

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Aug
8

Some questions for Liberian presidential candidates

Dear presidential candidates: The Liberian people are looking for a fighting president.   The fighting president is the one who is willing to fight to give all Liberians equal fighting chance for better livelihoods. He or she is the one who is willing to summon a new dawn to mark a renewed beginning for Liberia by ending the “semi-godly presidency” and the “oligarchy governance structure” in the country. […]

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Aug
7

Congolese warlord to face trial

Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, leader of the armed group Nduma Defense of Congo (NDC), was transferred on Friday August 4th to Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, and was handed over by MONUSCO to the Congolese judicial authorities. Sheka has been under MONUSCO supervision in Goma since his surrender on 26 July.  He is […]

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Aug
5

Saying goodbye to a Liberian football legend

In recent years, the Liberian football community has lost some of its most prominent individuals to death. Those who have travelled that road gently are Mass Sarr, Garretson Sackor, John “Monkey” Brown, George Sackor, Gladstone Ofori, David Momo, Philip “Cocha” Davis, etc. They have now been joined by Mr. Philip Robinson. Mr. Robinson’s family, with […]

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Aug
3

Gambia: challenges facing Africa’s youngest democracy

On December 1st, Gambia held a presidential election in what seemed as another victory for the then incumbent, Yahya Jammeh. Just as the fall of communism caught political analysts off-guard, the victory of the coalition over Jammeh was also another miracle that no one saw coming – not because the coalition lacked the support base, […]

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Aug
1

UN human rights official visits Liberia

UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Andrew Gilmour will visit Liberia from 1 to 3 August, seeking to mobilize support for the establishment of a UN Human Rights Office in the country following the forthcoming closure of the UN Mission in Liberia in March 2018. During his visit, Gilmour will meet with government and civil society […]

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Jul
31

Kenyan food supply platform raises $10.3m in funding

  Twiga Foods, the Kenyan business-to-business food supply platform announced today that it has successfully raised  a Series A funding round including $6.3m in equity and $4m in debt instruments. The round was led by Wamda Capital and includes Omidyar Network, DOB Equity, Uqalo, 1776, Blue Haven Initiative, Alpha Mundi, and AHL Venture Partners.   […]

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Jul
29

Africa faces weakening of policies, institutions

The quality of policies and institutions weakened in Sub-Saharan Africa in 2016 amid challenging economic conditions, according to the latest review by the World Bank. This weaker trend was observed in 40% of the region’s IDA countries, notably commodity exporters and fragile states. The review is the annual World Bank Country Policy and Institutional Assessment […]

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Jul
26

Liberia: US-based journalists criticise supreme court

The Association of Liberian Journalists in the Americas (ALJA) has described a recent ruling by the Supreme Court of Liberia as a sad development in the West African nation’s quest for adherence to the rule of law.  The decision was the reversal of the National Elections Commission (NEC) disbarment of the vice presidential candidacies of Harrison Karnwea of the […]

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