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UK issues call for proposals for Business Innovation Challenge

The Business Innovation Challenge seeks proposals from enterprises who are developing innovative solutions to create jobs, especially for Kenya’s youth

The UK Government has issued a call for proposals for a Business Innovation Challenge, under its new four-year Kenya catalytic jobs fund. The Business Innovation Challenge seeks proposals from enterprises who are developing innovative solutions to create jobs, especially for Kenya’s youth. Up to five successful enterprises will receive grant…

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UK aid to give clean energy boost to Kenya

The UK Government is investing Ksh. 220 million (US$2.2m) in the development of two solar plants in Kenya to give more people access to affordable, clean energy

The UK Government, through InfraCo Africa, a Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG) company, is investing Ksh. 220 million (US$2.2m) in the development of two solar plants in rural Kenya. At an event in London, the UK’s Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, announced the commitment by InfraCo Africa to develop two…

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Women peacebuilders tell their stories to mark International Women’s Day 2019

Hamsatu Allamin (Nigeria) and Visaka Dharmadasa (Sri Lanka) explain how they are working to bring peace and reconciliation in their local communities

Women and girls continue to be under-represented at all levels of decision-making, in both formal and informal spaces. Supporting women and girls’ meaningful mobilisation and participation is essential to building lasting peace and stability. This includes democratic processes, mediation, conflict prevention, peacebuilding and in post-conflict processes to rebuild their countries…

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Duke of Sussex unveils Sousse and Bardo Memorial

Ceremony takes place to mark the unveiling of memorial dedicated to 31 British nationals killed and those affected by two terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015

His Royal Highness The Duke of Sussex has attended a ceremony today (4 March) in Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham to unveil the Sousse and Bardo memorial, which is dedicated to the 31 British people who lost their lives and all those affected by the two terrorist attacks in Tunisia in…

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UK statement on re-election of President Buhari in Nigeria

Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, congratulates President Buhari on securing a second term as the Nigerian President

Last night the Independent National Electoral Commission of Nigeria declared President Buhari the winner of the 2019 Presidential elections. Minister of State for Africa, Harriett Baldwin, said: I offer my congratulations to President Buhari on securing a second term as the Nigerian President. The UK is a long-standing friend and…

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Urging the Government of Sudan to embark upon the political and economic reforms necessary to deliver true stability

Statement by Stephen Hickey, UK Political Coordinator at the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on Sudan

By Stephen Hickey, UK Political Coordinator First let me begin by thanking Assistant Secretary-General Keita for your briefing on your visit and on the latest developments on the ground. Mr President, I will focus my remarks on three issues today: the situation in Darfur, the transition and the broader situation…

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Fair elections and access to human rights reporting in Burundi

Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, at the Security Council Briefing on Burundi

Delivered on: 19 February 2019 (Transcript of the speech, exactly as it was delivered):  Well thank you, Mr President and let me join others in thanking our briefers today for what they had to tell us as well. Mr President, we welcome former President Mkapa’s efforts and dedication to the East African…

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Change of Her Majesty's Ambassador to South Sudan: May 2019

Mr Christopher Trott has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan

Mr Christopher Trott has been appointed Her Majesty's Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan. Mr Christopher Trott has been appointed Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan in succession to Ms Alison Blackburne who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Mr Trott will take up…

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Africa Minister makes two-country trip to Southern Africa to deepen partnership

Minister for Africa Harriett Baldwin visited South Africa and Mozambique last week on a four-day trip discussing development, trade and investment

Foreign Office and DFID Minister Harriett Baldwin arrived in Johannesburg on 31 January for a two-day visit to South Africa. She held talks with senior South African government officials, the business sector and civil society to discuss the UK-South Africa bilateral relationship, regional African issues, as well as trade and…

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Launch of the Independent Review into the Persecution of Christians across the Globe: Foreign Secretary’s Speech

Jeremy Hunt made remarks at the official launch of the review that will be conducted by the Bishop of Truro, Philip Mounstephen

By Jeremy Hunt, British Foreign Secretary Archbishop, bishop, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, a very warm welcome this morning to this very important occasion and very significant launch. Last Sunday, many people here will have been going to church, as indeed was the case in the Philippines at the Cathedral…