Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Central African Republic: Violence Fuels “Neglected Humanitarian Tragedy,” with Half of Population in Need of Aid

One in five people from the Central African Republic have been forced from their homes by escalating violence, the highest level of displacement since the crisis erupted in 2013

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warns that humanitarian conditions in the Central African Republic (CAR) are rapidly deteriorating, with half of the population in need of humanitarian aid. One in five people from the CAR have been forced from their homes by escalating violence, the highest level…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Presidency |

South Africa: President Zuma to Receive Letters of Credence from Heads of Mission-Designate

Venue: Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, Pretoria

President Jacob Zuma will today, 17 January 2018, receive Letters of Credence and Letters of Recall from Ambassadors and High Commissioners-designate at a credentials ceremony that will take place at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse in Pretoria. The following Heads-designate from thirteen (13) countries will present their letters to the President:…

Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

U.S. Statement on the Ethiopian Government’s Decision to Release Detainees

U.S. Statement on the Ethiopian Government’s Decision to Release Detainees: We are encouraged by the Ethiopian Government’s decision to drop charges and pardon detainees, including political leaders, as a tangible step toward its stated goal of widening political space for all Ethiopians. We are aware that reviews of additional cases…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

South Africa: Committee on Higher Education and Training Notes Efforts Institutions and Department are Making in the Registraton Process, Says Chair

Whilst taking issue with the short period within which they had to respond to the new policy, the institutions nevertheless welcomed the decision of free education for the poor

The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, Ms. Connie September, has welcomed extra efforts the higher education and training institutions and the Department of Higher Education and Training were making in dealing with registration challenges. “Whilst taking issue with the short period within which they had…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

Red Cross activates disaster response as Tropical cyclone Berguitta threatens Mauritius and La Réunion

All Red Cross branches in Mauritius have been put on high alert

Mauritius and La Réunion are on high alert as Tropical Cyclone Berguitta moves towards southern Indian Ocean this week. Red Cross disaster response teams are readying response plans in anticipation of the cyclone’s landfall. “This dangerous cyclone puts at risk hundreds of lives in Mauritius and La Réunion. Our teams…

International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC)
Source: International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) |

New ITFC Agreement of US$210 Million for key sectors to support economic growth and job creation in The Gambia

The agreement is to support key economic sectors, including energy, through the importation of refined petroleum products, and agriculture

The International Islamic Trade Finance Corporation (ITFC) (www.ITFC-IDB.org), a member of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Group, signs a US$210 million Framework Agreement with Government of The Gambia for financing over a  3 year period. The signing ceremony took place in Banjul on 16th January 2018,  during the official visit…

Source: Republic of South Africa: Department of Government Communication and Information |

South Africa - Minister Radebe to Visit Portia Shabangu Secondary School as Part of Government Back to School Programme

The visit also seeks to send a clear message that South Africa is serious about education and that it is at the apex of government priorities

The Minister in the Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation and Chairperson of the National Planning Commission (NPC) Jeff Radebe, MP, will visit Portia Shabangu Secondary School, in Mpumalanga as part of government back to school programme. The objective of the FSDM visit is to motivate and encourage learners in…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Tunisia: Winning design for 2015 Sousse and Bardo Memorial announced

‘Infinite Wave’ selected as the memorial dedicated to 31 British nationals who lost their lives to terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015

The ‘Infinite Wave’ by London and Gloucester-based George King Architects has been selected as the design for the memorial dedicated to the 31 British nationals who lost their lives, and to all of those affected by the two terrorist attacks in Tunisia in 2015. An independent panel shortlisted seven designs…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Ms. Bience Gawanas of Namibia appointed as Special Adviser on Africa

A champion of women’s health and rights in Africa, she has been commended for her role in initiating far-reaching campaigns

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres announced today the appointment of Bience Gawanas of Namibia as Special Adviser on Africa. She will succeed Maged Abdelaziz of Egypt to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his commitment and dedicated service to the Organization. The Secretary-General also wishes to extend his appreciation to…

Source: Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) |

Indigenous rights must be respected during Kenya climate change project, say UN experts

The Sengwer are facing repeated attacks and forced evictions by agents of the Kenya Forest Service, which is an implementing agency in the project financed by the European Union

Three independent experts* appointed by the UN have expressed concerns about recent reports that indigenous Sengwer peoples in western Kenya have been attacked and forcibly evicted from their homes as a result of the implementation of the Water Towers Protection and Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation project, an EU-funded water…