Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Lithuania |

L. Linkevičius discusses situation in Sahel, ways to step up climate diplomacy in Brussels

In the context of the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Mali and Sahel, the Council discussed the EU’s role as a leading partner in the region

On 20 January, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius attended the Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, which focused on the situation in Sahel and climate diplomacy. In the context of the deteriorating security and humanitarian situation in Mali and Sahel, the Council discussed the EU’s role as…

Source: The United Kingdom's Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport |

African tech firms invited to join UK-led growth project

The United Kingdom (UK)’s Department for Digital Culture, Media and Sport launches scheme to develop next generation of African start-ups

Application process underway as government ministers and business leaders attend first ever UK-Africa Investment Summit; Africa has a fast-growing tech sector which is driving growth and creating jobs on the continent Some of Africa’s most innovative start-ups are invited to take part in a global tech project to take their…

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Launch of the World Economic Situation Prospects Report 2020

Average GDP growth in Africa is projected to accelerate slightly from 2.9 per cent in 2019 to 3.2 per cent in 2020

Background: According to this year’s World Economic Situation Prospects, the global economy suffered its lowest growth in a decade, slipping to 2.3 per cent in 2019, as trade disputes impacted economic activity. The world, however, could see a slight uptick in growth in 2020 if risks are kept at bay.…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Desert Locusts spread to new areas in Ethiopia

Over 1 800 km2 of crop, pasture and forest cover has already been invaded by Desert Locust

Despite control efforts, Desert Locusts are spreading to new areas of Ethiopia in vast numbers. According to Government data provided on 07 January 2020, Desert Locusts has have infested more than 2 350 km2 of land across the Afar, Amhara, Oromia, Somali, Tigray, and Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' (SNNP) regional states,…

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Massive, border-spanning campaign needed to combat locust upsurge in East Africa

Ravenous swarms threaten entire East Africa subregion - Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) scales up its emergency response

Desert Locust swarms in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia - already unprecedented in their size and destructive potential - could swell exponentially and spill over into more countries in East Africa if efforts to deal with the voracious pest are not massively scaled up across the region, FAO warned today. "This…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

A passion for food wins contest on innovative thinking

The contest awarded two grand (first position) prizes in the categories of substantive innovation and operational innovation - won by Sylvie Ogoudedji and Bineswaree Bolaky

Winning an award was never part of Sylvie Ogoudedji’s expectations when she joined the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) as a fellow in 2019. It was during her induction that she learned of ECA’s Innovation Challenge for the first time. What got her “really excited” was a new understanding -…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Southern Africa in Throes of Climate Emergency with 45 Million People facing Hunger across the Region

As the crisis deepens, the world must step up now to save lives and enable communities to adapt to climate change, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned

A record 45 million people - mostly women and children - in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community are gravely food insecure following repeated drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray. As the crisis deepens, the world must step up now to save lives and enable communities to adapt to climate…

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Introducing FinTech4U’s First Cohort

After a rigorous application process and interview process, the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and BongoHive Innovation and Technology Hub are pleased to announce the five Zambian FinTechs that will begin the FinTech4U Accelerator Programme in January 2020

The companies selected for the first FinTech4U cohort have shown their potential to improve financial inclusion among under-served customers such as rural populations, youth and women. UNCDF and BongoHive partnered to launch FinTech4U to provide such companies with a range of skills and resources to further improve their businesses. Of…

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Capitalism for everyone: The Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd (MCB) join forces with the AFRICA CEO FORUM to rethink the role of Africa’s private sector

With the role of capitalism sparking intense debate around the world and as the need to “do good” becomes increasingly pressing in Africa, 1,800 leading decision-makers from industry, finance and politics will come together in Abidjan to boost the impact of African companies

The eighth edition of the largest international gathering of the African private sector will be held on 9 to 10 March 2019 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; With the role of capitalism sparking intense debate around the world and as the need to “do good” becomes increasingly pressing in Africa, 1,800 leading…

Source: UK Department for International Trade |

Trade Minister hails lasting partnership with Morocco ahead of UK-Africa Investment Summit

UK-Africa Investment Summit will be held in London later this month

International Trade Minister, Conor Burns, will meet with Ministers in Rabat, Morocco today to reaffirm the UK’s commitment to investing in Africa’s future through trade. While there, Minister Burns will be the first UK Minister to visit the Noor Solar Plant, the world’s largest solar plant of its kind, as…