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: The High Commission of India, Abuja, Nigeria |

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) Scholarship for Academic Year 2020-21

The courses include science, humanities, commerce and engineering except medical studies

The Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR), New Delhi has invited scholarship applications from foreign students to pursue higher studies at the Under Graduate, Post Graduate and PhD level in Indian educational institutes/Universities for the Academic Year 2020-2021. The courses include science, humanities, commerce and engineering except medical studies. Students…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

Drying Lake Chad Basin gives rise to crisis

Food insecurity, conflicts, terrorism, displacement and climate change effects compound challenges

Twenty-year-old Phoebe Musa remembers the day Boko Haram militants stormed her village of Gwoza in Borno State, northeast Nigeria, five years ago. They came in on horseback, motorbikes and screeching military vehicles and attacked everyone in sight. Amid bursts of gunshots, they set fire to dozens of homesteads. The fighters…

Source: Council of the European Union |

Benin: head of mission to the EU declared persona non grata

The EU considers this declaration as wholly unwarranted and contrary to the EU's objective of developing relations and building partnerships in third countries

The Council today decided that the head of the mission of the Republic of Benin to the European Union will be declared persona non grata. This is a response to the decision by the Beninese government to declare the head of the EU delegation to Benin as persona non grata. The…

Source: EXX Africa |

Benin as a Paradigm for Improving Country Risk

Specialist risk intelligence firm EXX Africa publishes a new report that assesses that the West African country of Benin has set one of the most admirable examples on how to successfully mitigate country risk for foreign investment

EXX Africa (www.EXXAfrica.com) publishes a special report on Benin as a paradigm for improving country risk in Africa. EXX Africa conducted a comprehensive review of the political, economic and security risks facing the country in the coming year and years. Since 2016, the government has embarked on a comprehensive plan…

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Rugby Africa Cup 2020 Shines in New Light for Players, Teams and Spectators

The elimination stage of the new Rugby Africa Cup format focusses on inclusion and digital experience

In June this year, Rugby Africa (http://www.RugbyAfrique.com) announced the new format of the Rugby Africa Cup (RAC); a modernized and more inclusive set up of the continental championship to revamp the attractiveness of the game. At the same time the elimination stage was a digital testing period for a new…

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Fenix Benin (ENGIE) Connects 40,000 Households to Solar Power in Just One Year

Fenix’s high-quality solar home systems and strong distribution network allow distributed rural households to access warrantied products and accompanying after-sales service

Next-generation energy company Fenix International (https://www.FenixIntl.com/), a subsidiary of ENGIE, has surpassed its previous rapid growth rates and connected 40,000 households to solar power in Benin, representing 200,000 people, within just one year of launching sales in the country. Only 34% of Beninois have access to electricity, with rural residents…

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International Organization for Migration (IOM) Nigeria Partners with Google to Train Returnees in Digital Skills

The training drew 93 participants, including returning migrants, interested in setting up small-scale businesses as well as mentorship and job placement opportunities

Ever wonder how IOM finds collaborators? Well, in this instance, it ‘Googles’ them. Literally.  Since 5 December, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been partnering with Google Nigeria to conduct IOM’s first Digital Skills Training for returnees and potential migrants in Benin City, Edo State and Ikeja, Lagos State.   The training drew 93…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Africa Climate Change Fund Grants Nearly $1 Million to Support Access to Climate Finance in Benin and Lesotho

The project proposal, approved in September, has been designed with the goal to improve the climate resilience of communities and local economies by increasing investments in climate change adaptation in target areas

The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) (http://bit.ly/34JgdzF) has approved a project proposal for a total of $997, 524 to support Benin and Lesotho to access international climate finance, an initiative underpinned by evidence that adaptation to climate change must start locally. While local responses can create opportunities for innovative solutions, most…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Hungary |

An agreement is required with Africa that facilitates the region’s population retention capacity

Hungary is not prepared to support the document if it includes any refence at all to the global compacts for migration or on refugees

“Hungary is only prepared to support an EU agreement with the countries of Africa that concerns the funding of effective repatriation policies and facilitates the region’s population retention capacity”, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó said in a statement to Hungarian news agency MTI from Brussels on Monday.…