Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

"Whole of UN" approach in West Africa

Statement by David Clay, UK Deputy Political Coordinator to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on Peace Consolidation in West Africa

Thank you, Mr President, and thank you, SRSG Chambas, for your briefing and for your team’s work in West Africa and the Sahel. Your efforts continue to be an invaluable bulwark against the forces of instability in the region. Mr President, the United Kingdom welcomes the progress set out by…

Source: The World Bank Group |

January 2019 Global Economic Prospects Materials

Key message for Africa is that regional growth is expected to accelerate to 3.4 percent in 2019

The January edition of the 2019 Global Economic Prospects (GEP) was released yesterday in Washington. Key message for Africa is that regional growth is expected to accelerate to 3.4 percent in 2019, predicated on diminished policy uncertainty and improved investment in large economies together with continued robust growth in non-resource…

Source: Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, London, UK |

A Week in the Horn

Opening New Chapters, Ushering in a New Dawn: Ethiopia in 2018

China’s Foreign Minister visits Ethiopia and the African Union; Foreign Minister bids farewell to departing UK Ambassador Moorehead; Ethiopia Concludes UN Security Council Term; Ethiopia’s tourist attractions promoted in China Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid an official visit to Ethiopia this week. Minister Wang held talks…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Secretary's Remarks: Burkina Faso's National Day

The United States looks forward to strengthening our partnership with Burkina Faso

By Michael R. Pompeo, Secretary of State On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I congratulate the Government and people of Burkina Faso as you celebrate your national day on December 11. The United States supports Burkina Faso’s efforts to build stronger democratic institutions, promote economic reform,…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Huge desert solar initiative to make Africa a renewables power-house

Solar projects stretching across the Sahel region are expected to connect 250m people with electricity by tapping into the region’s abundant solar resource

The details of the “Desert to Power Initiative” have been outlined as part of the Paris Agreement climate change talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland this week. Energy poverty in Africa is estimated to cost the continent 2-4 % GDP annually, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org), which…

Societe Generale
Source: Societe Generale |

Societe Generale continues its sustainable growth strategy in Africa

During a press trip to Dakar, Societe Generale group confirmed the solid growth of its African operations, in line with its “Transform to Grow” strategic plan

A region of profitable growth for the group; A new organisation to promote a high level of operational efficiency; Launch of “grow with Africa”, a growth plan to foster positive transformation across the African continent. During a press trip to Dakar, Societe Generale (www.SocieteGenerale.com) group confirmed the solid growth of…

Source: iSON Xperiences |

Gulf Capital and AfricInvest invest US$ 51 million into iSON Xperiences, the largest customer service and outsourcing provider in Sub-Saharan Africa

Gulf Credit Opportunities Fund II, Gulf Capitals’ second private debt fund, and AfricInvest Fund III, the firm’s third generation pan-African fund, provided a total debt and equity commitment of US$ 25.5 million each

Gulf Capital, one of the largest and most active alternative asset management firms in the Middle East, and AfricInvest, a leading pan-African mid-cap-focused private equity firm, have partnered for the first time to provide a US$ 51 million structured loan and equity investment to iSON Xperiences (formerly iSON BPO Limited)…

Africa Internship Academy (AIA)
Source: Africa Internship Academy (AIA) |

Africa Dialogues for World Children’s Day 2018: African Youth share their vision of the Africa they want

On November 20 (anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child), children raise their voices in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children

World Children’s Day (www.UNICEF.org/world-childrens-day) is an annual global moment 'for children, by children' where the world listens to children and fights for their rights. It is a day to advocate and garner support and raise awareness on the most pressing issues facing children – a day to 'play one’s part' in building…

Source: The World Bank Group |

Africa Loses Billions of Dollars Due to Child Marriage, Says New World Bank Report

Child brides are much more likely to drop out of school and complete fewer years of education than their peers who marry later

Child marriage will cost African countries tens of billions of dollars in lost earnings and human capital, says a new World Bank report launched ahead of the African Union Commission’s second African Girls Summit on Ending Child Marriage taking place in Ghana this week.  According to Educating Girls and Ending…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

WHO and partners launch new country-led response to put stalled malaria control efforts back on track

Reductions in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018

To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, the World Health Organization (WHO) and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable people from the deadly disease. For the second consecutive year, the…