Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

New study reveals economic toll of malnutrition to the Gambia's economy

Malnutrition rates are in decline and the country is on target to meet the government’s National Development Programme’s nutrition target of reducing stunting to 12.5 percent

The economy of The Gambia is losing 3.96 billion Gambian Dalasi (US$83 million) a year – about 5.1 percent of the country’s annual Gross Domestic Product (GDP) due to the effects of child undernutrition, according to a new study released in Banjul today. The multi-agency Cost of Hunger in Africa…

Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

Burkina Faso shattered by world's fastest growing displacement crisis

A staggering one in ten people in Burkina Faso will need food assistance by June

The number of people displaced in Burkina Faso increased tenfold last year to over 560,000. The figure is predicted to skyrocket to 900,000 people by April as horrific violence continues to force families from their homes. "Burkina Faso needs more than bullets and bombs. Military engagement alone is failing to…

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Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Nearly 5 million children in need due to rising violence in central Sahel: UNICEF

The agency reported that children have been attacked, abducted or recruited into armed groups due to the spike in armed conflict and insecurity in Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger

A surge in violence in the central Sahel region in Africa means nearly five million children will need humanitarian assistance this year, up from 4.3 million, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Tuesday. The agency reported that children have been attacked, abducted or recruited into armed groups due to the spike…

Source: Bench Events |

Revealed: what’s fuelling the rapid hotel growth in West Africa

Across Africa, hotel development remains important in most advanced economies

Today, Africa is seen as one of the most promising regions for hotel developers. Aside from small chains and independents, four global hotel groups dominate signings and openings on the continent. Over the last four rolling quarters, as of September 2019, Accor, Hilton, Marriott International and Radisson Hotel Group have…

Source: United Arab Emirates Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Coperation |

United Arab Emirates (UAE) condemns Burkina Faso blast

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation underscored the UAE's utter condemnation of this criminal act and its firm rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism

The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the blast that killed several people and injured numerous others in Soum province in northern Burkina Faso. In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation underscored the UAE's utter condemnation of this criminal act and its firm rejection of all…

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom of Bahrain |

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom of Bahrain condemns terrorist attack in Sanmatenga province, Burkina Faso

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain strongly condemns the terrorist attack that targeted a market in the Sanmatenga province of Burkina Faso, which resulted in the death of a number of people. The Ministry expresses its sincere condolences to the families of the victims. The Ministry…

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

Secretary-General appoints Lieutenant General Daniel Sidiki Traoré of Burkina Faso as Force Commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic

Lieutenant General Traoré has had a distinguished career since joining the Army of Burkina Faso in 1977

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Lieutenant General Daniel Sidiki Traoré of Burkina Faso as the Force Commander of the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in the Central African Republic (MINUSCA). Lieutenant General Traoré succeeds Lieutenant General Balla Keita of Senegal, who will complete his…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Preparing for elections and addressing root causes of conflict in West Africa

We welcome the very productive role that UNOWAS has played in the region

Statement by Ambassador James Roscoe at the Security Council briefing on UNOWAS May I join others in welcoming you to the chair and welcoming you and your other co-elected members of the Council. We look forward to working with you. In the context of this briefing, we also welcome particularly…

Source: United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) |

Briefing of the Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel to the Security Council: “Despite positive political developments, the region continues to witness a devastating surge in terrorist attacks”

He also warned that “farmer-herder clashes remain some of the most violent local conflicts in the region”

Mr. Mohamed Ibn Chambas, Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) briefed, yesterday, the Security Council on the latest report of the Secretary-General on the activities of UNOWAS. While the security situation continues to worsen in the region,…