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Rugby Africa Concludes Biggest Solidarity Campaign in its History

COVID-19 relief campaign supported 31 member unions through a dedicated solidarity fund

In June Rugby Africa (http://www.RugbyAfrique.com) announced the immediate release of EUR 170,000.00 from a solidarity fund for its member unions. The Rugby Africa Executive Committee had initiated the relief campaign given the current health crisis and the immediate impact it had on the rugby community at large. 31 rugby federations…

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Germany advances as Major Player in Pan-African Trade and Investment

The Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF), Africa Oil & Power and the African Energy Chamber co-hosted the webinar as part of a GABF cooperation-focused series

“Investment and Trade for Africa’s Economic Development” – a public webinar held on Wednesday – targeted opportunities for cross-border collaboration between Africa and Germany; the African Export-Import Bank announced its plans to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with German car manufacturers to establish an automotive industry in Africa; the Germany-Africa…

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Mohamed Salah to call for connected, quality education for refugee children, at UN General Assembly

Salah’s message to world leaders at the UN General Assembly: ‘Let’s make sure all children, including refugees, can go to school and achieve their dreams

Globally renowned footballer Mohamed Salah is to take center stage alongside refugee youth at the first-ever virtual UN General Assembly (UNGA) today, calling for every child to access a quality education, including refugees. Salah, an Ambassador for Vodafone Foundation and UNHCR’s Instant Network Schools (INS) programme, has teamed up with…

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The Democratic Republic of the Congo - A change of perspective on Africa's problem child (By Jessica Stang)

According to the World Bank, just under 20 percent of the population in the DRC currently has access to electricity

By Jessica Stang, Community Manager of the Germany Africa Business Forum Every time I take an Uber, the first topic of small talk is what my roots are. The reactions that I am half German and half Congolese differ greatly between Europe and Africa. Typically, when I mention the DRC…

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Coronavirus - Critical underfunding exacerbated by COVID-19 pushing displaced people to the edge

A shortage of resources for humanitarian operations could have devastating impacts for millions of people around the globe

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned that millions of displaced people in need of protection and assistance, and their host communities, are feeling the pinch of massive underfunding, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to increase humanitarian needs globally. The agency has so far received just 49 per cent (US$4.5…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 has unleashed an unprecedented crisis, causing the loss of lives and livelihoods and deepening existing inequalities that will make progress on the Goals even more difficult

A shortage of resources for humanitarian operations could have devastating impacts for millions of people around the globe

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned that millions of displaced people in need of protection and assistance, and their host communities, are feeling the pinch of massive underfunding, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to increase humanitarian needs globally. The agency has so far received just 49 per cent (US$4.5…

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Coronavirus - Africa: Urgent action needed to avert the risk of famine in Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General tells UN Security Council

Conflict and COVID-19 are also worsening food insecurity in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, northern Nigeria, Somalia and Sudan

FAO Director-Genaral QU Dongyu, today warned the United Nations Security Council that Burkina Faso, South Sudan and Yemen were at risk of a looming famine and appealed for an urgent and united humanitarian response to save lives and livelihoods. "Tragically, there are many more situations where conflict and instability, now…

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Illicit Gold Trade Thrives with Impunity in the Democratic Republic of Congo

New report exposes how known traders and exporters are circumventing legal channels and pocketing massive profits from smuggled artisanal DRC gold

IMPACT’s (https://IMPACTTransform.org/en/) newest report reveals how the Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) illicit gold trade continues to thrive despite efforts to clean up the sector. Traders and exporters who are legally registered in the DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda are operating without apparent fear of sanction, even after being publicly named…

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Coronavirus - Africa: World Food Programme (WFP) Southern Africa COVID-19 Response

Malnutrition in the region is of great concern

Situation Overview While there are indications of a decline in the rate of COVID-19 infections in parts of Southern Africa, it is too early to conclude that the positive trajectory will continue. It is however increasingly evident that the effects on economies and livelihoods are severe and far-reaching. Download Report:…

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First Responsible, Traceable, and Commercially-Viable Artisanal Gold Supply Chain Operational in Côte d’Ivoire

The Just Gold project is the first to successfully trace responsible artisanal gold from mine site to export according to international standards

After a first export of gold, IMPACT (https://IMPACTTransform.org/en/) and the European Union announced today that a traceability and due diligence system from mine site to the international market for artisanal gold from Côte d’Ivoire has been successfully implemented as part of the Just Gold project. The Just Gold project supports…