Source: British Embassy Mogadishu |

Somalia: international partners welcome agreement between the Federal government and Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a (ASWJ)

The partners believe the agreement is an important step towards establishing a unified and stable administration in Galmudug

Somalia’s international partners welcome the statements by the Federal government of Somalia and the leadership of Ahlu Sunna Wal Jama’a (ASWJ) issued on 12 December. We appreciate the tireless efforts made by the Federal government of Somalia, ASWJ leadership and other concerned stakeholders to resolve points of difference through dialogue…

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Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Nigeria Immigration Service, International Organization for Migration (IOM) Launch Border Management Information System at Largest Airport to Date

The Abuja Airport is the second busiest airport in Nigeria, serving approximately five million passengers annually

Nigeria, like many countries, recognizes the economic, social and political benefits of international mobility. This week (12/11) the Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) officially opened its new Migration Information and Data Analysis System (MIDAS) at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport in Abuja.   The Abuja Airport is the second busiest airport in…

Source: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

Humanitarian funds release US$18.7 million for life-saving floods response in Somalia

The $8 million from CERF will enable UN agencies and their partners to sustain and scale up their ongoing time-critical interventions in the worst-affected areas

 A combined $18.7 million has been released from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) and the Somalia Humanitarian Fund (SHF) to scale up life-saving assistance to just over half a million people affected by floods in Somalia. “These funds come at a critical time, enabling humanitarian partners to…

Source: Ecobank |

Ecobank Transnational Incorporated Announces the Appointment of Deepak Malik to its Board of Directors and the Departure of Monish Dutt

Deepak Malik joins the Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) Board of Directors as a nominee of Arise B.V. (“Arise”) which now holds a 14.1% equity stake in ETI

Mr. Deepak Malik has been coopted to the Board of Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) (, the parent company of the Ecobank Group as a Non-Executive Director. Deepak Malik joins the ETI Board of Directors as a nominee of Arise B.V. (“Arise”) which now holds a 14.1% equity stake in ETI…

Source: United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) |

New Contribution of $2.11 Million from the Federal Republic of Germany to the Trust Fund in Support of Peace and Security in Mali

As part of the German government's support for peace and security in Mali, the rehabilitation of the Kidal airstrip will play a major role in ensuring the sustainable use of this infrastructure

The Federal Republic of Germany is officially strengthening its participation in the Trust Fund in support of peace and security in Mali with a new contribution of $2.11 million, more than CFAF 1.250 billion. This support was confirmed during a ceremony held on 6 December at MINUSMA’s Headquarters in Bamako,…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

African Development Bank’s Sustainable Energy Fund for Africa (SEFA) converts to concessional finance facility

First established in 2012, SEFA is anchored in a commitment of $121 million by the Governments of Denmark, United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Norway and Spain

The African Development Bank’s ( Board of Governors has approved the conversion of the Bank-administered multi-donor trust fund SEFA into a “special fund”, to amplify its development impact by allowing it to access a wider range of financial instruments beyond the current scope of technical assistance. Currently, SEFA, the Sustainable…

Source: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) |

UNMISS-led Trust Fund Breathes New Life Into Koch

The five-year battle between government and opposition forces has devastated the once-thriving town

Mary Nyakuaikoch was born in Koch. She was married in Koch, gave birth to her children and remained in the town despite violence raging around her when civil war broke out across South Sudan. She intends the town to be her final resting place. “I love Koch. I will never…

Source: Embassy of Denmark, Ethiopia |

Denmark to co-host major Conference on refugee response in the Horn of Africa

Denmark is an important partner to several of the regions countries in their efforts towards more sustainable refugee response

The countries of Eastern and the Horn of Africa are hosting 3.5M refugees. How these refugees can be sustainably included in the local societies is the theme of the regional conference ‘Delivering the Global Compact on Refugees: Local Approaches to Inclusion’ which takes place on October 31st - November 1st.…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Number of Ethiopian Returnees Assisted by International Organization for Migration (IOM) on Track to Double in 2019

Most Ethiopian returnees were assisted after they found themselves stranded on traditional migration trails, such as the Eastern migratory route

Ethiopian returnees from Africa’s Eastern migratory route are coming back to their country at a rate of about 1,000 migrants per month, IOM reported this week. Just since 1 January this year, IOM Ethiopia has assisted 9,200. This represents close to a twofold increase compared to 2018, when 5,382 returnees were assisted…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

UNHCR launches sustainable energy strategy, strengthens climate action

UNHCR has also been pioneering modern and innovative land restoration projects such as the “Green Refugee Camp” project in Cameroon

In recognition of the growing climate crisis and to boost refugees’ access to safe and sustainable energy, while minimising its own environmental impact, UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, launched a four-year Global Strategy for Sustainable Energy. The strategy promotes the transition to clean, renewable energy at refugee camps and hosting…