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Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) |

Customary land managers share lessons & experiences with Africa's land commissioners

The Land Commissioners, senior government officials and other land experts visited the Gbawe and Kwabenya Community Lands where elders and paramount chiefs explained these sensitive issues and others related to community land rights

The regional workshop for Africa’s Land Commissioners focusing on securing community land rights continued today with participants visiting two prominent communities to learn first-hand how local communities and land owning groups in Ghana manage their lands, secure land rights, interface with government agencies and deal with conflicts associated with land…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) |

Pilot study tracking implementation of AU land declaration to be unveiled in Ghana

The workshop follows the joint LPI-Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) meeting with African Land Commissions on Securing Community Land Rights that is being attended by representatives from member States, regional economic communities (RECs), development partners and technical experts on land tenure and governance issues on the continent

The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will on Thursday hold an inception workshop in Accra, Ghana, to launch the Monitoring and Evaluation of Land in Africa (MELA) project, a pilot study to track progress in the implementation of the African Union Declaration on…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) |

African land commissioners’ workshop on securing community land rights opens in Accra

The LPI is a joint programme of the tripartite consortium and its main purpose is to support African countries come up with policies that promote fair and equitable distribution of land resources and lend impetus to the development process on the continent

The first ever meeting of African Land Commissioners opened in Accra Monday with Ghana’s Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John-Peter Amewu, lamenting the extreme levels of poverty in some parts of the continent despite the availability of vast arable land resources. In his opening address to the Land Commissioners, senior…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

FAO issues alert over third consecutive failed rainy season, worsening hunger in East Africa

Number of people needing humanitarian assistance on the rise

Poor rains across East Africa have worsened hunger and left crops scorched, pastures dry and thousands of livestock dead - according to an alert released today by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).   The most affected areas, which received less than half of their normal seasonal rainfall, are central and…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

UN in South Sudan concerned about civilians fleeing clashes in Upper Nile

Reports from the UN International Organization on Migration (IOM) “suggest that Government forces are now approaching the town of Maiwut, 25 kilometres north-west of Pagak”

Thousands of South Sudanese civilians are fleeing to neighbouring Ethiopia as Government troops advance on a rebel stronghold in the Upper Nile region, a senior United Nations official today said, expressing grave concern about what is already the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis. Reports from the UN International Organization on…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

UK announces £90 million funding for family planning in Ethiopia

The UK Department for International Development announced £90 million of support for family planning in Ethiopia

The UK, through its Department for International Development today announced its new Family Planning by Choice programme, which will provide £90 million of support for voluntary family planning in Ethiopia over the next four years. The programme will work with the Federal Ministry of Health to give millions of women…

Source: The Office of the Personal Representative of the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on sexual violence and child recruitment |

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Reaffirms Commitment to Fighting Sexual Violence

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaffirmed its commitment to fighting sexual violence in conflict with the launch of a Military Justice Book at the AU Summit in Addis Ababa last week

Military Justice Book highlights critical importance of prosecuting military offenders and presents successful case studies, including the General Kakwavu prosecution Recent UN figures show an 85% decrease in reported cases of conflict-related sexual violence in the DRC over the last three years The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) reaffirmed its…

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

UNICEF Global Press Release with information on Ethiopia: Funding shortfalls threaten education for children living in conflict and disaster zones

UNICEF has received only 12 per cent of the funds it needs this year to send children affected by emergencies to school

Funding shortfalls are threatening education for millions of children caught up in conflicts or disasters, UNICEF said today ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg. Of the $932 million needed this year for its education programmes in emergency countries, UNICEF has so far received recorded voluntary contributions of less than…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) - Ethiopia |

First official visit of the new WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom to Ethiopia

During his visit, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom participated in a high-level working dinner organized by the African Leaders Malaria Alliance (ALMA)

After taking office on 1 July 2017, the new Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom, conducted his first official visit to Ethiopia, on the occasion of the 29th African Union Summit of Heads of State and Government. Dr Tedros Adhanom, WHO DG paid a courtesy call to…

Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

PM announces new measures to help Africa boost its prosperity and stability

Prime Minister Theresa May is to unveil an ambitious package of support to create new wealth in Africa

Prime Minister Theresa May is to unveil an ambitious package of support to create new wealth in Africa - reducing the continent’s reliance upon aid and improving global security. Speaking to G20 leaders in Hamburg today (Saturday), the Prime Minister will call for global action to unlock the huge untapped…