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

UN emergency fund releases $2 million for life-saving assistance as needs escalate in Libya

On 16 April, over 4,500 people were forced to flee their homes, according to the International Organisation for Migration, bringing the total number of internally displaced people to 25,000

Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock today allocated US$2 million from the United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving assistance to civilians caught up in the escalating fighting in Libya, including vulnerable migrants and refugees. "I am deeply concerned by the escalation of…

Source: United Nations Information Centre - Cairo |

21 teams compete in Egypt’s 2030 Hackathon to achieve Zero Hunger and Gender Equality

Participants will be introduced to information, opportunities and challenges as well as programs targeting Zero Hunger and Gender Equality

The United Nations Egypt in partnership with the Ministry of Social Solidarity, RiseUp, and PepsiCo are organizing a three-day Hackathon where 21 teams of youth aged between 18-29 will compete to offer innovative digital solutions designed to tackle two of Egypt’s national development priorities and Sustainable Development Goals, Zero Hunger…

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ICRC helps 12,000 displaced persons in North Ethiopia access water, sanitation services

Four water tanks with a 10,000 liter capacity each were among the facilities which were supplied and installed by the ICRC

The ICRC has supplied four water tanks and built sanitation facilities for Internally Displaced People (IDPs) in North Ethiopia to help them get access to water and sanitation services. Some 12,000 people displaced as a result of ethnic violence could benefit from the water and sanitation facilities built in Iyemba…

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Easter eggs with a difference

Côte D’Ivoire is the world’s largest cocoa producer with the most smallholder producers

As Easter approaches, all over the world orders ramp up for chocolate bunnies and Easter eggs. But, have you ever thought about where chocolate comes from and its environmental impact? There are approximately 5–6 million cocoa farmers around the world and, according to the International Cocoa Organization, around 70 per cent…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Agriculture Fast Track Fund to launch 17 new projects in support of agribusiness Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Ghana and seven other African countries

The Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) is managed by the Agriculture and Agro-Industry Department of the African Development Bank

Who: The African Development Bank What: Launch of 17 new grant projects funded by the Agriculture Fast Track Fund (AFT) (https://bit.ly/2P94vrr) Date: Wednesday, 17 April 2019, from 9:00 – 11:00am Venue: African Development Bank, Ghana Country Office, Ridge, Accra. The African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) will launch 17 new grant projects…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

FAO starts distribution of much-needed seeds and tools in cyclone-ravaged Mozambique

The distribution will take place alongside food rations from the World Food Progamme (WFP), which will help to deter beneficiaries from consuming the seeds immediately rather than planting them

Farmers in areas left devastated by Tropical Cyclone Idai in Mozambique have started to receive much-needed agricultural inputs thanks to a joint effort by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and Mozambique’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food Security to assist hard-hit rural families to get a head-start on…

Source: New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) |

The African Union Development Agency - NEPAD rewards African Youth Champions for #TheAfricaWeWant

On this occasion, five young Africans who won ‘#TheAfricaWeWant Youth Essay Contest’ were also announced

During an advocacy ceremony in Johannesburg, South Africa, the African Union Development Agency-NEPAD (www.NEPAD.org) gave awards to five distinguished African Youth Champions for their contribution to Africa’s progress towards the goals of Agenda 2063. On this occasion, five young Africans who won ‘#TheAfricaWeWant Youth Essay Contest’ were also announced. Much…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Nearly one month after cyclone: Beira stirs while search for survivors continues in Zimbabwe

The challenge now is shifting to the outlying countryside, especially the Buzi River districts southwest of Beira, which largely were accessible only by helicopter until little over a week ago

The streets of this busy port city are returning to life as Mozambique approaches the one-month anniversary of Cyclone Idai’s March 14 landfall, while the search for survivors continues in neighbouring Zimbabwe. Freighters and other heavy sea vessels ply the lanes along Beira’s waterfront and debris from fallen trees and…

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From on Course to on the Braai - Marriott Bonvoy Celebrates New Travel Program with Special Member only Experiences in South Africa

Under one set of unified benefits, Marriott Bonvoy simplifies rewards and offers members a holistic travel experience encompassing much more than a hotel stay

Marriott International (https://www.Marriott.com) is celebrating its newly unveiled travel program Marriott Bonvoy (MarriottBonvoy.com), with thoughtfully curated, member only experiences in South Africa. Built on the belief that travel enriches the world and connects people, Marriott Bonvoy offers an extraordinary portfolio of global brands in 130 countries and territories providing endless…

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Marriott International expects to add nearly 20 properties under its Middle East and Africa Portfolio in 2019

Company on-track to grow its portfolio by 45 percent through the end of 2023 with over 100 properties under development

Marriott International (www.Marriott.com) today announced it expects to add 19 new properties and more than 3,000 rooms to its Middle East and Africa portfolio in 2019.  Underpinning a strong demand for its diverse brands, the new additions are in line with the company’s expansion plans to add more than 100 new…