Source: Embassy of the United States - Accra - Ghana |

USA and Ghana Partnership Advances Early Grade Reading

After six months of program implementation in Yendi, early grade reading assessment results recorded a significant increase in student reading scores among the 20 Yendi municipality pilot schools

One of the key partnerships between the United States of America and the Republic of Ghana is focused on promoting a quality education for Ghanaian children. The collaboration between Ghana’s Ministry of Education and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has advanced early grade reading for school children through the…

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Source: U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa, Ethiopia |

Addis Ababa Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Joins Air Quality Management Partnership

In Ethiopia, the Global Burden of Disease estimates that air pollution is the number 2 risk factor for death and number 3 risk factor for disability

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) launched an initiative to strengthen air quality management in Addis Ababa.  The Megacity Partnership brings together the Addis Ababa Environmental Protection Authority, and the Ethiopia Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change in collaboration with a UN Environment demonstration project on air quality…

Source: Africa Dialogues |

Africa Dialogues Win Best Corporate Event at Ghana Event Awards 2018

This first event sparked the interest of the team to focus on curating programs and initiatives that promote cultural diversity while nurturing and mentoring the vision, talents and ideas of young people who are positively changing Africa

AFRICA DIALOGUES (www.AfricaDialogues.com) won the Best Corporate Event at the just ended Ghana Event Awards 2018 by Event Guide. The awards ceremony by Event Guide was organized annually to celebrate and honor indigenous Ghanaian events and organizers who go the extra mile for excellence in their respective fields. Africa Dialogues…

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Source: United Nations (UN) |

South Sudanese soldier who shot UN peacekeeper on Saturday, will face court martial: UN mission chief

The South Sudanese soldier who shot and wounded a UN peacekeeper on Saturday is facing a court martial, said David Shearer, head of the UN Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS), during a press conference in the capital, Juba

Speaking on Wednesday, Mr. Shearer said that the peacekeeper, a Nepalese national, had been travelling with a convoy to collect water when the shooting occurred. The peacekeeper, he added, is recovering at a hospital in Juba. The authorities have assured UNMISS that the shooting was an “isolated incident.” The targeting…

Source: United Nations (UN) |

Eritrea: Peace deal prompts hope of internal reforms, to improve fundamental human rights

The peace agreement between Eritrea and Ethiopia has raised hopes that improving human rights will be front and centre on Eritrea’s path forward, according to a United Nations Special Rapporteur on Tuesday

On 9 July, leaders of both countries signed a Joint Declaration of Peace and Friendship, raising expectations that the end of the “no war, no peace” stalemate between them, would positively impact Eritrea’s internal human rights situation.  The thaw in relations between the neighbouring countries, who fought a bloody, unresolved…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Parliament |

South Africa: House Chairperson Dikgale disappointed by shoddy built houses in Tshwane

The delegation also heard about allegations that some beneficiaries were illegally selling their houses

The House Chairperson for International Relations in the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Ms Masefako Dikgale, was disappointed by the poorly-built RDP houses in Soshanguve, Tshwane, as well as reports of subcontractors who have not been paid in three years. On Tuesday, 18 September 2018, House Chairperson Dikgale led a delegation that included…

Source: Republic of South Africa: The Presidency |

South Africa: President’s coordinating council endorses action in Education, Health and Infrastructure

The meeting received reports on the state of health and education in the nine provinces by Minister of Health Aaron Motsoaledi and Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga respectively

Government at the national and provincial level has prioritised a set of interventions to improve education, health and the provision of social infrastructure, supported by measures to enhance human resource and financial management. This was agreed at a special meeting in Pretoria today of the President’s Coordinating Council which was…

Source: The Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRDA) |

The Center for Human Rights and Democracy (CHRDA) condemns Cameroon governments travel permits requirements and restrictions in Anglophones regions

These kinds of action not only harm the future prospects of individuals and peace, but also diminishes our own reputation and performance as an outward-looking community

Calls on government to start an all-inclusive dialogue to end the deadly crisis; Calls on all Anglophones and Francophones in Cameroon and the international community to speak out against this hateful policy The Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa (CHRDA) (www.CHRDA.org), the leading human rights organization working to…

Source: Council of the European Union |

EUCAP Sahel Niger: Council extends the mission for two years

EUCAP Sahel Niger provides advice and training to support the Nigerien authorities in strengthening their security capabilities since its launch in 2012

On 18 September 2018, the Council extended the mandate of EUCAP Sahel Niger until 30 September 2020 and agreed on a budget of €63.4 million for the period 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2020. The Council also updated the mission's mandate. EUCAP Sahel Niger provides advice and training to support the…

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

European Union support for the African Peace and Security Architecture: poor effect and in need of refocusing, say auditors

The African Union and regional level organisations have access to tools which help them prevent, manage and resolve conflicts

EU financial support for the African Peace and Security Architecture (APSA) has had a poor effect and needs refocusing, according to a new report from the European Court of Auditors (www.ECA.Europa.eu/fr/Pages/ecadefault.aspx). For many years, the APSA has been heavily dependent on donor funding and EU support has been focusing on…