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

Somalia: Response plan for impact of poor Gu rains in place to avoid a major crisis

The delayed start and poor performance of the 2019 Gu’ (April-June) rains resulted in severe drought conditions across Somalia through early May

Two years after the prolonged 2016/2017 drought destroyed livelihoods and displaced almost one million Somalis - but also triggered a massive and successful scale up in humanitarian response to avert famine - severe climatic conditions, combined with other persistent drivers of humanitarian crisis, armed conflict, protracted and continued displacement and…

Source: United Nations Information Service Vienna (UNIS) |

New Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone presents credentials

The new Permanent Representative of Sierra Leone to the United Nations (Vienna), M'Baimba Lamin Baryoh, presented his credentials today to the Director-General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), Yury Fedotov. During his career, Mr. Baryoh, has served in various capacities, among them: Honorary Consultant Surgeon in Police and…

German Embassy in Windhoek
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President of the Bundesrat visits Namibia

The President of the Bundesrat is accompanied by ten German business representatives from different economic sectors based in Schleswig-Holstein

From 13 to 18 July, the Minister President of the Federal State of Schleswig-Holstein and President of the Bundesrat of the Federal Republic of Germany, Hon. Daniel Günther, will visit Namibia. Prior to his arrival in Namibia, he visits Angola from 11 to 13 July. President of the Bundesrat, Hon.…

Source: Amnesty International |

Equatorial Guinea: Dissolution of an NGO shows escalating crackdown on civil society

The move also took place in the context of a 20-year-old legislation regulating non-governmental organizations’ activities

Authorities in Equatorial Guinea should immediately rescind their decision to dissolve a prominent civil society organization and allow human rights defenders and activists to work without fear of reprisals, Amnesty International said today. The country’s Minister of the Interior and Local Corporations published on 5 July, a decree revoking the…

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60 young debaters from the Middle East, North Africa, Europe and the Balkans met in Malta to debate a sustainable 2030 future

The overall objective of the Young Mediterranean voices programme is to empower young people to enhance a culture of dialogue to contribute to public policy

“It is our duty to build the next generation of Euro-Mediterranean dialogue leaders to transform debate into action for a sustainable future. This was stated by the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion Carmelo Abela in his address at the 1st Euro-Med Debate and Policy Forum. Held in Malta for the first…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Nigeria intensifies cross border immunization, with special focus on nomadic populations

WHO has also supported Jigawa state to establish in-between round vaccination teams providing routine immunization, polio vaccination and Measles vaccines

In renewed efforts to vaccinate children traversing in and out of Nigeria, the World Health Organization (WHO) is supporting the government in an initiative to improve supplemental and routine immunization activities in the North Western region, which has a significant nomadic population. Nomadic pastoralists live beyond the reach of established…

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
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Africa: Sports as a Business and a Brand – by Victor Oladokun

Fans are choosing not to watch live football events, and instead are opting in increasing numbers for the 'intimacy' of their crystal clear digital flat TV screens, or not all

By Dr. Victor Oladokun, is the Director of Communication and External Relations at the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) At the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, the visual imagery of  almost empty stadiums is a powerful narrative. But not the kind that African sports, African football, or corporate sponsors…

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Siemens partners with Plan International to deliver humanitarian aid initiatives in Sudan

The partnership will start by addressing educational and infrastructure needs of communities in the White Nile state

Siemens (www.Siemens.com) and Plan International Germany have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to collaborate on future humanitarian projects to assist marginalized populations across Africa, with initial emphasis on Sudan, specifically displaced communities affected by conflict in neighboring South Sudan; The partnership will start by addressing educational and infrastructure needs…

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African Union Commission calls for further financial input for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) Special Fund

The African Development Bank approved in June 2019 the allocation of UA 3 million from its 2018 Net Income to NEPAD-IPPF

The 29th Oversight Committee (OC) meeting of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development Infrastructure Project Preparation Facility (NEPAD-IPPF) Special Fund held at the headquarters of the African Union Commission in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, has ended with calls for increased investments to accelerate the closure of Africa’s infrastructure gap. The meeting,…

Source: German Embassy in Windhoek |

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Activist invited to Germany on an Information Visit on Equal Opportunities

The visit takes place from 18 to 24 August 2019 in Berlin/Brandenburg and is part of the Visitors Programme of the Federal Republic of Germany

LGBTI Activist and former Director of Out-Right Namibia and coordinator of Diversity Alliance of Namibia, Friedel Dausab will participate in an information visit on the topic of “Equal opportunities in Germany”. In his capacity as Director of Out-Right Namibia he also managed the first LGBTI medical facility. The visit takes…