Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

"Whole of UN" approach in West Africa

Statement by David Clay, UK Deputy Political Coordinator to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on Peace Consolidation in West Africa

Thank you, Mr President, and thank you, SRSG Chambas, for your briefing and for your team’s work in West Africa and the Sahel. Your efforts continue to be an invaluable bulwark against the forces of instability in the region. Mr President, the United Kingdom welcomes the progress set out by…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

European Investment Bank confirms support for EUR 495m transformational investment across Africa at Vienna summit

EIB President outlines support for sustainable development at High‑Level Forum Africa‑Europe

EUR 495m new support for sustainable transport in Africa’s largest city, improving access to clean energy and connecting East Africa to global communications; EIB President outlines support for sustainable development at High‑Level Forum Africa‑Europe; EIB experts highlight how cooperation with African business, public sector and international partners unlocking crucial investment. At the…

Source: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne

The Prime Minister reaffirmed Senegal’s commitment to ensure a peaceful transition of power during next year’s elections

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne today in Washington, D.C. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ commitment to Senegal with the signing of Senegal’s second Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact. The $600 million compact will strengthen electrical…

Source: U.S. Department of State |

Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne

The Secretary reiterated the United States’ commitment to Senegal with the signing of Senegal’s second Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact

The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met with Senegalese Prime Minister Mohammed Dionne today in Washington, D.C. The Secretary reiterated the United States’ commitment to Senegal with the signing of Senegal’s second Millennium Challenge Corporation Compact. The $600 million compact will strengthen electrical…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Executive Board completes Tenth Review under the Extended Credit Facility Arrangement for Mali and approves US$43.85 Million Disbursement

Completion of the review enables the immediate disbursement of SDR 31.65 million, bringing total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 186.6 million

The near term macroeconomic outlook remains favorable, although there are considerable downside risks from the fragile security conditions, commodity prices changes, and weather conditions; program implementation is broadly on track. On December 10, 2018, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the Tenth Review of Mali’s performance…

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

African Economic Conference (AEC) 2018: Pushing for an inclusive African Continental Free-Trade Agreement

A total of 44 African nations signed the landmark African Continental Free Trade agreement (AfCFTA) earlier this year, which aims to create a single continental market for goods and services

A truly successful implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area agreement cannot be achieved without the “people dimension,” ensuring that the integration process does not lead to widening inequalities or exclusion. In a plenary session on the final day of the African Economic Conference, delegates participated in an interactive…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Huge desert solar initiative to make Africa a renewables power-house

Solar projects stretching across the Sahel region are expected to connect 250m people with electricity by tapping into the region’s abundant solar resource

The details of the “Desert to Power Initiative” have been outlined as part of the Paris Agreement climate change talks at COP24 in Katowice, Poland this week. Energy poverty in Africa is estimated to cost the continent 2-4 % GDP annually, according to the African Development Bank (AfDB) (www.AfDB.org), which…

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The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) and International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Africa holds seminar for Sports Journalists

The seminar, which had the theme “Raising the bar for today’s women’s sports journalists” was held at the Swiss Spirit Hotel and Suites Alisa and had over 100 journalists drawn from host, Ghana, Mali, Nigeria

The Sports Writers Association of Ghana (SWAG) and International Sports Press Association (AIPS), Africa (http://AIPSAfrica.com), has held a one day seminar for sports journalists in Ghana. The seminar, which had the theme “Raising the bar for today’s women’s sports journalists” was held at the Swiss Spirit Hotel and Suites Alisa and…

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Africa Dialogues for World Children’s Day 2018: African Youth share their vision of the Africa they want

On November 20 (anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child), children raise their voices in solidarity with the world’s most disadvantaged and vulnerable children

World Children’s Day (www.UNICEF.org/world-childrens-day) is an annual global moment 'for children, by children' where the world listens to children and fights for their rights. It is a day to advocate and garner support and raise awareness on the most pressing issues facing children – a day to 'play one’s part' in building…

Source: The World Bank Group |

Africa Loses Billions of Dollars Due to Child Marriage, Says New World Bank Report

Child brides are much more likely to drop out of school and complete fewer years of education than their peers who marry later

Child marriage will cost African countries tens of billions of dollars in lost earnings and human capital, says a new World Bank report launched ahead of the African Union Commission’s second African Girls Summit on Ending Child Marriage taking place in Ghana this week.  According to Educating Girls and Ending…