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    • Close to 15,000 displaced people have received assistance through the 9-month Japan-funded emergency response project in Tillabér
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Emergency Response Project for Displaced Communities in Niger Concludes Amid Deteriorating Security Situation

The nine-month project aimed to prevent the exacerbation of the already dire situation in the Tillabéry region

This November, the International Organization for Migration (IOM)’s emergency response project Emergency Humanitarian Assistance to Affected Populations in Tillabéry, funded by the Government of Japan, came to an end.  The nine-month project aimed to prevent the exacerbation of the already dire situation in the Tillabéry region by improving the living…

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Norway Increases Support for Sexuality Education in Developing Countries

The NOK 75 million in funding will be disbursed during the period 2019–2021 and will be used to support the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) work

‘Girls and boys need knowledge about their bodies, relationships and living together as well as about health and rights if they are to make good choices and develop positive relationships. This is why Norway is increasing funding for comprehensive sexuality education by NOK 75 million,’ said Minister of International Development…

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Orange and itel launch the 4G version of Sanza to generalise mobile internet access in Africa

From December 2019, this mobile phone with voice recognition functionalities will be on offer for around 28 US dollars in seven countries in Africa and the Middle-East

At the AfricaCom international congress, Orange (Orange.com) is partnering with itel (itel-mobile.com), the leading mobile brand in Africa and, once again, with KaiOS Technologies, maker of the leading operating system for smart feature phone KaiOS, to launch a new 4G version of the Sanza Phone, “Sanza XL”. From December 2019,…

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    • Over 40,000 migrants have been assisted with voluntary return and reintegration from Niger since 2015. Photo: IOM/Monica Chiriac
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Over 40,000 Migrants assisted with Voluntary Return and Reintegration from Niger since 2015

Most migrants registered in International Organization for Migration's (IOM) six transit centres since 2015 are from West and Central Africa

This month, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) reached a milestone of 40,000 stranded migrants participating in IOM’s Assisted Voluntary Return and Reintegration (AVRR) programme from Niger to their countries of origin. IOM’s AVRR programme in Niger began five years ago to respond to the need for stranded migrants to…

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    • (L-R) Tech Entrepreneur Award winner, Caroline Corbett from SmartBlade (South Africa), Lamia Housni, Head of P-Curiosity Lab at UM6P, OCP Group in Morocco, sponsors of Tech Entrepreneur category
    • AWIEF Founder & CEO, Irene Ochem
    • (L-R) Agri Entrepreneur Award Winner, Caroline Pomeyie from ProFish (Ghana), Category Runners-up: Affiong Williams from ReelFruit (Nigeria), and Evelyn Namara from Vouch Digital (Uganda). Category sponsor - Technical Centre for Agricultural & Rural Cooperation (CTA-EU)
    • (L-R) Creative Industry Award Winner Genet Kebede from Paradise Fashion (Ethiopia), Arunma Oteh, Oxford University Academic Scholar, former Vice President & Treasurer of the World Bank - who handed over the awards, and runner-up Abby Ikomi, House of Irawo (Nigeria)
    • (L-R) Social Entrepreneur Award runner-up: Laurence Esteve, Zip Zap Circus School (South Africa), Winner Sizani Ngubane, Rural Women’s Movement (South Africa) and Nevine Ahmed Abdelkhalek, Vice President of Engineering Consultants Group, Founder & Manager University to Work, Chairperson Egyptian Businessmen Association’s Sustainable Development Committee - She handed over the award
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Africa women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) Awards celebrate women entrepreneurs in Africa

Twenty-two women founders and entrepreneurs were selected as finalists, from 10 different African countries, across eight different categories

The Africa women Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum annual AWIEF Awards (www.AWIEForum.org), held on October 30, 2019, honoured and celebrated the achievements of women entrepreneurs and innovators across the African continent. Twenty-two women founders and entrepreneurs were selected as finalists, from 10 different African countries, across eight different categories. The 2019 AWIEF…

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New Contribution of $2.11 Million from the Federal Republic of Germany to the Trust Fund in Support of Peace and Security in Mali

As part of the German government's support for peace and security in Mali, the rehabilitation of the Kidal airstrip will play a major role in ensuring the sustainable use of this infrastructure

The Federal Republic of Germany is officially strengthening its participation in the Trust Fund in support of peace and security in Mali with a new contribution of $2.11 million, more than CFAF 1.250 billion. This support was confirmed during a ceremony held on 6 December at MINUSMA’s Headquarters in Bamako,…

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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kingdom of Bahrain condemns terrorist attack on military outpost in Republic of Mali

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain condemns the terrorist attack targeting a military outpost in In Indeleman, Republic of Mali, resulting in the death of dozens of soldiers and the injury of many others. The Ministry extends its condolences to the government of Mali and its…

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    • (L-R) H.E. SAMIRA BAWUMIA, The Second Lady of Ghana; H.E. DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi; H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central Africa Republic; H.E. HINDA DEBY ITNO, The First Lady of Chad; H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia; H.E. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi; Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG; H.E. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO, The President of Ghana; H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana; DR. RASHA KELEJ, CEO, Merck Foundation; H.E. FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Sierra Leone; H.E. AISHA BUHARI, The First Lady of Nigeria; H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe; H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia during the 6th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary
    • (L-R) H.E. DENISE NKURUNZIZA, The First Lady of Burundi; H.E. BRIGITTE TOUADERA, The First Lady of Central Africa Republic; H.E. HINDA DEBY ITNO, The First Lady of Chad; H.E. CLAR WEAH, The First Lady of Liberia; H.E. GERTRUDE MUTHARIKA, The First Lady of Malawi; Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG; H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana; DR. RASHA KELEJ, CEO, Merck Foundation; H.E. AISHA BUHARI, The First Lady of Nigeria; H.E. FATIMA MAADA BIO, The First Lady of Sierra Leone; H.E. ESTHER LUNGU, The First Lady of Zambia; H.E. AUXILLIA MNANGAGWA, The First Lady of Zimbabwe during the 6th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary
    • The 6th Edition of Merck Africa Asia Luminary 2019 in Accra, Ghana
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President of Ghana, H.E. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO inaugurates Merck Foundation “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” to build Healthcare capacity in Africa and Asia

More than 1000 healthcare providers, policy makers and academia from 50 countries benefited from the Luminary

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG inaugurated Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Ghana; The 6th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” co-chaired by H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (http://www.Merck-Foundation.com); African…

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    • The plays directed by Lancelot Imasuen are based on testimonies from returnees about their suffering along the migration route
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Theatre Helps Raise Awareness on Human Trafficking in Most Affected Regions in Nigeria

Those watching the plays in markets and other public spaces say they have been impacted by the stories

The city of Benin in southern Nigeria was once the capital of the former Edo Kingdom of Benin, one of the oldest states in West Africa. It dates back to the 11th century. Little remains of that kingdom. The once-mighty city is now the main “sender” place of origin of Nigerians…

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Participatory Dance to Strengthen Resilience to Violent Extremism in Niger

These performances offered youth from challenging environments opportunities to share their daily experiences and aspirations for a better future

The Tillabéri region, located in southwest Niger, straddles Niger’s borders with Mali and Burkina Faso. The region is characterized by fragile stability and today sits threatened by various economic and security risks concentrated at this three-state border zone. Lack of effective border control and tensions over limited available resources have…