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Source: West Africa Think Tank (WATHI) |

Faced with the threat of regional disintegration in West Africa, resignation is not an option (By Dr Olakounlé Gilles Yabi)

We need an ECOWAS that gives young people reasons to dream

By Dr Olakounlé Gilles Yabi, Founder and CEO of the citizen think tank WATHI (www.WATHI.org). In 2014, when I was working to launch the citizen think tank WATHI, I wrote the following in the concept note I proposed to dozens of friends interested in the present and future of West Africa:…

Source: African Catholic Union of the Press (UCAP) |

African Catholic Union of the Press (UCAP) and its Malian section to host a Pan-African Seminar in Bamako (Mali) on the theme "Sahel - security - accountability, what roles for faith-based journalists?

The event will bring together experts, Catholic media professionals and journalists from all over Africa, regardless of religion

The Union Catholique Africaine de la Presse (UCAP), that is the African Catholic Union of the Press, and its Malian section - the Association des Journalistes Catholiques du Mali (AJCM) - in collaboration with the Malian Episcopal Conference, are organising an international seminar called Refresher Program on the theme "Sahel…

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    • Desert to power will harness the Sahel's energy potential to provide 250 million people living in the Sahel with clean, abundant and affordable energy
    • The Desert to Power project will produce up to 10 GW of solar energy to supply 250 million people in 11 Sahel countries with photovoltaic power
    • The president of the African Development Bank, Dr. Akinwumi Adesina, who is spearheading the initiative, considers Desert to Power to be the "baobab" of the Bank's projects because of its scale, its scope, the number of people who will benefit and its importance for the economy and people's lives
    • Desert to power will provide on-grid and off-grid electricity to the people of the Sahel
    • A woman working in a dairy factory in Mali. The private sector will benefit greatly from the spin-offs of the Desert to power initiative
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The African Development Bank's Desert to Power Initiative

The Desert to Power initiative aims to bring energy to one of the least developed and most marginal parts of the continent

Desert-to-Power involves 11 countries across Sahelian belt; 250 million people set to benefit with 10 gigawatts of solar by 2030. The African Development Bank is the driving force behind one of the world's most ambitious energy projects: the Desert to Power initiative aims to bring energy to one of the least…

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International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Ecobank Transnational Incorporated to Support Trade Finance in Seven African Countries

IFC’s $140 million trade finance guarantee facility will help strengthen the participating affiliates’ trade finance operations and leverage ETI’s wide-spanning footprint in Africa

To promote trade and foster economic growth in Africa, IFC today announced trade finance facilities with seven Ecobank Transnational Incorporated (ETI) (www.Ecobank.com) subsidiaries operating in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Malawi, Mali, and Togo. IFC’s $140 million trade finance guarantee facility will help strengthen the participating affiliates’ trade finance…

Source: International Rescue Committee (IRC) |

Food insecurity at an all-time high in West and Central Africa: Millions of people face hunger if no immediate action is taken, warns International Rescue Committee (IRC)

The IRC supports communities across the region to ensure their most basic survival needs are met and have the combination of assets and income to prosper through cash relief and livelihoods

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) is extremely concerned about escalating food and nutrition insecurity in West and Central African countries. Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Niger, and Nigeria are all anticipated to face Crisis (IPC3) level of food insecurity or worse during the lean season - the time between harvests…

Source: Save the Children |

Mali: 80,000 children trapped and running out of food in second blockaded town

The blockade follows the siege of Timbuktu which began in August, trapping more than 136,000 people including nearly 74,000 children in the historic city and leading to a humanitarian catastrophe

Armed groups have trapped more than 140,000 people, including over 80,000 children, in the town of Menaka in Mali, where they are facing malnutrition and disease, following a similar blockade of the city of Timbuktu, Save the Children said. A four-month blockade of Menaka by armed groups follows a similar…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Reaches Staff-Level Agreement with Mali on Rapid Credit Facility and Completes 2024 Article IV Mission

Discussions focused on the economic outlook, macroeconomic policies and possible responses to the urgent balance of payments (BOP) needs

IMF staff and the Malian authorities have reached a staff-level agreement on emergency financing through the Exogenous Shock Window of the IMF’s Rapid Credit Facility (RCF). IMF staff also completes the 2024 Article IV mission; Mali’s economy has been hit by multiple exogenous shocks recently, including Russia’s war in Ukraine,…

Source: Human Rights Watch (HRW) |

Mali: Junta Suspends Political Parties, Associations

Action Undermines Fundamental Freedoms

Mali’s transitional military government should immediately reverse its suspension of political parties and associations, Human Rights Watch said today. The suspension violates both Malian law and the rights to freedom of expression, association, and assembly under international human rights law. On April 10, 2024, the council of ministers adopted a decree suspending…

Source: International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) |

Empress Shôken Fund announces 103rd funding distribution to support projects in 17 countries

The projects to be supported cover a variety of topics, including youth, first aid and rescue, disaster preparedness, dissemination of humanitarian ideals, blood transfusion services and National Society development

The Joint Commission of the Empress Shôken Fund (ESF) has announced a new funding distribution that totals CHF 485,597 and supports projects administered by Red Cross and Red Crescent National Societies in 17 countries. The commission is administered by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)…

Source: The Government of Norway |

Norway to establish embassy in Senegal

The new Embassy will be responsible for Norway’s diplomatic relations with Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger and Chad, where Norway does not have any foreign service missions

Norway will open an embassy in Dakar in the autumn of 2024. The mission will also be responsible for several other countries in West Africa. This is the first time Norway has established an embassy in Senegal. In addition to Senegal the new Embassy will be responsible for Norway’s diplomatic…