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Debt-distressed African countries again look to International Monetary Fund (IMF) (by Akani Chauke)

Overall, public debt rose above 50 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in some 22 countries at the end of 2016, up from ten countries in 2013

by Akani Chauke By the International Monetary Fund (IMF’s) own admission, there are circumstances where African governments’ debt levels are so high they become unsustainable, such that the scheduled debt service exceeds the capacity of the member to service it. This rings true for a number of countries in the Sub-Saharan…

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Africa Oil Week 2018 successfully closes with a promising outlook for the Africa oil and gas industry

Delegates from around the world exchanged thoughts and the latest insights taking place in Africa and the future of the Oil and Gas industry

Africa Oil Week (www.Africa-OilWeek.com) – the leading event dedicated to the African Oil and Gas industry successfully wrapped up after a content-packed conference and exhibition. The leading business and intelligence business platform spread across 5 days saw over 1,500 delegates. Delegates from around the world exchanged thoughts and the latest insights…

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Africa Oil Week 2018 highlights key challenges and opportunities facing the oil and gas sector in Africa

The session also highlighted how Africa can remain competitive in this global oil and gas landscape

Africa Oil Week (​www.Africa-OilWeek.com) kicked off with a strong start for its 25th anniversary as delegates converged at the Welcome Reception to celebrate the spectacular opening of Africa Oil Week 2018 and today the conference got underway. The first session on Economic Outlooks was opened with key speakers including Jens…

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President of Senegal leads 9 First Ladies, 12 health ministers and 500 experts to highlight Africa’s healthcare solutions (By Simon Ateba)

The occasion was the 5th edition of the “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” hosted by the President of Senegal Macky Sall and First Lady Marieme Faye Sall

By Simon Ateba Africa is a big continent with big resources but also very big problems, especially in the health sector. With over 1.2 billion people spread across 55 countries, Africa is a diverse place, but the challenges seem to be the same everywhere as you travel from the Horn…

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Sudanese women’s right to pass citizenship to their children discussed in high-level workshop in Khartoum

The workshop, the second of its kind in 2018, was opened by H.E. Ms. Mona Farouq Sulaiman, the State Minister for Security and Social Development of the Republic of the Sudan

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), in collaboration with the Ministry of Security and Social Development of the Republic of the Sudan organized a high-level workshop on the Sudanese women’s right to (pass) citizenship, on Monday 29 October 2018 at the Grand Holiday Villa hotel…

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President of Senegal, H.E. MACKY SALL presides Merck Foundation conference “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” to build Healthcare capacity in Africa and Asia

Merck foundation also celebrated 350th Anniversary of Merck and the 1st anniversary of Merck Foundation during their Luminary

5th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” was conducted under the patronage of The President of Senegal, H.E. MACKY SALL; Merck foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com) also celebrated 350th Anniversary of Merck and the 1st anniversary of Merck Foundation during their Luminary; 09 African First Ladies, 12 Ministers of Health and More than 500 African healthcare providers…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Africa needs its young people to modernize its agricultural sectors

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Director-General stresses the importance of creating jobs in rural areas

Migration, both to urban areas and abroad, risks depriving African countries of the young people they need to modernize their agriculture sectors, which are key to achieving growth and prosperity, FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva, said today. "It is crucial that African countries also look at rural areas for…

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African Development Bank, World Food Programme join hands to help South Sudan fight hunger and malnutrition

The project is designed to enable the Government meet the country’s growing food and nutrition needs, while building community resilience

The Government of the Republic of South Sudan today welcomed a contribution of US$ 43.57 million from the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) for the implementation of the country’s Short-Term Regional Emergency Response Project (STRERP). The project is designed to enable the Government meet the country’s growing food and nutrition needs,…

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Biometric Registration of Displaced Population in Juba Enhances Accountability in Humanitarian Aid

Biometric registration is a widespread practice in South Sudan, which allows for a more accurate picture of the population living in a displacement site

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Displacement Tracking Matrix (DTM) team in South Sudan and partners recently concluded a biometric registration exercise which resulted in a total of 32,113 displaced people living in Juba’s two protection of civilian (PoC) sites being registered. Biometric registration is a widespread practice in South…

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Strategy for Norway’s efforts in the Sahel region 2018-2020

Norway is stepping up its efforts in the Sahel

The full strategy is available in English here and French here. The Sahel region is facing significant security, humanitarian and development challenges. Weak state structures and porous borders have enabled Islamist terrorist groups to gain a foothold in the region. Conflicts are threatening stability in several of the region’s countries and…