Ministry of Finance, Economy and Planning of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Malabo)
Source: Ministry of Finance, Economy and Planning of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Malabo) |

Equatorial Guinea Touts Economy and Reforms at World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa

Equatorial Guinea is collecting more taxes and royalties that is showing a full recovery since the oil price collapse of 2014

The Government of Equatorial Guinea, represented by the Ministry of Economy, Finance and Planning (http://bit.ly/2lJ4Mqo), has concluded a successful mission at the 28th World Economic Forum (WEF) on Africa, which was held last week in Cape Town, South Africa. H.E. Minister Cesar Mba Abogo led a team of officials that…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Newly Appointed UNHCR Somalia Representative Meets Deputy Prime Minister

Mr. Siffointe served as UNHCR Representative in South Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Kyrgystan

UNHCR new Representative to Somalia, Mr. Johann Siffointe, has today met the Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Mahdi Mohamed Gulaid, in the capital Mogadishu. Welcoming Mr. Siffointe to Somalia, the Deputy Prime Minister reaffirmed the government’s commitment to continue working with UNHCR in improving the lives of displaced families. Meanwhile, the…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

Ebola: As death toll approaches 2,000, vaccines, treatment and behaviour change equally important

This warning comes as the death toll for the Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo) approaches 2,000 and as the total number of cases reaches 3,000

The availability of an effective vaccine against Ebola and the recent confirmation of two effective treatments do not negate the importance of building trust and understanding in communities affected by the outbreak, warns the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). This warning comes as the death…

Source: UN News |

Displaced by DR Congo violence, survivors’ testimonies highlight brutality of armed militia

Severe underfunding for aid work and insecurity involving the Hema and Lendu groups have meant that increasing numbers are vulnerable

Two months since hundreds of thousands of people fled violence in north-eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), UN humanitarians warned on Friday that armed militia continue to make their safe return impossible.  Briefing journalists in Geneva, UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) Spokesperson Babar Baloch, said that staff had heard numerous…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

Two months on, fear and squalor prevail in Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Ituri Province

This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Babar Baloch – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today’s press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva

Two months on since violence forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s eastern province of Ituri, severe underfunding and growing insecurity mean rising numbers are in need of humanitarian assistance and are unable to return home. In the last three…

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Eritrea: Conscription System’s Toll on Education

Spurs Dropouts and Exodus by Students, Teachers

Eritrea’s use of secondary school to channel students into indefinite government service and its conscription of teachers subjects students and teachers to forced labor and physical abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 84-page report, “‘They Are Making Us into Slaves, Not Educating Us’: How Indefinite…

Source: UN News |

UN boosts humanitarian appeal to help tackle Zimbabwe’s ‘worst-ever’ hunger crisis

The revised humanitarian appeal covers January 2019 through to April 2020 with a total requirement of $331.5 million need from this point onwards

With Zimbabwe now experiencing its “worst-ever hunger crisis”, the UN food relief agency has revised its humanitarian appeal to step up food assistance to people most affected by drought, flooding, and economic stagnation.  “Yesterday the humanitarian community launched an urgent appeal for funds to respond to the country's very difficult…

Source: The Federal Council, Switzerland |

Ignazio Cassis visits Swiss projects in cyclone-stricken Mozambique

Switzerland was among the first to provide assistance after Cyclone Idai in central Mozambique in March and Cyclone Kenneth in the north of the country in April

On the second day of his trip to Mozambique, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis visited Swiss humanitarian aid projects in the country. In Beira in central Mozambique he saw first-hand the scale of the devastation caused by Cyclone Idai in March 2019 and the measures taken in its wake. Switzerland was…

Source: The Federal Council, Switzerland |

Ignazio Cassis attends the ceremony marking the signing of Swiss-brokered peace treaty in Mozambique

This peace accord was in large measure concluded thanks to Swiss support

Together with other high-ranking members of the international community, Federal Councillor Ignazio Cassis, head of the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, took part earlier today in a ceremony marking the signing of the peace accord between RENAMO and FRELIMO, the opposing sides in Mozambique's civil war. This peace accord was…

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Ebola in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), one year on: UK calls on international community to step up

The UK is calling on international partners to step up efforts in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to stop the spread of the disease

The UK is calling on other countries to provide more financial support and to work with the UN, the WHO and the government of the DRC to tackle Ebola in the region, one year after the outbreak began. The UK is at the forefront of responding to the outbreak and…