Home » Archives by category » Columns (Page 2)

South Africa: Nigerians fly back to Lagos after xenophobic attacks

Almost 200 Nigerians have left South Africa and returned to Lagos amid xenophobic violence in the southern African nation. The repatriation came after a cycle of violence burst out in Johannesburg leading to attacks on hundreds of foreigners-owned businesses. Videos circulating online purportedly showing Nigerians being killed triggered outrage online, although Nigeria’s foreign ministry said […]

Read More

Libya: Rwanda agrees to host 500 African migrants

Rwanda has agreed on Tuesday to take in 500 refugees and asylum seekers trapped in Libya under an agreement signed with the United Nations Refugee Agency and the African Union. According to the “life-saving” agreement, Rwanda would accept an initial group of 500 people who agree to leave from Libya. The first group, including children […]

Read More

Morocco’s OCP, AUC & AUDA-NEPAD pool efforts to promote Agriculture in Africa

The African Union Commission (AUC), AUDA-NEPAD and Morocco’s OCP Group have just formed a tripartite partnership to support the development of the agricultural sector in Africa. The main purpose of this partnership is to facilitate effective coordination of the implementation and delivery of a set of goals as outlined in the African Union Malabo Business […]

Read More

For Africa, ‘winds of hope are blowing ever stronger,’ Guterres says

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres who attended the opening of the 7th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VII) in Yokohama, Japan, on Wednesday August 28, said that African nations have made ‘significant progress’ in developmental efforts in the last few years and that technology can be a catalyst in the continent’s developmental efforts. […]

Read More

Kenya census to count intersex people for the first time

In Kenya, the government is preparing for the country’s sixth population census since independence. The census according to the government will provide the first official snapshot of Kenya’s demographics in a decade. It is the first paperless census and Intersex persons will also be included for the first time in a move lauded by human […]

Read More

School closures triple in Central & Western Africa as education comes under fire

The UNICEF has warned in a new report that a generation of children in Central and Western Africa risks being denied the right to learn because of threats of violence against schools across the region. “Nearly two million children are out of school due to conflict, so it is not an easy number,” UNICEF Goodwill […]

Read More

Morocco’s King Looks Forward to a New Inclusive Development Model

King Mohammed VI said on Tuesday that he looks forward to seeing a new development model crowned with a new social deal that includes the State, its institutions, the private sector, political parties, trade unions, civil society and the citizens. In a speech he delivered from the city of Al Hoceima on the occasion of […]

Read More

S&P upgrades Rwanda’s rating to B+ on strong economic prospects

Standard and Poor’s (S&P) Global Ratings has raised its long-term sovereign credit rating on Rwanda to ‘B+’ from ‘B’. The outlook is stable. At the same time, it affirmed its short-term sovereign credit rating at ‘B’. We also revised the transfer and convertibility (T&C) assessment to ‘B+’ from ‘B’, the rating agency said in a […]

Read More

UN warns of spike in grave violations against children in Mali as ‘the new normal’

The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and partners on Tuesday, called on all warring parties in Mali to stop attacks on Children and “keep them out of harm’s way”, voicing great concern over a sharp increase in the killing and maiming of children in the country due to ongoing fighting and instability.   “We must not […]

Read More

Crisis in Nigeria ‘far from over’; more efforts needed to help the most vulnerable

Ten years after the start of a violent insurgency in north-east Nigeria plunged the country into a humanitarian crisis that is “still far from over”, the United Nations and its aid partners have underscored the need to “collectively redouble efforts” to help the most vulnerable. “We are here today to remember those who have lost […]

Read More