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EU announces €125 million funding for Sahel region

The EU has announced new funding totaling €125 million for the Sahel countries. The fresh injection of €125 million will be used for the swift launch of new initiatives, which are in line with the priorities set by the G5 Sahel to enhance development and security. The measures will focus on boosting the resilience and […]

WAMU: Three Moroccan banks in the top 5

Three Moroccan banks have positioned themselves in the top 5 banking groups in the West African Monetary Union (WAMU), Ecofin news Agency reported. These are BMCE Bank Group, Attijariwafa Bank, and Groupe Banque Centrale Populaire. They made the move after making acquisitions in Mali, Senegal and Côte D’Ivoire. The Bank of Africa group, owned by […]

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Burkina Faso: Teachers, students whipped by jihadists

A new jihadist group has emerged in Burkina Faso, treating teachers and students near the borders with Mali and Niger, BBC Afrique reported. According to BBC, armed men on motorbikes pulled up to a school in the small northern community of Toulfé on Monday, forced everyone on to the floor before whipping four of the […]

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Mali: Two peacekeepers dead after dawn attack, several injured – UN Mission

The UN Stabilization Mission in Mali, MINUSMA, reported on Saturday that two peacekeepers had been killed and several others wounded, following a coordinated attack at dawn, on a base in the north of the country. A proliferation of armed groups fighting government forces and their allies in the center and northern areas of Mali following […]

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UN urges Algeria again to stop arbitrary expulsions of African migrants

The UN has reiterated its call on Algeria to immediately halt summary expulsions of African migrants, as authorities in the North African country continue to round up and expel thousands to Niger in harsh desert climate. The appeal was made by UN Special Rapporteur on migration Felipe González Morales, following his official visit to Niger; […]

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West Africa: BOAD to invest 50 billion FCFA in climate projects

The West African Development Bank (BOAD) has pledged to invest about 50 billion CFA francs to support climate projects in the region. The information was disclosed by the Head of the Climate Finance Division at BOAD, Ibrahima Traoré. The financial institution is mobilizing 45 billion CFA francs to finance any structuring project, public or private, […]

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UN chief celebrates spirit of hope in Mali, calls for greater international support

As climate change, poverty, violence… and other countless challenges hamper the stability and development of Mali and the Sahel region, a high-level event on Wednesday explored progress made in the implementation of the UN Support Plan for the Sahel (UNSS), and galvanized renewed commitment for the Malian peace process initiated in 2015. A few weeks […]

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Burkina Faso: Fears of resurgence of female genital mutilation

Equality Now, a women’s rights organization, is calling on the Burkinabe government to toughen its efforts in the fight against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in the wake of a report that 50 girls had suffered complications after undergoing the illegal procedure. The circumcisions reportedly took place in the first week of September in the Kaya […]

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Mali’s Keita sworn-in, vows to tackle rising violence

As he starts a second five-year term as President of Mali, Ibrahim Boubacar Keita on Tuesday promised to address the deteriorating security situation because of the Islamist insurgency in the West African nation. In his address to supporters and local politicians that attended his swearing-in ceremony in capital Bamako, Keita said the election is not […]

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Mali: Incumbent President re-elected, opposition cries foul

Mali’s Incumbent President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was re-elected in a run-off against opposition rival and ex-finance Minister Soumaila Cisse. The Ministry of Territorial Administration declared Keita the winner of the repeat poll held on Sunday with 67 percent of ballots cast. Soumaila Cisse angrily vowed to contest the results by using “all democratic means.” He […]

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