Monthly Archives : July 2010

Kenya: World leaders urged to act on Somalia

Kenya: World leaders urged to act on Somalia

President Mwai Kibaki is challenging world leaders including US President Barack Obama and South African President Jacob Zuma to act decidedly on Somalia saying the situation was deteriorating as the world watches. President Kibaki, who made the remarks during a…

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DRC: Human rights activists targeted

DRC: Human rights activists targeted

The work of human rights activists in the Democratic Republic of Congo is becoming increasingly deadly, Amnesty International warned Thursday 1st July as the country celebrates its fiftieth anniversary of Independence. Lavish Independence Day celebrations in the capital Kinshasa were led by President…

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EAC integration process begins

EAC integration process begins

East Africa: Excitement and expectation is spreading across the member countries of the East Africa Community (EAC) as the formal market integration process begins. Under the market protocol, the five-nation EAC will become a free-trade zone, which will enable free…

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Liberia: Set Free from Debt

Liberia: Set Free from Debt

International donors have wiped off US$4.6 billion the total of this country’s debt because the country is strengthening its government systems, tackling corruption and poverty reduction, and is on target to meet the millennium development goals (MDGs). The World Bank’s…

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Bribery flourishes in Africa’s illegal migration networks

Bribery flourishes in Africa’s illegal migration networks

Thousands of people fleeing conflict, hunger and poverty in the Horn of Africa are forced to bribe their way to what they hope is a better life, a senior U.N. official said. Tal Raviv, a regional programme development officer at…

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The Hague: Naomi Campbell will give evidence

The Hague: Naomi Campbell will give evidence

The special court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) sitting in The Hague ruled Tuesday 29th June that British supermodel Naomi Campbell can be called to give evidence over a ‘blood diamond’ allegedly given to her. Prosecutors say she was given the…

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Rwanda: 16 Years On

Rwanda: 16 Years On

When you type ‘Rwanda’ into an Internet search engine the second option that usually surfaces is the ‘Rwandan Genocide’. This 1994 event dominates contemporary knowledge of the nation, as we seem to hear of little else. The Rwandan Higher Commissioner…

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Idasa conference shapes West African agriculture

Idasa conference shapes West African agriculture

On 8-10 November the African democracy institute Idasa will hold a conference in Nairobi, Kenya. It regards ‘Governance and Small-Scale Agriculture in West Africa’ and it will examine how governance and public investment processes are shaping small-scale agriculture in the…

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Polio Cases Sharply Decline

Polio Cases Sharply Decline

Between 2003 and 2007, Nigeria registered an average of 1,000 cases of polio each year. This year, however, just three cases of the dreaded disease have been registered in the country so far. This sharp decline is extremely significant because…

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When China met Africa: Storyville

When China met Africa: Storyville

Storyville’s recent documentary, When China met Africa, exposes China’s increasing investment and business involvement in the continent. Focus is particularly shifted onto Zambia, where the developments of Sino-Zambian relations are tracked through the first-hand perspective of three individuals. The documentary…

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