Monthly Archives : August 2010

Realizing Africa’s ‘green revolution’ through collective action

Realizing Africa’s ‘green revolution’ through collective action

The upcoming African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) to be held in Ghana on September 2nd will attempt to accelerate development in agricultural productivity across the continent. The forum will be chaired by the former UN secretary-general, Kofi A. Annan who took…

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Africa’s Young Voices

Africa’s Young Voices

Presidential celebrations in Washington DC, USA brought together 115 young African leaders to commemorate a milestone in Africa’s legacy. This year, 17 Sub-Saharan African countries observe the 50th anniversary of their independence. The young leaders were subsequently given a chance…

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Kenya: Agencies urged to protect endangered birds

Kenya: Agencies urged to protect endangered birds

An endangered bird species faces extinction in the East Africa region if urgent measures to stop illegal logging in indigenous forests in the Kenyan Coastal Region and North East Tanzania are not put into place urgently.  A joint study by…

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South Africa: Media freedom under threat?

South Africa: Media freedom under threat?

South Africa’s government is seeking action to regulate the country’s media. The ANC government is discussing proposals including a Media Appeals Tribunal, and updates to legislation known as the Protection of Public Information Act. The tribunal will serve to handle…

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Britain in Sierra Leone: a return to colonialism?

Britain in Sierra Leone: a return to colonialism?

The latest episode of the BBC’s current affairs documentary ‘Our World’, explores the intriguing dynamic that has existed between Britain and Sierra Leone since Britain’s intervention into the African nation in 2000. This intervention is widely credited to have brought…

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South Africa: OECD urges enforcement on foreign bribery

South Africa: OECD urges enforcement on foreign bribery

Enforcement of the convention on combating bribery of foreign public officials in international business transactions needs to be stepped up by senior officials, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) urges. The convention is recognised as the only international…

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Cameroon: UNICEF donate medical supplies to fight cholera

Cameroon: UNICEF donate medical supplies to fight cholera

The United Nations (UN) has dispatched emergency medical equipment to the northern region of the West African country which has been hit by its worst outbreak of cholera in six years. The outbreak has led to more than 2,000 confirmed…

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Ominous Signals for Nigeria’s Parliament

Ominous Signals for Nigeria’s Parliament

 The National Assembly is presently submerged by claims and counter claims of fraud and mismanagement of public funds. This of course is not strange as this scenario has unfortunately been the hallmark of the upper and lower houses of a…

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Sierra Leone: Rekindling Ties with Equatorial Guinea

Sierra Leone: Rekindling Ties with Equatorial Guinea

The gradual end of hostiles in West Africa has led to the revival of interstate connections over the past few years.  The fragile balance that once characterised affairs between countries in the region is now changing and some frosty relationships…

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Zambia: Former Minister Jailed

Zambia: Former Minister Jailed

The country’s former Defence Minister George Mpombo has been jailed for 60 days and also fined £515 for bouncing a cheque.  Mpombo was jailed on Monday August 9th after bouncing the cheque that was meant to pay back Colwyn Limited…

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