Monthly Archives : September 2010

Nigeria: Ex-footballers oppose Football Federation elections

Nigeria: Ex-footballers oppose Football Federation elections

The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has been caught in a whirl wind of controversy yet again. A court order issued on Wednesday 18th August 2010 halting the NFFs upcoming executive board elections has been overturned by FIFA, the world football…

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Sierra Leone: Govt urged to repeal bad press laws

Sierra Leone: Govt urged to repeal bad press laws

Journalists have urged the government to follow the example of the Ugandan Supreme Court and repeal laws that curtail freedom of speech. In August, the Ugandan government abolished sedition laws that had previously been used to prosecute and criminalise journalists…

2 Comments / 35 View / 3rd September 2010

On International Aid

On International Aid

International aid has always been a highly contested issue.  Should aid be directed to help those most in need or does it merely feed corruption and shore up inefficient governments ? Not only does the United Kingdom’s decision to refocus…

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Nigeria: Government agencies dispense science kits

Nigeria: Government agencies dispense science kits

Selected junior secondary schools across the country’s 36 states have received science kits to improve the quality of teaching and learning.  The donation of 2,548 kits– which has been funded by the Federal Government through the Universal Basic Education Commission…

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CAR: WFP warns of severe cuts in food aid

CAR: WFP warns of severe cuts in food aid

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has acknowledged that it may have to cut food aid in the Central African Republic (CAR) because of lack of funds. The agency is subsequently facing a shortfall amounting to US$15 million over…

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Botswana: World Bank warns of budget cuts

Botswana: World Bank warns of budget cuts

The World Bank has warned the government that it may have to cut the size of its public sector by at least 25% to balance the economy due to a fall in diamond sales receipts. The forecast has been made…

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Starting a Business in Africa

Starting a Business in Africa

We are living in a world where information technology has proven to be as strong a measure of international influence as military capabilities or monetary might. Technology has subsequently changed and transformed the ways in which investors and governments across…

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Tanzania: World Bank donate US $150m to improve power

Tanzania: World Bank donate US $150m to improve power

The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved a project in the country to improve the quality of grid based power supply in northern regions. The US $150 million donated by the Bank will go towards the Backbone Transmission…

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Rwanda: Amnesty accusations a fundraising ploy

Rwanda: Amnesty accusations a fundraising ploy

The government here has launched an accusatory rebuttal against Amnesty International’s recent report on the country’s genocide laws, suggesting that the report is a mere fundraising ploy. Speaking Tuesday 31st August at a news conference, government spokesperson and minister of…

2 Comments / 16 View / 1st September 2010

Gabon: Biodiversity and opportunities for Africa

Gabon: Biodiversity and opportunities for Africa

Living up to its reputation as a modern African nation, the country is set to host the first African high level conference on biodiversity. The conference will take place in capital, Libreville from 12-17 September and is entitled: ‘Biodiversity and…

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