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the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) awarded three more African innovators

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ACCRA, Ghana The sixth edition of the coveted Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) culminated with a bang as the African Innovation Foundation (AIF) awarded three more African innovators for their incredible innovations. Out of the total of over 2500 applications, 10 nominees were selected, and from these Aly El-Shafei of Egypt emerged as the Grand Prize winner, with Philippa Ngaju Makobore of Uganda landing the Second Prize, and Dougbeh-Chris Nyan of Liberia winning the Special Prize for Social Impact. Each one of the seven remaining nominees also went home with US$ 5 000 voucher to be used to further develop their innovations. Moreover, all nominees and winners will benefit from IPA post prize activities aiming at moving their innovations to the next level. The main obstacle in in...

CAR violence driving more refugees into northern DRC, local communities stretched to cope

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GENEVA, Switzerland Recent violence in southern border areas of Central African Republic is driving more people to flee, including into remote areas of northern Democratic Republic of the Congo, putting immense pressure on difficult-to-reach local communities close to the border. In Zemio, around 1,000 kilometres east of the capital Bangui, our partner MSF reported last week that a baby had been shot dead by militants in a hospital housing more than 7,000 displaced people. MSF has since withdrawn from the town amid violence that has also forced the temporary closure of a UNHCR field office. As of end June, 102,802 Central African Republic refugees were registered in Democratic Republic of the Congo The main areas from which people have been fleeing are the towns of Bangasso...

African innovations walk away with Innovation Prize worthy US$150 000

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ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia Guest of honour, Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp affirms Merck’s long term partnership with African countries  Watch this video: Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp-Merck Foundation at African First Ladies Summit, AU Assembly Merck Foundation continues its strong partnership with African Countries, to build healthcare capacity, improve access to cancer care and advance people lives through science and technology. During The 19th General Assembly of the Organization of First Ladies of Africa (OAFLA), held at the African Union. Guest of honour, Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board of E. Merck KG and Chairman of Board of Trustees of Merck Foundation and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation, affirmed Merck’s long term pa

SACAU Young Agripreneurs Forum gets the inside track on mechanization and agriculture

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LUSAKA, Zambia AGCO, Your Agriculture Company (NYSE:AGCO), a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment and solutions, welcomed delegates from 11 countries attending the Southern African Confederation of Agricultural Unions’ (SACAU) Young Agripreneurs Forum to its Future Farm in Zambia for an in-depth three-day programme covering farm mechanization and the business of agriculture. SACAU is committed to a transformative agenda for agricultural development which is growth-oriented and enterprise-development focused. A key emphasis is working with young farmers and, since 2014, SACAU has run an annual regional young farmers’ forum. The aim of the forums is to create a positive image for agriculture among the next generation and develop role models from within t

Seychelles active as UN reviews oceans SDG

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VICTORIA, Seychelles Seychelles and other small island developing countries were active at the United Nations in New York as the UN High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) reviewed the sustainable development goal (SDG) on oceans. The HLPF oversees the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on sustainable development and the associated 17 SDGs under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). SDG 14 is to "conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development". The review by the HLPF came just a month after the successful Oceans Conference, also at the UN in New York, where a Seychelles delegation led by Vice-President Vincent Meriton was prominently active. For the HLPF, Seychelles' Permanent Representative to t

Pilot study tracking implementation of AU land declaration to be unveiled in Ghana

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ABUJA, Nigeria The Land Policy Initiative (LPI) and the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), will on Thursday hold an inception workshop in Accra, Ghana, to launch the Monitoring and Evaluation of Land in Africa (MELA) project, a pilot study to track progress in the implementation of the African Union Declaration on Land Issues and Challenges in 12 African countries. The workshop follows the joint LPI-Rights and Resources Initiative (RRI) meeting with African Land Commissions on Securing Community Land Rights that is being attended by representatives from member States, regional economic communities (RECs), development partners and technical experts on land tenure and governance issues on the continent. LPI Coordinator, Joan Kagwanja, says the pilot project ai...

Minister Rob Davies to Serve 67 Minutes of Mandela Day in Vosloorus

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa The Minister of Trade and Industry (the dti), Dr Rob Davies will serve his 67 minutes of community service for the Nelson Mandela International Day, with leaners of Vosloorus in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng. Dr Davies will be handing out groceries, toiletries and blankets. Members of the media are invited to cover the event: Members of the media are invited to cover the event DATE: Tuesday, 18 July 2017 VENUE: Itumeleng Nursery and Pre School, 581 Ulondolozo Road Ext 7, Vosloorus, Ekurhuleni TIME: 12:00 The Nelson Mandela International Day is a call to action for individual people across the globe to take responsibility for changing the world into a better place, one small step at a time, just as the late former President Mandela did with selflessness an...

IMF Executive Board Completes Second Review Under the ECF Arrangement for the Central African Republic

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WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America The completion of the review enables a disbursement of US$16.3 million. Swift implementation of the National Plan for Recovery and Peace’s investment program will boost economic prospects. Sustaining and accelerating efforts to mobilize domestic revenues and enhance budget transparency will create fiscal space for increasing social and capital spending. On July 17, 2017, the Executive Board of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) completed the second review under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF)[1] arrangement for the Central African Republic. The completion of the review enables a disbursement of SDR 11.70 million (about US$16.3 million), which will bring total disbursements under the arrangement to SDR 36.75 million (about US

African land commissioners’ workshop on securing community land rights opens in Accra

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ABUJA, Nigeria The first ever meeting of African Land Commissioners opened in Accra Monday with Ghana’s Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John-Peter Amewu, lamenting the extreme levels of poverty in some parts of the continent despite the availability of vast arable land resources. In his opening address to the Land Commissioners, senior government officials, representatives of civil society and others attending the meeting on how the continent can secure community land rights, the minister described the situation as alarming. “While we have most land suitable for agriculture, our productivity gap turns to be the highest,” he said in a speech read on his behalf by his deputy. “We see land ownership inequalities and landlessness growing in several African countries and w

Danish Ambassador and ICC Registrar Launch “Access To Justice” Project in Uganda

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THE HAGUE, Netherlands Today, 17 July 2017, the Registrar of the International Criminal Court (“ICC” or “Court”), Mr Herman von Hebel, and H.E. Ambassador of Denmark to Uganda, Mr Mogens Pedersen, launched an “Access to Justice” project in Kampala, Uganda. This project aims at facilitating the ICC’s continuous efforts to respond to the information demands of the communities affected by the conflict in northern Uganda.   The Project, funded by the Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) through a grant of 210,000 euros, will enhance the capacity of the local population in Northern Uganda, where the crimes were allegedly committed, to follow the proceedings against Dominic Ongwen in the trial currently ongoing in The Hague. The project will also strengthen capacity