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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 MSF has since withdrawn from the town amid violence that has also forced the temporary closure of a UNHCR field office.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

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

Accra launch of The Africa Data Revolution Report

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ABUJA, Nigeria The inaugural edition of the Africa Data Revolution Report (ADRR 2016) will be launched on 19 July in Accra, Ghana, as part of activities marking the 2nd Africa Open Data Conference, which will take place from July 17 – 21, 2017. Jointly published by the Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Wide Web Foundation and the Open Data for Development Network (OD4D), ADRR is a biennial report that maps the data ecosystem in Africa with reference to the production, distribution and use of data by public, private and civil society actors, as they relate to the 17 SDGs. Commenting on the importance of the report, Oliver Chinganya, Director of the Africa Centre for Statistics at ECA said, “there is need for us as A

Access Bank Group/UNICEF Initiative mark 10 Years Commitment to Africa

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WINDSOR, United Kingdom Access Bank Group, along with 5th Chukker, The Access Bank UK and Access Private Bank  hosted the 10th annual ‘Access Bank Polo Day’ at the Guards Polo Club, Windsor. The annual event is part of its continued support of UNICEF and the climax to the high-profile Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield Polo tournament, celebrating a decade of commitment to UNICEF projects and aimed at reaching out to and highlighting the plight of vulnerable children and orphans and internationally displaced persons. From its’ base with 5th Chukker in Kaduna, Nigeria, the Access Bank/UNICEF Charity Shield  has grown to be the biggest charity polo tournament in Africa and generates interest and support from organisations and individuals across Africa for the UNICEF/Access initiativ

BASF introduces first new class of public health insecticide for malaria prevention

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LIMBURGERHOF, Germany WHO recommendation for game-changing mosquito net. First bed net to contain non-pyrethroid chemistry. Collaboration with IVCC and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine unlocks breakthrough in malaria fight. BASF has received a recommendation from the World Health Organization (WHO) for Interceptor® G2, a long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito net (LN) based on chlorfenapyr. Chlorfenapyr is a completely new insecticide class for combating mosquitoes for public health. This is the first WHO recommendation for a product based on a new insecticide class in more than 30 years. Working with the Innovative Vector Control Consortium (IVCC) and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in a collaboration lasting over a decade, BASF

Boosting Intra-African Trade Crucial to Africa’s Development

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ABUJA, Nigeria The Aid for Trade Global Review 2017 opened at the World Trade Organisation (WTO) headquarters in Geneva today with the Economic Commission for Africa’s Capacity Development Division (CDD) Director, Stephen Karingi, emphasizing the need to boost intra-African trade. Boosting intra-African trade is the most effective channel for trade to deliver development on the African continent, said Mr. Karingi, adding deeper trade integration is the surest way to speed up Africa’s economic transformation. “Trade contributes towards industrialization and structural transformation. Intra-African trade currently stands at a mere 13 percent of the continent’s total trade, which is very low. As the ECA we are saying there’s need for African governments to do more to grow intra-A

Actis launches Honoris United Universities, the first pan-African private higher education network

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LONDON, United Kingdom Honoris United Universities brings together the leading tertiary education institutions in North and Southern Africa for the first time – Collaborative Intelligence from around the continent Luis Lopez has been appointed as CEO of Honoris United Universities Actis (www.act.is), a leading investor in growth markets, announced today a major pan-African higher education initiative - Honoris United Universities. Honoris United Universities is the first African private higher education network bringing together the leading tertiary education institutions in North and Southern Africa for the first time. Honoris United Universities will harness the collaborative intelligence and the pioneering efforts of these institutions to educate Africa’s next generati

Chikonde assures peace to travelers to Zambia.

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LONDON, United Kingdom The High Commission of the Republic of Zambia in the United Kingdom would like to assure travelers to Zambia that there is no disruption to normal business and the country continues to operate in a peaceful and welcoming environment. This follows the proclamation by His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu of a situation likely to cause state of public emergency on 5th July 2017 through a statutory instrument number 53 of 2017 as provided for under article 31 of the constitution of the Republic of Zambia. High Commissioner Chikonde emphasised that there is No State of Emergency in Zambia, thus free movement in and around Zambia is assured Zambia’s High Commissioner to the United Kingdom His Mr. Muyeba Chikonde said

Alghabra to attend meeting of Council of Foreign Ministers of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation

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OTTAWA, Canada Omar Alghabra, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs (Consular Affairs), announced today that he will visit Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, from July 10 to 11, 2017, to attend the 44th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). The council’s central theme this year is Youth, Peace and Development in a World of Solidarity. During his visit, Parliamentary Secretary Alghabra will have the opportunity to meet with OIC member states and enhance Canada’s engagement with the organization. The OIC council meetings will offer Canada a distinct opportunity to raise and advance our core values, including human rights, freedom, democratic governance and the rule of law. Quotes “Canada has many