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UN’s emergency fund releases US$30 million to avert acute hunger and malnutrition in the Sahel

UN’s emergency fund releases US$30 million to avert acute hunger and malnutrition in the Sahel

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
NEW YORK, United States of AmericaEmergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock has released US$30 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to urgently scale-up relief efforts in West Africa’s Sahel, where an acute drought, combined with exceptionally high food prices and worsening insecurity, has escalated humanitarian needs. Thousands of families have exhausted their food reserves and are cutting down on daily meals. Up to 1.6 million children are at risk of life-threatening malnutrition, and five million people need food and livelihoods assistance in what is expected to soon be the worst lean season  when food stocks deplete ahead of the next harvest in years. “To avert a catastrophe, we need to act early to get assistance quickly to the most vulnerable peop
Ecobank Wins Best Digital Strategy Award

Ecobank Wins Best Digital Strategy Award

AFRICA, BUSINESS
LOME, TogoEcobank has won the Best Digital Strategy Award at the Retail Banker International’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London last week. Ecobank’s digital strategy leverages digitalisation for scale and ubiquity and is the key plank in its ambition to be the top consumer financial services franchise in Africa and to achieve its target of serving 100 million customers. As a pan-African bank we’re absolutely committed to meeting the rapidly changing demands for convenience and functionality that Africans need and demand The Ecobank Mobile App, which has already been downloaded by over 5 million people, is a unified banking app serving 33 African countries, enabling 24/7 banking services and transactions in 18 different currencies and in
UN Humanitarian chief calls for more aid to 7.1 million vulnerable people in Sudan

UN Humanitarian chief calls for more aid to 7.1 million vulnerable people in Sudan

AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
KHARTOUM, SudanAt the end of a three day mission to Sudan, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has urged the international community to step up support to the humanitarian response to 7.1 million vulnerable people and invest in the country’s social-economic development. He stressed that unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to people in need across Sudan is critical for the delivery of relief. During his mission, Mr. Lowcock met Government officials and humanitarian partners, and visited settlements for internally displaced persons in Murta and Kulba in South Kordofan. “Millions of people face serious and growing humanitarian needs. Many have suffered for the past 15 years, but we cannot let them slide back into a situation where they become completely depe
“Cease Fire, protect civilians and aid workers” – says Mark Lowcock

“Cease Fire, protect civilians and aid workers” – says Mark Lowcock

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, REST OF THE WORLD, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South SudanThe United Nations Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator, Mark Lowcock, has called upon all parties to cease hostilities, amidst fresh fighting that has displaced tens of thousands of people in multiple locations across the country. When I asked them what they needed most, the word I heard most frequently from them was: ‘peace’ During his two-day visit, Mr. Lowcock met with Government officials, members of SPLA-in Opposition, humanitarian agencies, and partners. He also visited people affected by the crisis in Juba, Yei Town and Mundu. The latter is an SPLA-iO controlled area. “The conflict in South Sudan is now in its fifth year. Ordinary people are suffering on an unimaginable scale. The peace process has so fa
UN Humanitarian chief calls for more aid to 7.1 million vulnerable people in Sudan

UN Humanitarian chief calls for more aid to 7.1 million vulnerable people in Sudan

AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
KHARTOUM, SudanAt the end of a three-day mission to Sudan, United Nations humanitarian chief Mark Lowcock has urged the international community to step up support to the humanitarian response to 7.1 million vulnerable people and invest in the country’s social-economic development. He stressed that unimpeded and sustained humanitarian access to people in need across Sudan is critical for the delivery of relief. During his mission, Under Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Lowcock met Government officials and humanitarian partners, and visited settlements for internally displaced persons in Murta and Kulba in South Kordofan. “Millions of people face serious and growing humanitarian needs. Many have suffered for the past 15 years, but we
Four Sudanese citizens charged with defamation and cyber crimes for social media activity

Four Sudanese citizens charged with defamation and cyber crimes for social media activity

AFRICA, EDUCATION
KHARTOUM, SudanAs the international community commemorates World Press Day, the African Center for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) expresses concern over the targeting of Sudanese citizens by the authorities for their online activity. ACJPS has documented four incidents where four Sudanese citizens have been charged with defamation under the Cyber crimes Act, 2007 and Criminal Act, 1991 as well as breach of public order and morality under the Cyber crimes Act following statements shared via social media platforms. Over the years, social media platforms have been increasingly used by Sudanese citizens to voice concerns over the governance of their country. Given the restrictive space, the online platforms are seen as a medium to freely express concerns and commentary on diffe...
UN Urges the World to Act Now to Save Lives in West Africa’s Sahel

UN Urges the World to Act Now to Save Lives in West Africa’s Sahel

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
DAKAR, Senegal Three UN agencies have warned that parts of West Africa's Sahel region are likely to be affected by Drought, high food prices and conflict. According to the UN, this will drive millions of people into acute hunger and malnutrition. The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP), said that poor rainfall in pastoralist areas of southern Mauritania, northern Senegal, and parts of Mali, Niger, Burkina Faso and Chad in 2017, had ruined livestock and harvest and affected livelihoods, leading to an early onset of the hunger season. The Sahel region has also seen increased insecurity and an intensification in armed conflict that is disrupting basic services and livelihoods, affecting social cohes
ICRC facilitates safe return of 10 aid workers abducted last week

ICRC facilitates safe return of 10 aid workers abducted last week

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH SUDAN
JUBA, South SudanTen aid workers taken by an armed group last week were returned to Juba, by a team from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). We are pleased that these ten aid workers will now be able to return to their families The South Sudanese aid workers were transported by ICRC aircraft from an area around Yei to the capital, Juba. “The ICRC has a long standing record as a neutral intermediary in these kinds of situations. We are pleased that these ten aid workers will now be able to return to their families,” said François Stamm, the head of delegation for the ICRC in South Sudan.  The ICRC provided the transportation of the released aid workers with the consent of all the parties involved and was not involved in any negotiations. None of the aid w