Tag: DRC

UK pledges fresh support in fight against Ebola in the DRC

UK pledges fresh support in fight against Ebola in the DRC

AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
LONDON, United Kingdom The International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt has announced that the United Kingdom is going to provide fresh support to help tackle the ongoing Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This new UK aid support will help the World Health Organisation (WHO) to monitor the spread of the disease, identify and diagnose cases, trace people at risk of infection, support the vaccination campaign, and treat the sick. It will also strengthen the DRC’s own health systems to treat and appropriately manage the growing number of cases of the disease. This extra £5 million in funding means the UK is currently one of the largest country donors to the response. Ms Mordaunt will also set out an additional package of support which is s
Kenya’s Amu Power Signs Clean Coal Technology Agreement with GE

Kenya’s Amu Power Signs Clean Coal Technology Agreement with GE

AFRICA, BUSINESS, EAST AFRICA, KENYA
NAIROBI, KenyaGulf Energy,the developer of the 1050Mw Lamu Coal Power Plant (Amu Power), the largest private sector led infrastructure project in East and Central Africa, has today entered into a Clean Coal Technology agreement with General Electric (GE) that will see the plant use GE’s Ultra-Supercritical Clean Coal Technology making it one of the most technologically advanced coal fired power plants in the world.  Amu Power is the special purpose company that will own and operate the 1,050 MW coal fired power plant in Lamu County, Kenya, under the Public Private Partnership (“PPP”) framework. The agreement was signed at Nairobi, Ministry of Energy offices in Nyayo House in the presence of Hon. Charles Keter, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Energy (MoE), Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoro
UWEC bids farewell to Zakayo

UWEC bids farewell to Zakayo

AFRICA, BUSINESS, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
Entebbe, Uganda Uganda's oldest chimpanzee famously known as Zakayo was laid to rest last Saturday at Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Center ( UWEC) , Entebbe. According to the Minster of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu, Zakayo has been an Iconic species and very popular to both the general and international public. This he says has given Uganda, and the Ministry of Tourism at large, to use his legacy to drum up support to conserve chimpanzee in Uganda and other wildlife in general. However, he used to this opportunity to call upon Ugandans to support conservation efforts in addressing conservation challenges such as poaching, illegal wildlife trade, trafficking, human wildlife conflicts, encroachment and climate change. " All these nega...
Getting Feedback on New Tools to Protect People’s Privacy

Getting Feedback on New Tools to Protect People’s Privacy

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
SAN JOSE, United States of America Following the recent Facebook content privacy scandals, Face book has taken its first steps to protect peoples privacy. According to Facebook, they will build a feature that addresses feedback from people who use Facebook, privacy advocates and regulators.  All users will gain access to more information and control, over the data Facebook receives from other websites and apps that use their services. "Today, we're announcing plans to build Clear History. This feature will enable you to see the websites and apps that send us information when you use them, delete this information from your account, and turn off our ability to store it associated with your account going forward." notes Facebook " Apps and websites that use features such as
CAR Humanitarian Fund Releases $ 11 Million to Support Humanitarian Response

CAR Humanitarian Fund Releases $ 11 Million to Support Humanitarian Response

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
BANGUI, Central African RepublicThe Humanitarian Coordinator for Central African Republic (CAR), Najat Rochdi has allocated US$11 million from the Humanitarian Fund (CAR HF) for projects countywide to address urgent humanitarian needs prioritized in the 2018 Humanitarian Response Plan (HRP). This funding will also help in bridging the funding gap observed during the first quarter of the year. The humanitarian situation in CAR continues to deteriorate due to attacks by armed groups resulting in massive displacements of population. This situation is further exacerbated by extreme poverty, lack of basic social services, and successive conflicts disrupting early recovery initiatives. Against this backdrop, humanitarian needs are increasing and yet funding has diminished significa...
Defence Committees conclude successful oversight to the DRC

Defence Committees conclude successful oversight to the DRC

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South AfricaThe Portfolio Committee on Defence and Military Veterans together with the Joint Standing Committee on Defence conducted a successful joint oversight visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The purpose of the oversight visit was for the two committees to interact with the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) peacekeepers in a foreign deployment area. The visit allowed Members of Parliament to gain insight into the circumstances of deployment, as well as to be briefed on operational achievements and challenges. In the process, the delegation was updated on issues such as reimbursements made by the United Nations (UN) for services rendered, logistical issues relating to procurement and transportation to and from the mission area, the repo...
Immunization partners launch week-long campaign across Africa

Immunization partners launch week-long campaign across Africa

AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL
BRAZZAVILLE, Republic of the Congo The World Health Organization in the African Region, in collaboration with UNICEF, African Union and other partners, has  launched the eighth African Vaccination Week (AVW).The week long campaign from 23 to 29 April 2018 under the theme: ’Vaccines work, Do your part!,’  will raise awareness of the need and right of everyone, particularly children and women, to be protected from diseases that can be prevented by vaccines. It will also draw attention to the progress that has been made to ensure access to basic life-saving vaccinations across the continent. “The African Region has made commendable progress towards improving access to vaccines. African Heads of State and Government committed to investing more in immunization services and ensurin
Ecobank launches Fintech Challenge competition for African start-ups

Ecobank launches Fintech Challenge competition for African start-ups

AFRICA, BUSINESS
  LOME, TogoEcobank , the leading pan African banking group, is inviting African fintech entrepreneurs to enter its Ecobank Fintech Challenge. Now in its second year, the initiative gives African start-ups the chance to promote their fintech solutions, and potentially to partner Ecobank in rolling out their solutions across Ecobank’s 33 markets. Ecobank is currently welcoming submissions from all start ups and developers in any of Africa’s 54 countries to enter its 2018 Ecobank Fintech Challenge at http://EcobankFintech.com 10 Finalists will be selected to participate in an Awards and Innovation Fair at the global headquarters of Ecobank in Lomé, Togo in July 2018. Following a series of pitches from the finalists, a panel of judges will select the top three winner