ROME, Italy Sweden, through the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), will support drought-stricken farmers and herders in the Sahel, with a focus on Burkina Faso and Mali. The Funds will be Channeled through the Swedish International Development Cooperation (SIDA). The $9.9 million contribution comes in response to FAO's appeal for the Sahel as more than 4 million people in the region face increasing hardships following dry spells in 2017 that decimated farmers crops and livestock. Burkina Faso and Mali are two of the six Sahel countries that are the hardest hit, with the two countries having a combined total of more than one million people struggling to have enough food over the coming months. "This contribution will bring livelihood support to familie...
DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania The United nations will commemorate the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers in Mali. More than 96,000 uniformed personnel from 124 troop and Police contributing countries who serve under the blue flag are expected to attend alongside more than 15,000 International and National Civilian Staff and nearly 1,600 United Nations Volunteers. In his message to mark the Day, Secretary-General António Guterres announced that he will spend the Day with United Nations Peacekeepers in Mali “to express my solidarity with colleagues facing high casualties and enormous volatility.” This year also marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of UN Peacekeeping, the flagship enterprise of the Organization described by the Secretary-General as “a prov
GENEVA, Switzerland The World Health Organization (WHO) has launched the Business Case for WHO Immunization Activities on the African Continent 2018-2030, which outlines how WHO will support African Member States achieve universal immunization coverage. While Africa has made tremendous progress in improving access to immunization, most countries are off track to achieve the Global Vaccine Action Plan (GVAP) target of 90% national immunization coverage by 2020. Every year, more than 30 million children under-five fall sick due to vaccine-preventable diseases (VPDs), and of these, over half a million die, representing 58% of global deaths. VPDs also impose an economic burden of $13 billion every year funding that could be used to fuel the economy and drive devel...
NEW YORK, United States of AmericaEmergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock has released US$30 million from the UN’s Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to urgently scale-up relief efforts in West Africa’s Sahel, where an acute drought, combined with exceptionally high food prices and worsening insecurity, has escalated humanitarian needs. Thousands of families have exhausted their food reserves and are cutting down on daily meals. Up to 1.6 million children are at risk of life-threatening malnutrition, and five million people need food and livelihoods assistance in what is expected to soon be the worst lean season when food stocks deplete ahead of the next harvest in years. “To avert a catastrophe, we need to act early to get assistance quickly to the most vulnerable peop
LOME, TogoEcobank has won the Best Digital Strategy Award at the Retail Banker International’s prestigious awards ceremony held at the Waldorf Hilton Hotel in London last week. Ecobank’s digital strategy leverages digitalisation for scale and ubiquity and is the key plank in its ambition to be the top consumer financial services franchise in Africa and to achieve its target of serving 100 million customers. As a pan-African bank we’re absolutely committed to meeting the rapidly changing demands for convenience and functionality that Africans need and demand The Ecobank Mobile App, which has already been downloaded by over 5 million people, is a unified banking app serving 33 African countries, enabling 24/7 banking services and transactions in 18 different currencies and in
MIDRAND, SOUTH AFRICA The Pan African Parliament (PAP) has considered and adopted the proposed US$ 26 million budget to run the legislature’s activities and programmes in 2019. The PAP, which is headquartered in Midrand, South Africa is one of the organs of the African Union and has representation of five legislators from each of the 54 AU member states. The budget, presented by the Chairperson of the Committee on Monetary and Financial Affairs, Hon. Michael John Temple (Swaziland), showed a 35 percent increase compared to the previous year’s budget of US$ 19 million. “The increase is largely due to the addition of extra programme activities and the inclusion of rental of the PAP official residence in the 2009 budget,” Temple told legislators Wednesday. He said the other cos
DIFFA, NigerThree years ago, Fajimatou gave birth to her fourth child. Since then, she had been suffering from incontinence and regular urinary infections. Too embarrassed to raise this problem with the staff at the health post, she had kept it to herself. When she heard about the listening space for women set up by MSF in her village in Kargamari, it was a real relief. “I knew that there I’d be able to talk to another woman who I could trust. The women in the village know Dalaran well, as she's been the traditional midwife for several years, but until now we didn’t have a space where we could talk to her freely”, explains Fajimatou. Fajimatou is far from the only woman to have kept quiet for years. Kolo, who is 22 years old and a mother of three, lives in the village of Garin
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