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Girls in ICT Day celebrated in Somalia with the launch of an ICT initiative

Girls in ICT Day celebrated in Somalia with the launch of an ICT initiative

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, TECHNOLOGY
MOGADISGU, Somalia Somalia' s government has celebrated the International Girls in ICT Day in the capital Mogadishu with the launch on an initiative to create gender parity in Somalia’s ICT industry. Organized by Fursad.so in partnership with Somalia’s Research and Education Network (SomaliREN) and Ministry of Post, Telecom and Technology, the event was aimed at drawing the attention of policy makers, academia and the business sector on the challenges faced by girls in ICT. Abdulkadir Mohamed, Fursad.so manager, presented a survey they conducted on the share of women in total number of graduates in ICT. He said out of the 1,233 ICT graduates in 2017 from 23 universities across Puntland, GalMudug, SouthWest, Benadir, Jubbaland and HirShabelle only 9% were female. He added the few who man
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...
Uganda signs grant agreement between the KOICA and UNICEF

Uganda signs grant agreement between the KOICA and UNICEF

AFRICA, ASIA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
KAMPALA, UgandaThe Korea International Cooperation Agency and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)  have launched a five year programme to scale up water, sanitation and hygiene services in schools in Karamoja. The programme will be executed until 2022, benefiting 56,000 children from 100 schools in all Karamoja districts of Abim, Amudat, Kaabong, Kotido, Moroto, Napak and Nakapiripirit. The interventions will be implemented by UNICEF, together with the Ministry of Education and Sports and the seven District Local Governments of the Karamoja region. “The Government of Korea is proud to partner with UNICEF and the Government of Uganda to provide safe water, adequate sanitation and effective hygiene services to tens of thousands of vulnerable school going children in K
Libya Migration Working Group Convenes in Tripoli for third time

Libya Migration Working Group Convenes in Tripoli for third time

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
TRIPOLI, LibyaThe Libyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IOM, the UN Migration Agency co-chaired the third Migration Working Group meeting in Tripoli. During the meeting, held on 25 April, at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, participants heard the national identified priorities for international assistance in the areas of migration and analyzed existing modalities to match them with offers of support, aiming to address current challenges. Some of the priorities highlighted the development of policies and strategies for migration management, called for modern Systems and processes to analyze and document the phenomena and identified  Capacity Building, Human Resources development as well as the improvement of conditions in  the current migrant detention centers and at disembark
Uganda Government selects Consortium comprising YAATRA, BHGE, LionWorks, and Saipem to develop, finance, construct and operate a greenfield Oil Refinery in Hoima District, Uganda

Uganda Government selects Consortium comprising YAATRA, BHGE, LionWorks, and Saipem to develop, finance, construct and operate a greenfield Oil Refinery in Hoima District, Uganda

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, REST OF THE WORLD, UGANDA
KAMPALA, UgandaFollowing the favourable evaluation of its private sector led offer by the Uganda Government, the Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium (AGRC) comprised of YAATRA Ventures, Baker Hughes, a GE company , LionWorks Group ) and Saipem, signed a project framework agreement confirming its selection for the realization of a 60,000 barrels per day capacity refinery with a project estimated value of around $3 billion. YAATRA Africa is an infrastructure development and financing company which provides innovative infrastructure solutions on the continent. LionWorks is a private equity company focused exclusively on pan-African infrastructure opportunities. Other companies involved are Saipem, a global leader in engineering, procurement, construction and installation, as wel...
Skills Development is critical – Minister Davies

Skills Development is critical – Minister Davies

AFRICA, BUSINESS
PRETORIA, South Africa South Africa's Minister of Trade and Industry Dr Rob Davies has urged the government to focus on skills development because its critical to the economy and is non negotiable. He said this will at the launch of Lesedi Skills Development Academy in Atlantis, Western Cape, that was established to address the need for skilled artisans and to close the skills gap in the nuclear and broader energy sector as well as associated industries. Minister Davies said it was increasingly evident that as a requirement to get any industrial job one needed to have skills. He said at all levels of employment one now requires to be skilled. Government is aware that skills development in the past was limited to the minority and the majority of the people had less access,...
UN expert raises concerns about violence against women, calls for legal reform

UN expert raises concerns about violence against women, calls for legal reform

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
KHARTOUM, SudanThe UN Independent Expert has expressed concern about reports that the security forces were using violence, intimidation and other forms of abuse to silence women across the country. “These abuses are made worse in the wider context of gender inequality in Sudanese society and the legal framework that institutionalizes it,” Aristide Nononsi said at the end of a 10-day visit to the country. He added that so called public morality offenses, such as those used against women deemed to be “indecently” dressed, along with the humiliation of corporal punishment, violated international human rights norms. Nononsi reiterated his call for the Government to take effective measures, including reforming the country’s current legal framework, to address the serious insti
Ghana must prioritize social protection to achieve SDG’s, says United Nations poverty expert

Ghana must prioritize social protection to achieve SDG’s, says United Nations poverty expert

AFRICA, BUSINESS
GENEVA, SwitzerlandA UN human rights expert has commended Ghana as a champion of African democracy and a country which has achieved some important development milestones. But says unless growing inequality and continuing high poverty rates are addressed the country will fall far short of meeting the key UN Sustainable Development Goals, including the eradication of extreme poverty by 2030. “Ghana is at a crossroads and must now decide whether to continue existing policies that will further enrich the wealthy and do little for the poor, or to make fiscal adjustments that would lift millions out of poverty and bring them into the agricultural economy in ways that would contribute significantly to economic growth,” said the UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty, Philip Alston, at