Tag: Niger

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
Students Gather for Model UN Addressing Press Freedom

Students Gather for Model UN Addressing Press Freedom

AFRICA
NIAMEY, Niger During the four days leading up to International Press Freedom Day (May 3), 43 outstanding Nigerien high school students participated in a Model U.N. focusing on journalists’ rights and press freedom. From the minds of Niger’s future leaders came outstanding advocacy for a free and independent press. One team wrote a passionate plea for their fellow delegates to address the rights and safety of journalists. As they stated, journalists must have access to information, exercise their profession independently, and work with the assurance that free nations will defend their rights to safety. Other resolutions addressed were social media freedoms and censorship. Partnering in this event were UNDP, IFTIC journalism school, and the Conseil National de la Jeunesse du
UNHCR resumes life-saving refugee evacuations from Libya

UNHCR resumes life-saving refugee evacuations from Libya

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
  GENEVA, SwitzerlandUNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has evacuated 132 vulnerable refugees and asylum-seekers out of Tripoli and flew them to Niamey, the capital city of Niger. This is the first group of refugees airlifted out of Libya since the UNHCR humanitarian evacuation programme was temporarily halted in early March, following concerns from the government of Niger that onward departures for resettlement in other countries were not keeping up with the pace of arrivals into Niger. “Refugees in detention in Libya are languishing in extreme conditions that threaten their life and well being,” said Vincent Cochetel, UNHCR’s Special Envoy for the Central Mediterranean Situation. “So this programme is really about saving vulnerable individuals from further harm. The Gover
Parliament delegation ready to serve Africa at the Pan African Parliament

Parliament delegation ready to serve Africa at the Pan African Parliament

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, South Africa Parliament’s delegation, has sworn in at the Pan African Parliament (PAP) and is looking forward to making a positive contribution to the advancement of the legislative sector on the continent. The delegation, led by National Council of Provinces (NCOP) Chairperson Ms Thandi Modise, was among 71 new Members of the PAP who were sworn in at the opening ceremony of the sixth Ordinary Session of the PAP,in Midrand. “As the SA Parliament delegation, we are looking forward to continue adding value to the various committees and plenaries of the PAP so that we strengthen the PAP’s role in improving the quality of lives of the people in our continent,” said Ms Modise "As the SA Parliament delegation, we are looking forward to continue adding value to the various
CNBC Africa Receives Award for Best Business Television

CNBC Africa Receives Award for Best Business Television

AFRICA, BUSINESS, TECHNOLOGY
LAGOS, Nigeria The Lagos Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) presented CNBC Africa the 2018 Award for “Best Business Television”, in Victoria Island, Lagos. The award which aims to acknowledge the very best of business journalism, comes in recognition of the network’s efforts to highlight the narrative of Africa’s growth and the opportunities present in the continent. According the Director of Advocacy and Research, LCCI, Dr. Vincent Nwani, “The objective of the annual awards is to recognize, celebrate and promote private and public institutions that have exhibited the core values of best business practices, growth through innovations, business sustainability and have positively impacted the society. This award is the outcome of a painstaking selection process from nume
Women breaking the silence through listening spaces in Diffa

Women breaking the silence through listening spaces in Diffa

AFRICA, EDUCATION, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL
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
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