NEW YORK, United States of America The United Nations has appointed Nigeria's Ms. Eziakonwa who will succeed Abdoulaye Mar Dieye of Senegal, as the new Director for UNDP’s Bureau for Policy and Programme Support. The Secretary-General has expressed gratitude to Mr. Mar Dieye for his dedication and commitment to the Organization during his term as Assistant Administrator and Director of the Regional Bureau for Africa at UNDP. Ms. Eziakonwa has many years of distinguished service with the United Nations, most recently as UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Ethiopia since 2015. Before that, she served as Resident Coordinator in Uganda and Lesotho, and held several posts with the Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), as Chief of th
GABORONE, Botswana Nine teams have converged at Avani Hotel in Gaborone, Botswana for the Africa Women’s 7s tournament which was held on the 26th and 27th May 2018 at the National Stadium. In terms of rugby particularly by women players, it capped off a month focusing on women empowerment and advocacy The two day event saw Kenya, who was clear favorites get crowned queens of Africa women’s rugby 7s in the absence of defending champions South Africa. It was the hosts Botswana Vultures who won the hearts of locals after winning one game on Day one against Madagascar and drawing five all against Zambia. On Day two, the locals inexperience at such a level proved their downfall as they lost consecutively against Tunisia and Senegal only to redeem themselves against Zambia ag
KIGALI, RwandaThe African Development Bank, together with partners The Rockefeller Foundation, Microsoft and Facebook have launched the Coding for Employment Program at the African Innovation Summit in Kigali, Rwanda, by training youth in demand-driven Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum and matching graduates directly with ICT employers. This new Program will prepare Africa’s youth for tomorrow’s jobs and unleashes the next generation of young digital innovators from the continent. Coding for Employment will create over 9 million jobs and reach 32 million youth and women across Africa. The Coding for Employment Program is at the center of the African Development Bank’s Jobs for Youth in Africa Initiative, which aims to put Africa’s youth on a path to
NAIROBI, KenyaThe Rugby Africa Women’s Sevens tournament which was held in Gaborone, Botswana saw the ladies defeat the next door neighbours Uganda Cranes 29-7 in the Africa Womens7s final The winner of “Africa Women’s Sevens” is the 2018 African Champion and is automatically qualified to the Sevens World Cup to be held in 2018 in San Francisco (USA). Three speed stars, Janet Okello, Sinaida Aura and Linet Moraa all went over the whitewash with Grace Adhiambo booting in three conversions to handing the Lionesses the long awaited Title. Aura and Okello landed two tries each as Moraa scored one try. The ladies finished their day one without conceding a single try as they beat Senegal and Madagascar 41-0 and 42-0 respectively to finish top in the ranking table. Day two saw
JOHANNESBURG, South AfricaToday, Africa Day, citizens and communities in almost 20 countries across the African continent are gathering, taking to the streets and actively blocking the fossil fuel economy as part of a continent-wide day of action. By joining the Break Free movement, regular citizens and activists from communities across Africa will call on governments and business to put an end to fossil fuels and move towards a just transition to 100% renewable energy for all. There are over 30 events registered, in which those hardest hit by fossil fuels projects and the impacts of climate change will make their voices heard by those in power. Some of these events include: A picket in Lephalale where communities will call for the cancellation of the local proposed private...
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
DAKAR, SenegalThe Internet Society and the African Union Commission has today unveiled a new set of Guidelines that highlight how privacy protection and the responsible use of personal data are critical factors in building greater trust online and in advancing the digital economy in Africa. The Personal Data Protection Guidelines for Africa launched today were jointly developed by the Internet Society a global non-profit organization that promotes the open development, evolution and use of the Internet and the African Union Commission to facilitate the implementation of the AU’s Convention on Cyber Security and Data Protection (known as the Malabo Convention), adopted in 2014. The Guidelines recommend a range of actions for governments, policy makers, citizens and other stake