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(Voice of America 09/19/14)
ADDIS ABABA— African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. The new report, released Thursday, said African children are subjected to extremely high levels of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and current laws and policies have not been able to tackle this issue. African Child Policy Forum Executive Director Theophane Nikyema said a coordinated response is needed. “There has not been much focus on the prevention side when it comes to child protection
(KBC 09/19/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged African countries to work together in finding solutions to challenges facing the continent. He said African countries must pool their resources together – no matter how scarce they are – into joint efforts that will improve the continent. “We can cry that the world is not helping us but we must first of all realize that nobody has an obligation to help us. The only people that have an obligation to help are ourselves. And that is where we must begin,” he said. The President was addressing African Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Kenya...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
YAOUNDE, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The UN peacekeepers on Monday officially took over from the African Union troops the action to accelerate the pacification of Central African Republic which has been experiencing an armed conflict for the last two years. Created through a UN Security Council resolution in April, the main objectives of the UN mission, MINUSCA, will be to protect civilians, support the political process and help restore state authority in the country. The force will be expected to have...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
KIGALI, Sep. (Xinhua) -- Business and government leaders at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Kigali declared Africa is open for business on Wednesday, at the conclusion of the three-day meeting. Speaking at the closing session, International Trade Center (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González said the conference, first time held in Africa, reflected the reality of global trade. "We have seen the dynamism and synergies of South-South partners at this WEDF, including from China, India, Brazil and Turkey who...
(PANA 09/18/14)
Africa lags behind in achieving international hunger targets, with sub-Saharan Africa lagging behind global trends, United Nations food agencies said Tuesday. Despite overall progress in developing countries as a whole, large differences remain across regions, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) report, published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), says. The region has been afflicted by conflict and natural disasters, and more than one in four people remain undernourished in sub-Saharan Africa – the highest prevalence of all the regions.
(Cameroon-Tribune 09/17/14)
World and local leaders have repeated calls for a stop to clashes and encouraged dialogue and cooperation. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic, (MINUSCA) enters the second day of effective work in the Central African Republic today, September 17, 2014 after officially taking over peacekeeping operations from the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA). The missions of MINSUCA created by Resolution 2149 of the UN Security Council of April 10, 2014 raises hope of a return to peace, stability and normal life in the country
(AFP 09/17/14)
Around 80 people are missing in Central African Republic after their boat sank last week on the M'poko River south of the capital Bangui, the government said on Wednesday. "Only around 20 people have been saved. The boat had more than 100 onboard," the minister of transport, Silvere Yabada, told AFP. "The question we are asking ourselves is how around 100 people could agree to use a boat that was not suitable," he said. It was the same problem on...
(Ipp media 09/17/14)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Florie Liser today will discuss the outcomes of the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit including commitments and progress on trade and economic growth. A report from US Embassy to Tanzania that was made available to The Guardian yesterday say the discussion will be held via telephonic press conference. It will reflect on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that took place in Washington DC on August 4th to 6th this year to discuss various issues relating to investment in African countries, peace keeping, democracy and governance, health issues, areas to partners with African countries.
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
YAOUNDE, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The UN peacekeepers on Monday officially took over from the African Union troops the action to accelerate the pacification of Central African Republic which has been experiencing an armed conflict for the last two years. Created through a UN Security Council resolution in April, the main objectives of the UN mission, MINUSCA, will be to protect civilians, support the political process and help restore state authority in the country. The force will be expected to...
(The Associated Press 09/16/14)
At least 2,000 French troops, deployed last December, will work alongside the new UN force [Al Jazeera] The United Nations has formally taken over a regional African peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, nine months after sectarian violence erupted which left at least 5,000 people dead and forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee to neighbouring countries. As the UN took over on Monday, about 1,800 additional peacekeepers and police joined the African Union's peacekeeping mission of 6,200 troops already in the country.
(Voice of America 09/16/14)
BANGUI— A new U.N. peacekeeping mission is underway in the Central African Republic, one of Africa's poorest and most fragile states, amid doubts over what peace there is to keep. This week 1,500 troops from Morocco, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, among other nations, join 4,800 African troops already deployed in the Central African Republic. A ceremony at the M’poko airport in the capital Bangui marked the official transition from the African force, known as MISCA, to the U.N. peacekeeping mission,...
(BBC News Africa 09/16/14)
The UN is formally taking over peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic (CAR), where about 25% of the population has fled their homes. The new force will largely comprise 6,200 African troops already there. There are also 2,000 French troops, who will not be part of the UN force, but human rights groups say a bigger force is urgently needed to end the violence. CAR has been in turmoil since a mainly Muslim rebel group seized power in the...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/16/14)
(Reuters) - The United Nations on Monday took over a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic previously run by the African Union, a move that rights groups said must lead to more action to protect civilians from attack. The former French colony has been paralyzed by violence for nearly two years and is now deeply divided, with its north mostly occupied by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels who seized power nationally last year but were forced to step down in...
(KBC 09/16/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for concerted efforts against Ebola, saying the global reaction to the pestilence would not have been the same if it had happened in Europe or America. Speaking during a round table discussion panel of high level delegates comprising of Heads of States and leaders of Government in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, President Kenyatta said time has come for African leaders to look for homegrown solutions to the continent’s problem. He said the global response to Ebola...
(IRIN 09/16/14)
Addis Ababa — Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa. It says these farmers are now facing the risk of being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change. Farmers are already contending with an increase in average temperatures, with further increases of between 1.5 and...
(PANA 09/16/14)
Microsoft has spoken out publicly to push African government officials to step up efforts to halt the influx of cheap, counterfeit handsets coming into the region from Asia, according to a report published on Monday by Pyramid Research in its daily update. The counterfeit devices, typically carrying logos of brand-name companies, are taking a significant portion of the phone market away from legitimate manufacturers, according to David Efanga, manager Nokia Care Service Channel West and Central Africa. Microsoft this year...
(AFP (eng) 09/15/14)
A new UN mission on Monday officially takes charge of peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, tasked with ending ethnic and religious bloodshed and helping to bring political stability. During a ceremony due to start at the airport of the capital Bangui at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT), the task force known as MINUSCA will pick up the baton from the African MISCA force, backed by French and European troops. "This transfer of authority represents the complete success of the...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/14)
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday welcomed the transfer of authority early in the day from the African-led Mission to the UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying that the move marks the beginning of the UN force's military and police action in the country. "The secretary-general welcomes the transfer of authority today from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization...
(Voice of America 09/15/14)
BANGUI— A United Nations peacekeeping force will deploy Monday in the Central African Republic, which has been devastated by more than two years of sectarian violence and civil war. Many hope the U.N. troops will have a strong impact on economic development of this poor nation. The Security Council authorized the force, known as MINUSCA, to take all necessary means to carry out its mandate in the CAR. For many in Bangui this means that the U.N. troops will not...
(PANA 09/15/14)
New York, US - 120 world leaders to grace Climate Change Summit in New York. More than 120 Heads of State and Government will attend the one-day Climate Change Summit to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September at the UN headquarters in New York. A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Sunday, said the summit tagged: 'Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action', is aimed at generating political will toward a meaningful universal climate agreement...

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(Voice of America 09/19/14)
ADDIS ABABA— African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. The new report, released Thursday, said African children are subjected to extremely high levels of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and current laws and policies have not been able to tackle this issue. African Child Policy Forum Executive Director Theophane Nikyema said a coordinated response is needed. “There has not been much focus on the prevention side when it comes to child protection
(KBC 09/19/14)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged African countries to work together in finding solutions to challenges facing the continent. He said African countries must pool their resources together – no matter how scarce they are – into joint efforts that will improve the continent. “We can cry that the world is not helping us but we must first of all realize that nobody has an obligation to help us. The only people that have an obligation to help are ourselves. And that is where we must begin,” he said. The President was addressing African Ambassadors and High Commissioners accredited to Kenya...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
YAOUNDE, Sept. (Xinhua) -- The UN peacekeepers on Monday officially took over from the African Union troops the action to accelerate the pacification of Central African Republic which has been experiencing an armed conflict for the last two years. Created through a UN Security Council resolution in April, the main objectives of the UN mission, MINUSCA, will be to protect civilians, support the political process and help restore state authority in the country. The force will be expected to have...
(Xinhuanet 09/18/14)
KIGALI, Sep. (Xinhua) -- Business and government leaders at the World Export Development Forum (WEDF) in Kigali declared Africa is open for business on Wednesday, at the conclusion of the three-day meeting. Speaking at the closing session, International Trade Center (ITC) Executive Director Arancha González said the conference, first time held in Africa, reflected the reality of global trade. "We have seen the dynamism and synergies of South-South partners at this WEDF, including from China, India, Brazil and Turkey who...
(PANA 09/18/14)
Africa lags behind in achieving international hunger targets, with sub-Saharan Africa lagging behind global trends, United Nations food agencies said Tuesday. Despite overall progress in developing countries as a whole, large differences remain across regions, the State of Food Insecurity in the World (SOFI 2014) report, published annually by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Food Programme and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), says. The region has been afflicted by conflict and natural disasters, and more than one in four people remain undernourished in sub-Saharan Africa – the highest prevalence of all the regions.
(Cameroon-Tribune 09/17/14)
World and local leaders have repeated calls for a stop to clashes and encouraged dialogue and cooperation. The United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic, (MINUSCA) enters the second day of effective work in the Central African Republic today, September 17, 2014 after officially taking over peacekeeping operations from the African-led International Support Mission in the Central African Republic (MISCA). The missions of MINSUCA created by Resolution 2149 of the UN Security Council of April 10, 2014 raises hope of a return to peace, stability and normal life in the country
(AFP 09/17/14)
Around 80 people are missing in Central African Republic after their boat sank last week on the M'poko River south of the capital Bangui, the government said on Wednesday. "Only around 20 people have been saved. The boat had more than 100 onboard," the minister of transport, Silvere Yabada, told AFP. "The question we are asking ourselves is how around 100 people could agree to use a boat that was not suitable," he said. It was the same problem on...
(Ipp media 09/17/14)
The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Assistant Administrator for Africa Earl Gast and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative Florie Liser today will discuss the outcomes of the U.S.-Africa Leaders’ Summit including commitments and progress on trade and economic growth. A report from US Embassy to Tanzania that was made available to The Guardian yesterday say the discussion will be held via telephonic press conference. It will reflect on the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that took place in Washington DC on August 4th to 6th this year to discuss various issues relating to investment in African countries, peace keeping, democracy and governance, health issues, areas to partners with African countries.
(Xinhuanet 09/16/14)
YAOUNDE, Sept. 16 (Xinhua) -- The UN peacekeepers on Monday officially took over from the African Union troops the action to accelerate the pacification of Central African Republic which has been experiencing an armed conflict for the last two years. Created through a UN Security Council resolution in April, the main objectives of the UN mission, MINUSCA, will be to protect civilians, support the political process and help restore state authority in the country. The force will be expected to...
(The Associated Press 09/16/14)
At least 2,000 French troops, deployed last December, will work alongside the new UN force [Al Jazeera] The United Nations has formally taken over a regional African peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, nine months after sectarian violence erupted which left at least 5,000 people dead and forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee to neighbouring countries. As the UN took over on Monday, about 1,800 additional peacekeepers and police joined the African Union's peacekeeping mission of 6,200 troops already in the country.
(Voice of America 09/16/14)
BANGUI— A new U.N. peacekeeping mission is underway in the Central African Republic, one of Africa's poorest and most fragile states, amid doubts over what peace there is to keep. This week 1,500 troops from Morocco, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, among other nations, join 4,800 African troops already deployed in the Central African Republic. A ceremony at the M’poko airport in the capital Bangui marked the official transition from the African force, known as MISCA, to the U.N. peacekeeping mission,...
(BBC News Africa 09/16/14)
The UN is formally taking over peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic (CAR), where about 25% of the population has fled their homes. The new force will largely comprise 6,200 African troops already there. There are also 2,000 French troops, who will not be part of the UN force, but human rights groups say a bigger force is urgently needed to end the violence. CAR has been in turmoil since a mainly Muslim rebel group seized power in the...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/16/14)
(Reuters) - The United Nations on Monday took over a peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic previously run by the African Union, a move that rights groups said must lead to more action to protect civilians from attack. The former French colony has been paralyzed by violence for nearly two years and is now deeply divided, with its north mostly occupied by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels who seized power nationally last year but were forced to step down in...
(IRIN 09/16/14)
Addis Ababa — Smallholder farmers, who hold over 80 percent of all farms in sub-Saharan Africa, are struggling to adapt to rapidly rising temperature and erratic rains, according to the 2014 Africa Agriculture Status Report (AASR), released on 3 September in Addis Ababa. It says these farmers are now facing the risk of being overwhelmed by the pace and severity of climate change. Farmers are already contending with an increase in average temperatures, with further increases of between 1.5 and...
(PANA 09/16/14)
Microsoft has spoken out publicly to push African government officials to step up efforts to halt the influx of cheap, counterfeit handsets coming into the region from Asia, according to a report published on Monday by Pyramid Research in its daily update. The counterfeit devices, typically carrying logos of brand-name companies, are taking a significant portion of the phone market away from legitimate manufacturers, according to David Efanga, manager Nokia Care Service Channel West and Central Africa. Microsoft this year...
(AFP (eng) 09/15/14)
A new UN mission on Monday officially takes charge of peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, tasked with ending ethnic and religious bloodshed and helping to bring political stability. During a ceremony due to start at the airport of the capital Bangui at 3:00 pm (1400 GMT), the task force known as MINUSCA will pick up the baton from the African MISCA force, backed by French and European troops. "This transfer of authority represents the complete success of the...
(Xinhuanet 09/15/14)
UNITED NATIONS, Sept. (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday welcomed the transfer of authority early in the day from the African-led Mission to the UN peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR), saying that the move marks the beginning of the UN force's military and police action in the country. "The secretary-general welcomes the transfer of authority today from the African-led International Support Mission to the Central African Republic (MISCA) to the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization...
(Voice of America 09/15/14)
BANGUI— A United Nations peacekeeping force will deploy Monday in the Central African Republic, which has been devastated by more than two years of sectarian violence and civil war. Many hope the U.N. troops will have a strong impact on economic development of this poor nation. The Security Council authorized the force, known as MINUSCA, to take all necessary means to carry out its mandate in the CAR. For many in Bangui this means that the U.N. troops will not...
(PANA 09/15/14)
New York, US - 120 world leaders to grace Climate Change Summit in New York. More than 120 Heads of State and Government will attend the one-day Climate Change Summit to be hosted by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 23 September at the UN headquarters in New York. A UN statement, obtained by PANA in New York on Sunday, said the summit tagged: 'Climate Summit 2014: Catalyzing Action', is aimed at generating political will toward a meaningful universal climate agreement...
(AFP (eng) 09/13/14)
Thirty people were killed and at least 40 others injured when a lorry crammed with travellers crashed overnight in the Central African Republic, the African peacekeeping force MISCA said on Friday. A truck "carrying close to 100 people" as well as luggage travelling in a convoy escorted by MISCA left the road and crashed into a ravine in the southwest region of Boali, a source from the peacekeeping operation said. "The bodies of victims and those injured were transported by...

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(Bloomberg 09/09/14)
FirstRand Ltd. (FSR), Africa’s biggest bank by market value, said it has set aside 10 billion rand ($924 million) to expand in the continent as profit from regions outside of South Africa grows. “We’ve got a provisional license in Ghana and should be up and running there in early 2015,” Sizwe Nxasana, chief executive officer of the Johannesburg-based bank, said in a phone interview today. “In time we will set up operations in Kenya and Angola.” FirstRand has representative offices in Angola and Kenya, full service banking operations in countries including Botswana and Zambia, and offers investment banking in Nigeria. Rand Merchant Bank, the investment unit, is the top-ranked issuer of debt in sub-Saharan Africa...
(Daily Observer 09/06/14)
It is high time Africa look inwards for intra-African trade in a bid to arrest poverty and under-development in the continent. This is the only way the continent can tackle solutions to the numerous impediments that hinder the continent: inefficient transit regimes and border crossings procedures for goods, services and people; and poor implementation of regional integration commitments. As a matter of fact African states have to critically look inward to bring down all barriers that in one way or another hinder intra-Africa trade, before development can be achieved for the continent. We need not herein reiterate that the activities...
(PANA 09/04/14)
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia -The fate of farmers affected by climate change and unable to feed Africans dominated Tuesday’s opening of the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF), which has attracted 1,000 delegates from 80 countries around the world. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the African Union Commission Chairperson, said lowering the cost of producing food for the African population and making Africa a leading exporter of food to the rest of the world is one of the key priorities of the AU vision of...
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(Business Week 09/01/14)
NAIROBI, Kenya - The potential of new technologies to transform financial services in Africa has long been heralded by the likes of Kenya’s M-Pesa and others. But services for corporates have remained relatively underserved – until now. From the sands of the Sahara in the north to the Limpopo river which marks the border with South Africa to the south, economic, political and technological changes are emerging that favour new opportunities for banks. Excluding South Africa and the Arab-Berber countries...
(Southafrica.info 08/27/14)
Among Africa's policy wonks, under-performing trade across the continent within the region is a favoured subject. To unravel the puzzle, they reel off facts and figures at conferences and workshops, pinpoint trade hurdles to overcome and point to the vast opportunities that lie ahead if only African countries could integrate their economies. It's an interesting debate but with little to show for it until now. The problem is partly the mismatch between the high political ambitions African leaders hold and the harsh economic realities they face. Case in point: they have set up no less than 14 trading blocs to pursue regional integration.
(African arguments 08/27/14)
Before, during and after the US Africa summit one of the most frequently repeated factoids supporting the Africa Rising meme was that 'seven out of ten fastest growing economies are in Africa.' In reality this is both a far less accurate and much less impressive statistic than it sounds. More generally, narratives on African economic development tend to be loosely connected to facts, and instead are driven more by hype. The 'seven out of ten' meme derives from a data...
(Business Week 08/22/14)
KAMPALA, Uganda - Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, a former Managing Director of the World Bank, believes Africa has to find a way of building on the enormous human, natural and mineral resources to become a vibrant continent. Giving the keynote speech at the annual Bank of Uganda Joseph Mubiru Memorial Lecture last week, Ramphele said it is essential for African governments to break away from the vicious cycle of extractive dominance. Politics that define in and out groups into a virtuous...
(Xinhuanet 08/21/14)
YAOUNDE, Aug. 22 (Xinhua) -- At least 27 miners have been killed after a gold mine in Central African Republic (CAR) collapsed on Thursday, local authorities told Xinhua Friday. The Ndassima mine is situated 400 km north of the country's capital Bangui and 60 km away from the northern town of Bambari, Ben Ousmane Abakar, a local official, told Xinhua via phone. "There were 27 bodies in front of me on Thursday and there are still more bodies under the...
(PANA 08/20/14)
Africa has experienced substantial growth in its middle class over the past 14 years, according to a study by Standard Bank. The report, entitled 'Understanding Africa’s middle class', found that there are 15 million middle-class households in 11 of sub-Saharan Africa’s top economies this year, up from 4.6 million in 2000 and 2.4 million in 1990 - an increase of 230% over 14 years. However, of the total number of households across these focal economies, 86% of them remain within...
(Think Africa Press 08/20/14)
This US-Africa Leaders Summit, held at the start of this month, fell at a time of rising concern over the sustainability of Africa's economic emergence. In particular, many watch with excitement, as well as anxiety, at the ravenous investor interest in African debt and in new joint ventures that aim to serve the continent's consumers. The boom in investment has been so striking of late that these flows could soon be Africa's leading source of hard currency. However, while these...
(Dw-World 08/19/14)
African governments are sealing their ports and airports in an attempt to halt the spread of Ebola. But will fever checks and entry bans really make any difference? With more than 1,100 dead and 2,100 suspected cases of Ebola, authorities in many African countries are holding their breath. Many are nervous, and some have begun to isolate themselves. From Tuesday onwards, Kenya Airways has suspended flights to Liberia and Sierra Leone. Ivory Coast is no longer allowing ships from Ebola-hit...
(RFI(EN) 08/19/14)
African technology has migrated to Europe with the launch of the mobile money technology M-Pesa in Romania. M-Pesa, which means mobile money in Swahili, is credited with transforming the lives of millions of Africans who do not have access to conventional banking services. It uses text messages to send and receive money through mobile phones. Since its debut in Kenya seven years ago, the service has registered nearly 17 million users. Vodafone, the company which developed the technology, hopes it...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(Voice of America 08/13/14)
Beijing — In July, nations known as the "BRICS," Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, announced the creation of a new, $100 billion development bank (NDB). The project is aimed at lending money to developing nations for investments, much like how the American and European-backed International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank operate. Liu Haifang, a professor at Peking University's Center for African Studies, said the bank will provide developing countries with more options for financing. "Finally they got some alternative sources to get funding for infrastructure and they do not come with these conditionalities.
(Xinhuanet 08/11/14)
ADDIS ABABA, Aug. (Xinhua) -- The World Bank and African Union (AU) Commission signed a 25-million-U.S.-dollar grant to support development of the AU Commission and other AU organs. The grant was signed in Washington on Friday by Jim Yong Kim, President of the World Bank, and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AU Commission, according to a AU statement released on Saturday. The funding will strengthen capacity of the AU Commission to facilitate economic development and transformation by improving institutional efficiency,...
(PANA 08/09/14)
Brussels, Belgium - The European Union (EU) on Wednesday launched the first phase of a programme for Africa’s integration, with an initial budget of 415 million Euros for the period 2014 to 2017, official sources said in Brussels. In a press statement, the European Commission said that the programme, which targets integration in North Africa, Southern Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, will ensure better coherence in the management of development programmes, by creating synergies between the EU development cooperation and other...
(PANA 08/09/14)
The World Bank Group Tuesday committed US$ 5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries which have partnered with President Obama's Power Africa Initiative. The countries are Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania, the Group said in a news dispatch from its headquarters in Washington. Making the announcement on the second day of the first US-African Leaders' Summit, World Bank Group President, Dr. Jim Yong Kim, said the new financial commitment was...
(PANA 08/08/14)
Washington DC, US - US President Barack Obama on Tuesday issued a Presidential Memorandum, entitled: 'Establishing a Comprehensive Approach to Expanding Sub-Saharan Africa's Capacity for Trade and Investment', to enhance business transactions in Africa. A White House statement, circulated at the US-Africa Business Forum segment of the ongoing US-Africa Leaders Summit in Washington DC, said that the memorandum,which was directed to US heads of executive department and agencies, was meant to coordinate their activities on trade and investments in Africa.
(Bloomberg 08/06/14)
World Bank President Jim Yong Kim indicated today that African “demand for access to power” may lead the lender to support coal projects on the world’s poorest continent. “We are very sensitive to the idea that Africa deserves to have power,” Kim said, referring to the possibility of supporting coal projects. “There’s never been a country that has developed with intermittent power.” Africa is experiencing an “almost energy apartheid,” where two-thirds of the population lacks access to power, Kim said...

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(Africa Top sports 09/17/14)
L’attaquant franco-centrafricain Quentin Ngakoutou opte pour la Centrafrique. Selon Centrafriquefootball.cf, le joueur de l’AS Monaco prêté à Arles-Avignon (Ligue 2 France) a donné son accord de principe pour mener une carrière internationale sous les couleurs des Fauves, a annoncé le manager de la sélection centrafricaine, Willy Kongo. Ancien international français U17, Quentin Ngakoutou pourrait donc disputer son premier match avec la Centrafrique le 9 octobre. Les Fauves du Bas Obangui affronteront à cette date le Maroc, pays hôte de la CAN 2015. Auteur de 14 buts la saison dernière avec l’équipe CFA de l’AS Monaco, Quentin Ngakoutou a qualifié quasiment à lui tout seul Arles-Avignon au premier tour de la Coupe de la Ligue avec...
(Dw-World 09/04/14)
As the continent gears up for its African Nations Cup qualifiers, concerns are growing that the deadly disease could ruin the games. Some argue soccer players and fans from Ebola-hit countries could spread the virus. The message from Africa's soccer governing body, the Confederation of African Football (CAF), was clear: Ivory Coast will be expelled from the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations if they refuse to host Ebola-hit Sierra Leone in their qualifier on Saturday (06.09.2014). CAF's statement prompted Ivory Coast to allow the match to be held in Abidjan after all.
(PANA 08/30/14)
The Malian Football Federation (FEMAFOOT) has asked the Confederation of African Football (CAF) to relocate its away Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifying match against Algeria scheduled for 10 September at Blida for security reasons. FEMAFOOT on Thursday cited insecurity in Algeria following the death on 23 August of the JS Kabylie Cameroonian player, Albert Ebossé, 24, after he was hit by an object thrown by supporters of his club.
(RFI(EN) 07/29/14)
No black African cyclist has ever taken part in the Tour de France. The most prestigous cycling event in the world ended in Paris on Sunday, and Team Africa Rising hopes to bring an African team to the Tour in the near future. Team Africa Rising wants to be the first hundred percent African team to race the European circuit and eventually take part in the Tour de France. Speaking to RFI, Jock Boyer, the founder of Team Africa Rising...
(The Point 07/05/14)
Football lovers in Africa are generally disappointed about the early exit of Africa's five representatives in the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. But the signs were already there for such a development. And squabbles over finances and administrative arrangements are a large contributing factor. However, since FIFA allocated 1.5 million dollars to each of the 32 participating teams, the payment of bonuses to African players should not be a problem, if based on prior agreement, which should be available...
(Zimbabwe Independent 06/21/14)
AT the Brazil 2014 World Cup shorn of African heroics so far, with the singular exception of Ivory Coast, Cameroon went down fighting on Wednesday, but unfortunately, among themselves! After hitting the headlines on the eve of football's global super show for staging an industrial action over bonuses for their participation, the West Africans hogged the limelight for all the wrong reasons yet again. This time it was violence and unmitigated failure in an embarrassing 4-0 loss to Croatia. All...
(PANA 03/13/14)
The President of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Mr. Issa Hayatou, has nudged African teams heading to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil to strive to reach the last four. PANA reports that no African team has ever gone beyond the quarter-final stage of the four-yearly global football extravaganza. But Hayatou said a last-four berth by any of Africa's flagbearers in Brazil would be an icing on the cake for the successes which African football has recorded, especially...
(PANA 02/28/14)
The African Football Confederation (CAF) will cover the costs of training, at the CAF Excellence Centre in Mbankomo, for the African teams to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the continental football governing body said. CAF is also calling on the entire African continent to support the five teams that qualified for Brazil 2014 which kicks off in June. The five countries are Cote d'Ivoire, Algeria, Cameroon, Ghana and Nigeria. In a news dispatch from the CAF headquarters in...
(AFP 02/02/14)
CAPE TOWN, (AFP) - Libya won their first continental tournament Saturday after beating Ghana in the African Nations Championship 4-3 on penalties when their final ended 0-0 after extra time. Excellent goalkeeping by the Mediterranean Knights' Muhammad Nashnoush and a poorly-aimed attempt that went wide from Ghana's Joshua Tijane clinched the victory following a lacklustre game. A fast-paced start raised expectations of an energetic clash, but play slowed after the first 15 minutes and failed to recover. The match ended...
(PANA 01/30/14)
Bloemfontein, South Africa - Nigeria's head coach Stephen Keshi has hailed the country's home-based senior national team, the Super Eagles, despite its loss to the Black Stars of Ghana in Wednesday's semi-final of the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) in South Africa. The teams resorted to penalties after playing goalless in regulation and extra time, with the eventual 4-1 result ending the dreams of African champion Nigeria to also lift the CHAN silverware 'This team has been about six...
(CNN 01/10/14)
(CNN) -- Yaya Toure's African reign will stretch into a third year after the Manchester City midfielder was named the continent's best footballer once again. The Ivory Coast star was crowned Footballer of the Year by the Confederation of African Football at a ceremony in Lagos, Nigeria on Thursday. Toure pipped compatriot Didier Drogba, who plays for Turkish outfit Galatasaray, and Chelsea's Nigerian midfielder John Obi Mikel to the crown. The 30-year-old becomes only the second player to win three...
(Leadership 01/10/14)
In less than 24 hours, African football stars will kick off the CHAN tournament, which is meant for footballers plying their trade in the African continent. Africa has always produced some of the finest footballers of different generations, such as Roger Milla, Abedi Pele, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu, Didier Drogba, Samuel Eto'o, Fredrick Kanoute, Michael Essien, Mikel Obi, Yaya Toure, Vincent Enyeama and the list goes on. These players have graced the European football with African flair, power and...
(AL Jazeera 12/30/13)
More than 100,000 people displaced by inter-religious violence in Central African Republic are sheltering at a makeshift camp at Bangui airport, a medical charity has said, calling for urgent aid. Medecins Sans Frontiers (MSF) said it was receiving between 15 and 20 wounded a day at the site from fighting in the riverside capital, where the deployment of French and African peacekeepers in early December has failed to halt violence. Attacks by Muslim Seleka rebels, who seized power in March,...
(BBC News Africa 12/02/13)
The winner of this year's BBC African Footballer of the Year award will be revealed at 1735 GMT on Monday. The shortlist of Yaya Toure, Victor Moses, John Mikel Obi, Jonathan Pitroipa and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was announced three weeks ago. African football fans selected their choice for the award, voting online and by text messages. You can find out result later today live on the BBC's Focus on Africa radio and television programmes and on this website. No player on...
(CNN 10/26/13)
(CNN) -- Is Sepp Blatter angling for another term as head of world football? The 77-year-old vowed at the 2011 FIFA presidential elections, where he stood unopposed after a bribery controversy ruled out his only rival, that this would be his fourth and final four-year stint in office. However, this week he hinted that he has "a mission" to fulfill and said he feels "young enough to be in this office." And he fueled speculation that he may stand again...
(BBC News Africa 09/06/13)
A total of seven places in the African play-offs for the 2014 World Cup will be decided this weekend. The campaign that has been made all the more dramatic because a number of matches have been overturned by football's world governing body Fifa. Only Algeria , Egypt and Ivory Coast will definitely be in the draw on 16 September for the final round of play-offs for Brazil next year. Ghana host Zambia in the first of the weekend's final group...
(AFP (eng) 08/17/13)
Women's sprinting has entered a new era, declared African duo Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast and Nigeria's Blessing Okagbare after they won the continent's first ever medals in a women's world 200 metres final on Friday in Moscow. Ahoure, 25, took her second silver of the World Athletics Championships, having become the first African woman to win a medal in the world 100m final, in a photo finish with Okagbare behind Jamaica's 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce. Both of them...
(Ghana Business News 08/05/13)
The draw for the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) will take place on Monday, September 16 in Cairo, Egypt, organizers have announced. According to the Confederation of African Football (CAF), the ceremony will be held at its headquarters in the Egyptian capital. The draw will see 16 teams divided into four groups of four teams each for the tournament billed for South Africa next year from January 11 to February 1. Ghana’s local Black Stars booked their place at the...
(Southafrica.info 07/22/13)
The 100th edition of the world's most famous cycle race, the Tour de France, which ended in Paris on Sunday, had a distinctly African flavour to it, with Daryl Impey becoming the first South African to pull on the yellow jersey, and overall winner Chris Froome having strong Kenyan and South African connections. Froome, born in Kenya, educated in South Africa and now a British citizen riding for a British team, became the first rider from Africa to win the...
(The Guardian 12/30/13)
Figures compiled by the Committee to Protect Journalists show that 29 journalists were killed in Syria, 10 in Iraq and six in Egypt. At least 70 journalists were killed around the world in 2013, including 29 who died covering the civil war in Syria and 10 in Iraq, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. The dead in Syria included a number of citizen journalists working to document combat in their home cities, broadcasters who worked with media outlets affiliated with either the government or the opposition, and a handful of correspondents for the foreign press, including an al-Jazeera reporter, Mohamed al-Mesalma, who was shot by a sniper. Six journalists died in Egypt. Half of...
( 12/17/13)
BBnZ Live turned the entire Accra metropolis upside-down with the maiden edition of the Afro-Beats Festival held at the Independence Square in Accra over the weekend. An ecstatic crowd made up of over 60,000 Ghanaian music fans from all walks of life including students from all Ghanaian second cycle and tertiary institutions thronged the venue to partake in the event. The three-day Afro-Beats Festival was an all night affair which provided non-stop entertainment till the break of dawn. It kicked off on Friday on a promising note and lived up to maximum expectation, shaking the capital with scintillating performances from...
(AFP 11/09/13)
LAGOS, November 9, 2013 (AFP) - The Africa International Film Festival (AFRIFF) opens in Nigeria on Sunday and although it is still in its infancy, organisers hope that with time it can become the continent's Cannes. Seventy films from across the continent will be screened in a series of venues over seven days in the southern coastal city of Calabar, which Nigeria has tried to promote as an emerging cultural hub. "For an African film to come out in Cannes...
(CNN 09/20/13)
London (CNN) -- The girls strutting down the runway in The Savoy Hotel share many features - all are long-limbed, fine-boned and have glowing complexions. A silent army marching to the heavy music, past the front row A-listers peering out from behind their dark glasses. But one girl is different: the only one with black skin in a battalion of white faces. Nadja is one of the few black models lucky enough to make this year's cut for London Fashion...
(Voice of America 09/19/14)
ADDIS ABABA— African children are facing disproportionately high levels of violence, according to a new report by the African Child Policy Forum. The study calls for more coordinated action to prevent violence against children. The new report, released Thursday, said African children are subjected to extremely high levels of emotional, physical and sexual abuse, and current laws and policies have not been able to tackle this issue. African Child Policy Forum Executive Director Theophane Nikyema said a coordinated response is needed. “There has not been much focus on the prevention side when it comes to child protection
(The Associated Press 09/16/14)
At least 2,000 French troops, deployed last December, will work alongside the new UN force [Al Jazeera] The United Nations has formally taken over a regional African peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic, nine months after sectarian violence erupted which left at least 5,000 people dead and forced tens of thousands of Muslims to flee to neighbouring countries. As the UN took over on Monday, about 1,800 additional peacekeepers and police joined the African Union's peacekeeping mission of 6,200 troops already in the country.
(Voice of America 09/16/14)
BANGUI— A new U.N. peacekeeping mission is underway in the Central African Republic, one of Africa's poorest and most fragile states, amid doubts over what peace there is to keep. This week 1,500 troops from Morocco, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Indonesia, among other nations, join 4,800 African troops already deployed in the Central African Republic. A ceremony at the M’poko airport in the capital Bangui marked the official transition from the African force, known as MISCA, to the U.N. peacekeeping mission,...
(BBC News Africa 09/16/14)
The UN is formally taking over peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic (CAR), where about 25% of the population has fled their homes. The new force will largely comprise 6,200 African troops already there. There are also 2,000 French troops, who will not be part of the UN force, but human rights groups say a bigger force is urgently needed to end the violence. CAR has been in turmoil since a mainly Muslim rebel group seized power in the...
(Voice of America 09/15/14)
BANGUI— A United Nations peacekeeping force will deploy Monday in the Central African Republic, which has been devastated by more than two years of sectarian violence and civil war. Many hope the U.N. troops will have a strong impact on economic development of this poor nation. The Security Council authorized the force, known as MINUSCA, to take all necessary means to carry out its mandate in the CAR. For many in Bangui this means that the U.N. troops will not...
(Voice of America 09/10/14)
NAIROBI— A new report by the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) says that while farmers in many parts of the world regularly harvest up to five tons of maize per hectare, those in Africa harvest just one ton on average. Outdated farming practices combined with inherently low soil fertility has been blamed for the low yields. Many countries in Africa often face food shortages, as farmers struggle to grow enough produce for the entire population. A new...
(Voice of America 09/03/14)
BANGUI— Elections set for February in Central African Republic to consummate a democratic transition after a March 2013 coup will probably be delayed because of persisting insecurity, the deputy head of the interim parliament said on Tuesday. The northern half of the country is occupied by the mostly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance, which briefly seized power last year. The Seleka withdrew from the capital and the rest of the south early this year in the face of attacks by Christian militia. Violence continues to simmer on the frontier between the rebel-held north and the Christian south.
(Voice of America 09/02/14)
Africa’s mineral, timber and oil wealth has been highly sought – and fought over – for years, mainly by Western nations. Today, though, Africa has become a strong trading partner for China, which surpassed the United States in 2009 and whose bilateral trade reached $210 billion in 2013. In February, China’s President Xi Jinping hosted Senegal's President Macky Sall and told him this fast-growing trade relationship with Africa "stands witness to the endlessly renewed vitality of Sino-African friendship, to the...
(Voice of America 08/29/14)
NAIROBI— African Islamists may be emboldened by the Islamic State's gains in the Middle East, and local security services need to cooperate to counter the continent's militants, African intelligence officials heard on Thursday. African Islamist rebels like Nigeria's Boko Haram have not made as dramatic an advance as Islamic State, which controls a swath of Syria and Iraq. They have launched attacks across Africa, though, from Niger, Mali and Nigeria in the west to Somalia and Kenya in the east...
(BBC News Africa 08/29/14)
The Confederation of African Football has declared there will be no further changes to September's Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers despite some relocation requests over Ebola fears. It stated on its website: "Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia remain the only countries required to relocate their fixtures to neutral territories as a result of the situation of the Ebola virus." Cameroon had become the latest team to express fears over the outbreaks and asked for their qualifier in DR Congo to...
(Voice of America 08/27/14)
At least 17 people have been killed in the Central African Republic in clashes between factions of the former Seleka rebel movement. The fighting erupted on Monday in the central town of Bambari. The leader of one of the factions told VOA's French to Africa Service on Tuesday that a dispute over control of a checkpoint sparked the violence. General Joseph Zoundeko said his backers tried to replace the supporters of General Ali Djarras. Zoundeko said he was uncertain about...
(Voice of America 08/26/14)
NEW YORK— Over the last two decades, New York City has seen a surge in immigration from Africa. But until recently, newcomers from Sierra Leone, the Ivory Coast, Liberia, Guinea, Ghana other West African nations mostly kept to their own communities. Today, these diverse cultures are coming together to celebrate their common roots, and to demand recognition as a force within the "Big Apple." Between the traditional drums, the vivid multicolored native dress, the many tribal dialects and the sheer...
(BBC News Africa 08/25/14)
At least 25 people have died in a gold mine collapse in the Central African Republic, officials say. The mine, near the city of Bambari, is controlled by mainly Muslim Seleka rebels who are operating it illegally. A senior government official in the capital, Bangui, said the mine did not follow regulations. The CAR has been torn by fighting between the Seleka and Christian militia, known as anti-Balaka, for over a year. A collapse at the same mine in the town of Ndassima last year killed dozens.
(Voice of America 08/21/14)
A medical aid group says at least 31 people were injured Wednesday in the Central African Republic when a local militia clashed with international peacekeepers. Doctors Without Borders -- also known as Medecins Sans Frontieres [MSF] -- says the fighting flared in the PK5 neighborhood of Bangui, home to about 2,200 Muslims gathered there to avoid sectarian violence. Reuters news agency says the clash erupted after residents accused the peacekeepers of shooting and killing a man on Tuesday. Doctors Without...
(BBC News Africa 08/19/14)
Africa's elephants have reached a tipping point: more are being killed each year than are being born, a study suggests. Researchers believe that since 2010 an average of nearly 35,000 elephants have been killed annually on the continent. They warn that if the rate of poaching continues, the animals could be wiped out in 100 years. The work is published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Lead author George Wittemyer, from Colorado State University, said: "We are...
(Voice of America 08/16/14)
The World Health Organization has not posted any regulations regarding lead in cookware, but the U.S. Centers for Disease Control has said there’s really no safe level of lead exposure. Ashland University and Occupational Knowledge International conducted the research in Cameroon that appears in the journal Science of the Total Environment. “I must say we literally stumbled upon this," said Perry Gottesfeld, Occupational Knowledge International’s executive director. "We were working in Cameroon for the past four years. We had been...
(Voice of America 08/14/14)
GADO, CAMEROON— The number of refugees fleeing the strife-torn Central African Republic for Cameroon has declined somewhat, but not because the C.A.R. is returning to calm. Refugees and aid workers say fewer people are able to make the trip because of malnourishment and insecurity. The refugees entering in Gado from the troubled Central African Republic look tired, sick and hungry. Refugee crossing declining According to the U.N. refugee agency, the numbers crossing the border has dropped in recent weeks, from...
(Voice of America 08/14/14)
The African continent is primed for a massive baby boom within the next four decades, a shift that the United Nations’ children’s agency says represents both a challenge and a huge opportunity. By the year 2050, UNICEF predicts in a report released this week, Africa will be home to about 41 percent of the world’s births. By that time, one in four people on this planet will be African. The boom is caused by several factors. Africa is already home...
(BBC News Africa 08/13/14)
Africa's under-18 population will swell by two-thirds to reach almost a billion by 2050, a new UN report says. The findings show a "massive shift in the world's child population towards Africa", it says. Its projections indicate that by 2050, about 40% of all children will be in Africa, up from around 10% in 1950. This is despite the fact that child mortality rates in Africa will remain high, it says. The continent currently accounts for about half of child...
(BBC News Africa 08/11/14)
The appointment of the first Muslim prime minister in the Central African Republic (CAR) has been rejected by the mainly Muslim rebel group Seleka. Mahamat Kamoun was appointed in the wake of a deal signed last month between rival militias aimed at ending more than a year of religious conflict. He is the first Muslim prime minister in the Christian-dominated country and is to lead a transitional government. More than half of the population is in urgent need of assistance,...

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