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Liberia: Ellen Gov't 'Banjoes' Liberia's Resources - Accrues U.S.$19 Billion in FDI -No Impact On Citizenry

[Informer]The government of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is being accused of "banjoing" (in Liberian English, 'to sell something very cheap for quick money') the country's natural resources to foreign investors and swindlers at the detriment of the Liberian people.

2013-06-12 17:23:34

Uganda: HIV Testing Kits Shortage Hits Hospitals

[New Vision]Uganda is facing a shortage of HIV testing kits in government health facilities, a recent survey carried out by HIV / AIDS activists indicates.

2013-06-12 16:57:26

Uganda: Baby Dies After Jilted Wife Poisons Family

[New Vision]A 10-month-old baby succumbed to poisoning while others are fighting for their lives after an ex-wife sent her daughter to execute the deadly mission.

2013-06-12 16:53:22

Sudan: Khartoum Proceeds With Official Notification to Oil Companies On Shutdown

[Sudan Tribune]Khartoum -Sudan's minister of oil, Awad Ahmed Al-jaz, has handed over official letters to oil companies operating in transfer and export of South Sudan's oil through Sudanese territories ordering them to stop transfer and export operations of the southern oil within 60 days starting on June 9, 2013.

2013-06-12 15:26:47

Zambia: There Is No Defence for Beating Women

[Gender Links]Lusaka -A group of regional NGOs have condemned recent utterances made by Zambia’s Minister of Defence, Geoffrey Bwalya Mwamba, suggesting that ‘beating a wife is a sign of love’ and ‘mild’ forms of violence against women are acceptable where he comes from.

2013-06-12 14:52:30

Africa: U.S. to Spend U.S.$9 Billion On Global Nutrition Through 2014

[State Department]Washington -The United States plans to spend $9 billion on nutrition activities through 2014, says U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah.

2013-06-12 14:11:28

Nigeria: Statement by Finance Ministry on Debt Position

[Finance Ministry]Abuja -There has recently been a lot of misinformation and misconception in our public debate on debt. My goal in this article is to shed some light on the public debt, to clarify the real state of Nigeria's debt position, and hopefully, provide a knowledge platform for constructive debate.

2013-06-12 13:49:18

Niger: Boosting Youth Employment in Niger

[World Bank]Niamey -In Niger, a country where 67% of the population is under 25 years of age, the problem of youth unemployment and underemployment is acute, given that the lack of job opportunities threatens to undermine the country's political and economic stability.

2013-06-12 12:40:37

Nigeria: Law Dons Advocate Abolishment of Death Penalty

[Vanguard]Abuja -A team of law professors, led by the Director-General of Nigeria Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, NIALS, Prof. Epiphany Azinge(SAN), Tuesday, advised members of the House of Representatives to abolish death penalty from Nigerian laws.

2013-06-12 12:38:31

Rwanda: Prosecutor of Genocide Tribunal Urges Cooperation to Catch Fugitives

[UN News]With nine men linked to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda still on the run, the Prosecutor who would help to try them is today urging Member States to cooperate with the United Nations war crimes tribunal and its successor body to track down and arrest the fugitives.

2013-06-12 12:29:20

Guinea: UN Chief Welcomes Dialogue to Overcome Electoral Challenges

[UN News]The spokesperson for Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today that the UN chief is "encouraged" by the progress made in the multi-party political dialogue underway in the Guinean capital, Conakry.

2013-06-12 12:14:37

Malawi: Child Labour and Child Marriage Perpetuate Gender Inequality

[Gender Links]Blantyre -“My mother forced me into early marriage. She did it so my husband could help her with salt and sugar. During the marriage, my husband frequently beat me. My mother always said I had to get used to that pain because that’s what marriage means,” recalls 15-year-old Lucy.*

2013-06-12 11:55:24

South Africa: Is Controversial Expelled ANC Youth Leader Starting His Own Party?

[SAPA]Johannesburg -Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema has sent out an email announcing he needs money to start a new political platform, Beeld newspaper reported on Wednesday.

2013-06-12 11:18:53

Nigeria: More Than Good Luck Needed to Foster Democracy

[allAfrica]If governing Nigeria were easy, the country's last president, Umaru Musa Yar'adua, might not have disappeared from public view and proceeded to die in office, evidently from its strain, in 2010. But Yar'adua's then vice-president, Goodluck Jonathan, had, as Nigerians sometimes joke, the fortuitous circumstance of becoming the leader of one of Africa's richest nations overnight.

2013-06-12 05:47:32

Africa: The Aspen Institute Announces 2013 New Voices Fellows

[The Aspen Institute]Washington DC, (10 June 2013)—The Aspen Institute announced today the first 12-member class of the New Voices Fellowship, a groundbreaking new program designed to amplify expert voices from the developing world in the global development discussion. The 2013-2014 fellows come from 10 countries in Africa: Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Nigeria, Somalia and Tanzania.

2013-06-11 18:36:48

Nigeria: FG Gives Condition to Lift State of Emergency Rule

[This Day]The federal government Monday reiterated its assurance that it would lift the state of emergency in Adamawa, Borno and Yobe States as soon as normalcy returns in the areas.

2013-06-11 14:46:08

Africa: U.S., Malaysia Lead Worldwide 'Land Grabs'

[IPS]Uxbridge -Africa is the main target for "land grabs" by foreign investors, according to a new report on large-scale land acquisitions around the world released Monday.

2013-06-11 12:55:01

Madagascar: Measuring the Impact of the Political Crisis

[World Bank]Madagascar is a country with enormous potential. When it was not in crisis, Madagascar grew at an average 5 percent a year. But overall economic growth has been flat over the period 2009-13.

2013-06-11 11:52:15

East Africa: Sudan Denies Troops Crossed Into South Sudan

[Deutsche Welle]Sudan has downplayed allegations by South Sudan that its troops crossed into the buffer zone between the two countries, and denies it is now backpedaling on a peace agreement meant to ease the flow of oil between them.

2013-06-11 11:13:50

Uganda: Nantaba Lands Committee Gets Boost in Next Budget

[New Vision]Fighting land grabbing and illegal evictions will be a priority for the Lands ministry in the next financial year.

2013-06-10 16:42:19

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