ISTR Conference 2017: participants explore ways to maximize philanthropy in Africa

ISTR Conference

Civil Society Organizations (CSO’s), and researchers are exploring ways to maximize the philanthropy sector in Africa while calling on Africans to take charge to mobilize the needed resources for it’s own development needs. At the 4th ISTRA Africa Regional Network Conference which commenced on June 21, 2017 and will end today, June 22, 2017, in Accra, researchers and participants are ...

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IMF approves $224.8 mln in extra credit for Ivory Coast

imf - Ivory Coast

The International Monetary Fund’s Executive Board approved $224.8 million in additional credit for Ivory Coast under an existing lending framework, it said in a statement on Monday. “The Board … approved an augmentation of access under the two arrangements by about US$224.8 million or 25 percent of the country’s quota,” the statement said. Ivory Coast has emerged from a 2011 ...

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AfDB funded projects to benefit 20 million Africans

Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and Transport projects financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in 2016 would have a positive impact on the living conditions of close to 20 million Africans over the next few years. The AfDB made this forecast in the Annual Report of the Infrastructure, Cities and Sustainable Development Department of the AfDB, published on June ...

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is ‘recuperating fast’


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari is “recuperating fast” from his illness, his wife Aisha Buhari has said. She made the comments after a trip to London, where her husband is being treated for an unspecified illness. Mr Buhari, 74, left for London nearly a month ago – his second trip to the UK for treatment this year. His absence has led ...

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One man, four wives: The new hit reality TV show

A new hit reality TV show has restarted a debate over the traditional practice of polygamy in South Africa. Musa Mseleku says he wants to change people’s perceptions of polygamy. And he’s getting some help – from his four wives. The 43-year-old property developer, along with his wives and their 10 children, are the stars of a new reality show ...

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Faure Gnassingbè is new ECOWAS chair

Faure Gnassingbè

President of Togo, Faure Gnassingbè is the new chair of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). He takes over from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. The Togolese leader became the new ECOWAS President on Sunday, 4 June 2017 at the 51st Ordinary Session of the Heads of ECOWAS in Monrovia, Liberia. Mr Gnassingbe will head the sub-regional body ...

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President Faure Gnassingbé beats Akufo-Addo to ECOWAS Chairmanshiprace

Reliable sources within the ECOWAS leadership at the 51st Ordinary Session of the heads of States of ECOWAS hints that barring any unforseen dramatic changes, the Heads of States will elect the President of Togo Faure Gnassingbè as it’s head after this year’s session. This will come as a big blow to Ghana’s President Nana Addo Danquah Akufo-Addo who launched ...

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Somalia’s al-Shabab stones man to death for adultery


Somali militants have stoned a man to death after an Islamic court convicted him of adultery. Dayow Mohamed Hassan, 44, was buried neck-deep and pelted to death with stones by al-Shabab fighters. He was convicted of being in an adulterous relationship with a woman and impregnating her, despite having two wives, an official said. Al-Shabab occasionally passes such sentences for ...

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Cohabiting couples in Burundi have until the end of the year to get married or face legal consequences


Cohabiting couples in Burundi have until the end of the year to get married or face legal consequences The government order comes after President Pierre Nkurunziza launched a campaign “to moralise society”. A government spokesman said a crackdown on informal relationships was needed to combat a population explosion. He said too many schoolgirls were getting pregnant and men were taking ...

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Why Facebook is investing $170m in Uganda

Facebook invest in Uganda

Ugandans have a growing passion for the internet and social media – and it’s being reciprocated. The world’s biggest social networking platform has chosen Uganda for a $170 million fibre infrastructure project. This investment shows that Uganda is one of Facebook’s top priority countries in Africa. While Uganda had 23 million phone users and 13 million internet users in 2015, ...

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