Sierra Leone Drafts a Development Plan for the Next 50 Yearsips.org | 08 Feb 2012
By Tamba Tengbeh and Damon van der LindeParticipants at the Sierra Leone Conference on Development and Transformation outlining recommendations on how to develop of the country. / Damon van der Linde/IPS FREETOWN, Feb 8 (IPS) – Fifty years ago when Sierra Leone gained independence after 150...
African leaders endorse major continental infrastructure programmeAfrican Development Bank | 01 Feb 2012
African Heads of State on Monday endorsed the launch of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), a multi-billion dollar initiative that will run through 2040.In a statement at their 18th summit held in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, the Heads of State approved the...
AFRICA: Mobile phones for healthplusnews.org | 04 May 2011
Some 80 health professionals and telecom operators are meeting in the Ghanaian capital Accra to explore ways to use mobile phones for better healthcare delivery. What we are trying to do here is to find out what mobile technology applications will help us fix some of Africas health problems, said Fiemu Nwariaku, professor of surgery in Ghana and a moderator at the 2-3 December Mobile Health Africa Summit. The efforts are aimed particularly at improving healthcare for underserved populations.
South Africa: Leaders called to action on climate changeBuaNews | 04 May 2011
Pretoria - Governments must find a way to get multilateral institutions, global tourism industry bodies and private corporations to respond positively to the risks of climate change, says Tourism Minister Marthinus Van Schalkwyk. "If we fail in this task over the next few years, we will fail in giving the aviation and tourism sector an opportunity to speak and act with the political weight it deserves as the creator of one in every 10 jobs globally," said the minister on Tuesday.
Mart nears oil discovery on UMU-7 well onshore Nigeriaindependentngonline.com | 04 May 2011
Mart Resources and its co-venturers, Midwestern O&G (Operator of the Umusadege field) and SunTrust Oil, reported encouraging initial test results from the first zone tested on the UMU-7 well located in the Umusadege field, onshore Nigeria.
UGANDA: New homes for 50,000 at risk from disastersIRIN News | 12 Apr 2011
Those affected by a devastating landslide in eastern Uganda in 2010 are among 10,000 people a year living in disaster-prone areas set to benefit from a five-year resettlement scheme due to start in 2012.
Millers warn of further increase of flour price due to low maize supplyDaily Nation | 12 Apr 2011
Maize millers have appealed to the government to release some of the stocks it is holding to prevent flour prices from skyrocketing beyond the reach of majority of consumers. Mr Diamond Lalji, the Cereal Millers Associations chairman, said uncertainty about maize availability had triggered...
AID POLICY: Market mapping toolkit to boost emergency responseIRIN News | 11 Apr 2011
Experts have developed an Emergency Market Mapping Analysis (EMMA) guidebook and training programme to improve the humanitarian communitys ability to respond to rapid onset emergencies. Markets are critical to how people survive and run their lives. The most important thing to people is to be...
Twin Boost for TB Treatment in Swazilandips.org | 08 Apr 2011
The fight against tuberculosis in Swaziland will be reinforced on two fronts this month. A new tool for the quick and accurate diagnosis of TB will begin its roll out and a monthly stipend for treatment supporters will help ensure patients get through the lengthy and unpleasant course of TB drugs. Swaziland declared TB a national emergency on Mar. 24, World Tuberculosis Day. Swaziland has an estimated 11,000 TB patients, including 400 who have drug resistant strains of the disease.
Nigerian Women Stand Up to be Countedips.org | 08 Apr 2011
As Nigeria tries again to begin its staggered general elections on Apr. 9, spare a thought for the women who will be putting themselves forward as candidates in an overwhelmingly male field. Men say they have what it takes and that women are weaker vessels who have no powers, Adebimpe Akinsola, who is seeking election to the Lagos State House of Assembly told IPS. They have always intimidated women. But now we want to tell them that where there is no woman, nothing can be done successfully.
CARE to Aid in Cote d'Ivoirefeedproxy.google.com | 07 Apr 2011
CARE is scaling up our response to help people affected by the post-election violence in Côte d'Ivoire that has besieged the country for months. Côte d'Ivoire has been in the grip of a political crisis since a disputed election between Laurent Gbagbo and Alassane Ouattara last year. Despite reports that the crisis might be coming to an end, fighting continues.
CLIMATE CHANGE: Developing Countries Step In Where Richer Nations Fear to TreadInter Press Service | 07 Apr 2011
Led by countries like Indonesia, 48 developing nations are rolling out a range of pledges to voluntarily cut their respective emissions of greenhouse gases (GHG) by 2020, the year climate scientists say the earth's rising temperature should peak by if an environmental catastrophe is to be avoided.
UK - Department for International Development: financial management reportfeedproxy.google.com | 06 Apr 2011
Sound financial management will be essential at the Department for International Development as its spending increases by a third over the next four years, according to the National Audit Office. The Department has improved its core financial management and has an ambitious programme underway to...
Cote d'Ivoire: Running Out of Food and Water in AbidjanAllAfrica.com | 06 Apr 2011
Dakar — The news of a ceasefire in Côte dIvoire comes as a relief to Abiba, but her concern remains how to find infant formula for her four-week-old twins; she is not eating and drinking enough to produce breast milk, and shops have been closed for days amid fierce fighting in the main city, Abidjan.
Water shortage deals a blow in Marathecitizen.co.tz | 06 Apr 2011
The nearest constant supply of safe water is Lake Victoria, which over two-hour round trip from Nyankanga village.Some villagers routinely make this trip three or four times a day, every day, which leaves very little time for other tasks. The efforts by St Johns Church to build tanks by their homes to harvest rainwater could not yield fruits as the village gets scanty rainfall.
DRC: Moved on to a minefieldIRIN News | 05 Apr 2011
More than 1,000 people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been forced to move to a suspected minefield because the authorities want to build shops and restaurants on the site of their old homes.