Daily Archives: July 5, 2013

World Bank Announces US$1 Billion Pledge to Africa’s Great Lakes Region

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Japan: Africa’s subtle but effective partner

JICA President, Akihiko Tanaka. Photo: Africa Renewal/Bo Li Language English

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Nigeria’s film industry: a potential gold mine?

As an entrepreneur, 32-year-old chemistry graduate Jason Njoku achieved success in a most unlikely way: he is Africa’s largest distributor of Nigerian movies, and has raked in over $8 million since 2010, when he founded the company Iroko Partners. In December 2012 he captivated an audience at a conference in Texas, United States, as he narrated the story of his success after failures in some other business ventures. Mr. read more

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Somali diaspora’s remittances cast a lifeline

During two decades of conflict, famines and floods, money sent back home by Somali expatriates — known as remittances — has been instrumental in keeping Somalia afloat. The UN Development Programme estimates that $1.6 billion in remittances is sent back annually by Somali emigrants living in North America and Europe. Abdirashid Duale, a Somali who is chief executive of Dahabshiil, one of the largest money-transfer businesses in Africa, says that such transfers have been “a lifeline” for Somalis.  read more

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What does the ‘Doha Climate Gateway’ mean for Africa?

A UN climate change conference in Doha, Qatar, concluded in December 2012 with a new agreement called the “Doha Climate Gateway.” Its major achievements included the extension until 2020 of the 1997 Kyoto Protocol on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a work plan for negotiating a new global climate pact by 2015, to be implemented starting in 2020.  read more

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Africa’s mobile youth drive change

The sight of teenagers selling mushrooms using mobile phones is becoming a familiar one in rural Namibia. Namibia Polytechnic faculty member Maurice Nkusi, designer of a cell phone–based curriculum, told the TechDailyNews that most of these children have never even used a computer. But the rapidity with which they master new technology reflects the era in which they are living.  read more

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A seat at the table

Ask members of the African political elite, civil society activists or anyone else about the role of youth in national development and you will hear a lot of profound, if trite, catchphrases, such as “The youth are the future they are the leaders of tomorrow.” African leaders even declared 2009–18 the African Youth Decade. Before that, in 2006, they adopted the African Youth Charter, with one of the goals being to lure younger people into participating in political debates and decision-making processes. read more

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African youth hungry for connectivity

In a tiny sweltering tin-roofed shack tucked inside one of Mogadishu’s bullet-riddled neighbourhoods, two brothers, Ali Hassan and Mustafa Yare, sit hunched over one of eight humming desktop computers. Together they show Nasteexo Cadey, a young veiled student at Mogadishu University, how to set up her Facebook account, browse YouTube videos and check her e-mail.  read more

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Africa’s youth: a “ticking time bomb” or an opportunity?

Senegalese opposition politicians denounced the country’s high unemployment rate to mobilize youth against former President Abdoulaye Wade in the country’s 2012 presidential election. Joblessness was one of the main issues that drove the country’s many young people into the streets and to the voting stations to press for a change of government. At least six people died in the protests, and President Wade was defeated by the current leader, Macky Sall.  read more

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House saves MP’s immunity

Rejects Anti Corruption’s request to revoke Kassim Fite’s immunity
The House of People’s Representatives refused to ratify the request tabled by the Federal Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (FEAC) to revoke the rights to immunity guaranteed by the Constitution to Kassim Fite as a Member of Parliament (MP).

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Dam will cause “No Significant Harm” to Egypt, says PM

Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has promised that the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam project will cause “no significant harm” to Egypt.

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National Intelligence, Security Service powers extended

The government has announced plans to transform the National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) into an autonomous federal government office.
This is expected to strengthen its ability to act on national security issues and ensure it can respond to issues today and in the future.

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Government relaxes dividend tax collection plans

Ethiopia’s government has promised to stop collecting tax on unpaid dividend to shareholders of companies.

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House endorses new human rights branch offices

MPs backed a request by the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) to open two new branch offices in the Afar and Benishangul-Gumuz regional states.

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