• Nairobi’s dirty money

    Nairobi bustles with high-class bars, glitzy hotels and top-end homes. The middle class is growing quickly and Kenya’s government plans to turn Nairobi into an international financial centre by 2025 — part of its goal to pull East Africa’s largest economy into the ranks of newly industrialised nations by 2030.

  • Close to 400 dead in Bangui

    Nearly 400 people were killed over the weekend in Bangui, according to the French embassy in the Central African Republic’s capital. “We count 394 dead in the last three days,” French Foreign Affairs Laurent Fabius told France 3 TV Sunday. “The operation of disarmament of the Seleka [rebel militias] are going to start,” he said, … Continued

  • Alleged killing of children in Kinshasa

    Reports of disappearances and assassinations of children and youth in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital city has alarmed the UN Children’s Fund and UN peacekeeping mission in DRC. UN News reports: ‘The two organizations said the “alarming” reports of disappearance and assassination of young men and children coincide with the start of ‘Operation Likofi’ … Continued

  • Family planning summit in Addis

    Political leaders of more than 100 countries, dozens of African ministers, philanthropists, medical experts, delegates from large pharmaceutical companies such as Bayer, and women’s rights activists are attending the third international family planning conference in Addis Ababa, which began Tuesday. The conference will focus on decreasing the number of teenage pregnancies and ensuring young women have … Continued

  • Mentally ill people lost on the streets of Addis Ababa

    An estimated 80,000 mentally ill people need to be admitted to hospital but are instead living on the streets in Addis Ababa. Stigamtized, they are alienated by society and considered to be possessed by the devil. The only two mental health hospitals in the capital city, Amanuel Hospital and Gefersa Mental Health Rehabilitation Centre, cannot accommodate … Continued

  • Government needs to raise revenue for social services in Gulu

    Gulu town is the defacto capital of northern Uganda. The region has had peace for the last six years, after the two-decade long conflict between the government of Uganda and the rebel Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) came to an end. With the return of normalcy, humanitarian organisations that during the war aided Gulu in the … Continued

  • Investing in Gambia’s youth

    In June, The Association of Non Governmental Organizations (TANGO) and the African Capacity Building Foundation brought the Gambia’s Minister of Trade together with development organizations and bankers for the Top Employers Forum in Banjul. The aim was to discuss strategies for job creation, especially among the youth. The big question was, how can Gambia produce … Continued

  • Ouagadougou as the capital for the African Online Training

    With the consolidation of 2iE, the platform of the Institute for Water and Environmental Engineering, Ouagadougou has become the African epicenter of online training. With the aim of training professionals and social entrepreneurs capable of starting new business forms, 2iE intended to provide solutions to the problems of sanitation and access to clean water or … Continued

  • Rights group wary of Chinese-Congolese infrastructure partnership

    Launched in 2008, Sicomines is a Chinese-Congolese project, with an estimated cost of $3 billion, to build new roads and bridges in various cities in the DRC, including  Kinshasa. Sicomines has one clear intent: to facilitate exploration and development for the mining of non-ferrous metal. Notwithstanding benefits to the mining industry, human rights activists doubt … Continued

  • UNHCR crowd-sources solutions to urban refugee crisis

    United Nations High Commission for Refugees has implemented a web-based platform for ‘crowd-sourcing’ solutions to challenges facing urban refugees. This is particularly relevant to Africa’s cities which host large refugee populations. IRIN reports: The first challenge to be debated on the new crowd-sourcing platform is how to improve access to information and services for refugees … Continued