Investments 

Africa Investment Forum 2019: Masai Ujiri urges African leaders to invest in sports, commissions two new “players”

Masai Ujiri, President of the Toronto Raptors, made his second appearance at the Africa Investment Forum, renewing his call for African governments to invest in sports. Ujiri, the only President of National Basketball Association (NBA) of African origin in franchise history, has worked hard over the past year to scout talent and raise awareness about the success and growth of sports on the continent. “We should be supporting teams here in Africa, that should be our vision. Sports is the next big thing in Africa,” Ujiri said, calling on investors…

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Africa Technology West Africa World 

Sierra Leone’s tech agency wins $773k grant from Gates Foundation

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $773,476 grant to Sierra Leone‘s Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation (DSTI). It is to assist it to continue the development of an Integrated GIS Portal that will utilize technology, software and devices to collect, label and model data to inform real-time government and development partner decision making. The grant will also seek to strengthen the local ecosystem around human capacity development. This grant for expanding the GIS Portal is in addition to the support already provided by the Foundation to…

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Human Rights 

UNICEF reports uneven progress in 30 years of child rights treaty

The study by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) calls on countries to recommit to promises made under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, adopted 30 years ago. Henrietta Fore, UNICEF Executive Director, noted that while increasing numbers of children are living longer, better and healthier lives, the odds continue to be stacked against the poorest and most vulnerable. “In addition to the persistent challenges of health, nutrition and education, children today have to contend with new threats like climate change, online abuse and cyberbullying,” she said. “Only with…

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Africa Business West Africa World 

Jack Ma Foundation awards $1 million to African entrepreneurs

The Jack Ma Foundation on Saturday hosted its first annual Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) grand finale awarding $1 million in prize money to 10 entrepreneurs from across Africa. The ANPI is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first trip to Africa in 2017. The aim of the prize is to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future. In its inaugural year, nearly 10,000 entrepreneurs from 50 countries…

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Africa Business Ghana West Africa World 

Speakers for 2019 SFAN Breakfast Meeting announced

SFAN (Stars From All Nations) is thrilled to announce the speaker list for the sixth edition of SFAN Business Breakfast Meeting taking place at Stanbic Bank Incubator on December 7. For this edition of the breakfast meeting, our expert panel will take a deep dive into the following subjects: The future of money; Best practices to creatively manage and grow your personal finance; Ghana’s tax landscape and Insider secrets for raising capital. The agenda is quite packed but they have made enough room for networking over wine and chocolates. Since…

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Development Health Advice 

UN calls for action to tackle ‘ubiquitous but invisible’ global road safety crisis

Noting that more than 1.3 million people die in road accidents every year, Secretary-General António Guterres pointed out that more young people between the ages of 15 and 29 die from road crashes annually than from HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis or homicide. World Health Organization (WHO) Facts on road traffic injuries “The World Day of Remembrance of Road Traffic Victims is an opportunity to reflect on how we can save millions of lives,” he said. And since 2015, his Special Envoy on Road Safety, Jean Todt, has worked to mobilize political commitment, raise…

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Human Rights 

Repression, use of force risk worsening Bolivia crisis: UN human rights chief

The South American country has plunged into political chaos following the resignation last week of President Evo Morales, with at least 17 people killed in demonstrations since then. Michelle Bachelet, the UN rights chief, said while earlier deaths mostly resulted from clashes between rival protestors, the latest incidents appear to be due to the disproportionate use of force by the army and police. With the country divided, she fears the situation could worsen. “I am really concerned that the situation in Bolivia could spin out of control if the authorities…

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Development Health Advice 

Over 1 million health consultations provided in Yemen in 2019: UN migration agency

Yemen’s public sector has been pushed to “a breaking point”, as the country enters its fifth year of conflict, prompting the closure of half of the country’s health facilities. As of 11 September, 1,095,072 health consultations were provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM) as part of its emergency lifesaving services and support to the health sector to ensure it continues to operate in the war-battered country. Over 19,000 people received psychosocial counselling, 113,000 others received reproductive health consultations, and more than 71,000 were part of health awareness-raising activities.…

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Human Rights 

‘Diversity is a form of wealth, not a factor of division,’ UNESCO chief says ahead of International Day for Tolerance

“Tolerance is more than standing idly by or remaining insensitive to differences between men and women, cultures and beliefs”, Audrey Azoulay, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) said, but instead a “state of mind, an awareness and a requirement.” In 1996, the UN General Assembly invited Member States to observe the Day each year on 16 November to, among other things, foster mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. The 2019 edition of the Day will be marked this Saturday. Ms. Azoulay stressed that tolerance is “to…

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Human Rights 

ICC gives greenlight for probe into violent crimes against Rohingya

The pre-trial judges “accepted that there exists a reasonable basis to believe widespread and/or systematic acts of violence may have been committed that could qualify as crimes against humanity of deportation across the Myanmar-Bangladesh border” the Court said in a press statement, in addition to “persecution on grounds of ethnicity and/or religion against the Rohingya population.”  After a reported military-led crackdown, widespread killings, rape and village burnings, nearly three-quarters of a million Rohingya fled Myanmar’s Rakhine state in August 2017 to settle in crowded refugee camps in neighboring Bangladesh.  This is the…

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