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Download logoCivilians, including peacekeepers, journalists, aid workers and minorities in the Central African Republic (CAR) have been violently harassed and intimidated by so-called “Russian instructors” from the Wagner Group, UN experts* said today.

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After THE PUBLIC’S FAVORITE award at the Atmospheres Festival in Courbevoie, THE JURY PRIZE at the Porquerolles Film Festival, THE BEST DOCUMENTARY PRIZE at the Vive Le Cinéma Festival in Lecce and at the Cinemambiente Festival in Turin, “ABOVE WATER” won two more prizes during the 27th edition of FESPACO, the Pan-African Film Festival held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso on Saturday evening:

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Download logoWith a rapidly expanding economy and a diversity of natural resources, Côte d’Ivoire is primed to benefit from a revolution in energy generation projects in Sub-Saharan Africa. Most of their primary energy demand at present is covered by local oil refinery supplies and domestic gas production, and, while the country is known more for oil refining rather than as a producer, it does boast a burgeoning upstream oil industry.

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The General Council for Islamic Banks and Financial Institutions (CIBAFI) and the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD) (www.ICD-ps.org) joined forces for the second time this year to fuel a discussion on “Cryptocurrencies – A Double-edged Sword: Challenges and Opportunities for Islamic Finance”.

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With strong political commitment, the State of Eritrea has made enormous strides to improve the health and wellbeing of women and children since independence.  As part of the ongoing efforts to consolidate progress line with, the Ministry of Health with WHO support, conducted a review of the RMNCAH and Ageing programs in the months of September and October 2021.

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Download logoTen cities with outstanding achievements in the implementation of the learning city strategy will receive the UNESCO Learning Cities Award 2021 on 27 October 2021, the first day of the fifth International Conference on Learning Cities in Yeonsu (Republic of Korea).

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Download logoThe African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org)’s Board of Directors has officially approved a  $75 million commercial loan to the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund (GIIF). The African Development Bank’s loan will enable the Ghanaian state-owned GIIF to efficiently leverage its paid-in equity capital of $325 million to secure additional debt resources to finance several critical Ghanaian infrastructure projects and reduce the country’s estimated multi-billion dollar infrastructure finance deficit.

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Download logoDuring her working visit to Burkina Faso on 26 October, Meryame Kitir, Minister of Development Cooperation and Major Cities Policy, has presented the Belgian regional climate programme for the Sahel. It is the first time that Belgium invests in a regional programme with a specific focus on international climate action.

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Download logoThe World Bank Board of Directors today approved a US$150 million International Development Association (IDA*) credit to support community identified and locally-led climate resilience projects in all rural wards in Kenya.

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Download logoThe UAE, represented by the Emirates Red Crescent (ERC), today presented a new batch of ambulances, as part of its support for Ethiopia’s health sector. Mohammed Salem Ahmed Mosaad Al Rashidi, UAE Ambassador to Ethiopia, said the initiative is continuing the humanitarian support provided by the UAE to friendly countries, most notably in the health sector.

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Download logoOne of its worst droughts in history claiming lives; Amnesty calls on the international community to ramp up relief efforts; world leaders must rapidly cut emissions to avert further climate-driven humanitarian crises and wealthy countries must provide substantially increased climate finance to developing countries, including compensation to affected communities.

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Download logoTwenty-one Somali journalists have undergone training on key principles of responsible coverage of elections, which are critical to the holding of a fair, transparent, credible and peaceful elections process.

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More than 60 South Sudan People’s Liberation Army-in Opposition (SPLA-iO) soldiers attended a two-day workshop organized by the United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) in Wunaliet cantonment site in Central Equatoria.

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Download logoMore than 100 decision-makers and economic stakeholders will gather in Kigali this week to discuss the road to social and economic recovery and how to attract investments in East Africa. The meeting known as the 25th session of the Intergovernmental Committee of Senior Officials and Experts (ICSOE), will take place from 27 to 29 October 2021.

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Download logoForeign Minister Heiko Maas issued the following statement today (27 October) regarding the coup in the Sudan and Germany’s engagement in the country: The military coup in the Sudan is a catastrophic development.

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Download logoTemenos (SIX: TEMN) (www.Temenos.com), the banking software company, today announced that Barko, a leading microfinance company, plans to enter the retail banking market in South Africa with a new digital bank built on Temenos Transact and powered by The Temenos Banking Cloud.

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Uganda 7s Head Coach Tolbert Onyango has named his 12-man squad for the Safari 7s Tournament scheduled for 30 and 31 October 2021 at Nyayo Stadium. Ian Munyani will captain assisted by Aaron Ofoywroth as Vice Captain.

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Download logoThe Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Dr. Abdullatif bin Rashid Al Zayani, received in his office at the Ministry today, the Ambassador of the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria, H.E. Mr.

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Download logoThe EU strongly condemns the military coup in the Republic of the Sudan and the unlawful detention of the Prime Minister, several Ministers, leaders of the Forces of the Freedom and Change and other civil society representatives; they must be released immediately.

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Download logoAhead of the COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, St. Andrew's Cathedral, the iconic city landmark, will host an exhibition featuring ChangeMakers (https://bit.ly/3baRNnx), a campaign led by Climate Investment Funds.

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Somalia scaled up its battle to end the COVID-19 pandemic after receiving 163 000 doses of Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccines from the Government of Germany through the COVAX Facility today. “The Government of Germany has extended its valuable support to Somalia in the fight against COVID-19 and we would like to thank them for this,” said Dr Fawziya Abikar Nur, the Minister of Health and Human Services of Somalia.

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The video below is copyright free and can be used at will, without asking for authorizationWatch the video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/X2dYWBFCSgkFIFA President Gianni Infantino has called on the global football community and governments worldwide to offer support in face of the escalating refugee and humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

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Download logoBank of Kigali and KCB Bank Rwanda to provide new credit lines for Rwandan companies as part of EIB’s (www.EIB.org) financing; First regional financing under EIB East Africa COVID-19 Rapid Response Facility; Minimum of 30% of financing to target female economic empowerment; Government of Rwanda and EIB conclude the last milestone for the financing of EUR 23 Million for National Health Referral Laboratory Project

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Download logoNational Health Laboratory investment to strengthen epidemic and pandemic preparedness by improving diagnosis, surveillance and research; Investment key Government of Rwanda COVID-19 National Response Plan priority; First EIB (www.EIB.org) health project in Rwanda and largest ever EIB health engagement in East Africa; EUR 22 million EIB loan combined with EUR 5 million EU grant to support construction of the National Health Laboratory, in partnership with the World Health Organisation; Government of Rwanda and Team Europe reach last milestone for financing National Health Referral Laboratory Project

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