Kenya to Deliver a Million Urban Housing Units by 2022

By Abdi Ali Published December 26, 2017 The Government of Kenya is working with contractors, developers, financiers and manufacturers of building materials to provide a million affordable housing units by 2022 Aidah Njeri Munano, Kenya’s Principal Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, says the target of one million housing units has been made on the

Marc-André Blanchard, Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations, says Canada's assistance will will help save lives, alleviate suffering and bring relief to people who need urgent help

Canada Addresses Food Insecurity in sub-Saharan Africa

By Halima Abdi Published December 24, 2017 The Government of Canada has announced US$19.8 million in additional funding to address extreme levels of food insecurity in Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan and Uganda. The aid, Canada says, shall ‘address the critical needs of millions of vulnerable people … suffering from a lack of access

Robert Mugabe, editor of an online news outlet called Great Lakes Voice, was held at the airport and interrogated about his work

Rwanda Bars Journalist from Attending UN Forum

By Halima Abdi Published December 21, 2017 A human rights organisation has accused the government of Rwanda of preventing a journalist from attending a United Nations conference in Switzerland. Freedom House says Rwandan authorities held Robert Mugabe, editor of an online news outlet called Great Lakes Voice at the airport and interrogated him for four

Speaking about 'the perverse effects of illicit financial flows on African economies', Songwe said this reduces the 'continent’s ability to achieve its goal of industrialisation as it loses US$100 Billion, which represents 4% of the continent's gross domestic product, annually.

Illicit Financial Flows and Inadequate Energy Hinder Africa’s Industrialisation

By Irene Gaitirira Published December 18, 2017 Africa cannot accelerate growth without access to adequate energy. Vera Songwe, Executive Secretary of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, says under-developed energy infrastructure and growing demand could help attract more private sector investment in the energy-development sector. To attract investment, Songwe told the

The aim of the Seychelles Regatta, the organisers say, is 'to offer a balance of a rigorous sailing competition and tourism by encouraging a discovery of the Seychelles islands'.

Seychelles Holds Sailing Competition to Promote Tourism

By Iminza Keboge and eTurboNews Published December 14, 2017 A sailing competition designed to take place in a relaxed atmosphere in the Indian Ocean returns May 27 – June 3, 2018. The Seychelles Regatta competition, that shall set sail from the Eden Island Marina, is planned to begin when the southeast trade winds kick in.

Kasirim Nwuke says countries could begin by enacting domestic laws similar to the United States of America’s Bayh-Dole Act which enables universities and non-profit organisations to own, patent and commercialise inventions that result from research funded by the government.

African Governments Urged to Increase Science and Technology Research Funding

By Khalifa Hemed Published December 10, 2017 Higher education policy should be aligned with science, technology and innovation (STI) to transform economies across Africa. Specialists meeting during the 4th Senior Experts Dialogue on Science, Technology and the African Transformation in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, have agreed that increasing funding for universities and other higher education

Hendrina Doroba is the current Executive Director of African Women Educationalists (FAWE)

Kenyan Organisation Wins Prize for African Development

By Irene Gaitirira Published November 29, 2017 African Women Educationalists (FAWE) of Kenya has won a US$1 Million prize from Kuwait for what is described as its ‘exemplary work in education-development in Africa’. Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Sciences (KFAS), the administrators of the Al-Sumait Prize which covers one of three categories–Health, Food Security and

Edson Mpyisi, Coordinator of Enable Youth Programme at African Development Bank says Africa should involve its youth in its agriculture sector.

Agriculture Could Solve Africa’s Youth Unemployment Problem

By Irene Gaitirira Published November 23, 2017 Only three-out-of-11 young people entering the job market in Africa every year end up in formal jobs in a continent whose youthful population (15-35 years) is estimated to number 420 million. But did you know that agribusiness could provide a remedy to the problem of youth employment across