Adline Okere, Editor of BBC Igbo Service

Broadcaster Targets African Hearts, Opens 11 Vernacular Services

By Ogova Ondego Published February 21, 2018 British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has on February 19, 2018 launched services in Yoruba and Igbo in Nigeria. Though funded by the British Government, BBC says the editorial agenda of the new service “will reflect not only balanced impartial news, but also a rich mix of trending topics, sports,

Kenya was in September 2017 named among the leading African countries in e-health and telemedicine alongside South Africa and Ghana.

E-Healthcare and Telemedicine Take Shape in Kenya

By Iminza Keboge Published February 4, 2018 A digital service that is enabling consumers to purchase medicines and wellness products has by end of 2017 registered more than 30 000 users. MyDAWA, the service that was launched in March 2017, is said to be beneficial to consumers as it has ‘increased transparency, convenience and affordability’.

BBC Radio Launches New Services, Offers English Language Lessons for Ethiopia and Eritrea

Broadcaster Launches Two Vernacular Services, Offers English Language Lessons

By Khalifa Hemed Published January 29, 2018 BBC World Service has on January 29, 2018 launched new daily radio services airing Monday-Friday in Amharic, Afaan Oromo and Tigrinya. BBC says the new radio services–which it says have been available online since September 2017 when websites and Facebook pages in all three languages were launched–‘will provide

Giovanni Biha, UNECA's Deputu Executive Secretary in charge of Knowledge Delivery, was addressing the 31st Civil Society Pre-Summit Consultative Meeting on Gender Mainstreaming in the African Union and Member States in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Corruption Undermines Development Across Africa

By Irene Gaitirira Published January 26, 2018 Africa cannot develop, leave alone implement United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, unless it fights corruption. Giovani Biha, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), says the adverse effect of corruption on the various segments of the population should be recognised and addressed in

The implementation of SAATM will pave the way for other flagship projects as the African Passport and the Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA), Commissioner Abou-Zeid says.

Africa to Launch Single Air Transport Market

By Juergen T Steinmetz Published January 24, 2018 The much anticipated Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) shall be launched in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on January 28, 2018 “The launch of the Single African Air Transport Market will spur more opportunities to promote trade, cross-border investments … resulting in the creation of an additional 300

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