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Government bans repatriation of bodies to check Ebola: The Federal Government has banned the repatriation of human remains into the country in a bid to prevent the importation of infectious ailments following the recent outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Read more Senate moves to domesticate Child Rights Act in 13 states:...
Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent yet, the constant scourge of poverty, dearth in infrastructure, diseases, social and economic impoverishment has bagged the continent the award of an underdeveloped continent (Maji, A. & Itodo, D. (2016). Africa has been branded as the world’s second poorest continent after Asia in spite of her huge material and human resources...
The Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), West Africa, one of the subregion’s leading sustainability and corporate social responsibility advocacy organisations has announced the 4th National CSR and Sustainability Conference to be held next month in Accra. The Conference will bring together, all major stakeholders in the CSR and sustainability spectrum in Ghana. The Conference is one of the successful signature...
The Nigerian Senate has passed the Petroleum Industry Governance Bill, the long-awaited legislation that promises broad reforms to the nation’s oil and gas industry. The report on the bill, produced by the Senate joint committee on gas, petroleum (downstream) and petroleum (upstream), was presented on Thursday by Donald Alasoadura, APC-Ondo. After a clause-by-clause consideration, with few amendments, the Senate approved the...
The 2017 Africa Regional Forum on Sustainable Development (ARFSD) ended in Addis Ababa on Friday with participants adopting an outcome document to take to the 2017 High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), which will be convened in New York in July under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). The outcome document speaks to Africa’s desire to...

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GE East Africa Digital Roadshow: GE is bringing new digital infrastructure solutions to the Kenyan market by connecting software, apps and analytics to industrial businesses, enabling them to operate faster, smarter and more efficiently. Read more: http://www.ge.africa-newsroom.com/press/ge-east-africa-digital-roadshow?lang=en Africa, Turkey on threshold of lasting partnership: Africa is undergoing immense change. The positive transformation is fueled by the hard work, resilience and...
The Senior Special Assistant to the Nigerian President on Sustainable Development Goals, Princess Adejoke Orelope-Adefulire will in July present to the United Nations the progress and status report on the implementation of the SDGs in the country. This presentation will be done during the 2017 High Level Political Forum under the auspices of the United Nations Economic and Social...
Inequality in Nigeria: Exploring the Drivers Oxfam May, 2017 The cover of this report says it all. Nigeria is seen as Africa’s largest economy and one of the fastest-growing in the world. Yet, more than half of the Nigerian population still grapple with extreme poverty, while a small elite enjoys ever-growing wealth. The disparity is such that the amount of money that the...

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Tedros elected first African WHO DG: Ethiopia’s Tedros Adhanom was elected Tuesday as the new head of the World Health Organization. Read more at: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2017/05/tedros-elected-first-african-dg/   Ambode cancels N844b Lagos 4th Mainland Bridge: Governor Akinwunmi Ambode has terminated a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a consortium of firms to build the 4th Mainland Bridge at the cost of N844 billion. Read...
The Etisalat Prize for Literature has grown to be one of the major prizes on the continent within just four years of its existence. The prize which is sponsored by Etisalat Nigeria had never had a Nigerian winner till two days ago when Johwor Ile won the award for his book And After Many Days. According to the Etisalat Prize Profile,...
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus from Ethiopia will be the next Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). He will be the first African to lead the UN agency, after winning the most votes from 186 member states. He replaces Margaret Chan, who will step down from her 10-year post at the end of June. During her tenure, the WHO's response to the...
Targeting undergraduate students drawn from universities and polytechnics around Kenya, MK-Africa, a leading marketing, and sustainability consultancy, the Universities Sustainability Innovation Challenge in collaboration with KPMG Kenya and the Cambridge University Sustainability Leadership Institute in South Africa launched the ‘My Little Big Thing’ on the 10th of May 2017. The campaign which is inspired by Nobel Laureate’s Wangari Maathai’s ‘little...
The continental Youth Advisory Board for Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights was set up in November 2015 to represent young people from Africa and the diaspora in review, development, popularisation and accountability initiatives as they relate to young people’s policies in Africa. Specifically, the Youth Advisory Board (YAB) members, consisting of young Africans between the ages of 10 and...

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Farmers harvest 9,000 tons of wheat in Gombe: The Chairman, Wheat Farmers Association in Gombe State, Mr Batari Dauda, said 9,000 tons of wheat were harvested in 2016/2017 farming season in the state. Read more: https://www.today.ng/business/agribusiness/297378/farmers-harvest-9000-tons-wheat-gombe UNWTO to Build Tourism, Biodiversity Capacity for West and Central Africa: The United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) is launching a capacity building programme...
#9Questions with Dr. Zipporah Kpamor, Country Representative – Nigeria, Management Sciences for Health Zipporah Kpamor is the country representative for Nigeria. She is currently the project director/chief of party of the Community Based Support for Orphans and Vulnerable Children in Nigeria project. She is a manager, technical expert, and a board certified disciplinary public health physician with over 20 years...
Ahead of the World Environment Day 2017 (WED 2017), EarthPlus, a global non-profit committed to environmental sustainability especially in Africa, is launching an Africa-wide environmental video challenge for young people between 15 and 30. With the surge of technological advancement and fast-paced lifestyles, there has been a detachment of many people from the natural environment. Activities like hiking, swimming, taking...
Brought to you by the GSM Association (GSMA), which represents the interests of nearly 800 mobile operators worldwide, and Project Everyone, a non-profit global campaign spreading the message of the SDGs, is ‘The SDGs in Action App’ The app has been developed to highlight the Sustainable Development Goals, and achieve the requirement of each of the goals by making it...
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The Shared Value Initiative was launched by consulting firm FSG and Prof Michael Porter in 2012. The inaugural 2017 Africa Shared Value Summit is modelled on the successful Shared Value Leadership Summit held annually in New York. The aim of the 2017 Africa Shared Value Summit is to raise awareness and advocate for the success of the strategic implementation of...
The Department of Education and Training in Australia is accepting applications for Australia Awards–Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, which provide individuals of academic merit with high-quality learning opportunities that contribute to Australia’s standing as a world-leader in education and research. Students willing to start their course in 2018 can apply for the scholarship, deadline of which is 30 June, 2017. The scholarship, which...
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