African Union Research Grants - Grants From the Second Call Are Signed
17 January 2013, AU Commission
In the presence of the Head of the European Union (EU) Delegation to the African Union (AU), Amb.Gary Quince, and the AU Commissioner Jean-Pierre Ezin, the second set of research grants resulting from the AU's 2nd call for proposals was officially signed at the AU Commission Headquarters in Addis Ababa, read more...
Liberia, Botswana Sign MOU to Improve Education Sector
17 January 2013, All Africa.com/The Informer
The Ministers of Education of both Liberia and Botswana over the weekend signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to improve the education sector of both countries.
Liberia Education Minister, Edmonia David Tarpeh said that the MOU was signed to address the most needed areas. Even though Minister Tarpeh did not name some of the areas read more...
Sénégal: Lutte contre l'enrichissement illicite - Le chef de l'Etat réaffirme sa volonté de veiller sur les ressources de la communauté
17 January 2013, Lesoleil
chef de l'Etat a réitéré sa détermination à combattre l'enrichissement
Cependant, le secrétaire général de la Cour
d'Appel, Souleymane Téliko, n'a pas manqué de relever certaines insuffisances
sur la loi n° 81-54 du 10 juillet read more...
United States and Liberia Sign Partnership Agreement
16 January 2013, VoA news
The United States and Liberia took steps Tuesday to strengthen their long relationship.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf signed the US-Liberia Partnership Dialogue Agreement in Washington.
France Begins Ground Operations in Mali
Clinton said the agreement establishes working groups in three key read more...
16 January 2013, VoA news
French forces have begun ground operations in Mali, moving into the town of Niono just south of an area seized earlier this week by Islamist militants who control the northern part of the country.
French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the fighting in Mali will be "long" and that his forces are moving from the capital toward read more...
Report on Tanzania for peer review in Ethiopia
16 January 2013, The Guardian (Tanzania)
By The guardian reporter
Nigeria: Cell Phones for Farmers to Cut Corruption, Deliver Services
The Tanzania Country Review Report is scheduled for peer review at the 18th Summit of the African Peer Review Forum in January 2013 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; says new information posted on the APRM Continental Secretariat website.
According to a press statement availed to The Guardian yesterday, read more...
15 January 2013, All Africa.com
By Tami Hultman
Abuja — Nigeria's agriculture minister today responded to a barrage of criticism about the planned distribution of cell phones to the country's poorest farmers.
Opposition politicians attacked the idea, and news articles and editorials criticized it as ill read more...
Ethiopia: Corruption On the Rise - Survey
15 January 2013, All Africa.com/Addis Fortune
Five years in the making and two years later than the scheduled launch time, a survey conducted to gauge the level of corruption in Ethiopia was released last week, by the World Bank.
Nonetheless, it falls short of settling a rather lingering debate on whether corruption is getting as bad as many people think, which the nation's anticorruption read more...
Ethiopia: African Peer Review Mechanism Report On Ethiopia Launched
14 January 2013, Government of Ethiopia
The African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) Report on Ethiopia was launched at the National Palace on Friday (January, 11th).
The launching ceremony was attended by Prime Minister Hailemariam and Minister Neway Gebreab, economic advisor to the Prime Minister as well as Ambassador Ashraf Rashed, Lead Member of the Panel, and Professor Amos Sawyer, read more...
APRM SUPPORT MISSION IN SUDAN
14 January 2013, APRM Secretariat
The APRM undertook a Country Support Mission in Sudan from 30 September to 4 October 2012, led by Ambassador Ashraf Rashed, member of the APR Panel of Eminent Persons.
TANZANIA CRR REPORT TO BE REVIEWED
The Support Mission Team comprised representatives of the Strategic Partners of the APRM, Ms. Zemenay Lakew from the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Regional read more...
14 January 2013, APRM Secretariat
The APRM Country Review Mission (CRM) to Tanzania was
undertaken in 2012. Thereafter, the
Country Review Report was drafted and finalized by the Report Writing
Committee. The Mission, which was led by Barrister Akere Tabeng Muna, member of
the APR Panel of Eminent Persons, comprised 21 prominent African experts in the four thematic areas covered read more...
THE APRM @ THE AGF-VIII
13 January 2013, APRM Secretariat
event brought together about 300 participants, including government
officials, African leaders, policy makers, civil society and Regional
Economic Communities. During the Forum, Professor Amos
Sawyer,Chairperson of the APRM Panel of Eminent Persons, was invited to
share the Panel’s views on these cross-cutting issues along read more...
Zimbabwe: Rights Report Warns of Flawed Election If Key Reforms Are Ignored
11 January 2013, SW Radio Africa (London)/Allafrica.com
A new report by the respected global rights monitor, Human Rights Watch, has warned Zimbabwe's unity government that time is running out to implement key reforms that were agreed to in the Global Political Agreement (GPA), if credible elections are to be held later this year.
Titled "Race Against Time - The Need for Legal and Institutional read more...
MAURITANIA: Ex-refugees want land, ID cards
09 January 2013, IRIN
PK6/ROSSO/NOUAKCHOTT, 8 January 2013 (IRIN) - Nearly 25,000 Mauritanian refugees who had sheltered in Senegal for two decades after fleeing violence in 1989, have returned home since 2008, but despite extensive efforts to resettle them in their original villages many lack ID papers and/or access to their old farmland.
Tens of thousands read more...
Security a Concern Ahead of Kenya Presidential Election
09 January 2013, VoA news
NAIROBI — Kenyan presidential hopeful Musalia Mudavadi says the conflict in Somalia has created new security challenges for Kenya as the country prepares for elections in March. In an interview with VOA Wednesday, the deputy prime minister said the country's security agencies will have to be extra vigilant to ensure a peaceful vote.
As read more...
Nigeria: With Focus On Homeland Security, Nigeria to Reduce Troops to Mali
08 January 2013, Thisday
Security challenges, which have prompted the Federal Government to deploy troops to many parts of the federation, have forced Nigeria to scale down the number of men of the armed forces it will contribute to a sub-regional military contingent for peacekeeping in Mali.
THISDAY learnt yesterday that Nigeria would now contribute 450 soldiers read more...
Kenya: Report Examines Internally Displaced Kenyans' Access to Information
08 January 2013, Article 19
This is a report of a baseline survey on the right to information for internally displaced persons (IDPs) that was conducted by Article 19 Eastern Africa in December 2011 in the Rift valley, Nyanza, Coast and Western provinces in Kenya. The study was conducted within the ARTICLE 19 project - Sharing Vital Information: Empowering the Displaced read more...
Ghana: Mahama Sworn in, Woos Opposition Parties
08 January 2013, Thisday/allafrica.com
The newly-sworn in President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama has appealed to the opposition political parties to accept his victory as infinite political triumph for the entire country as against their feelings of loss.
Mahama, who may have taken a cue from the absence of the leaders of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which boycotted the read more...
Ghana Set for Inauguration of President Mahama
07 January 2013, VoA news
Ghana’s information minister says all is set for the inauguration of President John Dramani Mahama Monday, despite threats by opposition lawmakers to boycott the ceremony.
"The common advise is that they should come because of the sitting of parliament, but they are entitled to boycott the event if they so wish. But what they should read more...
Africa: Dlamini Zuma Sets Tone for 2013 At AU Commission
07 January 2013, SAnews.gov.za/Allafrica.com
Pretoria — African Union Commission chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, has hit the ground running in 2013, outlining the commission's major points of focus as the new year begins.
"The commission is aware of the challenges that lie ahead of us, as well as of the need to consolidate the gains that have been made thus far.
"The read more...
Un nouveau président à la tête du Bureau MAEP de Djibouti
27 December 2012, Xinhua
L'ancien ministre djiboutien de l'Intérieur, Abdoulkader Doualeh Wais, a été élu mercredi président coordinateur national du Bureau du Mécanisme Africain d'Evaluation par les Pairs (MAEP) de Djibouti.
UGANDA: Aid cuts threaten vital public services
Le nouveau président du MAEP, qui a pris la parole à cette occasion, s'est dit conscient read more...
17 December 2012, IRIN
KAMPALA, 17 December 2012 (IRIN) - Hundreds of millions of dollars in donor aid have been withheld from Uganda in recent months, threatening post-war rehabilitation in the northern region and key public investments across the country.
Liberia | Two-track approach to strengthening national capacity for governance assessment: Civil society tracking & Government-led performance monitoring
Keith Muhakanizi, deputy secretary to the Treasury, told IRIN that donors, under read more...
13 December 2012, UNDP Governance Assessment Portal
During the implementation of the Poverty Reduction
Strategy (PRS) 1, a group of Liberian
CSOs started to monitor the quality and equity of service delivery in Liberia
from a Human Rights Perspective. They want to continue doing so under the PRS
2, and with support from the GAP, a strategy and methodology was developed to
improve the quality of the read more...
Rebuilding the Public Service and Administration is Critical in Post Conflict Reconstruction and Development in Africa
13 December 2012, AU Commission
Bujumbura, Burundi, 13 December 2012: The African Union Commission (AUC), Department of Political Affairs (DPA), is convening a continental workshop on the development of an AU Strategy and Framework for Reconstructing the Public Service and Administration in Post Conflict Countries in Bujumbura, Burundi, from 13-15 December 2012.
Nigeria: All Eyes On Digital Terrestrial Television Rights
The read more...
12 December 2012, All Africa.com/This Day
If there is anything that gladdens the heart of Nigerian viewers this year, it is the coming into the Pay TV market by GOtv and NTA Startime.
At least an average person on the street, who had thought the Pay TV platform, was an exclusive of the rich had a succor that he or she could benefit through the new comers. They were not only read more...
EAC ratifies polls charter to curb political violence
12 December 2012, Business Daily Africa
By GEORGE OMONDI
Ghana Reelects Mahama President, Opposition Alleges Fraud
• Under the rules, the region will come up with a neutral team of professionals —whose membership will include representative of women and youth from the region – to act as electoral observers.
• The region will also deploy election evaluation missions where read more...
10 December 2012, VoA
ACCRA — Ghana announced the results of its presidential election late Sunday. According to the country's electoral commission, John Dramani Mahama has won reelection. But his opponent has not conceded defeat.
Security forces with tanks and heavy artillery guarded Ghana’s electoral commission ahead of the announcement.
Electoral read more...
ECOWAS Pleased With Ghana Election Preparation
06 December 2012, VoA
Poll observers from the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) say they are pleased with preparation efforts ahead of Ghana’s general election Friday.
ECOWAS Commissioner for Political Affairs, Peace and Security, Salamatu Hussaini Suleiman says she is pleased with the security arrangements for the vote. read more...
IDPs: African IDP Convention comes into force
06 December 2012, IRIN
NAIROBI, 6 December 2012 (IRIN) - The African Union Convention for the Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) 2009, also known as the Kampala Convention, came into force on 6 December; it is the world’s first legally binding instrument to cater specifically to people displaced within their own countries.
Adopted read more...
KENYA: As polls loom, tensions mount in slums
05 December 2012, IRIN
NAIROBI, 4 December 2012 (IRIN) - After Kenya went to the polls five years ago, Victor Situma and his family were among some 600,000 people who fled their homes as, in many parts of the country, a bitter dispute over who had won the presidency degenerated into widespread inter-communal violence. His house and shop were looted and vandalized. In read more...
COTE D'IVOIRE: Marital equality law sparks controversy
05 December 2012, IRIN
ABIDJAN, 4 December 2012 (IRIN) - The adoption by Côte d'Ivoire’s parliament of a law on equality between legally married couples has sparked anger, especially among religious people. For them, this law will create more problems in the home than it will solve.
Adopted on 21 November, the law says family affairs should be managed jointly read more...
ECOWAS Election Observation Mission Due in Ghana
30 November 2012, ECOWAS
Abuja - Nigeria — The 250-member ECOWAS Election Observation Mission is due in Accra on Thursday 29th November for Ghana’s 7th December general elections, within the context of the region’s instrument for provision of support to Member States holding elections.
The team, comprising representatives of various segments of the West African read more...
CLIMATE CHANGE: When adaptation does not work
30 November 2012, IRIN
JOHANNESBURG, 29 November 2012 (IRIN) - People in developing countries have been learning to adapt to increasing salinity, erratic rains and, in some instances, frequent flooding as the climate changes. But a new study has taken a closer look at some of these adaptation strategies and found that, past a certain threshold, they cease to work.
The read more...
DRC: Civilian population in Masisi at risk
28 November 2012, IRIN
GOMA, 27 November 2012 (IRIN) - As Masisi, a lush territory in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), finds itself surrounded by military elements and mounting conflict, humanitarian agencies grow increasingly concerned about its civilian population.
M23, eastern Congo's latest rebel group, emerged in Masisi District in April when read more...
MOZAMBIQUE: Corruption undermining health service
28 November 2012, IRIN
MAPUTO, 28 November 2012 (IRIN) - Eulalia Laichela caressed her six-year-old son, Leosio, who lay on the pavement, coughing from beneath a blanket. They had been waiting in the park outside José Macamo, one of the largest hospitals in Mozambique's capital Maputo, since early morning.
Laichela hoped her sister-in-law, read more...
Tanzania: No Backing Up On Digital Migration, Says TCRA
27 November 2012, Tanzania Daily News
THE Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA) has maintained that the deadline for the migration from analogue to digital broadcasting that was set for December 31, this year, will not be extended.
Head of Corporate Communications at the TCRA, Mr Innocent Mungy, said in Dar es Salaam that the deadline, which has also been agreed read more...
African Union taskforce proposes continental research council
27 November 2012, University World News
An African Union-appointed taskforce has recommended the creation of a continental research council, to ensure that science becomes an effective instrument in overcoming underdevelopment, creating wealth and improving livelihoods in Africa.
The taskforce concluded that the case for the establishment of an African Research Council (ARC) read more...
Zimbabwe: South Africa Deports Nearly 43 000 Zimbabweans
26 November 2012, All Africa.com/Herald
NEARLY 43 000 Zimbabweans have been deported from South Africa since October last year for living in that country without proper documentation.
The deportations started in October last year following the expiry of the July 31, 2011 deadline for the Zimbabweans to regularise their stay there.
The amnesty ran from May 5 2009 read more...
Africa should lead Post-2015 development agenda
23 November 2012, NEPAD
"Africa is looking for MDG-plus, an agenda that recognises the impact of climate change, the global finance and food crisis. The new agenda must involve consultation on the African side.”
These remarks were made by African Union Commissioner for Economic Affairs Dr Maxwell Mkwezalamba, who spoke on behalf of AUC Chair Dr Nkosana read more...
President Koroma re-elected President of Sierra Leone
23 November 2012, Africa Governance Initiative
After a Presidential election, which was praised by international observers including the EU and the Carter Center, President Ernest Bai Koroma has been re-elected for a second term in office. This is the third democratic elections since Sierra Leone’s scarred recent past, which has led to growing stability and economic growth over the last decade.
Commenting read more...
Workshop on draft APRM Governance report for Birim Central held at Oda
22 November 2012, Ghana News Agency
Akyem Oda, Nov. 21, GNA - Ms Ophelia Koomson, Birim Central Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), said the assembly has performed well in the four thematic areas of the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM).
They are Democracy and Good Political Governance, Economic Governance and Management, Corporate Governance and Socio-economic Development.
Mr read more...
Nigeria: Gowon, Maitama Sule Urge Nigerians to Support Anti-Corruption Battle
22 November 2012, Leadership/All Africa.com
Former Head of State Yakubu Gowon, and a frontline nationalist, Alhaji Maitama Sule, on Tuesday urged Nigerians to support the Federal Government's war against corruption.
The duo made the call in Abuja at a seminar organised by the FCT Public Complaints Commission with the theme: "The Role of Public Complaints Commission in a Democratic read more...
Southern Africa: African Commission to Tackle Suspension of SADC Human Rights Court
22 November 2012, SW Radio/Allafrica.com
The suspension of the Southern African region's human rights court is now set to be tackled at one of the highest levels in Africa, after the African Commission on Human and People's rights agreed to hear a formal complaint about the matter.
The African Commission ruled on Tuesday that the complaint lodged with it on behalf of Zimbabwean read more...
Sierra Leone - Ban Lauds Peaceful Conduct of Polls and High Voter Turnout
19 November 2012, UN News Agency
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Sunday congratulated the people of Sierra Leone for the peaceful and orderly elections held yesterday, the first one run entirely by the Government since the end of the West African nation's brutal civil war 10 years ago.
The voter turnout was reportedly high for the four elections - presidential, parliamentary, read more...
ECOWAS on Sierra Leone election - Priliminary Declaration
19 November 2012, ECOWAS
Pursuant to the Constitutional Convergence Principles of the Supplementary
Protocol on Democracy and Good Governance (2001), and within the framework of
the Program of Assistance to Member States organizing elections, the President
of the ECOWAS Commission, His Excellency Kadré read more...
Mali: No Quick Fixes for a Complex Crisis
19 November 2012, AllAfrica.com
The Economic Community of West African States (Ecowas) has agreed on a
revised concept of operations for the deployment of an international military
force of 3,300 soldiers to help the Malian state wrest control of the northern
part of the country from Islamist fighters.
This step, taken on November 11 following a read more...
Togo : Les acteurs nationaux en atelier de validation de trois études commises par le MAEP
19 November 2012, Xinhua
LOME (Xinhua) - Quelque 80 acteurs des différents secteurs du monde agricole prennent part à Lomé, à un atelier de validation de trois études relatives au Programme national d'investissement alimentaire et de sécurité alimentaire ( PNIASA) a constaté lundi l'agence Xinhua.
Nepad aims to get off beggar’s kneepads
Ces trois études read more...
19 November 2012, Business Day (South Africa)
by Elissa Jobson,
ECHOING the dismay recently expressed by Nkosazana
Dlamini-Zuma about the state of the African Union’s (AU’s) finances, Dr Ibrahim
Mayaki, CEO of the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (Nepad) said he was
disappointed that 80% of Nepad’s programmes were funded by external partners.
"I think read more...
FODEP concern at government's slow pace on African Peer Review Mechanism
15 November 2012, Lusaka Times
The Foundation For Democratic Process (FODEP) has expressed concern at government's slow pace in maintaining and carrying out the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in the country.
UNECA - United Nations Economic Commission for Afr : Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa Concludes its 13th Session
Speaking in an interview with ZANIS yesterday, FODEP executive director McDonold Chipenzi said government is mandated to ensuring that the peer review process read more...
15 November 2012, 4-traders
The 13th Regional Coordination Mechanism for Africa (RCM-Africa), which took place in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, from 14-15 November 2012, has concluded its deliberations on the post 2015 development agenda for Africa, and the role of UN and AU organs in shaping and implementing read more...