• Nigeria missing from list of  top10 Africa's most prosperous countries

    24/Sep/2015 // 233 Viewers

    As well as beautiful natural heritage, Botswana is the most prosperous African country according to research conducted by the Legatum Institute. The landlocked country ranks first in the report's governance index.1. Botswana - As well as beautiful natural heritage, Botwana is the most prosperous African country according to the research conducted by the Legatum Institute. The landlocked country ranks first in report's governance index.

    A general view of the Johannesburg skyline. South Africa ranked as the second most prosperous country in Africa, with nearly 40% of people surveyed saying it's a good time to find a job.

    2. South Africa - A general view of the Johannesburg skyline. South Africa ranks as the most prosperous country in Africa with nearly 40% of people surveyed saying it is good time to find a job.

    The oldest section of Fes is the walled settlement of Fes El Bali. The city was once the capital of Morocco, which is the third most prosperous African nation. 3. Morocco- The oldest selection of Fes is the walled settlement of Fes El Bali. The city was once the capital of Morocco which is the third most prosperous African nation.

    This Windhoek-based hotel is in the fourth most prosperous African country: Namibia, ranked second in the governance sub-index.

    4.- Namibia This Windhoek-based hotel is in the fourth most prosperous African nation: Namibia ranked second in the governance sub-index.

    Tunisia is the fifth most prosperous African nation in 2014 according to the Legatum Institute. The country ranks first in the health sub-index and citizens have a life expectancy of 75 years -- 17 years higher than the African average.5. - Tunisia - Tunisia is the fifth most prosperous African nation in 2014 according to Legatum Institute. The country ranks first in the health sub-index and citizens have a life expectancy of 75 years - 17 years highrer than the African average.

    The sixth most prosperous nation in Africa is Algeria. The country, where 93% of respondents have a cell phone, topped the economy index. 6. Algeria - The sixth most prosperous African nation is Algeria. The country where 93% respondents have a cell phone topped the economy index.

    As this scene from Makola Market in Accra shows, Ghana has a vibrant economic spirit. The West African nation was ranked seventh in the prosperity rankings and was considered the second safest nation on the continent. 7. Ghana - As this scene from Makola market in Accra shows, Ghana has a vibrant economic spirit. The West African nation was ranked seventh in the prosperity rankings and was considered the second fastest nation on the continent.

    Rwanda was ranked the eighth most prosperous African nation. The report praised the country for "actively encouraging women" to shape the future of their country.8. Rwanda - Rwanda was ranked the eight most prosperous African nation. The report praised the country for actively encouraging women to shape the future of their country.

    Burkina Faso ranks ninth in the 2014 report, having risen by five places since 2012.9. Burkina Faso - Burkina Faso ranked 9 in the 2014 report having risen by five places since 2012.

    Senegal ranks as the continent's 10th most prosperous nation, according to Legatum Institute's 2014 Africa Prosperity Report, up nine places since 2012.10. Senegal - Senegal ranks tenth as the continent's most prosperous nation, according to Legatum Institute's 2014 African Prosperity Report, up nine places since 2012.

    According to new research from the Legatum Institute, which last week ranked prosperity in 38 African countries around criteria ranging from economics to education to health, the title belongs to Botswana, the diamond-rich country in southern Africa.

    As well as posting a relatively high per capita Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of $15,176, Botswana also fared well in terms of governance, education and personal freedom. As the country spends 8% of its GDP on education, it is among the biggest proportional spenders in the world according to the World Bank. This is the third year in a row that Botswana has topped the index.

    In contrast, the Central African Republic was the lowest ranked country on the continent. The country, which has a per capita GDP of $584, has seen increasing violence since the end of 2012, and only 21.5% of the population have access to sanitation according to the prosperity index.

    Biggest gainers

    Rwanda was the best improver, gaining five ranking places to end up as the eighth most prosperous country in Africa. The country was found to have the sixth highest ranking in regulation and government effectiveness, the eighth highest score in rule of law and the lowest perceptions of corruption in Africa.

    "Rwanda deserves credit for actively encouraging women to play a central role in shaping the future of their country. And it seems to be paying dividends," says the report.

    These findings bucked trends across the continent, where 41% of women are out of work, as opposed to 23% of men.

    "We cannot talk about the prosperity of women in Africa if we don't change the inappropriate policies that hinder their progress," argues Marieme Jamme, a Davos Young Global leader and CEO of SpotOne Global Solutions. "We cannot sugar coat the issues of funding, mentoring, gender equality, recognition and representation and expect women to come winners within the current framework and plans we have in Africa."

    Other notable gainers since 2012 included countries from East Africa -- while neither Kenya nor Mozambique featured in the top 10 most prosperous countries in Africa, they both rose by four places in the rankings since 2012.

    As over 44% of Kenyans thought it was a good time to find employment, the country ranked ninth in terms of entrepreneurship and opportunity. But following the 2013 siege in Nairobi's Westgate Mall, the country ranked 32 of 38 in terms of safety and security.

    Initiatives that support women empowerment and a more active participation in business will be key for future prosperity.


    Falling down the ranks

    Regional partner Tanzania, by contrast, fell eight places since 2012 going from 11th to 19th in the latest rankings. A drop in five-year average growth and an increase in inflation were coupled with a decline in confidence in financial institutions and falling satisfaction with living standards.

    The country fared particularly badly in terms of personal freedom, where it fell from 24th to 28th.

    While Tanzania's education score rose by one place in the rankings, the report argues that Tanzania needs to improve the quality of education in schools rather than focusing on enrollment rates. "Tanzanian education is not producing graduates with the skills needed to work in the formal sector," the report says. "The lack of an adequately skilled workforce is a hindrance to investment in sectors such as manufacturing, construction, mining, agriculture, finance, and communications...Tanzania needs education that improves students' chances of finding employment."

    The biggest faller was Malawi, which dropped 11 places since 2012 to 20th in the index. The report cites a drop in the five-year GDP growth rate as part of the reason the country fell by 18 places in the Economy sub-index.

    In all, average prosperity in Africa has been on the up since 2012. In the past two years all countries have seen increases in at least one area tracked by the report.

    But Nathan Gamester, program director of the Prosperity Index ,added a cautious note to the findings: "As African economies grow, a chief concern for many governments is how to ensure that the fruits of growth benefit a majority of the population and contribute to true long term prosperity."

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  • South Africa pulls out of UN-AU mission in Sudan's Darfur

    25/Feb/2016 // 152 Viewers

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - South Africa has told the United Nations it is withdrawing its troops from the joint UN-African Union mission in Sudan's strife-torn Darfur, a UN official said.

     

    "The government of South Africa decided to withdraw its troops from the mission," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

    The 850 troops will end operations on April 15.

    "Of course, we will have to look at the contingency in terms of how we fill those gaps," she said.

    Relations between Sudan and the United Nations have been tense over Khartoum's demands that the 17,000-strong UNAMID peacekeeping mission shut down.

    South Africa's decision to pull out comes after five weeks of intense fighting that have sent some 85,000 people fleeing in the Jebel Marra area while UN officials are seeking to verify reports of an additional 50,000 on the move.

    "It's a very large number for a very short period of time," said the official.

    The 85,000 civilians, mostly women and children, have fled to north Darfur, but UN officials are seeking access to central Darfur where unconfirmed reports suggest 50,000 people have been driven from their homes there.

    The Khartoum government has denied access to UNAMID, said the official.

    A large influx of 63,000 civilians taking refuge at the UNAMID camp set up at Sortoni, in north Darfur, is prompting concerns.

    "We are very concerned by the swelling of the makeshift camp at Sortoni. 63,000 people is a large number of civilians," said the official.

    "We are very concerned on how in the mid-term we can deal with this."

    Sudan's army has been trying to crush rebels of Abdulwahid Nur's faction of the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA-AW) in Jebel Marra, saying it was responding to attacks by the rebels.

    The UN says that some 300,000 people have been killed in the fighting in Darfur since 2003 and 2.5 million displaced.

     


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  • Boko Haram: Multiple suicide bombings strike village in northern Cameroon

    25/Jan/2016 // 281 Viewers

     

    At least 25 people were killed in multiple suicide bombings on a marketplace in a village in Cameroon’s Far North region on Monday, a local official said.

    AFP initially reported that there were three suicide attacks at Bodo’s central marketplace, but one local official told Reuters there had been four bombings – two targeting the market, while another two struck the village’s main entrance and exit points.

    “There was a quadruple suicide bombing in the village of Bodo this morning. There are around 25 deaths and several wounded,” he said.

    There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, but the region has been frequently targeted by Boko Haram in the past.

    The Islamist militant group, which is based in Nigeria, has stepped up attacks in neighbouring countries over the past year, including in Cameroon, Chad and Niger.

    The three countries and Nigeria are a part of an 8,700-strong regional force devoted to defeating Boko Haram, which has waged a six-year campaign to carve out its own separate state.

     

     

     

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  • 650 German troops due in Mali for peace-keeping mission

    25/Nov/2015 // 235 Viewers

    Germany is to send no fewer than 650 troops to Mali   for peace-keeping to back up France operations  in the West African State. This was made known to DailyGlobeWatch in Berlin today by the country's Defence Minister Ursula Von der Leyen.

    The Defence Minister said in a statement that all has been set to approach the Bundestag, the German parliament for approval of a batch of 650 soldiers for deployment to Mali for the mission.

    Same measure is being planned for Iraq to increase the number of its troops training Kurdish Peshmerga forces in Iraq from 100 to 150, the statement added.


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  • Pope lands in Africa hoping to bridge Christian-Muslim faultlines

    25/Nov/2015 // 197 Viewers

    Africa's Catholic church is growing fast with an estimated 200 million adherents in 2012, a figure expected to reach half a billion in 2050. About 30 percent of Kenya's 45 million people are baptised Catholics, including President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    The pope will address the faithful in a public Mass at Nairobi University on Thursday, declared a national holiday, and is expected to seek to heal ethnic rifts that have long plagued Kenya.

    "We are living at a time when religious believers, and persons of goodwill everywhere are called to foster mutual understanding and respect, and to support each other as members of our one human family," the pope said in a pre-trip message.

    Kenyan media has said at least 10,000 police will deployed in the capital for the Kenya leg, which includes a visit to the regional U.N. headquarters in Nairobi where the pope is expected to address climate issues.

    In Uganda, where police said they would deploy 12,000 officers for the visit, the pope holds Mass on Saturday and then addresses young people on a continent that has a big youth belt.

    In the Central African Republic, he will visit a mosque in one of the most dangerous districts of the capital Bangui.

    French officials have hinted heavily that the Vatican should consider scrapping the Bangui leg of his trip or at least scale it back.

     

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  • Over five million lives in Nigeria threatened by rising inflation, others - UN Report

    25/Nov/2016 // 446 Viewers

     

    An arm of the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has warned that the rising inflation in Nigeria coupled with the insurgency in the northeast  exposes well over five million Nigerians to imminent death arising from acute food insecurity.

    The United Nations agriculture agency has appealed for $25 million through May 2017 to support irrigated vegetable production and micro-gardening in the dry season, as well as rebuild livestock systems, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

    In a situation update, FAO said the urgently needed funds would tackle food insecurity among returnees, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and host communities.

    In addition, the agency is seeking funds now to provide critical agricultural inputs to farmers in time for the 2017 main rainy season.

    “We must act now to rapidly restore food security and combat severe hunger and malnutrition,” FAO said in the update.
     
    It noted that inflationary pressures in the national economy have pushed the prices of staple food crops extremely high across the three northeastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe.

    According to it, prices of food crops are expected to rise further, requiring “immediate intervention.”


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  • Ivory Coast hopes for peaceful ballot as country heads to polls

    25/Oct/2015 // 101 Viewers

    Ivorians head to the polls to vote in presidential elections on Sunday with incumbent Alassane Ouattara fending off challenges from six other presidential contenders. Preliminary results are expected early in the week.

    The Ivory Coast on is holding its first presidential ballot since a disputed vote five years ago, with international observers hoping to avoid a repeat of post-election violence that killed more than 3,000 people in 2010.

    Polls have opened in Abidjan, the country’s largest city, at the official 7am (local and GMT) start time for the election, but delays were reported elsewhere.

    “In the town of Abobo, polling stations were still not open at 8:30am because of missing voter lists,” FRANCE 24 correspondent Guillaume Guguen said from the suburb north of Abidjan.

    President Alassane Ouattara, 73, has been campaigning for a second consecutive term in office, with opinion polls earlier this month suggesting he was the front-runner.

    In 2010, Ouattara defeated incumbent Laurent Gbagbo who refused to concede defeat, sparking the worst fighting the country has experienced since independence.

    The crisis was a bloody epilogue to a decade of upheaval, splitting West Africa's economic powerhouse between a rebel-held north and a loyalist south.

    More than 6 million people are eligible to vote, but with memories of the violence sparked by the last election still fresh in many people's minds, there are concerns that turnout will be low.

    Preliminary results are expected early in the week.

    Opposition crying foul

    A trained economist, Ouattara is seeking a solid first-round win to dodge the threat of a run-off against one of six other presidential contenders.

    Ouattara has touted an economic rebound and security gains, though opponents say he has failed to reconcile the country or alleviate poverty.

    His main challenger on Sunday will be former prime minister Pascal Affi N'Guessan, who is running on behalf of Gbagbo's Ivorian Popular Front.

    Former prime minister Charles Konan Banny dropped out of the running on Friday – becoming the third candidate to do so – citing "grave irregularities" in the organisation of the vote.

    Former foreign minister Amara Essy has also withdrawn, along with former national assembly president Mamadou Koulibaly, who condemned the vote as "rigged".

    The government shrugged off their boycott as a bid to duck out of a competition they were tipped to lose anyway.

    But Ouattara has also come under criticism from Amnesty International for the detention of opponents ahead of the vote.

    Rights campaigners have also complained that little justice has been meted out to members of his camp that were involved in over the post-election violence of 2010-2011.


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  • ICC rejects Gbagbo request for release on health grounds

    25/Oct/2015 // 159 Viewers

    Appeals judges at the International Criminal Court on Tuesday rejected a request for the temporary release of former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo on health grounds.

    Gbagbo, 70, is accused of plunging his country into civil war rather than relinquishing his grip on power after losing a presidential run-off vote in 2010.

    His trial has been scheduled to start in November.

    Gbagbo is to be tried together with Charles Ble Goude, a former minister and close ally of the ousted ex-leader. The court in March combined Gbagbo and Ble Goude's trials because the cases against them are nearly identical.

    Both men face four charges of crimes against humanity for murder, rape, inhumane acts and persecution related to the deadly violence that erupted after the disputed presidential poll.

    'Campaign of violence'

    Long-time leader Gbagbo's refusal to concede defeat in the election sparked a bloody five-month stand-off, in which some 3,000 people died, according to the United Nations.

    Gbagbo is alleged to have fomented a campaign of violence in a vain attempt to stay in power after being defeated in his bid for reelection by long-time rival, Ivory Coast's current President Alassane Ouattara.

    Prosecutors said Goude commanded militias that murdered, raped and burned hundreds of people alive in an orgy of violence involving both sides that ended only after Gbagbo's arrest in an assault on his Abidjan compound by Ouattara's French and UN-backed forces.

    Ble Goude was arrested in Ghana in January 2013 and extradited to the Ivory Coast, but it wasn't until March 2014 that he was sent to the Netherlands to face prosecution at the world's only permanent war crimes court.

    Gbagbo has been held at The Hague since his transfer to the ICC's detention unit in late November 2011. No charges have been filed against Ouattara's backers, raising claims of a "victor's justice".

    An Ivory Coast court in mid-March sentenced Laurent Gbagbo's wife Simone to 20 years in prison for her role in the unrest.

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  • South Africa: 4 cops granted bail for apartheid-era killing

    26/Feb/2016 // 281 Viewers

     

    JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court has granted bail to four former policemen who are charged with murdering an anti-apartheid activist in 1983.

    National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Luvuyo Mfaku said Friday the men were granted bail of nearly $320 each on condition that they do not interfere with witnesses. Their next court appearance is March 29.

    Prosecutors say the four were members of the apartheid-era security forces linked to the torture and disappearance of 23-year-old Nokuthula Simelane. Her body has not been found.

    Prosecutors say three of the men applied for amnesty to South Africa's Truth and Reconciliation Commission for Simelane's kidnapping but not for her murder. The commission recommended legal action in 2002.

    Mfaku said the case was delayed by years of bureaucracy and a lack of resources.


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  • UN chief bypasses Morocco on North Africa trip

    26/Feb/2016 // 267 Viewers

    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon waves from the UN airplane during his east Africa tour on February 25, 2016, before heading to north Africa next week (AFP Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran)

    United Nations (United States) (AFP) - UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will visit North Africa next week to draw attention to Western Sahara's 40-year-old unresolved conflict, but will not be stopping in Morocco, UN officials said Friday.

     

    Ban, who steps down at the end of the year, had hoped to travel to the main city of Laayoune in Western Sahara and visit Rabat to try to advance deadlocked peace efforts.

    "The secretary-general will not be going to Rabat. The king will not be there," said UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric.

    "Obviously, the secretary-general would be delighted to go to Rabat at any time."

    After visiting Burkina-Faso and Mauritania on March 3 and 4, Ban will travel to western Algeria on March 5 to tour camps in Tindouf that have been housing tens of thousands of refugees from Western Sahara for decades.

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    There, he will also hold talks with leaders of the Polisario Front, who are campaigning for Western Sahara's independence from Morocco, and visit a nearby office of the MINURSO peaceekeeping mission, but not its headquarters in Laayoune.

    "It is of course the secretary-general's right to visit any peacekeeping mission, but the de facto authorities in that area would need to provide the clearance for the plane to land," he said.

    Ban's predecessor Kofi Annan in 1998 visited Rabat and Laayoune, as did Boutros Boutros-Ghali before him in 1994.

    Ban will wind up his trip with talks in Algiers on March 6 and 7 for talks with government leaders.

    The United Nations has been trying to broker a settlement for Western Sahara since 1991 after a ceasefire was reached to end a war that broke out when Morocco sent its forces to the former Spanish territory in 1975.

    Local Sahrawi people are campaigning for the right to self-determination, but Morocco considers the territory as a part of the kingdom and insists that its sovereignty cannot be challenged.

    The African Union, which recognizes the Sahrawi Arab Republic as a member, views the dispute as an example of unfinished decolonization on the continent.

    The conflict over Western Sahara has been among the most sensitive issues on the UN agenda, with Rabat, backed by France, fiercely rejecting any challenge to its hold on the mineral-rich territory.

    The visit comes ahead of discussions at the UN Security Council on renewing MINURSO's mandate in April.

    In an appeal released in November, Ban said the situation in Western Sahara was "becoming increasingly alarming" and called for the launch of "true negotiations in the coming months."

     


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