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  • Bill Gates sees US likely to maintain aid levels for Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2017/08/15 The US will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest nations in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump government will go ahead next year, Gates said in an interview in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s commercial capital.
  • Niger government troops patrol the border between the south-east region of Diffa and Nigeria

    NIGER, 2016/05/22 UN humanitarian chief Stephen O'Brien has urged the international community to focus on the plight of people in Niger who have been displaced by the Boko Haram insurgency. While the insurgents appear to be losing ground in Nigeria, they have gained a foothold in neighbouring nations such as Niger. So far most of the coverage surrounding the jihadist group has centred on the abduction of additional than 200 school girls in Chibok in 2014. However, experts maintain their impact is very much regional.
  • Oxfam Study Finds Richest 1% Is Likely to Control Half of Global Wealth by 2016

    AFGHANISTAN, 2015/01/20 The richest 1 % are likely to control additional than half of the globe’s total wealth by next year, the charity Oxfam reported in a study released on Monday. The warning about deepening world inequality comes just as the world’s business elite prepare to meet this week at the annual World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The 80 wealthiest people in the world all own $1.9 trillion, the statement found, nearly the same all shared by the 3.5 billion people who occupy the bottom half of the world’s gain scale. (Last year, it took 85 billionaires to equal that figure.) And the richest 1 % of the people, who number in the millions, control nearly half of the world’s total wealth, a share that is as well increasing.
  • Niger food crisis

    NIGER, 2014/02/03 The Nigerien government has unveiled an elaborate programme to cushion the cereal deficit of 343,566 tons that resulted from this year’s agricultural campaign, PANA learnt from official sources in Niamey. According to an official communiqué, an irrigation programme has been implemented with the objective of cultivating 115,000 hectares of land that can produce about 2,277,360 tons of cereals. The government has equally taken charge of the precarious situation of the vulnerable people through the intensification of revenue-generating activities and money transfer, management of natural catastrophes, struggle against malnutrition, the strengthening of the data system on food situation and access to food.
  • Niger: The Stable Sahelian State, For Now

    NIGER, 2013/10/02 When Mahamadou Issoufou was elected President of Niger in March 2011, he inherited a country which lacked a lot of of the basic trappings of a national. A desperately poor, landlocked country of 17 million straddling the southern edge of the Sahara, Niger has suffered from violent rebellions, chronic famine, cyclical droughts and flash floods, all of which are exacerbated by limited national capacity and decades of failed governance. External shocks emanating from the multiple weak states with which Niger shares long borders have further threatened the country\\\'s stability. The fall of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 saw some 200,000 Nigeriens who were living in Libya, some of whom were working as mercenaries, return to Niger. The result was a sudden influx of arms, unemployed battle-hardened men, and the decimation of livelihoods for entire communities reliant on remittances earned abroad.
  • Inequality rises in resource rich countries in Africa

    BOTSWANA, 2013/06/21 Despite catalysing strong economic increase, the revenues taken from resources are widening the gap between rich and poor in a lot of African nations, the Africa Evolution Panel says.  While the continent’s 20 resource rich nations account for almost 80 % of its gross domestic product and per capita incomes have generally increased, these nations’ records on poverty reduction and human development are chequered, the APP says in its Africa Evolution Statement 2013. “Africa’s increase figures are real and there is nothing wrong with resource based increase in terms of taking off, but increase has got to be equitable,” Strive Masiyiwa, a member of the Panel and founder of Econet Wireless said.
  • Niger pays 300,000 euros in outstanding contribution to OIF

    NIGER, 2013/01/04 Niger has paid about 300,000 euros or about CFAF 200 million, representing a lot of years of outstanding contributions, to the International Organisation of the Francophonie (OIF). Niger’s arrears were completely wiped out formerly the XIV OIF Summit held 12 -14 October in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and attended by several heads of national including Nigerien President Issoufou Mahamadou.