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May 22, 2013
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About 14,000 villagers from 20 communities in Niger took a public vow to end female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced under-age marriage as the West African country's government steps up its fight against such abuses.
Prime Minister Cheikh Mdibo Diarra has said it is possible to dialogue with rebel groups in northern Mali, which has been under secessionists control for the better part of the year.
He said the Bamako government would hold talks with the radical Islamic movement Ansar Dine and the Touareg rebel National Movement for the Liberation of Azawad, the MNLA, noting that these are Malians whose voices must be heard.
A new report by the World Bank and International Finance Corporation says 17 sub-Saharan countries are among the 50 economies making the biggest improvement in business regulation for domestic firms.
The improvement has been going on since 2005.
A three-day international meeting of African countries and the Franc zone is underway here in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to discuss regional single currency regimes on the continent.
The Open Society Initiative for West Africa (OSIWA) and The World Bank (WB) have joined forces to help strengthen transparency and accountability in public procurement through collaboration among government, civil society and the private sector.
According to The World Bank, public procurement represents about 50% to 70% of total government spending in many developing countries. It is also a major source of revenue to the private sector.
Some time ago, the UN refugee agency, UNHCR together with the WFP made a donors appeal for support to address the huge humanitarian crisis exacerbated by the worsening security situation in Mali.
Mali’s military junta of Captain Amadou Sanogo has been dissolved, an announcement by the interim authorities said in Bamako over the weekend.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is warning that a locust invasion, previously controlled by the late Gaddafi government and Algeria, is threatening croplands in Niger and Mali.
While political and military actors have so far failed to end growing instability, a new report says millions of people across the Sahel region continue to face “extreme risk of hunger and malnutrition,” with recent political instability in the region worsening the situation.
Senior United Nations officials have warned that global inaction could lead to a humanitarian disaster in the Sahel region of West and Central Africa, amid the serious food and humanitarian crisis.