Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza postpones parliamentary polls to June 2

238964-01-02AFP, 20 May 2015 : Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has postponed parliamentary elections by one week to June 2, presidential official Willy Nyamitwe told AFP Wednesday, following weeks of violent protests and a failed coup. Legislative elections had been due on May 26, but were pushed back a week following “a proposal from the electoral commission, to respond to a request from opposition parties, and finally to answer calls of the region and the international community,” Nyamitwe said. Continue reading

La réconciliation après le génocide pour booster la croissance économique

images (8)20 May 2015  (IPS) Aimable Twahirwa – Cela fait près de 20 ans que Sylidio Gashirabake, un Hutu, était un auteur dans le génocide au Rwanda. Cela fait également près de 20 ans que son voisin, Augustin Kabogo, un Tutsi, a perdu sa sœur et sa famille dans les violences. Mais aujourd’hui, les deux hommes travaillent côte à côte dans leur entreprise commune dans le district de Kirehe, dans le sud du Rwanda. Continue reading

Un “plan Marshall” pour l’après-Ebola ?

20-04-2015 (BBC) Les présidents guinéen, sierra-léonais et libérien sont à Washington pour participer aux réunions de printemps de la banque mondiale et du FMI et trouver des fonds pour redresser leurs économies durement touchées par l’épidémie d’Ebola. Mercredi, le chef d’État guinéen Alpha Condé, la présidente libérienne Ellen Johnson Sirleaf et le président Sierra-Léonais Ernest Bai Koroma ont rencontré le président américain Barack Obama. Continue reading

Vanutu cyclone: country will have to rebuild everything

download (3)Obinna Anyadike (IRIN),  17 March 2015:  – The scale of Vanuatu’s cyclone disaster is matched only by the complexity of the required humanitarian response, according to both the government and aid workers arriving on the battered Pacific islands. Vanuatu President Baldwin Lonsdale was reported by the BBC as saying the 13 March storm had “wiped out” all recent development and the country would have to rebuild “everything” Continue reading

Myanmar: Foreign Companies Profit from Abuse-ridden Mine Project: says Amnesty International

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Roseanne Gerin, Radio Free Asia, 6 March 2015: Foreign mining interests have profited from and sometimes colluded with Myanmar authorities in serious human rights abuses and illegal activity at a controversial copper mine project in the northern part of the Southeast Asian country, according to an investigative report by Amnesty International, the London-based international human rights group. Continue reading

Gyan Chandra Acharya,Head of UN Agency for LDCs talks about reasons for Asia-Pacific meeting this December

31626Keshav Thoker, My Republica: Gyan Chandra Acharya, UN Under Secretary-General and High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States discusses his office’s  role in advancing the agenda of LDCs at the global table and Nepal’s chances of graduating to a developing country status  (Reprinted from www.myrepublica.com) Continue reading

Guinea: On ebola’s frontline

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UNCTAD Report says LDCs must break vicious circle to save post-2015 agenda

Diederik Kramers 1 December 2014 (Devex) :Despite strong economic growth, human y3lg38cVPQduihizAaWDzVQnS-cUwv5k2GSExvGX39HvTG0V4zJckA3NHZAilfmGzdqO5Sz0koplUq9masx4_by1AKJ19c3S7cX53Q7B5jjC7fntNAFTt9ixZGXKViPBFwdevelopment in the world’s least-developed countries is still lagging and can jeopardize the post-2015 agenda, according to a new report by the U.N Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) that urges donors to help LDCs get back on the road to economic transformation by living up to their official development assistance commitments.

“The LDCs are the battleground on which the post-2015 agenda will be won or lost”, David Woodward, UNCTAD senior adviser and and co-author of the study, told Devex. Continue reading

Burkina Faso’s Military Scoops Up Major Posts

th (4)NEW YORK, Nov 25 2014 (IPS) – (Global Information Network) – Three weeks after a people’s revolt in Burkina Faso, which sent President Blaise Campaore fleeing into exile, dreams of a civilian-led transition to free elections were dimmed this week as the military held on to powerful posts in a new Cabinet.

Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida will be both prime minister and defense minister. Four other ministries, Interior and Territorial Administration, Sports, Environment, and Mines, will also be headed by military men.
Interim civilian President Michel Kafando will also serve as foreign minister. Continue reading