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African Nations Pledge to Use Trade to Reduce Poverty

African Nations Pledge to Use Trade to Reduce Poverty

Gambia’s Vice President and Minister for Women’s Affairs, Fatoumata Jallow-Tambajang, says trade has been a strategic tool for reducing poverty and has delivered incredible gains for the world economy, but it needs to be more fully optimized. She was speaking at a June 14 meeting of representatives from 42 least-developed countries (LDCs) who met at […]

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

What We Need to Learn for This Year’s Polls in Zimbabwe, Cameroon and DR Congo

As Zimbabwe, Cameroon and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prepare to hold historic polls in July, October and December respectively, concerns around violence, intimidation and credible electoral processes are rising. In Zimbabwe, incidents of intimidation and threats of violence have been reported ahead of the 30 July election, which will be a test for […]

The Scams Which Drain West Africa’s Resources

The Scams Which Drain West Africa’s Resources

The international coalition of journalists which pioneered reporting on the “Panama Papers” has teamed up with West Africa’s Norbert Zongo Cell for Investigative Journalism (Cenozo)* to expose the tax avoidance, financial crime and corruption which siphon money out of the region, hindering development. In what the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) calls West Africa’s […]

Wanted – Honorary Consuls For ‘Cash-Strapped’ African Nations

Wanted – Honorary Consuls For ‘Cash-Strapped’ African Nations

Honorary consuls occupy a little-known niche in the global elite. Many work to rigorous standards, but for others their avowed love for their adopted country is not always reflected in their tax filings. On an overcast afternoon in September 2009, Benin President Thomas Boni Yayi raised a pair of golden scissors above a ribbon at […]

West Africa is Losing Millions of Dollars

West Africa is Losing Millions of Dollars

West Africa is losing millions of dollars that could be spent tackling poverty and inequality because governments are bending the rules to favour the rich and powerful, said Oxfam today in the wake of #WestAfricaLeaks. #WestAfricaLeaks shows an elaborate collusion between some of the region’s most powerful politicians and business leaders. From Senegal and Nigeria […]

Major Boost for Digital Rights in the Gambia

Major Boost for Digital Rights in the Gambia

The enjoyment of digital rights has received a major boost in The Gambia with a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court declaring as unconstitutional the law on False Publication on the Internet, among other repressive pieces of legislation, namely defamation and aspects of Sedition. The ruling, which also ordered the Government of The Gambia to […]

US Finally Grants Gambian Students Visas for Robotics Contest

US Finally Grants Gambian Students Visas for Robotics Contest

There is a happy ending for a team of Gambian students who planned to compete in a major global robotics contest in Washington later this month. The five-members were granted visas Thursday to come to the United States after being turned down earlier this week. They say they are still disappointed that their mentor, education […]

52 Migrants From Gambia, Nigeria, Others Dead As IOM Rescues 600 in Sahara Desert

52 Migrants From Gambia, Nigeria, Others Dead As IOM Rescues 600 in Sahara Desert

The United Nations migration agency in Niger has saved more than 600 lives since April 2017 through a new search and rescue operation that targets migrants stranded in Sahara Desert, but 52 did not survive. “We are enhancing our capacity to assist vulnerable migrants stranded in Northern Agadez, towards the Niger-Libya border,” said Giuseppe Loprete, […]

Rearrested Former Yahya Jammeh Captains Released On Bail

Rearrested Former Yahya Jammeh Captains Released On Bail

Rearrested former members of the Gambia Armed Forces, GAF, Captains Swandi Camara and Baboucarr Jarju, have been released on bail yesterday, 22 June 2017, around 2pm, at the police headquarters in Banjul. According to sources at Police headquarters, the duo was granted bail and asked to report to Police headquarters from today. Sources said that […]

Gambian President Adama Barrow Thanks Akon for Lighting Project

Gambian President Adama Barrow Thanks Akon for Lighting Project

The popular singer’s initiative, Akon Light Africa, has provided solar energy to Sarreh Pateh, a village in the west coast region with a population of 4,000. The project aims to bring clean, renewable and affordable energy solutions primarily to rural and off-grid areas in Africa.

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