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US President Donald Trump Increases HIV/Aids Funding to Uganda

US President Donald Trump Increases HIV/Aids Funding to Uganda

The United States (US) government has increased its assistance to HIV treatment and prevention in Uganda by about Shs40 billion from last year’s $391(Shs1.41 trillion) to $402 million (Shs1.45trillion) this year. The money is intended to strengthen health and laboratory systems and to provide essential HIV commodities, including lifesaving medicines to health facilities and patients. […]

Local Aid Workers On the Front Line of South Sudan’s Civil War

Local Aid Workers On the Front Line of South Sudan’s Civil War

Gunshots suddenly crackled as Stephanie and her colleagues went about a routine seed distribution in a small farming community in South Sudan’s Upper Nile State. The moment she heard the bullets zipping through the air, the young aid worker knew the country’s civil war had caught up with her. “[There were] bullets everywhere. Rampant shooting […]

Uganda, Ethiopia Biggest Losers in President Trump’s Proposed Aid Cuts

Uganda, Ethiopia Biggest Losers in President Trump’s Proposed Aid Cuts

Uganda and Ethiopia will be the biggest losers in the region in the US President Donald Trump administration proposal to do away with all funding through the development assistance account, instead channelling these monies towards economic assistance. According to a State Department budget document seen by The EastAfrican, the 2017/18 budget proposes a 30.8 per […]

Somalia is at a tipping point

Somalia is at a tipping point

The election of a new president with cross-clan support, the emergence of a youthful and reform-minded parliament, and renewed international interest present a genuine opportunity to promote needed political and security reforms to combat Al-Shabaab and stabilise more areas. The London Conference on Somalia in May coincides with this moment and should be seized upon […]

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Reaches Out to Opposition

South Sudan President Salva Kiir Reaches Out to Opposition

South Sudan President Salva Kiir is reaching out to the opposition after intense pressure from the international community to prove that the National Dialogue he initiated last December is real and is capable of saving the country from the escalating violence. President Kiir last Tuesday appointed John Garang’s widow Rebecca Garang and two of her […]

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Is Ignoring Famine – UN Chief

South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir Is Ignoring Famine – UN Chief

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has accused South Sudan’s government of ignoring the plight of 100,000 people suffering from famine , 7.5 million in need of humanitarian aid and thousands more fleeing fighting. Guterres’ rebuke was delivered to the country’s president, Salva Kiir , on Thursday, mentioning “a refusal by the leadership to even acknowledge […]

Putting the U.S. First, At Africa’s Expense

Putting the U.S. First, At Africa’s Expense

In November 2016, the United States (US) concluded one of the most divisive presidential elections in its history. It is also hard to identify any public policy issues around which there have been strong and stable bipartisan cooperation in recent years. However, US relations with Africa have, in large part, enjoyed just such cooperation. Since […]

Japan Makes Us$8.4 Million Contribution to WFP for Emergency Needs in South Sudan

Japan Makes Us$8.4 Million Contribution to WFP for Emergency Needs in South Sudan

Japan has allocated approximately US$7.4 million to the emergency operation in response to the famine in the country. WFP will use the funds to purchase more than 24,000 bags of sorghum, a staple food in South Sudan, which will ensure provision of food assistance to more than 17,000 people for three months. In addition, the […]

Jet-Setting Robert Mugabe Gave Biscuits, Zapnax to Flood-Displaced

Jet-Setting Robert Mugabe Gave Biscuits, Zapnax to Flood-Displaced

Was it enough or wasn’t it? President Robert Mugabe’s donation of biscuits, Zapnax (the local equivalent of Niknaks) and water to some of the victims of floods in southern Zimbabwe has been coming under intense scrutiny. According to a Twitter post by Jonathan Moyo, Zimbabwe’s higher education minister who’s also the MP for Tsholotsho where […]

‘Holistic Thinking’ Needed for Peace, Development in Lake Chad Region – Deputy UN Chief Mohammed

‘Holistic Thinking’ Needed for Peace, Development in Lake Chad Region – Deputy UN Chief Mohammed

Highlighting the multifaceted nature of the crisis in Africa’s Lake Chad Basin, the deputy United Nations chief underlined the need for a holistic approach that includes responding to the Boko Haram as well as closing the gap between humanitarian assistance and development interventions. “Lasting recovery will entail supporting reconstruction of schools, health centres, and reviving […]

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