Operators of a Swiss merchant vessel traveling in Nigerian waters have confirmed the capture of the vessel by oceangoing pirates on September 22.
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U.S. troops deployed in Africa's Sahel region began receiving Imminent Danger Pay retroactive to June 7, 2017. The decision on the pay was announced only in March 1
Niger is holding a major summit meeting with the heads of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) from 15-18 August 2018.
The European Commission just announced it will be providing a humanitarian aid package worth €191.3 million to assist Africa's Sahel region, which is continuing to experience its worst food and nutrition crisis in five years.
On June 30, the United Nations announced an ambitious plan it was launching, to harness the "immense" potential of Africa's Sahel region, from renewable energy and natural resources to culture and tourism.
The Republic of Niger has officially joined on as part of the African Continental Free Trade Area. It turned over the appropriate instrument documents to the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on June 8.
An $8 billion project to transform the landscape of Africa and restore drought-stricken areas has started and yet most of the world does not know of it. It is the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative, and involves the planting of a wall of trees over 7,600 kilometers long.
Listening spaces set up in Niger by the Swiss non-profit Medecins Sans Frontieres (Doctors without Borders) are making it easier for women suffering with health problems to come forward and discuss their illnesses.
French mass media conglomerate Vivendi and Paris-based telecom Orange are partnering to open new movie theaters across western and central Africa. The goal is to help reestablish the experience of movie-watching under the best technical conditions and in comfort, after three decades in which cinemas have all but disappeared in some area.
The British Council and Ynaija.com, a Nigerian news website and blog, announced the launching of the West Africa Arts Exchange (WAArtsExchange), a community of the talented artists from West Africa and arts lovers across the world.
Norway has intensified its efforts in countries and regions affected by conflict and fragility with an increased support for the Sahel region by a further NOK 15 million to around NOK 455 million.
As a part of the African Union (AU) initiative, the International Air Transport Association (IATA) has announced the launching of the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) with the goal of opening up Africa's skies and improving intra-African air connectivity.
Sweden has announced its investment of over SEK 800 million to the 'Strategy for Sweden'’s regional development cooperation in sub-Saharan Africa.
Nigeria-based MainOne won a 15-year contract to provide high-speed bandwidth services with the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) (www.WACREN.net).
French energy developer ENGIE, via its African subsidiary (www.ENGIE-Africa.com), has agreed to acquire Afric Power and Tieri (www.Tieri.com), two companies specilizing in energy services in West Africa.
Recognizing that Niger's economy has been weakened by the rapid decline in uranium market, the African Development Bank is providing the country with a total of $46 million in grants.
The Regional Energy Co-Operation Summit 2018 coming up January 24-25 in Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire, is finalizing its agenda.
Gender disparities in education have continued in Niger for a long time, and have the most serious impacts during adolescence. A new training program, involving 94 teachers and principals at 15 colleges in the Tillabéri region, made a bold attempt to retrain them to better address the needs of education for girls in the region.
Canada just announced an additional $19.8 million in funding to deal with food shortages in Cameroon, Chad, Ethiopia, Niger, Nigeria, South Sudan and Uganda.
BSIC Niger (www.BSICbank.com/niger) and the private sector of the Saudi Arabia-based IDB Group (www.IsDB.org), the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (www.ICD-ps.org) are joining forces to help finance SMEs in Niger.
The United States just pledged up to $60 million dollars to support the counterterrorism efforts for the G5 Sahel Joint Force.
Lutheran World Relief just launched a new initiative to strengthen Niger farmers' resilience to climate change risks, by increasing agricultural productivity and helping them sustainably manage their land.
In Africa, perhaps more than any other region, economic inequality is often a symptom of bigger issues. It can also be a cause of other inequalities, including availability of sexual and reproductive health services for women.
The West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU), based in Burkina Faso and representing 8 member states, signed a $155 million package for the World Bank, The West African Development Bank and the West African regional mortgage refinance company (CRRH-UEMOA) to create affordable housing finance throughout the WAEMU region.
Dangote Group, the Pan African Conglomerate headquartered in Nigeria, just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Government of Niger for the establishment of a jumbo $450 million state-of-the-art fully-integrated sugar production complex.