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.
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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.
Virginia-based Hilton Hotel & Resorts is constructing a 142-guestroom property in Niger, becoming the first hotel to open in the country under an international brand.
The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the African Development Bank (AfDB) have begun a new major collaboration initiative to help transform precarious situations in the desert part of Africa into developmental opportunities. It is called the 'Desert to Power program', and will be deployed to 11 countries including Sudan.
The fall army worm has expanded so rapidly in southern Africa that its presence is behind a cut in this year's regional maize harvest forecast by up to 10 percent. A new multi-part plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the worm may help push back the agricultural menace.
A new report prepared by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) says Africa can transform its society into one recognized as prosperous and productive. To accomplish that, however, it will have to find a way to harness the energy and inspiration of the 60% of the continent's population who is currently under 25 years.
With a focus on how to help Africa to work together better as well as specifically to help African cities get access to climate finance funds, the Constituent General Assembly of the Network of Chief Technical Officers of Cities and Territories of Africa (Africa TechNet) was held from 03 to 05 July 2017 at Ivotel Hotel, of Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire).
A new competition was just launched to find and support providers of innovative and scalable financial products and services that improve the lives of poor people in rural areas of Africa.
A special course was recently held on Industrial Policy in Africa, for civil servants from 20 African countries. Its goal was to strengthen the group's capacity in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating appropriate strategies to facilitate the structural transformation of the continent’s economies.