Pres. Sirleaf Seeks Global Fight Against Ebola

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has again pleaded with countries around the world to join the ongoing fight against the Ebola virus disease. more»

Qatar Donates U.S$1 Billion for Gaza Reconstruction

Qatar pledged on Sunday $1 billion to help the Palestinian Gaza strip with reconstruction following the latest war between Hamas and Israel last summer.Qatari Foreign Minister Khaled al-Attiya made the announcement during the Gaza reconstruction conference co-hosted by Egypt and Norway in Cairo to raise funds for the strip's reconstruction. more»

'West Africa Ebola Clinics Useless Without Staff'

Aid agencies are warning that the shortage of volunteers to staff the new Ebola clinics and hospitals being built by the international community is threatening efforts to bring the disease under control. more»

Hope Sparks in Liberia As U.S. Soldiers Arrive to Help Fight Ebola

There is a growing sense of optimism the epidemic can be contained in Liberia, where citizens said they welcomed the help of the United States as the first of 3,000 soldiers arrived in the country to assist with medical logistics. more»

Eleven CEOs Welcome Obama's Statement

Eleven companies operating in Liberia and other West African countries have welcomed the pronouncement by U.S. President Barack Obama that the U.S. military will help in the fight against the Ebola virus. more»

BRICS Launches New Development Bank

Could the new “BRICS” Development Bank (NDB) be an IMF competitor? more»

Can U.S. Peacekeeping Fund End Africa's Endemic Wars?

A U.S. $550 million initiative that the U.S. announced this week to enable rapid response of African forces to armed conflicts should focus on regional standby forces on the continent. more»

WB Group Commits U.S. $5 Billion for Six African Countries

The World Bank Group on Tuesday committed $5 billion in new technical and financial support for energy projects in six African countries - Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Liberia, Nigeria, and Tanzania - which have partnered with President Obama's Power Africa initiative. more»

President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative, The Facts

On July 28th, during a town hall with 500 young African leaders, President Obama announced the expansion of his Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) which was launched in 2010. more»

Bill Gates Urges African Countries to Continue to Learn From Each Other

During a speech to Ethiopian Students, Bill Gates said, "the rise of this continent will depend on whether leaders – here in Ethiopia and all across Africa – are open to learning from each other, and from their own people." more»

'Western Aid a Deception'

A recent report by international researchers claims Western aid is being used as a cover to plunder Africa's resources. more»

Exposing the True Story of Africa's U.S.$192 Billion Losses

Research released by a coalition of African and UK partners reveals that Africa loses almost six and a half times the amount of money that it receives in aid. (file photo) more»

5 Lessons From the First Round of 100 Resilient Cities Applicants

As 100 Resilient Cities gears up to launch this year's Challenge, we thought it would be a good time to look back on last year's Challenge applicants, and examine some of the things we've learned about the process and those who applied. more»

UN Scales up Assistance for Thousands Fleeing Northern Nigeria

United Nations agencies and their partners are providing humanitarian aid to those who have escaped violence in Northern Nigeria, and crossed the border into Cameroon. (file photo) more»

Food Aid for Refugees Requires New Approach

A substantial increase in the need for food assistance has led to a sizeable funding shortfall, prompting UN agencies to cut food aid to refugees, and has also prompted a new approach to crises. (file photo) more»

Aid and Its Implications for Governance

50 years after Malawi gained independence, it is unclear whether its citizens or foreign aid interests control the country's politics. (file photo) more»

What's Holding the U.S. Back from Rescuing the Chibok Girls?

In the wake of American special operations missions to save American ships held by Somali pirates and the recent capture the planners of the Benghazi terrorists attacks, what is holding America back from rescuing the kidnapped Chibok girls? (file photo) more»

American Aid Used As a Political Tool in Uganda, Why Not Egypt?

The outrage of Ugandans in response to suspened U.S. foreign aid over the passage of an anti-homosexualtiy law has raised questions about the U.S.'s carrot and stick foreign policy agenda. (file photo) more»

Security More Important Than Foreign Aid in Rwanda

Rwanda's continued post-genocide economic transformation will rely more on political stability spurring economic investment than conditional donor aid. (file photo) more»

Yahya Jammeh, "We Should Take Lead in Our Development"

Pres. Yahya Jammeh. Gambian President Yahya Jammeh has challenged the government to rededicate themselves to taking the lead in national development, noting that foreign aid should be complementary. more»

Donors Should Put Evidence Before Politics and Diplomacy

Politics still drives most Western countries' foreign development aid, because of strong historical and diplomatic relations. But politics is not known to be evidence-based. Evidence-based policy is a resource just as valuable as the billions spent on foreign aid, argues Didier Schmitt. (file Photo) more»

Terror in Nigeria Is Threatening Aid Projects

In regions controlled by Boko Haram, aid organizations find that their work is becoming more and more dangerous. (file Photo) more»

Violence Triggers Displacement and Humanitarian Need in Northern Mali

Recent clashes between armed groups and the Malian military have forced more than 4,000 people to flee their homes in the Kidal region of northern Mali. (file Photo) more»

Africa Rising - Building to the Future, Keynote Address by Christine Lagarde

At the recently concluded Africa Rising conference in Maputo, Mozambique, IMF Managing Director, Christine Lagarde discussed strategic partnerships to deliver sustainable development to Africa. (file photo) more»

Making Money Pay, Direct Cash Transfers in Kenya

According to proponents, direct cash transfers not only cut out admin costs and losses to corruption. They are also more empowering and effective. more»

New Funding Model - a Modern Approach

The new 360-degree approach, called the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy, will give 2 million more children a stronger start in life by integrating nutrition priorities into USAID's largest programming streams (file photo) more»

South Sudan Famine Raises Memories of 1998

U.S. and South Africa in a joint military exercise: Nigeria has been in the news a lot recently, but many Americans don't know is that the U.S. military has been active in the region for years. more»

Hunger Forces Hundreds of S. Sudan Refugees Back to Sudan

Driven by hunger, hundreds of Sudanese refugees in South Sudan's Maban County have returned to Sudan's war-torn Blue Nile state. (file photo) more»

U.N. Warns of Looming Food Crisis in Somalia

The United Nations warns that Somalia is at risk of another famine due to drought, rising food prices and the lingering threat posed by al-Shabab militants. (file photo) more»

Warring Parties Agree On Humanitarian Access

Tomping refugee camp in Juba: South Sudan government and its opposition faction have both recommitted themselves to facilitate humanitarian access and support all humanitarian assistance. more»

More Than 11,000 South Sudanese Flee to Ethiopia

South Sudanese refugees: The UN has reported a sharp rise in the number of refugees fleeing South Sudan's conflict, after government forces captured a rebel stronghold in the Greater Upper Nile region. more»

Fighting Preventing Critical Aid Delivery in South Sudan

United Nations agencies are calling on the parties to the conflict in South Sudan to provide safe access to enable humanitarian assistance to reach vulnerable people, including 125,000 Sudanese refugees in Maban County, in Upper Nile state. more»

Kerry Aims to 'Celebrate' African Progress, Promote Human Rights, Democracy & Peace

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has arrived in Addis Ababa on the first stop of a visit to east and central Africa. As his trip began, he responded by email to questions from AllAfrica. more»

Villages in Ghana That No Longer Have Child Deaths to Record

Ghana's rural health initiative, called the Integrated Community Case Management (ICCM), is supported by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and is funded by the United States Agency for International Development--and it's saving many lives. more»

Africa's Richest Man Joins Ebola Fight

Africa's richest man, billionaire Alhaji Aliko Dangote, has expressed his preparedness to assist Liberia in the fight against the Ebola virus disease. more»

A Robust International Response to the Ebola Outbreak Is a Legal Obligation


Last week the UN Security Council declared the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa "a threat to international peace and security". As the world body met to discuss the most deadly outbreak of the haemorrhagic fever since it was first uncovered in 1976, fatalities soared in the hardest-hit countries. more»

Ebola and Sierra Leone - Money Is the Easy Part

Ten months into the worst Ebola outbreak, aid organizations say although Sierra Leone and other affected countries need cash, they also need things which money alone cannot buy. more»

Ebola Spreading Fast, International Aid Not Enough

The Ebola epidemic is spreading so fast that it is turning into a humanitarian crisis leaving children orphaned, families hungry and people dying of treatable conditions, top health experts said on Tuesday in calling for more international aid for West Africa. more»

The World Bank to Help Increase Access to Electricity for Urban Poor

The World Bank's Board of Executive Directors today approved a US$15 million International Development Association (IDA*) credit and a US$45 million International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) loan to the Republic of Congo to help increase access to electricity and improve the efficiency and reliability of the distribution system.(file photo) more»

Global Bio-disaster Response Urgently Needed in Ebola Fight

MSF denounces international inaction in Ebola-stricken African countries; States must deploy specialized medical assets now more»

South Sudan On Brink of a 'Humanitarian Catastrophe'

A senior United Nations peacekeeping official today warned South Sudan is now on the brink of a humanitarian catastrophe and a protracted internal conflict, after just three years of independence. more»

NGO Policies and Anti-Terrorism Laws Worsen Food Shortages

As the UN warns of an impending famine in Somalia, it is important to look at the track record of aid organisations in responding to emergencies in the country. more»

EU Scales up Funding in Response to Ebola Outbreak in West Africa

The European Commission is allocating an additional €2 million to respond to the worst Ebola outbreak ever recorded. more»

UN Warns of World Inaction As South Sudan Famine Looms

Top UN aid chiefs have begged donors to increase efforts to stave off looming famine in South Sudan, where a third of the population are in crisis after months of war. more»

New Resources to Prevent Child and Forced Marriage

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Rajiv Shah announced over $4.8 million this year to fund programs in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, and Tanzania, and other nations to end child, early, and forced marriage. more»

Can You Spare 67 Minutes to Take Action On Nelson Mandela Day?

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be among citizens around the world who will be volunteering 67 minutes of their time on Friday, Nelson Mandela Day, to make a small gesture in solidarity with humanity - one minute for every year of the South African leader's public service. more»

How Flawed Are Current Aid Responses?

Last week, international medical humanitarian organization Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) released a hard-hitting report outlining a number of severe shortcomings in the international aid community's response to humanitarian crises. more»

Nigerian Crisis Focus of U.S. Congressional Hearing

Helping the Nigerian government in its fight against the notorious terror group called Boko Haram was the topic of a House hearing held Thursday. more»

Number of Hungry Somalis Grows As Rains Fail

The number of hungry people in Somalia will increase this year for the first time since the 2011 famine as drought is starting to bite, the United Nations said on Tuesday. more»

UN Forced to Cut Food Rations to African Refugees

The United Nations World Food Program is reducing food aid to nearly 800,000 refugees in Africa, because of funding difficulties. more»

AU Summit Approves Creation of African Monetary Fund

The African Union approved the creation of an African Monetary Fund aimed at correcting balances of payment positions across Africa. more»

U.S. Sanctions on Uganda Will Hurt NGOs

European and American donors started moving their money around after the passing of the Anti-Homosexuality Act. Many programs have been affected. When the donors sneeze, it's the NGO's that catch a cold. more»

East Africa Tackles HIV Transport Corridors in Strategic Plan

Representatives from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda met in Nairobi, Kenya to discuss regional initiatives aimed at curbing the spread of disease amongst the countries' transport corridors. more»

Uganda Accuses U.S. of Blackmail Over Anti-Gay Law

A spokesman for the Ugandan government says his country will not be blackmailed into changing its anti-homosexual law, after the United States announced it would impose sanctions on Uganda for its anti-gay law. more»

World Bank Pumps U.S. $44.9M into Tanzanian Water Projects

The World Bank has approved $44.9 million US of support to Tanzania to help expand access to safe water and sanitation services for the poor in rural and urban communities. more»

U.N. Appeals for Safe Haven for Civilians Fleeing CAR

The United Nations refugee agency is appealing to neighbouring countries to keep their borders open and allow access to safe haven for people on the run from C.A.R. more»

New UN Site in Malakal Offers Protection to Fleeing South Sudanese Civilians

The United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) today inaugurated a new site adjacent to its base in Malakal, to offer protection and relieve the congestion already inside its compound, which is hosting an estimated 19,000 people. more»

UN Aid Chief Calls for $60 Million Emergency Funding to Somalia

The United Nations humanitarian chief today called for $60 million for the next three months to prevent Somalia "from slipping back into a major humanitarian crisis" as it did during the 2011 famine. more»

Amid Insecurity, Danjuma Foundation Targets 'Whole Person'

TYDF founder, General T.Y. Danjuma. With Nigeria's growing insurgency, a pioneering philanthropic organization is quietly making headway in some of the areas most affected by poverty and conflict. more»

Plan International Gives Mwanza Sh369 M to Reduce Postnatal Deaths

In order to cover such a deficit in Mwanza Region, Plan International Tanzania through its Mama na Mwana Project, has donated medical equipment worth 369M, to Sengerema District and Ilemela Municipality. more»

USAID Pledges to Improve Nutrition for Millions of African Children and Mothers With New Approach

The new 360-degree approach, called the Multi-Sectoral Nutrition Strategy, will give 2 million more children a stronger start in life by integrating nutrition priorities into USAID's largest programming streams (file photo) more»

Militarized Humanitarianism in Africa

U.S. and South Africa in a joint military exercise: Nigeria has been in the news a lot recently, but many Americans don't know is that the U.S. military has been active in the region for years. more»

U.N.: Waiting for Another Famine Declaration in Somalia Will Be Too Late

The world should not wait until famine is declared in Somalia to respond to worsening hunger caused by drought and conflict, the most senior United Nations official in the country has said. more»

Massive and Rapid Global Surge in Aid Effort Needed to Avoid Catastrophic Hunger in South Sudan

Tomping site of the UN Mission: International agency Oxfam has called for a massive and rapid global surge in the aid effort to help millions of people at acute risk of hunger and disease in South Sudan. more»

Somalia At 'Risk of Relapse'

Three years after a famine claimed 260,000 lives in Somalia, 2.9 million people there are still affected by a multifaceted but desperately underfunded humanitarian crisis. (file photo) more»

Work-for-Peace Scheme for C.A.R.

Thousands of youths in the Central African Republic's capital, Bangui, are set to be given jobs in a donor-funded public works scheme that, as well as revamping basic infrastructure, is designed to reduce violence. more»

Germany Suspends Budget Support to Malawi

Germany will no longer provide general budget support to Malawi. The country has decided to change its membership status within a donor support partnership for Malawi to that of an observer. (file photo) more»

World Bank Approves U.S. $300 Million to Develop Central Corridor

The World Bank has approved $300 million to the government of Tanzania for the improvement of the East African Central Corridor and boost trade with landlocked neighbouring countries. more»

Children Hit Hardest By Hunger Crisis in CAR

CAR refugees recovering from violence: While the recent violence has wrecked countless lives in CAR, its effects have hit children the hardest. Many parents now cannot feed them adequately. more»

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