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Refugees In Kenya Suffer Aid Cuts Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

Refugees In Kenya Suffer Aid Cuts Amid Covid-19 Pandemic

The roughly half-million refugees living in Kenya are experiencing steep reductions in aid as the coronavirus pandemic causes some rich countries to limit their donations. Cash allotments for the purchase of food have had to be cut by 30 per cent for residents of the Dadaab and Kakuma camps, the United Nations’ World Food Programme […]

Women Seek Bigger Roles In Peace Process

Women Seek Bigger Roles In Peace Process

Women are worried about losing the gains they made in peace processes now that governments are redirecting resources to combatting Covid-19 pandemic. Participants in the 12th session of the Advisory Board for Women, Peace and Security in the Great Lakes region conducted via videoconference on May 12, said gender-based violence was on the rise at […]

East Africa Strides Ahead On Gender Parity

East Africa Strides Ahead On Gender Parity

East Africa is ahead of the continent in gender equality, says a report by McKinsey Global Institute on the Power of parity in advancing women’s equality in Africa. Rwanda leads with a gender parity score of 0.69, Ethiopia has a score of 0.63 while Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania have 0.62 each–which is slightly above the […]

East Africa Locust Swarms Airborne In 3 to 4 Weeks, UN Warns

East Africa Locust Swarms Airborne In 3 to 4 Weeks, UN Warns

The UN’s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned Sunday that nymph (baby) desert locusts maturing in Somalia’s rebel-held backcountry, where aerial spraying is next to unrealizable, will develop wings in the “next three or four weeks” and threaten millions of people already short of food. Once in flight and hungry, the swarm could be the […]

Heavy Flooding Devastates Lives and Economies In Horn of Africa

Heavy Flooding Devastates Lives and Economies In Horn of Africa

United Nations and private agencies are scaling up life-saving humanitarian operations in response to severe flooding across large parts of the Horn of Africa. Massive flooding following months of unusually heavy rainfall is wreaking havoc in Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan and Ethiopia.  The United Nations reports hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced, tens […]

Microsoft Pledges Support For Women In Cybersecurity

Microsoft Pledges Support For Women In Cybersecurity

Microsoft through the Cloud and AI Security Engineering team has reiterated its commitment to advocate for women with an interest in security engineering through the SheHacks annual HackFest Festival. The pronouncement, made during this year’s annual HackFest held at Strathmore Business School, underscores the organisation’s commitment to supporting developing, sponsoring and advocating for women with […]

Silencing The Guns By 2020 – African Women’s Contribution To Peace and Security Agenda

Silencing The Guns By 2020 – African Women’s Contribution To Peace and Security Agenda

Africa’s Agenda 2063 places great import on the need to establish peace and stability on the continent as a key component of ensuring that the national and continental development agendas can be achieved. “Aspiration 4” of Agenda 2063 which envisions a Peaceful and Secure Africa, calls for the strengthening of governance, accountability and transparency as […]

Uganda Declared Ebola-Free By WHO

Uganda Declared Ebola-Free By WHO

Following the completion of the recommended 42 days without any new Ebola case since the first Ebola cases last month, Uganda has been declared Ebola-free by the World Health Organisation (WHO). In a joint press statement signed by Dr Jane Ruth, the Health Minister and Dr Yonas Tegegn Woldermariam, WHO country representative to Uganda state […]

East African Community To Discuss The ‘True Fish Project’

East African Community To Discuss The ‘True Fish Project’

MINISTERS and senior officials from Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda are scheduled to meet next month to discuss the grand five-year project-True Fish-that starts this year. The gathering of Fisheries and Aquaculture Sectoral Council of Ministers that starts on February 1 will be preceded by the Coordination Committee Session on January 31 and the Senior Officials […]

East Africa Hit By Rise In Petrol Prices

East Africa Hit By Rise In Petrol Prices

Motorists in the region will have to dig deeper into their pockets to pay for petrol, diesel and kerosene. For Tanzania and Uganda prices have been steadily rising since October. For the past two months in Tanzania, petrol, diesel and kerosene increased by Tsh39.68/litre ($0.01721) equivalent to 1.75 per cent, Tsh50.22/litre ($0.02178) equivalent to 2.22 […]

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