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Region Trade Balances Improve Despite Pandemic

Region Trade Balances Improve Despite Pandemic

Regional balance of trade improved in the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, with lower imports, as Kenya’s manufactured products and demand for Tanzanian minerals held up the economies. According to a report by the United Nations Economic for Africa (Uneca) and Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) released Wednesday, Kenya registered an increase in exports of […]

Vehicle Plunges Into the Indian Ocean Leaving Woman, 33, Dead

Vehicle Plunges Into the Indian Ocean Leaving Woman, 33, Dead

Winnie Achieng was already up by 6am yesterday, ready to go to Shell Service Station in Bonje, Changamwe, where she works. Ms Achieng then left the house in Hakika estate to get her vehicle from her brother’s house in Migadini. “I was with her yesterday night. I dropped her home and she allowed me to […]

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 […]

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