Modi to open AfDB annual meeting in India

Modi to open AfDB annual meeting in India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will participate Tuesday alongside Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), at the bank’s annual meeting in Ahmedabad in India’s western Gujarat state. The meeting, which runs through Friday, will focus on India’s partnership with African nations in key development areas, with…

Minamata Convention on Mercury to enter force

The European Union and seven member states whose governments ratified on Thursday the Minamata Convention on Mercury have lifted to 51 the total number of ratifications – and in doing so, reached the threshold that will now put the Minamata provisions into force. The new ratifications by Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary,…

Algeria: Ailing President Bouteflika marks 80th birthday

With Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari in London and President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe in Singapore – both reportedly seeking health care in the high-profile spotlight – it’s little wonder that less attention has been focused on Abdelaziz Bouteflika, the president of Algeria. Bouteflika celebrates his 80th birthday on Thursday, amid…

Clinton Foundation annual report reaffirms African commitments

The Clinton Foundation will continue many of its programs serving African countries, according to the 2016 annual report issued online this week and an accompanying letter from former United States President Bill Clinton. The foundation came under heavy fire during America’s bitter 2016 presidential contest, in which former U.S. Secretary…

The most powerful weapon in the malaria fight

It wasn’t long ago that an Africa without malaria seemed like an impossible dream. Today, that dream is becoming a reality, thanks to the most powerful weapon we have in the malaria fight: strong leadership. Malaria progress has been unprecedented in the past 15 years, and nowhere is the progress…

Hailemariam Dessalegn and Jakaya Kikwete

Hailemariam Dessalegn is the Prime Minister of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Jakaya Kikwete is the former President of the United Republic of Tanzania.

Africa making progress in fight against malaria

Over the past 15 years the African continent has achieved considerable progress in the fight against malaria. Since the year 2000, Africa has considerably reduced deaths caused by malaria, falling by 71 percent in children under 5 and by 66 percent among all other age groups, reported The New Times….

Mugabe returns

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has returned after a month-long holiday. On Friday Mugabe, who will turn 92 on February 21, came back after a holiday which spiked rumours that he had suffered a heart attack and collapsed. However, the presidency dismissed the idea. According to state media, rumours over…

Sierra Leone officially Ebola free

Sierra Leone was officially declared Ebola free this Saturday after going 42 days without a new case. The criteria by which a country is declared Ebola free is set by the World Health Organization (WHO). The 42-day period is set as it is twice the “maximum incubation period for Ebola…

Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa: From unified voices to unified actions

Pre–SDGs (The Millennium Development Goals) The The 8 Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) focused on addressing salient issues, which ranged from halving extreme poverty and providing access to universal primary education, to combating diseases such as HIV/AIDS and Malaria by the end of 2015. The goals did not openly single out…

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga

Abiodun Dominic Odunuga is a development practitioner and social entrepreneur.