Four African Organizations Named Finalists for $100,000 One Africa Award

The 2015 finalists for the annual $100,000 USD ONE Africa Award (http://www.ONE.org/africaaward) were today announced by the ONE Campaign (http://www.ONE.org) in Johannesburg. These are: Africa!Ignite of South Africa; Community Link of Uganda; Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment (SWAGEN) of Uganda; and The Global Shea Alliance of Ghana.

The 2015 ONE Africa Award winner will be announced at a ceremony to be held in Accra, Ghana on 20 November 2015 as part of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation Annual Governance Weekend. The ceremony will take place a the Accra International Conference Center from 16h30 to 17h30.

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For the last seven years, the ONE Campaign has recognized and promoted the innovative work of Africa-driven and Africa led advocacy efforts of those civil society organizations making on the ground progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) with the ONE Africa Award.

The $100,000 USD annual prize awards and recognizes innovative African efforts to fight poverty and will incentivise many more of such efforts towards the attainment of the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Nachilala Nkombo, Acting Africa Director at ONE applauded the work of the finalist organisations, and congratulated all of the 254 aspirants this year.

“As we exit the MDGs and prepare to implement the new SDG, this year’s finalists standout as examples of the effective work African organisations working tirelessly sometimes with limited resources across the continent to help their communities make progress in the fight against poverty and diseases. Be it halving extreme poverty, empowering women, or ensuring environmental sustainability. The response rate was overwhelming. Our finalists represent some of the most innovative and results oriented development advocates in Africa, whose incredible work will no doubt contribute to the attainment of SDGs in Africa by 2030,” she said.

“At ONE we advocate for progressive policy solutions to African governments that promote economic opportunity and development, which are necessary to eradicate extreme poverty and preventable diseases in Africa. None of that would be possible without the indispensable role of indigenous African civil society organisations in accelerating the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals. We are therefore proud to support and partner with local civil society organizations, and it is for this reason that we initiated the ONE Africa Award in 2008. By honouring the commitment and progress on the ground, we hope that new efforts can be inspired and we can collectively create a better future for all Africans. Today, I am honored to recognize and announce this year’s finalists,” Nkombo added.

Previous winners of this prestigious award include Friends Africa of Kenya in 2014; Agricultural Non-State Actors Forum (ANSAF) of Tanzania in 2013; Positive-Generation (PG) of Cameroon in 2012; Groupe de Réflexion et d’action, Femme Démocratie et Dévelopement (GF2D) of Togo in 2011; SEND-Ghana of Ghana in 2010; Slums Information Development and Resources Centres (SIDAREC) of Kenya in 2009; and Development Communications Network (DEVCOMS) of Nigeria in 2008.

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ABOUT THE 2015 ONE AFRICA AWARD FINALISTS:

Africa!Ignite – South Africa

Africa!Ignite has created a market for the work of artisans from 60 different craft groups with just over 1,000 crafters where 90% are women, to be sold to major fashion and homewares companies across the globe. Africa!Ignite has paid more than R16 million to rural entrepreneurs since 2008, and in the past two years paid R2 million to rural women crafters.

Community Link – Uganda

Community Link works toward sustainable, self-reliance livelihoods of refugees in Nakivale settlement, known as one of the oldest settlements in Uganda. One such initiative is the creation of an electricity plant that uses a maize milling machine to provide electrical power to 100 surrounding tents/homes in the settlement.

Global Shea Alliance – Ghana

The Global Shea Alliance (GSA) engages all parts of the shea value chain — women’s groups, small businesses, suppliers, international food and cosmetic brands, retailers, non-profit organizations, governments and consumers.

Support for Women in Agriculture and Environment – Uganda

Founded in 1992 by a group of women from the forest-dependent community in Rwoho Natural Tropical Forest, SWAGEN’s advocacy activities and negotiations resulted in the Collaborative Forest Management agreement with the Ugandan government.

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Senior British Government delegation visits Cairo for discussions on a Joint Plan to restart flights to Sharm el-Sheikh

On 18 and 19 November a senior British Government delegation of aviation and counter-terrorism experts visited Cairo on instructions from Prime Minister Cameron, for discussions with the Egyptian authorities on a Joint Plan to allow British flights to return to Sharm El-Sheikh as soon as possible.

The delegation was headed by the Prime Minister’s Envoy on Aviation Security, Sir William Patey. The delegations’ meetings included discussion with Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Tourism Minister Hisham Zaazou, Dr Fayza Aboul Nagga National Security Adviser to the President, General Ahmed Gamal el-Din Adviser on Security and Counter-Terrorism Affairs, Dr El Zenaty, Head of the Civil Aviation Authority, and other security agencies.

The British delegation conveyed a political message from Prime Minister David Cameron that the United Kingdom would work actively, urgently and in detail with the Egyptian authorities, to allow normal flights to and from Sharm el-Sheikh as soon as possible. They welcomed the close and professional cooperation with the Egyptian authorities over the last two weeks to ensure the safety of passengers departing from Sharm el-Sheikh.

The delegation stressed that Britain will never falter in its commitment to work with the Egyptian Government to defeat shared enemies and threats to our citizens in Europe, North Africa and beyond. They emphasised the strategic importance to British interests of a strong and secure Egyptian economy and the need to stop terrorist attempts to undermine it.

Commenting on the discussions with Egyptian counterparts, British Ambassador John Casson said:

“Britain was the first to act on airport security issues at Sharm El Sheikh, and we want to be the first to find the solutions to restore normal flights as soon as possible. That’s why Britain’s most senior aviation security experts are here in Cairo this week. Our talks have shown very encouraging progress, with shared analysis, shared commitment to swift progress, and shared ideas on the way forward. We now have a strong basis to agree a shared action plan in the days ahead, and to return British flights as soon as possible.

“A strong Egyptian economy with a strong tourist industry, at the strategic heart of this vital region, is a national interest for Britain. Recent events have shown that every country must take every possible step to protect their citizens. Britain will do that. But we must not allow anything to drive Britain and Egypt apart, or undermine our long-term economic and security partnership.”

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Change of British High Commissioner to Botswana

Ms Katy Ransome has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Botswana in succession to Mr Nicholas Pyle OBE, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment. Ms Ransome will take up her appointment during February 2016.

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Full name: Katharine Ransome

Date – present FCO, Head of Network Resources Team, Europe Directorate

2010 – 2012 British Office for Somalia, Deputy Head of Mission
2009 – 2010 Antananarivo, Political Officer
2007 – 2008 Kabul, Head of Military & Political Team
2006 – 2007 Kabul, Regional Affairs Advisor
2004 – 2006 FCO, Head of European Defence Policy, Security Policy Department
2004 Madrid, First Secretary
2001 – 2003 FCO, Head, Turkey Team, EU-Mediterranean Team
1997 – 2001 Budapest, Second Secretary
1995 – 1996 FCO, Desk Officer, G7/8 Team
1995 Joined FCO

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Without toilets, children’s lives and dignity at stake in Ghana

Lack of access to toilets is endangering the lives of thousands of the Ghana’s most vulnerable children, UNICEF said today, pointing to emerging evidence of links between inadequate sanitation and malnutrition.

Twenty-one percent of Ghanaians have no access to a toilet and still use the bush or open field for defecation. This is worse in rural areas where 34 percent of the population still practise open defecation. Meanwhile, according to the Ghana Demographic and Health Survey 2014, among Ghanaian children under the age five, 19 percent were stunted (short for their age), five percent were wasted (thin for their height), and 11 percent were underweight (thin for their age).Stunting is a sign of chronic malnutrition, potentially causing reduced intelligence and associated opportunities for life.

A report issued today, Improving Nutrition Outcomes with Better Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, from UNICEF, USAID and the World Health Organization, for the first time brings together years of research and case studies which demonstrate the link between sanitation and malnutrition. More importantly, it provides guidance for action.

Lack of sanitation, and particularly open defecation, which is high in Ghana, contributes to the incidence of diarrhoea and to the spread of intestinal parasites, which in turn contributes to malnutrition.

“Improvements in sanitation mean children in Ghana will avoid becoming stunted due to diarrhoea,” said Susan Namondo Ngongi, the UNICEF Representative in Ghana.

Diarrhoea is one of the main causes of deaths of children under five years of age each year and is essentially a faecal-oral disease, where humans come in contact with germs-carrying faeces and ingest them. In Ghana where rates of toilet use are low, rates of diarrhoea tend to be high.

Similarly, 12 percent of children under five years of age were suffering from diarrhoea when the Demographic and Health Survey was conducted countrywide in 2014. The highest frequency was in children under two years of age, who are weakest and most vulnerable. Multiple episodes of diarrhoea permanently affect young children by preventing the absorption of essential nutrients, putting them at risk of stunting and even death.

Intestinal parasites such as roundworm, whipworm and hookworm are transmitted through soil contaminated with infested faeces in areas where open defecation is practiced. Hookworm is a major cause of anaemia in pregnant women, leading to malnourished, and underweight babies.

Some districts in Ghana such as Mion have made significant progress in addressing both access to sanitation and the nutritional status of their children. Most of these districts have successfully used the Community-Led Total Sanitation approach supported by UNICEF, in which the affected populations themselves devise local solutions to the problem of open defecation.

Today, the world is celebrating World Toilet Day with the theme “better sanitation for better nutrition”. With this in mind whilst some progress has been made in Ghana, more needs to be done in providing equitable access to basic toilets, as well as behaviour change programmes to ensure these toilets are used. This is crucial in ensuring the nutritional health and development of all children, and giving every child a fair chance at life in Ghana.

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South Sudan: MSF sees dramatic increase of sick patients in Malakal’s UN site as living conditions jeopardise health of thousands

Overcrowded and substandard living conditions are jeopardising the health of people sheltering in the UN’s Protection of Civilians (PoC) site in Malakal, South Sudan, according to international medical organisation Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF). Patient numbers at MSF’s hospital in Malakal are three times higher than they were five months ago, while the number of sick children under the age of five has increased fivefold.

“The sickness of our patients is directly related to the overcrowded and deplorable conditions in which they are living,” says Monica Camacho, MSF programme manager for South Sudan. “More space must be immediately allocated to the people seeking shelter, and aid organisations must urgently improve the provision of basic services and necessities.”

Some 48,000 people are currently living in the Malakal PoC site, after more than 16,000 people arrived in July and August, fleeing conflict and hunger. Many came from areas where no aid had been available for months. Most people arrived with nothing.

In recent weeks, the MSF hospital has been filled beyond capacity with children suffering from life-threatening pneumonia, malaria and other illnesses. With the onset of the cold season, pneumonia is a particular concern given the crowded and unhygienic conditions. The number of patients treated for severe respiratory tract infections has already tripled since September. MSF fears these trends may worsen unless conditions are improved.

Those with the worst living conditions are the thousands of new arrivals, whose makeshift shelters are set up in marshy areas of the camp not designated for habitation. Access to clean water and sanitation are inadequate, and children play in the mud surrounded by barbed wire and rubbish.

Seven thousand new arrivals, mostly women and children, have been relocated to a ‘contingency area’. They are living in communal tents, shared by more than 50 people, with less than 4.5 m2 of living space per person, far below the 30 m2 required by international humanitarian standards.

Living conditions and sanitation are inadequate throughout the entire camp. The UN has designated about 0.5 km2 for the displaced people to shelter in, despite their numbers being equivalent to the population of a small city. The overall living space for the population is barely more than 10 m2 per person, which includes pathways and other spaces not used for habitation. In the most populated areas, there is just one latrine per 70 people, less than one third of the ratio required by humanitarian standards. Access to clean water is also below acceptable levels and many families lack access to essential items such as blankets.

People have been sheltering in the PoC site in Malakal since conflict erupted in December 2013. The population of the site has more than doubled this year, following an influx of 10,000 displaced people in April and a further 16,000 in July-August. MSF operates a 50-bed hospital in Malakal, including a 24-hour emergency room, as well as a separate emergency room inside the PoC site.

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Orange announces the winners of the 2015 Orange African Social Venture Prize

Orange announced the winners of the 2015 Orange African Social Venture Prize during the AfricaCom Awards ceremony held in Cape Town last night. For the fifth year in a row, the Orange Group is recognizing three innovative projects that are set to stimulate development in Africa. The prize aims to encourage entrepreneurs as they launch initiatives using technology to meet the needs of people living in Africa.

More than 600 candidates responded to the call for projects, which ran from May to September 2015, reflecting the potential of the telecommunications sector to support development in Africa in fields as diverse as healthcare, agriculture, education and energy. Eleven projects were selected by a panel of judges, consisting of Orange specialists, the media and institutions that promote development. The shortlisted projects were presented on Orange’s pan-African web portal, www.starafrica.com. The three prize-winners received grants of 10,000, 15,000 and 25,000 euros, along with six months of support from Orange experts. The first prize will also be offered a patent registration.

The winning projects:

  • The first prize was awarded to Bassita (www.bassita.org), an Egyptian start-up that has developed the idea of “click funding”. The platform allows businesses to host their social, cultural or environmental projects and receive donations depending on whether the project reaches its objectives in terms of number of clicks or times shared on social networks.
  • The socially-responsible start-up upOwa (www.upowa.org) was awarded second prize. The Cameroon-based company has developed an intelligent solar-powered solution that aims to provide electricity to rural areas of Western and Central Africa that have not yet been connected to the national electricity grids.
  • The third prize was awarded to the Malian company myAgro / N’Ga Sene (www.myagro.org) that has developed a mobile application which enables farmers to buy high-quality seeds and fertilizer, and to benefit from a range of training programs. myAgro is set to play a role in improving agricultural productivity in Africa and facilitating working conditions.

Finally, a “favourite project” was also selected by web users on the StarAfrica portal.

  • Over 22,000 visitors voted for the Moroccan project Kezakoo (www.kezakoo.com), an e-learning platform that publishes free online educational material (school documents and videos) by allowing members to share their own content with the community.

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Africa: New product simplifies wound care whilst reducing costs

Alakai Associates in conjunction with Phytoceuticals, a Swiss life science company that developed 1 Primary Wound Dressing (1PWD), have introduced 1PWD to the African health care market. The attributes of 1PWD will help address some of the challenges facing health care providers in developing countries, namely: tight budgets, a shortage of skills and capacity constraints.

1 PWD is a wound dressing specially formulated from a synergistically acting combination of Neem oil and St John’s Wort oil. This product is used in Europe to simplify wound care and enable quick and mostly pain-free dressing changes. In many cases dressing changes that would have been performed by a health care professional can be done by the patient or a family member at home, negating the costly and time – consuming visit to a health care centre.

Due to the 1PWD’s broad mode of action specific steps and/or products typically used during dressing changes, such as debridement, antiseptic wound cleansing and care of the tissue surrounding the wound can be reduced or even omitted. This simplification of the wound care process is applicable to a wide range of wounds at most stages of healing. This increases the compliance and reduces the chances of mistakes during dressing changes.

The economic benefits of 1 PWD include reduced time to perform dressing changes leading to additional capacity for the health care provider. Because 1 PWD combines most of the benefits provided by advanced wound care products, savings on stock holdings can be realized by reducing the amount and types of dressings that need to be held.

An audit at a Swiss Nursing Home saw significant savings in the monetary costs of the dressing changes, as well as the time taken to perform the dressing changes. In fact the time taken to perform the dressing changes was reduced by more than 50%. This led the researchers to conclude that “1 PWD used in conjunction with a cost-effective and appropriate secondary dressing offers clinical and financial benefits and the opportunity to simplify wound care procedures”.

In South Africa, Dr Alessandro Andreone, a surgeon at the burns unit at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli Hospital has used 1 Primary Wound Dressing on both burns and accident patients. He liked the fact that 1Primary Wound Dressing enabled a quick and pain-free dressing change and the initial pain typically disappeared within 2 days.

“ 1 Primary Wound Dressing clearly activates and supports the physiological wound healing process. The fact that the dressing change is pain-free, quick and can be performed by the patients or their relatives, simplifies our work tremendously. Compared to ointments that are often used in such situations, the spray application is ideal because the sensitive skin area is not touched during the dressing change. This simplification is very helpful and increases the compliance of the patients”, said Dr Andreone.

Partners are continuously being sought to carry out structured case studies and audits in community and hospital care settings to collect validated data on the clinical and economic benefits of using 1 Primary Wound Dressing.

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EU and development partners commit to improve national food security in the country

The European Union, the Government of Kenya, IFAD and other partners have today made a commitment to improve national food security in the country by increasing production of cereal staples and the income of smallholder farmers to allow them graduate into market-oriented commercial farming.

The Kenya Cereal Enhancement Programme (KCEP) and its Climate Resilient Agricultural Livelihoods window (CRAL) will benefit 185,000 smallholder farmers in 13 counties across the country especially in arid and semi-arid areas. It will contribute to Kenya’s national goal of food security as it will add an additional 41,000 Metric Tonnes and also reduce the national grain deficit by 10 %.

The Food Security and Resilience to Climate Shocks is one of the three focal sectors for EU-Kenya partnership: the KCEP-CRAL programme is one of the initiatives under this focal area. The EU will contribute 27.1million Euro through IFAD, and 9.5million Euro through the FAO.

Speaking in Nairobi at a ceremony to present the programme to the President of Kenya, Mr. Stefano A. Dejak, the EU Ambassador and Head of EU delegation to Kenya noted that “the programme is at the heart of the work of the EU in Kenya as it represents EU-Kenya partnership approach in building a strong emerging economy that benefits all Kenyans”.

“Smallholder farmers are the main target for the EU. We aim to assist a part of the 60 % population who are still in subsistence farming to become successful market actors and to improve their resilience to climate change,” said Mr. Dejak.

He pointed out that this innovative programme should pave the way for the development of a vibrant private sector, adding that there is need for a clear and coherent policy on input subsidies and access to financial markets to help grow and attract genuine investors in the agricultural sector.

One of the challenges facing smallholder farmers is the lack of access to markets, due to low productivity, insufficient knowledge on adapted agricultural practices and foremost little access to capital and appropriate inputs.

The programme will be implemented by different stakeholders including the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, IFAD, FAO, WFP, the Cereal Growers’ Association, KALRO and AgMARK.

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Rewards for Justice – Reward Offers for Information on al-Shabaab Key Leaders

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November 18, 2015

The U.S. Department of State’s Rewards for Justice program is offering rewards for information leading to the identification or location of six key leaders of the Somalia-based terrorist organization al-Shabaab. The U.S. Secretary of State has authorized rewards of up to $6 million for information on the whereabouts of Abu Ubaidah (Direye), up to $5 million each for information on Mahad Karate, Ma’alim Daud, and Hassan Afgooye, and up to $3 million each for information on Maalim Salman and Ahmed Iman Ali.

Since 2006, al-Shabaab has killed thousands of civilians, aid workers, and peacekeepers in Somalia, Uganda, and Kenya. Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the July 11, 2010, suicide bombings in Kampala, Uganda, which killed more than 70 people, including one American citizen. Al-Shabaab also claimed responsibility for the September 21-24, 2013, terrorist attack against the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, which left more than 60 people dead and nearly 200 wounded and the April 2 attack on Garrissa University College in Kenya, which resulted in 150 deaths. The U.S. Secretary of State designated al-Shabaab a Foreign Terrorist Organization on March 18, 2008. In February 2012, al-Shabaab and the al-Qaida terrorist network jointly announced they had formed an alliance.

Abu Ubaidah, also known as Direye, was named the leader of al-Shabaab on September 6, 2014, after the death of former al- Shabaab emir Ahmed Abdi aw-Mohamed (a.k.a. Godane).

Mahad Karate, also known as Abdirahman Mohamed Warsame has played a key role in the wing of al-Shabaab responsible for assassinations and the April 2 attack on Garissa University College.

Ma’alim Daud is responsible for al-Shabaab’s planning, recruitment, training, and operations against the government of Somalia and Western targets.

Hassan Afgooye oversees a complex financial network whose activities range from fake charities, and fundraising to racketeering and kidnapping in support of al-Shabaab’s activities.

Maalim Salman leads al-Shabaab’s African foreign terrorist fighters and has been involved in operations in Africa targeting tourists, entertainment establishments, and churches.

Ahmed Iman Ali has recruited Kenyan youth and raised funds for al-Shabaab.

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Seychelles highlights vision at 2nd Global High Level Conference on Road Safety in Barzilia

“According to specific criteria set by the World Bank, Seychelles recently graduated to high income country status. This important leap, recognizes the commendable transformation that Seychelles has made under the leadership of the Government of President James Michel, despite the challenges and specificities of being a SIDS country. By making this statement we do not intend to brag, but to draw attention to a very important and significant apprehension. Economic stability leads to greater buying power which inevitably leads to a list of other factors exemplified by a surge in the number of vehicles in the country, increase in the abuse of drugs and alcohol, and a substantial growth in the ownership of notable devices inclusive of cell phones. These, and more, are reasons why roads are increasingly becoming unsafe.”

These were the opening remarks by Seychelles at the 2nd UN High-Level Conference on Road Safety meeting in Brazilia on 18th November 2015. It was Ambassador Barry Faure, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, standing in for Minister for Foreign Affairs and Transport Joël Morgan, who addressed the Conference on behalf of Seychelles.

Ambassador Faure further informed the meeting of the various measures being implemented or on the drawing board to curb road accidents and fatalities, as well as to improve road safety. These include the recent setting up of a multi-stakeholder committee charged with the implementation of the Road Safety Policy.

Other measures mentioned by Ambassador Faure were: the setting up of a separate court for Traffic offences; equipping the Police with Alcometers (Breathalysers) to test alcohol in drivers, Portable Laser Speed Guns for speed detection, and soon, Portable Speed Cameras which will help the enforcement side better; revision of the Road Transport Regulations to align them to the 5 pillars of road safety established by UN; the introduction next year of a new computerized Accident Data Recording and Analysis system which will help significantly in recording accidents and analyzing them; ?the sensitization campaigns for road users and the population

in general, like the successful “Arrive Alive Campaign”, will be reinforced; the newly-approved Transportation Master Plan, which will lead Seychelles towards a road network which makes provision for the cyclist, the pedestrian, the disabled, and the elderly.

The Conference, which is being attended by approximately 2000 participants from over 130 countries, is expected to adopt tomorrow the Brazilia Declaration. It will seek to outline the commitments of member states towards improving road safety by 2020, as well as implementing the relevant goals and targets of the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Agenda.

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Three-quarters of Internet Users Can’t Recognise an Online Threat, Kaspersky Lab’s Quiz Shows

Kaspersky Lab http://www.Kaspersky.com) has found that three-quarters (74%) of Internet users would download a potentially malicious file, because they lack the ‘cyber-savviness’ they need to spot dangers online. The results of a global quiz (https://press.kaspersky.com/files/2015/09/Cyber_savvy_quiz_report.pdf), which questioned 18,000 Internet users about their online habits, has raised concerns about the ability of users to recognise online threats.

The cyber-awareness of Internet users was tested during the quiz when they were asked to download the song ‘Yesterday’ by the Beatles. Out of the four download options, only one was a safe wma. file, intentionally named ‘Betles.Yesterday.wma.’ This was chosen by just a quarter (26%) of respondents, who spotted that it was a harmless file type, despite the spelling error in the file’s name.

The most dangerous file option, exe. contained the well-known ‘mp3′ term as part of its name, ‘Beatles_Yesterday.mp3.exe,’ tricking a third (34%) of respondents into selecting it. 14% chose a scr. screensaver download, a file type which has recently been used to spread malicious material, and 26% selected the zip. option, which could have contained some dangerous files.

The inability of users to spot danger online is not limited to music. According to the survey, one in five (21%) users download files from a variety of online sources, increasing their risk of encountering a malicious supplier. During the survey, only 24% of users could recognise a genuine webpage, without selecting a phishing option. In addition, while specifying the web pages on which they were prepared to enter their data, over half (58%) of users only named fake sites.

The findings follow recent consumer research from Kaspersky Lab and B2B International (https://press.kaspersky.com/files/2015/08/Kaspersky_Lab_Consumer_Security_Risks_Survey_2015_ENG.pdf), which disclosed that 45% of Internet users globally have encountered a malware incident in the last 12 months, yet 13% of those who had been affected didn’t know how.

David Emm, Principal Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab says, “Consumers need to make themselves more aware of the dangers of the online world, in order to protect themselves and others. If a consumer is in a dodgy bar, they are unlikely to start counting large sums of cash, it just would not be streetwise or sensible. The same sort of instinct should come into play when consumers go online. Checking for signs of malicious activity, and knowing how to spot a phishing page or dangerous download option is vital. However, no matter how cyber-savvy a person is, it is unsafe to go online without putting security solutions in place. Cyber-criminals are constantly developing new ways to target people and only the most up to date security software can protect users against some threats.”

Kaspersky Internet Security – Multi-Device (http://www.kaspersky.co.za/multi-device-security) and Kaspersky Total Security – Multi-Device (http://www.kaspersky.co.za/total-security-multi-device), along with free security solutions from Kaspersky Lab (http://www.kaspersky.com/other/custom-html/free-tools/V-3/free-tools-responsive-v3?icid=acq-randomizer), help users to recognise threats they cannot. Kaspersky Lab’s free solutions provide high quality protection, sufficient to counter the most common threats. Kaspersky Lab’s paid-for solutions combine the powerful antivirus engine with premium functionality and advanced performance.

Check for yourself: https://blog.kaspersky.com/cyber-savvy-quiz/

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AU celebrates one of Africa’s longest serving women Diplomats, Amb. Kongit Sinegiorgis of Ethiopia

The African Union (AU) has honoured and celebrated the distinguished career of one of Africa’s longest serving women Diplomats, H.E. Ambassador Kongit Sinegiorgis of Ethiopia. Ambassador Kongit spent 52 years and 10 months in the Foreign Service of Ethiopia, during which she witnessed the historic creation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963, and its transformation into the African Union on 9 July 2002.

The formal, but entertaining ceremony took place at the Headquarters of the AU on 16 November 2015, and was co-hosted by the Chairperson of the African Union Commission, H.E. Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, and H.E. Mr. Mull Sebujja Katende, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Uganda to the AU and Dean of the East African Region.

In her speech to honour the veteran Diplomat, the AU Commission Chairperson described Ambassador Kongit as “one of the finest daughters of our continent. An African Diplomat par excellence, who loves her country and also loves her continent.” She said that Amb. Kongit has not only fought hard for Ethiopia’s firm positions, but also for Africa’s interests.

Speaking on behalf of the East African Group of Ambassadors, H.E. Mull Sebujja Katende, said Amb. Kongit’s passion over the years has never waned, describing her as a distinguished historic figure with a lot to share. This was a sentiment and a sense of admiration that were equally emphasized by all speakers, even describing her as a “walking encyclopaedia of OAU/AU.”

“It is a great honour to pay tribute to you,” said the French Ambassador to Ethiopia, Amb. Brigitte Collet, noting the remarkable contribution of Amb. Kongit to Ethiopia and Africa.

The tributes were furthermore echoed online by colleagues around the world. On his Twitter account, Zimbabwe’s Ambassador to Russia, Amb. Mike Nicholas Sango, described Amb. Kongit as “a remarkable patriot, diplomat and all-round human being. She sets a high bar for us all to aspire to.”

H.E. Amb. Kongit was the former Permanent Representative of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia to the AU and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA). Ethiopia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Tedros Adhanom, and Executive Secretary of the UNECA also paid tribute to the diplomacy legend.

Dr. Carlos Lopes announced that Amb. Kongit would be associated to a $46 million project to transform into a museum the Africa House at UNECA, where the OAU was founded. Her Pan-Africanism will inform the museum project expected to be completed in 2018.

On her part, the guest of honour, Amb. Kongit, expressed her emotion-filled gratitude for the tributes paid to her while still alive. “I feel greatly honoured and deeply touched… There is no greater honour than serving one’s country to the fullest,” she remarked. She said that it was time to turn the page and have a good rest with her loving son.

The ceremony brought together members of the Diplomatic community in Addis Ababa, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and the staff of the African Union.

H.E. Amb. Kongit Sinegiorgis was born in Harar, Ethiopia, in 1940. She obtained a BA in International Relations from the London University College, and shortly thereafter joined the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where she spent over 52 years and 10 months with different duties and responsibilities.

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of African Union Commission (AUC).

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Categories: AFRICA