Jumia’s Christmas Tree

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Dec 192014
Jumia's Christmas Tree

This Saturday, December 20, Jumia ,the leader of e -commerce in Cote d’Ivoire , organizes a Christmas tree in the village of Bongo , 100km away from Abidjan, in partnership with the parish of St. Michael for 800 children from 9 surrounding village communities.

Dec 192014

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, December 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU), at its 477th meeting, held on 18 December 2014, adopted the following decision on the mandate of the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan (AUHIP):


1. Takes note of the briefing provided by the Commission on the African Union High-Level Implementation Panel on Sudan and South Sudan;

2. Recalls the mandate given by Council to the AUHIP through communiqué PSC/AHG/COMM.1(CCVII) adopted at its 207th meeting held on 29 October 2009, to assist the Sudanese parties in the implementation of the CPA and other related processes, as part of the democratic transformation of the Sudan and South Sudan;

3. Further recalls its communiqués and press statements related to the activities of the AUHIP in Sudan and South Sudan, in particular the Communiqué PSC/AHG/COMM /2.(CCCXCVII), adopted at its 397th meeting, held on 23 September 2013, which extended the mandate of the AUHIP until December 2014;

4. Commends the AUHIP and its members, namely former Presidents Thabo Mbeki, Abdulsalami Abubakar and Pierre Buyoya, as well as its support team, for their continued efforts to assist the Parties to establish cooperative relations toward the goal of two viable states, at peace with one another. In this regard, Council decides to extend the mandate of the AUHIP until 31st December 2015 and encourages the Governments of Sudan and South Sudan to continue with their efforts to conclude the outstanding issues under the facilitation of the AUHIP;

5. Calls on the Panel to submit a report on its activities within the next three months;

6. Decides to remain actively seized of the matter.

Dec 192014

BRUSSELS, Kingdom of Belgium, December 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — The “Sahel” label covers a fluid space that defies classical geographic description and is characterised by the constant movement of people and goods, as well as the instability and violence that has marked recent years. Understanding this mobility and cross-border activity is vital for efforts to stabilise and develop the region.

Logo: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/logos/swac-oecd.jpg

A new Atlas produced by the Sahel and West Africa Club of the OECD ((http://www.oecd.org/csao) offers a different way of reading the Sahara-Sahel by analysing these transnational and regional flows. The Atlas of the Sahara-Sahel: Geography, Economics and Security features 150 maps that chart the complex movements of goods and people and zoom in on migratory movements, terrorist networks and attacks, illegal trafficking routes, as well as regional and international stabilisation efforts.

Read the Atlas: http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/agriculture-and-food/an-atlas-of-the-sahara-sahel_9789264222359-en#page1

“Our aim is to show that the Sahara-Sahel is not empty or without hope,” François-Xavier De Donnea, President of the Sahel and West Africa Club, said during the launch of the Atlas in Brussels. “The region is criss-crossed by roads with populations mostly made up of urban dwellers, whose settlements follow the pattern of trade and transit. With the right set-up and co-ordination of commercial and political incentives, the Sahara-Sahel could flourish.”

The Sahara-Sahel’s 17,000 km of borders do not so much hamper activity as drive it. Trafficking in gasoline and food capitalises on variations in exchange rates, taxation levels and national subsidies. Trafficking in black-market cigarettes, illegal drugs and weapons is widespread and developed on a regional scale.

The Atlas illustrates how terrorist groups seek to control strategic border areas or roads more than sections of national territories. Many groups have grafted themselves onto historical social networks, enabling them to strike from a distance. For example, many AQIM leaders operate through the extremely mobile Touareg and Arab tribes in the region.

Structurally fragile Sahelian countries face serious difficulties in controlling their vast territories and countering the development of these harmful elements. Their efforts are supported by a number of regional and international initiatives. A lasting peace must also rely on the co-operation of the different shores of the Sahara, North, Central and West Africa.

Map: http://www.photos.apo-opa.com/plog-content/images/apo/photos/terroristgroups_en.jpg

“The Sahara-Sahel area is a top priority for Africans in the Sub-Saharan and northern regions, for Europeans and for international partners,” said EU Special representative for the Sahel, Michel Reveyrand de Menthon. “This comprehensive Atlas makes clear the lengthy and complex timeline implicit in resolving the issues affecting the region.”

“Co-ordination of the regional and international players working in the Sahel is key to the success of the different initiatives for this region,” said the UN Special Envoy for the Sahel, Hiroute Guebre Sellassie. “The multitude of actors and interventions do not pose an obstacle but constitute an opportunity, on the condition that this surge in generosity be co-ordinated so as to respond to real needs identified by the states and people of this region.”

Distributed by APO (African Press Organization) on behalf of OECD.

Press Contact

For further information, please contact Julia Wanjiru (Julia.wanjiru@oecd.org, +33 627 216900)

Notes to the editors

The Sahel and West Africa Club (SWAC)

The SWAC is the only international platform entirely dedicated to regional issues in West Africa. Its mission is to enhance the effectiveness of regional policies and of partner support. This is achieved by facilitating dialogue, information-sharing and consensus-building; providing independent, factual and forward-looking analysis; devising policy tools and guidelines. SWAC Members include three West African organisations (ECOWAS, UEMOA and CILSS) and seven OECD member countries (Austria, Belgium, France, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Switzerland and the United States).



The Atlas focusses its analysis on 8 countries of the Sahara-Sahel: Algeria, Chad, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger and Tunisia.

Dec 192014

GENEVA, Switzerland, December 19, 2014/African Press Organization (APO)/ — As thousands of Mozambican migrant workers return from South Africa for the holiday season, IOM and partner agencies at the Ressano Garcia border post are this week encouraging returnees to get tested for HIV and TB at temporary clinics to be set up in their communities of origin in early 2015.

From 5-10th January the US-based Elizabeth Glazier Paediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF) will set up testing stations in three districts of Gaza Province, with assistance from IOM and South Africa-based TEBA Development, which has offices in southern Mozambique working with migrant mine workers.

This week the team worked at the Ressano Garcia border post from 08:30am to 06:00pm each day to encourage returning mineworkers to visit the testing stations, distributing materials, providing information and recording the details of each migrant interviewed.

These details will be compared to the actual people who utilize testing services in January. There are an estimated 1.5 million Mozambicans in South Africa; up to 60,000 are either informal or formal mine workers.

A range of factors can make migrant mineworkers particularly vulnerable to HIV and TB, and there is a high HIV prevalence in Gaza province – 25 per cent, compared to a Mozambican national average of 11 per cent.

People not knowing their HIV status remains one of the biggest drivers for the spread of both diseases. UNAIDS estimates that only 40 per cent of people living with HIV in Mozambique have been tested for the virus.

This push to increase HIV and TB testing is part of the IOM’s Pfuneka project, which is funded by the Royal Embassy of the Netherlands to improve HIV prevention in migration-affected communities close to the Ressano Garcia-Komatipoort border post.