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 20th African Union Summit opens on Sunday in Ethiopia

20th African Union Summit opens on Sunday in Ethiopia

The 20th African Union Summit will be held on 27-28 January 2013 at the organisation headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis-Ababa under the theme Pan-Africanism and African Renaissance, the AU directorate of information and communication said in a statement this week. The AU executive council (EC), which includes foreign affairs ministers and other VIP delegates […]

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“The African Union We Want” booklet launched

“The African Union We Want” booklet launched

“The African Union We Want” booklet was launched on Wednesday by the Centre for Citizens’ Participation on the African Union (CCP-AU) at the AU headquarters in the Ethiopian capital Addis-Ababa. CCP-AU executive director Janah Ncube said the booklet is a compilation of the views of African citizens and civil society – views based on their […]

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Last chance to submit your abstracts for DistribuTECH 2013 Africa Conference

Last chance to submit your abstracts for DistribuTECH 2013 Africa Conference

(Source: DistribuTECH Africa). Speakers wishing to be part of the inaugural DistribuTECH Africa 2013 Conference list have until Friday 8 February 2013 to submit their abstracts, the organisers said yesterday. “This is a chance to share your knowledge and experience as a speaker at this premier smart grid conference and exposition, which will bring together […]

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Africa's housing finance under spotlight at South African conference

Africa’s housing finance under spotlight at South African conference

Housing finance in Africa will be under the spotlight at the 6th African Microfinance Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa, on 13-15 August 2013, Kecia Rust, spokesperson for the Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa (CAHF), tweeted this week. The event will take place at the Chief Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre […]

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Mining companies entangled in Eritrea’s human rights violations, says Human Rights Watch

Mining companies entangled in Eritrea’s human rights violations, says Human Rights Watch

(Source: HRW). Mining companies developing projects in Eritrea are walking into a potential minefield of human rights problems, Human Rights Watch says in a report released on Tuesday. The US-based agency says these firms most notably risk getting entangled in the Eritrean government’s uniquely abusive program of indefinite forced labour—the inaptly-named national service program. Eritrea, […]

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683-million USD a year only - that’s private sector’s contributions to global education, UNESCO says

683-million USD a year only – that’s private sector’s contributions to global education, UNESCO says

(Source: UNESCO, edited by Issa Sikiti da Silva). Current private contributions to education globally stands at 683 million USD a year, equivalent to only 5% of all aid to education and less than 0.1% of the profits of the world’s two biggest oil companies Exxon and Shell, UNESCO says in its Education for All Global […]

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