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26 May 2015 description

With IFC and Ecobank sharing risk equally in the $110 million facility, SMEs will gain increased access to loans through Ecobank affiliates

18 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Au 19 avril 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 8,239 cas et 151 décès (Let = 1.8%) de cholé-ra dans 6 pays.

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As of 19th April 2015, 8,230 cases and 151 deaths (CFR = 1.8%) of cholera have been registered in the West and Central Africa region in 6 countries.

17 May 2015 description

AMOUNT: EUR 122 608 841

0 . MAJOR CHANGES SINCE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE HIP

The humanitarian situation in Nigeria and neighboring countries such as Niger has worsened over the first months of 2015. An amount of EUR 6 959 205 from the Natural disaster specific objective of financing Decision ECHO/WWD/BUD/2015/01000 has to be shifted to the Manmade disaster specific objective to cover unforeseen needs.

14 May 2015 description

Summary of WFP assistance: Togo is ranked 165th out of 187 countries on the 2014 UNDP Human Development Report (HDR). The rank for Togo has not improved in recent years, dropping from152 to 159 between 2007 and 2013. The population is estimated to 6,191,155 according to the 2010 census. The gross domestic product (GDP) per capita is USD 914 (HDR 2013). After thirteen years of economic decline due to political crisis and donor disengagement, the economic status of Togo has improved since 2006.

13 May 2015 description
report World Bank

Birger Fredriksen and Sukhdeep Brar
with Michael Trucano

This book offers policy options that can help reduce textbook costs and increase their supply. The book explores, in depth, the cost and financial barriers that restrict textbook availability in schools across much of the region, as well as policies successfully adapted in other countries. The book also provides a thorough assessment of the pros and cons of digital teaching and learning materials and cautions against the assumption that they can immediately replace printed textbooks.

12 May 2015 description
report ACMAD

Highlights

  • During June-July-August 2015, Below average precipitation is very likely over southern Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, extreme southern Mali, Western half of Côte d’Ivoire, coastal part of Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

  • Below average precipitation is likely over Guinea Conakry, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, extreme Southern-West Ghana, lake chad region, extreme southern of South Sudan and Ethiopia, northern-east DCR, northern Uganda, and Kenyan from May to August

11 May 2015 description

KEYS POINTS

  • Globally good agricultural production in the Sahel and West Africa 2014-2015 campaign.

  • The regional analysis of the Cadre harmonisé in March showed that 4,749,000 persons will be in a situation of food security crisis and emergency in the region from March to May 2015.

  • From June 2015, the nutritional situation in the Sahel may become worrying, as global acute malnutrition rates are expected to exceed the alert threshold (10 percent) in several areas, and may reach the emergency threshold (15 percent) in some places.

06 May 2015 description

BURKINA FASO

160,000 POULTRY EGGS DESTROYED TO PREVENT AVIAN FLU SPREAD

As a preventive measure against the spread of the Avian Flu epidemic, more than 160,000 eggs were seized and destroyed in Manga, South-Central region. The area had reported the majority of Avian Flu cases in February and March.

GUINEA

NEW PROTESTS IN CONAKRY LEAVE MANY INJURED

06 May 2015 description

HIGHLIGHTS

Targeted training for frontline border officials

Border officials from 3 key regions were trained in access to asylum and core international protection principles in preparation for the upcoming elections in neighbouring countries.

Ministerial Committee on Buduburam land inaugurated

The Ministry of Interior inaugurated a six-member committee to investigate and make recommendations to resolve land dispute issues at Buduburam refugee camp.

04 May 2015 description
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General Situation during April 2015
Forecast until mid-June 2015

02 May 2015 description
report UN Children's Fund

Au 05 avril 2015, la région de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Centre a enregistré environ 7,837 cas et 142 décès (Let = 1.8%) de choléra dans 6 pays.
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As of 05th April 2015, 7,837 cases and 142 deaths (CFR = 1.8%) of cholera have been registered in the West and Central Africa region in 6 countries.

01 May 2015 description

Key messages

  • Nigeria has successfully weathered the stress test of presidential elections. This peaceful transition has reinforced the democratisation process occurring throughout West Africa. Other crucial elections are planned in the region in the coming months.

  • Both the Ebola crisis and falling oil prices were a shock to the region. West Africa recorded 6% growth in 2014 and will continue the trend this year. The diversification of the economy, in agriculture and in services, will protect against external shocks.

29 Apr 2015 description
  • A continued absence of rainfall across northern Ethiopia expected to adversely affect crop and pastoral conditions.
  • Largely suppressed early season rains observed during the 2nd dekad of April over much of West Africa.

1) Since late December, an unseasonable distribution of monsoonal rainfall has resulted in anomalous dryness and poor ground conditions unfavorable for crops across several local areas in southern Angola, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and South Africa.

29 Apr 2015 description

Global Highlights

  • In Q1-2015, FAO’s global cereal price index fell a further 13 percent year-on-year. It is now 5 percent lower than in Q4-2014.

  • Real prices of wheat have fallen by 10 percent over the last quarter. Prices are 20 percent lower than in Q1-2014 and at their lowest levels since mid-2010, thanks to large supplies, favourable production forecasts and strong export competition.

28 Apr 2015 description

Lome, Togo | AFP | Tuesday 4/29/2015 - 00:00 GMT

Togo's President Faure Gnassingbe has won a third term with 58.75 percent of the vote in Saturday's polls, the electoral commission said, with his main rival Jean-Pierre Fabre taking 34.95 percent.

"The national electoral commission states that Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe has been elected based on provisional results which are subject to confirmation by the Constitutional Court," the commission's head Taffa Tabiou said late Tuesday.

28 Apr 2015 description

IMF Projects Solid Growth for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Face of Headwinds

Press Release No. 15/179
April 28, 2015

Introducing the April 2015 IMF Regional Economic Outlook: Sub-Saharan Africa, Ms. Antoinette Sayeh, Director of the IMF’s African Department commented today:

24 Apr 2015 description

SG/SM/16697-AFR/3121

The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:

On the eve of the presidential election in Togo, the Secretary-General calls on all national stakeholders to recommit themselves to ensuring that the election is conducted in a peaceful, free and transparent manner and reflects the will of the people of Togo.

The Secretary-General calls on all political leaders and their supporters to resolve any disputes that may arise from the electoral process through constitutional and peaceful means.

24 Apr 2015 description

Little rainfall expected over atypically dry areas of northern Ethiopia

  1. Erratic, below-average rainfall in February and early March, followed by four consecutive weeks of little to no rainfall since mid-March has led to large moisture deficits and rapidly deteriorating ground conditions in Ethiopia. The absence of mid-season rainfall is likely to adversely affect cropping activities in Belg-producing areas of the country.

22 Apr 2015 description
  • Very poor rains across northern Ethiopia expected to negatively affect “Belg” season cropping activities.

  • Average to above-average rains continue across parts of Kenya, Tanzania, and southern Somalia.