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World + 8 others
World Bank to Finance 19 Centers of Excellence to Help Transform Science, Technology, and Higher Education in Africa

Report
World Bank

WASHINGTON, April 15, 2014 – The World Bank’s Board of Executive Directors has approved US$150 million to finance 19 university-based Centers of Excellence in seven countries in West and Central Africa. These competitively selected centers will receive funding for advanced specialized studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-related disciplines, as well as in agriculture and health.

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Nigeria + 17 others
Meningitis Weekly Bulletin Week 13 2014

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At week 13 of the 2014 epidemic season, two LGAs in Nigeria have crossed the epidemic threshold, and in the other counties, six districts have surpassed the alert threshold:

• Burkina Faso: Nanoro remains in alert with an AR of 7.6;

• Cameroon: Mbengwi has crossed the alert threshold with an AR of 7.1 • Gambia: Jarra West crossed the alert threshold with an AR of 7.0 • Ghana: Yendi and Wa have crossed the alert threshold with the following AR: 5.7 and 5.2.

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Mali + 16 others
Afrique de l’Ouest Bulletin Mensuel des Prix Avril 2014

L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.

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Mali + 14 others
West Africa Price Bulletin April 2014

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

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Mali + 5 others
$5.3 million to Right To Play for Sport for Development

The Government of Canada is committed to sport and play as powerful tools to achieving health, education and conflict-resolution goals in developing countries.

To mark the first International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, Canada announced today $5.3 million to Right To Play for the Advancing Health, Education and Development for Children and Youth (AHEAD) project in West and Francophone Africa.

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World + 32 others
Price Watch February 2014 Prices

KEY MESSAGES

  • In West Africa, regional 2013/14 grain harvests were 11 percent above average. Markets were well-supplied in February. Production shortfalls in eastern Niger and northern Chad resulted in atypical price increases. Institutional purchases were ongoing in Niger and Mali at normal levels in February. Rice imports from international markets contributed to food availability in coastal countries (Pages 3-5).

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Benin + 6 others
Africa West Coast Long Term Planning Framework 2012-2015 Version 2

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) West Coast Regional Representation (WCRR) established in 2011 in Abidjan covers seven National Societies of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria Sierra Leone and Togo. The regional office is established to coordinate and provide technical support to the developments of National Societies (NS) programmes, institutional capacity that will maximise the Red Cross impact in the region.

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Mali + 16 others
Afrique de l’Ouest Bulletin Mensuel des Mars 2014

L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.

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World + 23 others
Réduire la pauvreté et investir dans le capital humain : le nouveau rôle des filets sociaux en Afrique - Études de cas dans 22 pays

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World Bank

La stratégie de protection sociale de la Banque mondiale pour l’Afrique de 2012 à 2022 met en lumière la nécessité d’établir une base factuelle solide pour étayer la préparation et la mise en œuvre de programmes de protection sociale sur ce continent. Depuis 2009, la Banque mondiale a réalisé des évaluations approfondies des filets sociaux dans 22 pays d’Afrique subsaharienne.

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Nigeria + 17 others
Meningitis Weekly Bulletin Week 09 2014

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At week 9 of the 2014 epidemic season, one LGA in Nigeria was in epidemic phase and four districts were in alert phase in Benin, Ghana and Chad:

  • Benin: The district of Tanguieta has remained in alert phase with an AR of 7.4 and the district of Cobly has crossed again the alert threshold with an AR of 7.3;

  • Ghana: The district of Jirapa has crossed the alert threshold with an AR of 5.3;

  • Nigeria: The LGA of Aliero has crossed again the epidemic threshold with an AR of 11.9;

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Burundi + 27 others
OFID’s Governing Board approves fresh funding in its 146th session - Funds to benefit over 30 countries worldwide

Vienna, Austria, March 18, 2014. Meeting in its 146th Session, the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved financing of nearly US$264 million to boost socio-economic development in over 30 partner countries. Of the new commitments, over US$193m will support 10 public sector loans and nine grants. The bulk of the public sector funding will co-finance agriculture, transportation, education, energy, health and water supply and sanitation projects.

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Mali + 9 others
Food security and humanitarian implications in West Africa and the Sahel, N°53 - February 2014

KEY POINTS

  • The food security situation is deteriorating in certain regions of Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad due to an early start of the lean season

  • Results of the latest food security surveys in Senegal and Mauritania indicate a critical situation for poor households in the Zones-at-Risk

  • Since December 2013, cereal prices are relatively stable throughout the region but remain above their five year averages

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Mali + 15 others
West Africa Price Bulletin February 2014

West Africa can be divided into three agro-ecological zones or three different trade basins (West Basin, Central Basin and East Basin). Both important for understanding market behavior and dynamics.

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World + 3 others
Infographic: Expanding Access to Water to the Poor Through the Domestic Private Sector

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World Bank

Today, 2.5 billion people lack access to basic sanitation and at least 780 million people lack access to safe drinking water. This causes thousands of children to die each day and hundreds of billions of dollars in global economic losses every year.

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Mali + 16 others
Afrique de l’Ouest Bulletin Mensuel des Prix Février 2014

L'Afrique de l’Ouest peut être divisée en trois zones agro-écologiques ou en trois bassins commerciaux (bassins de l’ouest, bassin du centre, bassin de l’est). Les deux sont importants pour l'interprétation du comportement et de la dynamique du marché.

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World + 6 others
Tapping the Markets: Opportunities for Domestic Investments in Water and Sanitation for the Poor

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World Bank

Developing country governments and the international development community are looking for ways to accelerate access to improved water and sanitation services beyond the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targets. Countries do not have the capacity to meet the need for improved water supplies and sanitation services from public resources alone. These challenges present an opportunity for domestic enterprises in these growing markets. In fact, millions of poor and non-poor households rely on the private sector to meet their needs.

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Benin + 3 others
IFAD grant of US$1.95million to create opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa

Investing in rural youth is critical if they are to stay in rural areas and contribute to their development

Rome, 26 February 2014 – The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) will provide a grant of US$1.95 million to the Centre for Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CEED) to support creating opportunities for rural youth in West and Central Africa, beginning in Benin, Cameroon, Gambia and Nigeria.

Heather Spidell, President and CEO of CEED, and Michel Mordasini, Vice President of IFAD, signed the grant agreement today.

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République du Bénin : Analyse globale de la vulnérabilité et de la sécurité alimentaire (AGVSA), janvier 2014

Data were collected for the Benin Comprehensive Food Security and Vulnerability Analysis (CFSVA) in February and March 2013. The analysis was based on two surveys – a household-level survey of 15,000 households and a key informants survey of 750 villages. Results are reliable at national, department and commune levels and they are indicative of the situation in the pre-lean season period. Nationally, 1,1 million people were found to be food insecure (representing 11% of all households). A third of households (34%) were classified as being marginally food secure.