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19 Dec 2018 description

The United States deported 98 Mauritanians this year, compared to just eight in 2017

By Nellie Peyton

NOUAKCHOTT, DEC 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mo had nothing but a set of jail clothes and the name of a distant cousin when he boarded the deportation flight from the United States to Mauritania, the African country he had fled.

14 Dec 2018 description

by Laurie Goering | @lauriegoering | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 13 December 2018 13:19 GMT

"There are limits" to how much people can adapt if drought continues to worsen in the semi-arid Sahel, researchers warn

KATOWICE, Poland, Dec 13 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Climate change is driving much drier conditions in Africa's Sahel belt, which has experienced a 50-percent hike in record dry months in recent decades, scientists said.

30 May 2018 description

Can negotiating safe travel corridors across national borders help the Sahel's pastoralists survive intensifying drought?

By Zoe Tabary and Valeria Cardi

R'KIZ, Mauritania, May 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Chronic fatigue, weight loss and lingering sadness. Mohammed Elmouved does not need a doctor to diagnose his symptoms.

"It's my animals," said the livestock owner, at a dusty herders' camp in R'Kiz, on the edge of the Mauritanian desert.

18 Apr 2018 description

MAFOUNDOU, Mauritania, April 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Every year when the pastoralist men in Fatima Demba's Mauritanian village return from their months-long journey to find pastures and water, the women erupt in wild celebrations.

"We draw henna tattoos on our bodies, we braid our hair, we wear our nicest clothes," she said, re-adjusting her bright yellow and blue robe.

Yet although she longs for her husband to come home, Demba sees one benefit in his absence.

23 Mar 2018 description

by Nellie Peyton | @nelliepeyton | Thomson Reuters Foundation
Thursday, 22 March 2018 17:20 GMT

"The repression is getting worse and worse"

By Nellie Peyton

DAKAR, March 22 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Anti-slavery activists in Mauritania are increasingly being arrested and protests banned as the state tightens restrictions on human rights groups, activists and organisations said on Thursday.

Slavery is a historical practice in Mauritania, which became the last country worldwide to legally abolish it in 1981.

19 Sep 2017 description

Vienna, Austria, September 19, 2017. The 160th Session of the Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has approved nearly US$250 million of new development funding to benefit developing countries across the globe.

04 Apr 2017 description
  • 2 nd meeting of the LLF Impact Committee in Riyadh approves major pipeline of $242.6 million in development projects for 2017

  • Representatives from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UAE, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Islamic Solidarity Fund for Development, and the Islamic Development Bank agree on project pipeline to lift poorest OIC countries out of poverty

  • Projects approved in Tajikistan, Sudan, Djibouti, Niger, Mauritania, Cameroon, Uganda, and Guinea

06 Mar 2017 description

"People think sometimes that insurance is the solution for everything. It is not correct"

By Alex Whiting

LONDON, March 6 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - More developing countries urgently need insurance to cushion their farmers against weather extremes that can worsen poverty, but it is no magic bullet to ward off the escalating impacts of climate change, experts say.

The burning question of how to stop drought becoming a major crisis - especially in Africa - has caused many to eye insurance as a possible answer.

02 Mar 2016 description

Source: Thomson Reuters Foundation - Wed, 2 Mar 2016 00:01 GMT

Author: Kieran Guilbert

NOUAKCHOTT, March 2 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Terrified of being dragged out of university and thrown into civil war like many of his fellow students, 23-year-old Amer fled Syria, hoping for a new life free of suffering and strife.

Read the full article on the Thomson Reuters Foundation

02 Feb 2016 description

Author: Katie Nguyen

LONDON, Feb 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mauritania has some of West Africa's richest fishing waters yet overfishing by foreign trawlers means that hundreds of pirogues, or wooden canoes used by small-scale fishermen, must go further out to sea to net ever smaller catches.

Fishing is an important part of the mostly desert country's economy, accounting for 7 percent of gross domestic product and providing about 40,000 jobs, according to the World Bank.

30 Jul 2015 description

1. Key points

  • According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)’s Financial Tracking Service (FTS), donors have committed/contributed US$35.7 million of humanitarian assistance to Mauritania so far in 2015. The European Union (EU)’s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection department (ECHO) is the largest donor in 2015, having contributed or committed US$13.2 million to the crisis.

26 Jun 2015 description

Today, the AFD, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation signed an innovative partnership worth €100 million at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, in the presence of Minister Laurent Fabius and Minister of State for Development and Francophony, Annick Girardin. The partnership aims to increase vaccine coverage in six French-speaking countries of the Sahel region: Burkina Faso, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Chad.

26 Jun 2015 description

L'AFD, Gavi, l’Alliance du Vaccin et la Fondation Bill & Melinda Gates ont signé aujourd’hui, au Quai d’Orsay, en présence de Laurent Fabius, ministre des Affaires étrangères et du Développement international et d'Annick Girardin, secrétaire d’Etat au Développement et à la Francophonie, un partenariat innovant d’un montant de 100 M€, destiné à accroitre la couverture vaccinale dans six pays francophones de la zone sahélienne : le Burkina Faso, le Mali, la Mauritanie, le Niger, le Sénégal et le Tchad.

15 Oct 2014 description

PARIS (October 14, 2014) – The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation today announced that Agence de Médecine Préventive (AMP) has received the third annual Gates Vaccine Innovation Award in recognition of EPIVAC, an on-the-job training program for district medical officers to improve immunization program performance in 11 Francophone African countries: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

19 Mar 2014 description

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.

17 Jun 2013 description

Vienna, Austria, June 17, 2013. The Governing Board of the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), meeting in its 143rd Session on June 13, has approved 17 loans and grants totaling over US$234 million to boost socio-economic development in over 44 partner countries. The majority of the public sector funding will co-finance transportation, energy and water supply and sanitation projects.

The approved public sector loans are as follows:

Burkina Faso

18 Feb 2013 description

Jeddah, KSA, 11.02.2013 – According to a financing agreement signed on Saturday at IDB headquarters between Dr. Ahmad Mohamed Ali, Chairman, IDB Group, and H.E Dr. Sidi Ould Bebaha Ould Tah, Minister of Economic Affairs and Development and IDB Governor for Mauritania, the IDB will contribute US$ 16 million for the expansion of health care services in Mauritania’s rural areas.

11 Jan 2013 description
report REACH Initiative


La crise malienne est une crise multidimensionnelle qui comprend autant des tendances prolongées, telles que la sécheresse et les conflits touchant le nord du pays, que des événements temporaires comme les inondations de juillet et août cette année. Ces phénomènes ont provoqué le déplacement interne de quelques 200'000 personnes qui se sont principalement déplacées vers des zones urbaines dans le sud du pays.

10 Oct 2012 description
report Maplecroft

'Arab Awakening' countries at increased risk from 2013 food price shock

Despite strong economic growth, food security remains an issue of primary importance for Africa, according to a new study by risk analysis company Maplecroft, which classifies 75% of the continent’s countries at ‘high’ or ‘extreme risk.’