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LAGOS — Google on Monday said it has renewed its commitment to support startups in Africa with a combined 6 million dollars funding to startup founders and female entrepreneurs in Africa. Nitin Gajria, Managing Director of Google Sub-Saharan Africa said on Monday in a statement that It was part of the ongoing plans to double down on supporting Black startup Founders. Gajra said that this program in collaboration with the Tony Elumelu Foundation will provide...

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By Michelle Garvin, Guest Columnist and Blogger   On May 31st, the people of Somaliland went to the polls to participate in long-delayed parliamentary and municipal elections. The largely autonomous region in the north of Somalia, which had a different colonial history from the rest of the country and declared its independence in 1991, is building an impressive history of credible elections and peaceful transfers of power. While Somalilanders were peacefully making their will clear at the...

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NEW YORK —  The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) says it is working with partners to restore water to people affected by volcanic eruptions in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). UNICEF said on Monday that the agency was working to restore water supply to roughly 200,000 people, including some 100,000 children, affected by the volcanic eruption in Goma, DRC. The eruption of Mount Nyiragongo on 22 May melted mains water pipes and damaged a...

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By John Campbell, Guest Columnist and Blogger   As the results of the 2020 U.S. national census become known, the American media is digesting the finding that the country’s population is no longer growing. The May 23 Sunday New York Times lead article “above the fold” highlighted how new a stagnant or declining birthrate and immigration is for the United States. The United States is joining Europe and East Asia, where a demographic decline and collapse of birth rates...

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May 27, 2021, the Houston’s Mayor Sylvester Turner joined other dignitaries to commemorate the 4th Annual Africa Day Reception. This is the only event held annually to strengthen ties between the city of Houston and the local African community. Organizers say by re-connecting, this event allows a cultural exchange and supports global understanding. Attended by Ambassadors of most African countries, The Africa Day Reception is part of a series of events in observance of Africa...

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By Kattie Auth, Todd Moss, and Rose Mutiso   The new U.S. Climate Finance Plan aims to double contributions to climate funding for developing countries. A renewed emphasis on emerging economies is good news for the climate, but in presenting support as “protecting the world’s poorest” and helping “communities in need,” the plan reflects old thinking. Climate finance is not charity to help the vulnerable or an incentive to reduce emissions. It is a rare...

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The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved a new policy on water, prioritizing water security and the transformation of water assets to foster sustainable, green, and inclusive economic growth in regional member countries. “The new water policy provides a general framework for the African Development Bank Group to expand its role as the continent’s partner promoting the integrated development and management of Africa’s water sector for inclusive and sustainable...

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President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday in Paris, France, urged the European countries and global financial institutions to consider loan restructure or complete debt reliefs, and release more vaccines to the Africa continent. President Buhari said this will reduce the devastating effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on African economies. Buhari made the call on Tuesday at the Financing Africa Summit held at Grande Palais Ephemere, Paris. The spokesperson to the Nigerian President, Garba Shehu, quoted Buhari...

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France President, Emmanuel Macron, on Tuesday, hosted African leaders and global financial institutions for a summit seeking to provide Africa with critical financing after the coronavirus pandemic that drained the coffers of the continent. Africa has so far been less badly hit by the pandemic than other global regions — with a total of 130,000 dead across the continent, compared with 3.4 million worldwide. But the economic cost is only too apparent, with the International...

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Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari will on Sunday depart Abuja for Paris, France, on a four-day official visit to attend African Finance Summit. The Summit will be focused on reviewing the African economy, following shocks from the Coronavirus pandemic, and getting relief, especially from increased debt burden on countries. Garba Shehu, Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media & Publicity) in a statement on Saturday said the Summit will be hosted by President Emmanuel Macron. The...

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