LIBERIA: CSO Calls for Increment in WASH Budget

Rep. Prince Moye, Chair on the National Budget Committee making remarks

As the National Legislature reviews the 2017/2018 Fiscal Budget, United Youth for Peace, Education, Transparency & Development is calling on the Legislature to increase the budget for Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH). In a petition statement presented by the local WASH CSO group, the group reminded the Legislature about the important role WASH plays in the social and economic development of any nation.

Zambia: European Investment Bank to set base in Zambia

European Investment Bank

The decision by the European Investment Bank (EIB) to set-up a country office is a clear endorsement by Europe that Zambia is one of the best investment destinations in Africa, Minister of Finance, Felix Mutati, has said. ‘’The plan to set up a country office in Zambia by a Triple A (AAA) credit rated organisation like the European Investment Bank whose board of governors are Finance ministers in the entire European Union, means the international community is steadily appreciating the government’s algorithm for the economic recovery programme and stabilisation programme, Zambia-Plus,’’ Mr. Mutati elaborated.

LIBERIA: WaterAid’s WASH project impacts Grand Kru County

CODES CEO holding WASH Meeting with residents of Yeatiken, Grand Kru

In a bid to support the Government of Liberia WASH initiative, the British charity, WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone has engaged in several WASH projects in the country with the aim of restoring the dignity of Liberians and foreign residents. The charity in concert with one of its local partners, Community Development Services (CODES) has provided WASH services in several communities in Grand Kru County. Grand Kru County, like other counties in the south east of Liberia is in dire need of Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) services.

Zimbabwe: Young Kadoma artistes’ plea on child marriages

Trice the group's leader

A group of artistes under the Kadoma-based stable ‘Born-To-Shine’ have added their voices against the orgy of child marriages .The group’s lead singer Tatenda Chisamba popularly known as Trice in showbiz spoke to this paper about the song entitled ‘No to Child Marriages’ where he said as young artistes they came up with a positive message to chastise particularly parents who marry off their daughters to fend off poverty.

LIBERIA: WaterAid launches 5-year transboundary strategy

Group photo, Staff and Partners of WaterAid following the launch of the 5-Year Transboundary Strategic Plan

WaterAid Transboundary Programme of Liberia and Sierra Leone has launched a five-Year Strategic Plan. The Transboundary Strategy runs from 2016/17 – 2021. The Strategy will guide WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone Transboundary Programme for three years to come (2016/17-2018/19), after which WaterAid shall be operating two distinct Country Programmes in the last 2 years (2019/20 – 2020/21). Five years budget for WaterAid Liberia is estimated at E7,126,351 , while Sierra Leone is estimated at E7,418,425 in (GBP). The 5-Year Strategic Plan which is been described by the British Charity as a road map, will address critical WASH issues in Liberia and Sierra Leone.

LIBERIA: Evangelical Congregational Church Ends 48th Annual Conference ..several projects targeted

Bishop G. Abraham Powell of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL), delivering a Special Message at the close of the Conference on Sunday

The Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL) has ended its 48th Liberia Annual Conference with several key projects earmarked for the development of the Church in Liberia. According to the Church, the 48th Liberia Annual Conference focused on uniting the Church(ECCOL), future activities and how the Church fits in the development of Liberia. The 48th Liberia Annual Conference of the Evangelical Congregational Church of Liberia (ECCOL) brought together about four hundred Delegates from 6 of the 15 counties of Liberia.

Sierra Leonean soul star Azania to spend equal time between Geneva and New York in 2017

Sierra Leonean soul star Azania articulates her career move for 2017 during a recent interview in Lido Restaurant in Harlem, New York

Despite the heavy rain, Sierra Leonean soul queen Azania braved the wet and cold weather last Tuesday just to keep a scheduled interview appointment at Lido Restaurant in the heart of Harlem in New York City. Many other artists would have simply cancelled the interview due to bad weather. But not Azania who fully understands the true value and power of publicity for artists, musicians and entertainers. During our conversation, She updated her career status relative to the past two years that she has lived and worked in Geneva, Switzerland. And her plans for 2017 among other things.

Revolutionary art work tagged “INSIDE ASO ROCK” an artistic representation of what’s going on inside Aso Rock Villa.

INSIDE ASO ROCK

This painting by Mazi Daniel Awgu is a revolutionary painting created to change the way things work in Nigeria, change the mindsets of Nigerians, even in this current economic recession facing the country which has exposed the average Nigerian to hardship. In this interview our Nigerian correspondent, tried to find out why Mr. Daniel Agwu Nwankwo who refers to himself as a prophet with paint and brush conceived this idea, using the seat of government, Nigeria’s Presidential Villa, Aso Rock Villa where the president lives and operates from as a focal point to drive home his message of change and hope to Nigerians. The painting is tagged “Inside Aso Rock”.

LIBERIA: GOL, UNICEF end WASH BAT workshop

Participants at the just ended WASH Bottleneck Analysis Workshop in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County

A technical working group has been established by the Government of Liberia and partners at the just ended WASH BAT workshop in Buchanan City, Grand Bassa County. The working group was formed at the end of a 3-Day workshop organized by the Government of Liberia and UNICEF. The three-day gathering was aimed at addressing bottlenecks in the water, sanitation and hygiene sector of Liberia.