International: Finance Minister Momodu Kargbo highlights anti-poverty agenda at high-level UN forum

Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Momodu Kargbo

Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Momodu Kargbo said Tuesday that the government of Sierra Leone considers extreme poverty as a prevalence of injustice and serious threat to national security. He made the comment during his national statement at a three day ministerial meeting of the high-level political forum on sustainable development, “eradicating poverty and promoting prosperity in a changing world” which concluded at the United Nations (UN) Headquarters in New York.

Tanzania’s government assures investors protection

Prof. Adolf Mkenda addressing participants

Tanzania’s Minister for Finance and Planning Dr. Phillip Mpango has assured investors in Tanzania that they will continue to be protected. He was speaking during a one day High level Thinker’s Dialogue on Development Cooperation between Tanzania and China.

Zimbabwe: Protestors in tussle with police

Zimbabwe Protestors

Zimbabwe’s capital Harare witnessed clashes between protestors and the police with the latter throwing teargas to disperse the mob . The protestors under the banner of NERA(National Electoral Reform Agenda)youth forum and MyZimbabwe-a campaign by MDC-T youth assembly were demonstrating against the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission(ZEC) accusing it of putting various mechanisms meant to disenfranchise would-be voters. The youths started the march early in the morning wielding placards that were inscribed with messages like ‘ZEC Must Fall, ‘We Say No to Piece Meal Reforms, We Demand Adequate Registration Centers, Makarau Must Go,’ Mugabe Must Go Now among many other messages reflecting displeasure on the electoral body’s administration of voter registration and other electoral processes.

Fish farming in Tanzania gets new impetus.

Dr. Tausi Kida the ESRF executive director addressing journalists at the event

The Tanzania’s leading think tank institution the Economic and Social Research Foundation (ESRF) has yet conducted another potential training in fish farming which has benefited stakeholders from various circles. This is in its continued efforts to empower entrepreneurs and other people from all-walks -of life. Being one of the outreach programmes, 253 people benefited in multiple ways from watching documentaries, interactive lectures to exhibitions on the fish farms, ponds and tank fish keeping.

Liberia: New statistics reveal scale of challenge ahead….

Chuchu Selma, WaterAid Liberia and Sierra Leone Deputy Country Director

Figures released today reveal the scale of the challenge ahead to bring universal access to water and sanitation in Liberia by 2030, the international development organisation WaterAid has said. WaterAid’s analysis of figures released today by the Joint Monitoring Programme-a body set up by UNICEF and the World Health Organization to collate data on water and sanitation coverage, shows that Liberia will deliver a community source of clean water within a 30-minute round trip to everyone by 2071.

Zambia: Joseph Phiri unravel his incredible musical talent

Joseph Phiri

KhutilaNazo (Be satisfied with what you have) marks as Joseph Phiri’s debut musical studio album. The newly unveiled musical album is a glory, loaded with messages of counsel to youths, and all those that can interpret his lyrics. Phiri a Zambian born and bred artiste says he opted to counsel populaces following a pain-staking-observation of the changing times, with many losing their ethnical moral to western ethos.

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.