Rwanda’s Paul Kagame hands over AU leadership to Egyptian president

Rwanda’s Paul Kagame has ended his one-year mandate as the Chairperson of the African Union on Sunday after handing over the position to his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Photo: Rwandan presidency The handover was done at the 32nd Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) heads of state and government summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, which will end on Monday. President Kagame who has chalked some successes under his tenure was optimistic that successor would take the AU to its goals. “Our objective was to continue…

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Rwanda: Construction of Ellen Degeneres Campus Begins Next Week

Photo: Ellen DeGeneres Portia surprised her wife Ellen with the Gift of a Lifetime: The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund that will support the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s permanent home in Rwanda. By Julius Bizimungu The ground-breaking ceremony of the long awaited Ellen DeGeneres’ Campus of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund begins next week, and officials say the campus could create more than 1,500 jobs during the construction process. “We estimate that 1,500 jobs will be created (with 40 per cent of the workforce being female) and $2 million spent on…

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Africa: Leaders Launch Health Financing Initiative for Universal Health Coverage

press release Addis Ababa — African Heads of State and Government, Ministers of Health and Finance, business leaders and global partners gathered yesterday ahead of the 32nd Summit of the African Union (AU), to launch a new initiative aimed at increasing commitments for health, improving the impact of spending and ensuring the achievement of universal health coverage across Africa’s 55 countries. With the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development just over a decade away, H.E. President Paul Kagame, President, Republic of Rwanda and AU Chair, convened the Africa Leadership Meeting: Investing…

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Meet the African Winners of the World Summit Awards 2018

From Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and Rwanda, seven African initiatives have won the 2018 World Summit Awards, recognized for their digital innovation and social impact. The World Summit Awards (WSA) was founded in 2003 by Austria as part of the UN World Summit on Information Society as a global initiative to award local digital content with high social value and presents it worldwide. Most remarkable and inspiring is the diversity of innovative approaches that these African initiatives have taken to solve challenges and often-unique situations in their communities and countries. Sokowatch…

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Congo-Kinshasa: Why Ebola Vaccine On Trial in the DRC Is Raising Hopes

Photo: World Health Organisation Health workers practice proper donning of protective gear during training on vaccination against Ebola. analysis By Arthur Wickenhagen, University of Glasgow and Shirin Ashraf The World Health Organisation (WHO) has emphasised that an experimental vaccine is playing a major role in controlling the spread of Ebola in the ongoing outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Without the vaccine, the outbreak has the potential to spiral out of control, considering the country’s social and political landscape as well as the sheer ability of the virus…

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