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World Health Organisation (WHO) ban virginity Tests

The World Health Organisation’s (WHO) ban on virginity test is a welcome relief: it is long overdue but better late than never. The practice has gone on for far too long creating obvious embarrassment to the victims of the crazy procedure. It is surprising that in spite of its unscientific …

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Africa Near the Bottom of World Bank’s New Human Capital Index

The World Bank has recently released its Human Capital Index, part of the Human Capital Project. The index seeks to measure how much economic productivity per capita is being lost because of underinvestment in human capital. For example, the index estimates that in Nigeria, a statistically average child has an earning …

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3 things the World Bank must do about African Industrialisation

Last week, the president of the World Bank Group (WBG), Jim Yong Kim, conceded his organisation has wrongly advised African governments over the years about the ideal pathway to industrialisation. He noted that emphasising hard infrastructures like road, rails, and energy backed by loans has not helped Africa industrialise. Unfortunately, this is …

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USAID tasks CSOs on making office holders accountable to citizens

The Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) have been urged to shun partisanship to enable them create a healthy tension for political office holders to feel accountable to the citizens.The Chief of Party, Chemonics and United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Charles Abani, observed that several politicians in Nigeria do not …

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World Bank agrees on $3bn loan to Egypt

Egypt has reached an agreement on a new $3 billion financing deal with the World Bank, the country’s investment and international cooperation announced yesterday. Sahar Nasr said that she had agreed with the World Bank officials on the final arrangements for a new loan for Egypt. Nasr’s statement neither provided …

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Africa Regional Media Hub Press Briefing on World Food Day with USAID Bureau for Food Security Assistant Administrator Beth Dunford and USAID Food for Peace Director Matt Nims via Teleconference

Good afternoon to everyone from the U.S. Department of State’s Africa Regional Media Hub. I would like to thank our participants dialing in from across the continent and thank all of you for joining this discussion. Today we are very pleased to be joined by Beth Dunford, the U.S. Agency …

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