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After 50 years, Africa’s refugee policy still leads

•Despite growing challenges, the 1969 OAU refugee convention has meaningfully shaped Africa’s policymaking and practice. Tsion Tadese Abebe, Allehone Abebe and Marina Sharpe ‘Africa has set the gold standard for solidarity’ on refugee response, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres stated at the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa in February. ‘Despite

Nigeria losing $1b annually to medical tourism–Authorities

Timothy Obiezu Nigerian authorities say the country is losing more than $1 billion annually to medical tourism as tens of thousands of Nigerians travel abroad in search of the best treatment. Nigeria’s Health Ministry says it is building several world-class health centers to address the issue, but not even the country’s

AU, FG seeks new narrative for youths as ‘agents of violence, insurgency’

Godsgift Onyedinefu The Federal Government of Nigeria has said that efforts towards sustainable peace and security in Nigeria, West African Region and African continent will remain a mirage if the youthful population are still perceived  as prepators of violence, insurgency and other security issues. The Minister for Youths and sports Development,

African summit gives Sudan military three months for reforms

•Sudanese people have three months to agree on system of rule Mohamed Wali, Sami Aboudi and Nadine Awadallah African leaders meeting in Cairo on Tuesday agreed to give Sudan’s ruling military council three months to implement democratic reforms, Egypt said on Tuesday, amid pressure for a quick handover of power to

AU commissions study on youth’s contribution to peace and security in Africa 

•Develops study methodology  Senator Iroegbu  The African Union (AU) African Union (AU) Peace and Security Council (PSC) has commissioned a continent-wide study to ascertain the contribution of youth in security and peace-building in Africa. To this end, the Peace and Security Department (PSD) of the African Union Commission (AUC) on December 12-14, 2018,  in Addis

2019: ECOWAS, AU develops 42 checklists on election violence hotspots in Nigeria 

•Trains 80 election monitors on violence mitigation   Godsgift Onyedinefu  The West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) in partnership with the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union (AU) have developed about 42 checklist to monitor potential election violence hotspots Nigeria. They have also trained trained 80 election monitors,

African leaders to hold summit to resolve differences

•Meeting on Nov. 17 to discuss reform agenda which proposes downsizing and equal representation for women   Addis Getachew The African Union (AU) is set to convene an extraordinary session of heads of state and government ahead of a January meeting, a diplomatic source said Monday. The meeting is expected to discuss the AU

2019: INEC, WANEP launches election violence monitoring project

•Urges govt to take proactive steps 'before things get out of hand' Godsgift Onyedinefu   Ahead of the 2019 general elections, the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC) in collaboration with the African Union (AU),  West Africa Network for Peace Building (WANEP) has launched the 2019 Election Violence Monitoring, Analysis and Mitigation (EMAM) Project. The INEC