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World Bank gives Rwanda $70 mln to help fight poverty  2015-01-26
Rwanda received $70 million in aid from the World Bank to help reduce poverty by improving the African state's social protection benefits meant for the poorest households. Rwanda, one of sub-Saharan Africa's fastest growing economies over the past decade, has put poverty alleviation at the heart of its policy since the end of a genocide that killed 800,000 people in mid-1990s. The number of ...
UN, U.S. Praise Congo Parliament After Approval of Amended Law  2015-01-26
The United Nations and U.S. praised the Democratic Republic of Congo’s parliament for approving an amended version of an electoral law as calm returned to the capital, Kinshasa, after protests last week that left as many as 40 people dead.
Congo MPs pass amended census law  2015-01-26
The Democratic Republic of Congo parliament passes an amended controversial census bill, following four days of violent nationwide protests.
Democratic Republic of Congo adopts new electoral law after protests  2015-01-26
Doubts remain over the timetable for fresh polls in the troubled central African nation
Rwanda: WB Approves U.S. $70 Millon Social Protection Funding  2015-01-26
[New Times]The World Bank Group on Friday approved a $70-million (about Rwf49 billion) credit to support Rwanda's social protection strategy.
Rwanda: Good Policies Pay Off, Visiting IMF Director Lagarde Says of Rwanda  2015-01-26
[New Times]The Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, will today begin her three day visit to Rwanda, her first since she came to the helm of the institution in 2011. In an e-mail correspondence with The New Times' Kenneth Agutamba, Lagarde sheds light on her institution's current relationship with Rwanda and commends the country's transformative and inclusive ...
Press Releases: Democratic Republic of Congo - Compromise Electoral Law Adopted  2015-01-26
Democratic Republic of Congo - Compromise Electoral Law Adopted Press Statement Jen Psaki Department Spokesperson Washington, DC January 25, 2015 The United States welcomes the Parliament of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's approval of electoral legislation that sets the country on course towards timely elections in line with its Constitution. We applaud the efforts of the National ...
Michigan State, Rwanda collaborate on helping women in agribusiness  2015-01-26
Associated Press - EAST LANSING — Michigan State University and the University of Rwanda are teaming up to start a degree program aimed at helping women in the East African nation get a stronger foothold in agribusiness. The first students begin classes in February in the capital of Kigali under the master of science program, jointly developed with funding from the U.S. Agency for International ...
Congo parliament passes election law stripped of census requirement  2015-01-25
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament gave final approval on Sunday to an electoral law shorn of a controversial provision that risked delaying a vote due in 2016 and had triggered days of deadly protests. The reversal is a major blow for President Joseph Kabila's camp and a leading opposition leader said demonstrations planned for Monday would now be ...
DR Congo adopts new electoral law after protests  2015-01-25
Parliament in the Democratic Republic of Congo voted on Sunday in favour of a new election law after deadly protests erupted over opposition charges it would extend President Joseph Kabila's term in office. Specifically, it does not contain a clause demanded by senators stating clearly that presidential elections must be organised according to the timetable laid down in the constitution -- that ...
Democratic Republic of Congo parliament passes election law without controversial provisions  2015-01-25
Chinese become targets in DR Congo anti-government riots  2015-01-25
Clashes between Democratic Republic of Congo police and political protestors that left some 40 people dead last week also revealed the level of hostility towards the Chinese in the capital Kinshasa. Other stores displayed the message "Ya bino moko" -- "it belongs to you, too" in the local Lingala language -- in a bid to discourage the rioting demonstrators who shattered windows, broke down doors ...
DR Congo drops contested part of election bill after deadly protests  2015-01-24
The Democratic Republic of Congo's lawmakers on Saturday agreed to scrap a contested part of an electoral bill that triggered days of deadly protests over claims it would have enabled President Joseph Kabila to extend his grip on power. National Assembly speaker Aubin Minaku told AFP that MPs will withdraw a controversial provision from the planned legislation that required a census to be held ...
Congo parliament says to drop controversial part of election law  2015-01-24
By Aaron Ross KINSHASA (Reuters) - Democratic Republic of Congo's lawmakers will remove part of an electoral reform bill the opposition says was aimed at keeping President Joseph Kabila in power, the head of the national assembly said on Saturday. Parliamentarians will vote on the bill on Sunday, Aubin Minaku said, potentially ending a violent standoff in which some 42 people have been killed in ...
Davos hails Rwanda's pursuit of gender equality  2015-01-24
Rwanda was held up Saturday as a beacon for gender equality as the business and political elite at the Davos forum underlined the importance of achieving parity in ending poverty. The central African country, which two decades ago was struggling to recover from genocide that claimed 800,000 lives, became the first country in 2008 to have a parliament dominated by women. "In 20 years, so much can ...





News from Africa
World Bank gives Rwanda $70 mln to help fight poverty 
2015-01-26
UN, U.S. Praise Congo Parliament After Approval of Amended Law 
2015-01-26
Congo MPs pass amended census law 
2015-01-26
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