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What Elumelu Really Wants

In recent times, Tony Elumelu has become the face of developmental entrepreneurship in Africa. Solomon Elusoji revisits his message at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington DC This month, Tony Elumelu delivered the keynote speech at the Mandela Washington Fellowship Summit in Washington, DC, the U.S. capital. The Summit marked the end of the academic component for 1,000 young Africans who were selected for the Mandela Fellowship in 2017 and featured networking and panel discussions with U.S. leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors. The Mandela Washington Fellowship was started in 2014 as the flagship programme of the ...

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#FollowTheMoney – Funds meant for capital projects haven’t gotten to prescribed states.

#FollowTheMoney by CODE has impacted 26,811 lives in 5years Funds meant for capital projects haven’t gotten to prescribed states. See what we’re doing to #FollowTheMoney at #CODEAt5  Follow The Money is an initiative of Connected Development [CODE], founded by Hamzat Lawal and Oludotun Babayemi, and information here is according to what we have seen happening in these communities and as accounted for during stakeholders meetings. For any information, comment or suggestion, please contact email info@followthemoneyng.org

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#NAIROBI – Arrest threat hangs over Githongo, Kiai, Gladwell as AfriCOG ordered shut down

The NGO Co-ordination Board has written to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations urging it to immediately shut down the Africa Centre for Open Governance (AfriCOG) and arrest its directors. The Board’s Executive Director Fazul Mahamed has also advised the Central Bank of Kenya to freeze all its bank accounts since it is operating illegally. “AfriCOG is not registered under the NGOs Co-ordination Act 1990 as required by law. In fact,” Fazul states, “AfriCOG is and continues to operate as a charitable organisation in direct contravention of Section 22(1) which according to the Act is an offence punishable by law.” An ...

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Revealed – Paris Club Refund not in Use in Delta State since 2016

Delta State Government haven’t put N14bn Paris Club Refunds into use since December 2016 according to CODE   an Abuja based NGO whose mission is to improve access to information and empower local communities in Africa through FollowTheMoney campaign. See the infographic below  

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#NewsFeature – Breastfeeding: A smart investment

New analysis shows an investment of US$4.70 per newborn could generate US$300 billion in economic gains by 2025. No country in the world fully meets recommended standards for breastfeeding, according to a new report by UNICEF and WHO in collaboration with the Global Breastfeeding Collective, a new initiative to increase global breastfeeding rates. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, which evaluated 194 nations, found that only 40 per cent of children younger than six months are breastfed exclusively (given nothing but breastmilk) and only 23 countries have exclusive breastfeeding rates above 60 per cent. Evidence shows that breastfeeding has cognitive and health benefits ...

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Green Fellowship trains twenty women, seeks investors

By: Seye Joseph –  Successful applicants that will lead the face of Green business in Nigeria have been selected to participate in the 4th edition of the 2017 Women Green Fellowship. The Women Green Fellowship is geared towards helping people to re-establish relationship with nature and learn wisdom that is embedded in age-old rural communities. The participants that are mainly women were selected from Bayelsa, Rivers, Delta, Plateau, Oyo, Abuja, Niger, Lagos and other parts of the country will undergo classes, capacity development trainings, mentoring and in-depth coaching on entrepreneurship, green and social businesses, through the period of six months. The programme will also allow participants to ...

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Empowering Citizens to Reclaim Civic Space in Africa

By Charles Kojo Vandyck-  The growing and worrying phenomenon of shrinking civic space in Africa hampers citizens from freely exercising their fundamental human rights. According to the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law’s 2016 quarterly review of non-governmental organization (NGO) legal trends around the world, the number of restrictive laws that have been proposed or enacted by governments on the continent have risen significantly. These laws—which include legislation on associations and counterterrorism—seek to hinder the rights to the freedom of expression, association, and peaceful assembly by restricting civil society’s registration, operation, and financial resources. For example, the Eritrean government impedes foreign donor agencies from ...

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The War Against Free Speech in Nigeria

…Increasing Threats on Free Speech as Political Terrorism “Everybody likes to get as much power as circumstances allow, and nobody will vote for a self-denying ordinance.” Lord Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton, English Catholic historian, politician, and writer. One would have thought that the above quote attributed to Lord Acton, which has been captured in another sense as “Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely” was only relevant to the military and despotic systems of Government, but recent happenings in Nigeria and other supposedly democratic climes have proven that those words are as relevant today as they were in the worst ...

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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala receives 2017 Aspen Institute Madeleine Albright Award

Former Minister of Finance Ngozi Okonjo Iweala was awarded the 2017 Aspen Institute Madeleine Albright award on Friday. Iweala, who is the co-chairperson of the Global Commission for the Economy and Climate, made the announcement on her Twitter. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala  ✔@NOIweala Honored also to accept the 2017 Aspen Institute Madeleine Albright award. 2/2 8:29 AM – Aug 4, 2017

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Gambari Urges FG to Prosecute Sponsors of Violent Crimes

A former Nigerian Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, wednesday urged the federal government to ensure that all those found culpable of sponsoring violent crimes in the country must be brought to justice. The former UN envoy also called for the review of the Nigeria’s justice system to ensure sustainable peace and conflict resolution in the country, noting that there can never be genuine peace without justice. He was speaking at the fifth international Africa Peace and Conflict Resolution conference hosted by the Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution (IPCR) in Abuja with the theme, ‘Restorative and ...

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