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African leaders to prioritise water, toilets in 10 countries


WaterAid has welcomed the African Union’s official launch of the Kigali Action Plan, a 50-million euro agreement to bring drinking water, basic toilets and hygiene promotion to 10 million Africans in 10 countries. The action plan has come as the UN enters final negotiations on the next 15-year blueprint for development in the Sustainable Development Goals. The present draft of ...

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Exploring property ownership in emerging markets


With a myriad of laws and regulations to navigate, investing in property can seem overwhelming even on your home turf. This is even truer if you are looking to purchase real estate overseas, where everything from the local customs to the legal requirements will be unfamiliar. What are the laws international buyers are likely to encounter when hunting for real ...

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NAFDAC counsels on packaged water

DG of NAFDAC, Dr. Paul Orh

National Agency for Food, Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) principal consultant, Emmanuel Osiegbu, has said that the agency has undertaken the process of testing all commercially packaged water in the country to make sure that they conform to the requisite standard for consumption. Addressing owners of water companies in Kaduna, northern Nigeria, Osiegbu said the agency cannot categorically say the percentage contribution ...

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Kaduna offers free health insurance care

Alhaji Samaila Aliyu

Kaduna State Commissioner of Finance, Alhaji Samaila Aliyu, has facilitated the enrolment of 2,000 people into the Community-Based Social Health Insurance Scheme in Makarfi Local Government Area of the state. The Commissioner, who hails from the local government, also settled their contribution to enable them enjoy free access to health care services for the next one year. He said, “Two thousand people ...

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First 2015 talks to advance new climate agreement’s draft begin

The UN Palais des Nations, Geneva.

Countries on Sunday in Geneva, Switzerland will begin a fresh round of UN climate change talks as they continue work to advance the draft text of a new, universal climate change agreement which they are due to conclude at the end of this year. It entails the meeting of the Ad Hoc Working Group on the Durban Platform for Enhanced ...

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France: Civil society vital to climate dialogue process


The French Government has recognised the crucial role played by civil society as key stakeholder in the ongoing dialogue process for a post-2020 climate change agreement. Speaking recently at the “Policy Dialogue on Climate Change” held in the sidelines of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Nicolas Dasnois, from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development, ...

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Residents count losses, as floods wreak havoc in Malawi


Lilongwe in Malawi is expected to achieve economic growth lower than 5.8 percent projected earlier for 2015. President Peter Mutharika said in his state of the nation address regarding the current floods that preliminary assessment shows that the damage caused to the economy is estimated in million dollars, excluding the cost of the relief programmes. Figures from Capitol Hill are ...

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Planners to produce land use reports to curb insecurity, fraud


Professional urban planners in Nigeria have adopted measures aimed at addressing pressing national issues of security and fraud perpetrated via physical development ventures. This comes in form of an omnibus and multi-use document acceptable to authorities in government and the corporate world. Tagged “Land Use Planning Report,” the document will be prepared by members of the profession registered by the ...

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The environment factor in Africa’s development

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, HOMEF

Nnimmo Bassey, Director, Health of Mother Earth Foundation (HOMEF), in a recent presentation made in Lome, Togo explores the myriad of environmental challenges militating the African continent’s progress A reading of the theme of this ITUC New Year School, Organising and Mobilising Workers for Africa’s Development, indicates that this is a clarion call for workers to interrogate what we term development and ...

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