IGAD kicks off national consultations for East/Horn of Africa strategy on preventing and responding to violent extremismJul 27, 2016The Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) plus Tanzania officially launched today national consultations to develop a strategy for preventing and countering violent extremism in the east and horn of Africa sub-region. IGAD Member States include Djibouti, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda and Kenya.
Benin voters prepare for presidential pollsFeb 22, 2016Almost 5 million Beninese are expected at the polls on 6 March 2016 for the first round of the presidential elections. 32 candidates, including two women, are running to succeed current President Boni Yayi.
Nigeriens vote for new president and parliament in key voteFeb 22, 2016Nigeriens headed to the ballot box on Sunday 21 February to choose a new president and members of parliament, in elections seen by many as a critical, being the second such polls since a coup d’Etat in February 2010.
"The foundations for achieving sustainable development and peacebuilding goals in Mali are in place" says Helen ClarkFeb 10, 2016The Administrator held discussions with technical and financial partners on development support in a post-crisis context.
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- The Fijian Government and the European Union have signed a financing agreement for the ''Fiji Access to Justice'' programme worth 7.5 million Euro. The programme is designed to enhance the justice system in Fiji and provide more access for underprivileged and vulnerable groups. The signing ceremony took place at the Grand Pacific Hotel in Suva this morning. It was attended by the Honourable Attorney-General, Minister for Economy, Public Enterprises, Public Service and Communications Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Chief Justice Anthony Gates, Chairperson of the Legal Aid Commission, Sharvada Sharma and UNDP Resident Representative Osnat Lubrani. Honourable Judges, Permanent Secretaries, President of the Fiji Law Society, Legal Practitioner, representatives of the Diplomatic Corps, representatives of civil society and the media were also present to witness the event. Funded by the EU under the 11th European Development Fund and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the five-year programme will empower more Fijians than ever before by providing them with legal services through the key justice institutions. The Legal Aid Commission (LAC), the Judiciary and other relevant institutions will benefit from substantial capacity building through training, technical assistance and provision of basic equipment. And Non-Governmental Organisations will also be supported to assist the LAC to reach out to Fijian citizens and provide them with the services they need. Speaking at the event, EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs said: ''Access to justice is a fundamental principle of the rule of law. A clear understanding of the role of specific public offices, such as the judiciary, the legal aid commission and other transparency and accountability institutions, are paramount in ensuring that law and justice prevail and citizens fully exercise their rights and responsibilities. The EU-Funded Access to Justice Programme will help ensure that Fijians are aware of their rights and can action them through the relevant state mechanisms,'' Fijian Government United Nations Development Programme - UNDP 3 hours ago
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