The elected president of Nigeria, Umaru Yar’Adua, passed away last night. Yar’Adua had not been seen in public since he fell ill last November and was subsequently transfered to Saudia Arabia for medical treatment.
On Monday evening, about 70 people ensconced themselves in a windowless conference room on the 3rd floor of the CBC building in downtown Toronto for “Congo on the Wire”, an event that focused on the continuing humanitarian crisis in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.
Food aid is contentious. It's a field that is rife with controversy because, even though it constitutes a major cornerstone of foreign aid, designing and implementing food aid initiatives without creating negative externalities is very difficult.
For decades, organizations such as the World Food Program (WFP) have been donating millions of tons of food to populations in need.
Last week, the board of the Extractives Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) decided to remove Equatorial Guinea - still merely a candidate for full membership - from the group for failing to meet the deadline to have audits of their industries independently verified. The EITI, launched in 2003, is a joint effort by companies, governments and civil society to instill transparency and promote good governance in the extractive industries sector.
The government of Tanzania on Thursday granted citizenship to 162,000 refugees from Burundi. Most of the Burundian refugees in Tanzania are part of a group dubbed the “1972 caseload" -- those who fled Burundi following a 1972 civil war. Unlike most other refugees in Tanzania, they have been living outside of camps and among Tanzanians.
The Nuclear Security Summit currently underway in Washington represents more than just a chance for world leaders and their delegations to address pressing issues and concerns surrounding nuclear armaments. As with other high-level international conferences, it offers an opportunity for heads of state to schedule short, private meetings with each other, where they can discuss other, tangential political matters.
Yesterday, in a bid to assert his authority, Nigeria’s acting president, Goodluck Jonathan, appointed a new cabinet. Jonathan officially replaced President Yar’Adua in February, after the latter fell ill and had been too sick to govern since last November.
With the security climate in Somalia showing no signs of improvement, hundreds of thousands of Somali citizens have been displaced since early 2010. The UNHCR estimates there are currently 1.5 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Somalia, and this trend is on the increase. The ongoing fighting in Mogadishu and other locations has caused nearly 170,000 residents to flee since the beginning of the year, according to the UNHCR.