Africa: AU Drops Serum Institute of India

Africa: AU Drops Serum Institute of India

ADDIS ABABA, 11 April 2021 – The African Union (AU) has dropped plans to procure COVID-19 vaccines from the Serum Institute of India, citing supply concerns. Indian restrictions on exports have complicated things for Africa, according to Dr. John Nkengasong, the...
Kenya: IMF Told to Stop Giving Loans

Kenya: IMF Told to Stop Giving Loans

NAIROBI, 9 April 2021 – A $2.3 billion Good Friday loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has sparked a storm of protest from Kenyans online. The IMF said the loan will support Kenya’s pandemic response and economic reform program, but Kenyan citizens...
Africa: USA to Issue $650 Billion in SDRs

Africa: USA to Issue $650 Billion in SDRs

WASHINGTON, DC, 9 April 2021 – The U.S. Congress is set to approve $650 billion in the global reserve of Special Drawing Rights (SDR) held by the International Monetary Fund (IMF). SDF provides temporary financial relief to low-income countries, especially...
Kenya: Alarm Bells Decry “Vaccine Apartheid”

Kenya: Alarm Bells Decry “Vaccine Apartheid”

NAIROBI, 8 April 2021 – The Kenyan government is ringing alarm bells to decry what Nairobi describes as potential coronavirus “vaccine apartheid”. The accusation comes after the government of the United Kingdom (UK) announced a travel ban for all travelers originating...
Africa: Economies to Recover in 2021

Africa: Economies to Recover in 2021

WASHINGTON, DC, 5 April 2021 – African economies will rebound in 2021 with Niger, Cote d’Ivoire, and Guinea growing above six percentage points, The World Bank Group has predicted. Cote d’Ivoire is projected to grow 6.2 percent; a tiny bit slower than Guinea at 6.5...
Namibia: Reparations with Germany

Namibia: Reparations with Germany

WINDHOEK, 4 April 2021 – Namibian activists are seeking reparations for atrocity crimes, perhaps genocide, committed during domination under German colonial rule. Tens of thousands of Namibians died as German colonial forces brutally suppressed uprisings by two of the...
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