Africa

Long wait after landmark Congo poll: results will not be official for several weeks

by Joseph Winter BBC News August 1, 2006

The first results from Sunday's landmark elections in the Democratic Republic of Congo are being published outside some of the 50,000 polling stations around this vast country....

Zimbabwe money loses three zeros as a result of inflation of almost 1,200% per year

by BBC News July 31, 2006

Zimbabwe's central bank has announced that three zeros will be taken off every banknote to help consumers deal with inflation of almost 1,200%....

Poverty worries beset resurgent Zambia

by Jon Cronin BBC News July 19, 2006

BBC News has been to Zambia as part of a special series looking at how Africa is faring one year on after the promises of increased aid made at the G8 summit in Gleneagles....

ZAMBIA: Recovering Copperbelt faces new dangers

by IRIN News July 19, 2006

Togo's newly elected President Faure Gnassingbe has ordered a probe into the violence triggered by the disputed poll that brought him to power last month....

With no prospects, youths in Sierra Leone are turning to crime and violence

by IRIN News December 22, 2005

Rights group Amnesty International has expressed concern at reports that the Zimbabwe government intends to ban international human rights groups as well as foreign funding for local NGOs....

Orphans and vulnerable children are now 5 percent of Nambia’s population and expected to be 10 percent within 15 years

by IRIN News December 19, 2005

The European Commission has deferred a decision on Kenya's request for €125 million (about US $153 million) in budgetary support to allow for further discussions on the issue of governance, amid concerns that high-level corruption had not yet been properly addressed....

Dispossessing Africa’s wealth

by Patrick Bond November 24, 2005

(November 24, 2005) There is a timeless line of argument from Walter Rodney's 1973 book 'How Europe Underdeveloped Africa': 'The question as to who and what is responsible for African underdevelopment can be answered at two levels. Firstly, the answer is that the operation of the imperialist syst...

Niger leaders deny food shortage

by BBC News November 24, 2005

Niger's government has accused the World Food Programme (WFP) of exaggerating fears the country could face another food crisis within months....

Drought Magnifies Hunger, Suffering of Children in Malawi: Rural Village Tracks Malnutrition’s Toll on Young

by Craig Timberg Washington Post November 4, 2005

MBADZO, Malawi -- One by one, the women of this hungry village untied their babies from their backs and hung them on a scale dangling from the limb of a mango tree. As a volunteer called out the weights, Anna Bande, a nurse, grimly plotted the toll of southern Africa's latest drought on Malawi's you...

Donors shape Malawi’s food policies, USAID report says

by IRIN News October 25, 2005

The Peace and Security Council of the African Union (AU) has called on Somali leaders attending ongoing peace talks in Kenya to show increased commitment to enable the talks to conclude successfully....