Economy & Business

Fintech, other knowledge-intensive services could drive Africa’s prosperity, boost inclusion

Kingsley Ighobor: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 September 2022: Paul Akiwumi, Director of UNCTAD’s Division for Africa, discusses a newly released report that urges diversification of African economies. The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)’s Director of the Division for Africa and Least Developed Countries Paul Akiwumi is usually [Read More]

Economy & Business

UN, AU prepare for 2022 Africa Amnesty Month

Sydney Murphy: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 September 2022: In 2017, the African Union (AU) proclaimed September of each year as “Africa Amnesty Month for the surrender and collection of illicit small arms and light weapons” (SALW), and to encourage widespread support for efforts to stop the smuggling of SALW as [Read More]

Economy & Business

Holding onto hope as we mark World Humanitarian Day

Martin Griffiths: Sierra Leone telegraph: 25 September 2022: When the merchant vessel Razoni sailed from Ukraine’s Black Sea port of Odesa earlier this month with more than 26,000 tons of corn for global markets, she was rightly the subject of intense attention. Her passage was the result of months of negotiations between [Read More]

Politics

São Tomé and Príncipe makes tangible gains for women in politics

Eric Overvest: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 September 2022: In São Tomé and Príncipe, 30 women trainees of the UN-backed course, ‘Women in Politics ’ received their certificates. ‘More women for more development’ is one of the inspiring mottos used by women’s organizations in São Tomé and Príncipe in their battle [Read More]

Education and Health

Empowering women to boost Africa’s water security

Caroline Mwongera: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 25 September 2022: For most of us, accessing water means turning on a tap. We pay the bill and the water is always there. It is clear, clean and abundant, so we never have to conserve on hydration, handwashing, cleaning, irrigating crops and watering livestock. [Read More]

Politics

Human Rights Commission of Sierra Leone reports on the country’s first phase voter registration process

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 September 2022: Over one million people have registered in the first phase of Sierra Leone’s voter registration exercise which ended last week, after reports of massive technical failings and logistic difficulties experienced by hundreds of thousands of people at registration centres across the country. Early this [Read More]

Politics

Over $500,000 withdrawn from Sierra Leone government’s bank account to pay for President Bio and his wife’s trip to New York

Chernoh Alpha M. Bah, Matthew Anderson, and Mark Feldman: Sierra Leone Telegraph: 21 September 2022: Details on bank transfers and withdrawal records from the President’s Office in Freetown show that over US$500, 000 was withdrawn from the Central Bank of Sierra Leone (BSL) to allegedly fund personal expenses of the [Read More]

Politics

Freetown’s Mayor Aki-Sawyerr speaking at Bill & Melinda Gates Goalkeepers event in New York

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 17 September 2022: The outstandingly hardworking Mayor of Freetown, Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr will be speaking at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Goalkeepers 2022 event in New York next week. She will be speaking about the importance of the “Power of Community and Collaboration” in achieving global goals. [Read More]

Election Watch

Mayor Aki-Sawyerr tells Chief Electoral Commissioner not to disenfranchise thousands of potential first-time voters

Sierra Leone Telegraph: 15 September 2022: As political fallout continues over the ongoing, seriously flawed voter registration process ahead of elections in June 2023 in Sierra Leone, the capital’s Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr has written to the Chief Electoral Commissioner – Mohammed Konneh, outlining the difficulties first time voters are experiencing [Read More]