December 17, 2022

World Bank approves US$246 mln for marine protection in 3 West African countries

The World Bank Group approved a US$246 million financing package to protect the coastline in Ghana, The Gambia and Guinea-Bissau, the group told media Friday.   In a release, the group said the grant was for the second West Africa Coastal Areas (WACA) Resilience Investment Project, which aims to eliminate the risks of coastal erosion, flooding and pollution for people depending on agro-industry and tourism along the coastlines in the beneficiary countries.   “The second WACA project is an expansion of the WACA program that already included Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, and Togo,” it said.

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Africa’s Media Freedom in Spotlight as Leaders Gathered in Washington

As the U.S. welcomed African leaders to Washington for a summit this week, the media freedom record of several of those countries was brought into focus. At least 56 journalists are in prison for their work in 11 African countries, several of which have a long history of silencing the free press, according to a report released Wednesday by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). While Iran and China registered as the most prolific jailers of journalists in the annual report, with 62 and 43, respectively, in prison, Egypt with 21 cases and Eritrea with 16 feature among the 10

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