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Protect, Support and Empower Girls in Lake Chad Region

[IPS] United Nations -As Lake Chad enters its 10th year of conflict, millions of young girls are being used and manipulated in grotesque ways. (AllAfrica)

Explore Alternative Means to Address Farmer-Herders' Conflict, Group Urges FG

[Daily Trust] Forum of Farmers and Herders' Relations in Nigeria (FFARN), an NGO, has urged the Federal Government to move beyond the deployment of security agencies and explore alternative community-based responses to farmer-herder conflicts. The organisation stated this in its policy brief entitled "Response to conflicts between farmers and herders in the Middle Belt of Nigeria: Mapping past efforts and opportunities for violence prevention". (AllAfrica)

Interview On Plight of People On the Move in Agadez, Niger

[MSF] Niger has been on Africa's migration route for centuries, and particularly the Agadez region. In recent years, travellers heading north have been joined by thousands of people moving south, either expelled from Algeria or returning from Libya. (AllAfrica)

Lake Chad Governors Reaffirm Commitment to Cross-Border Security

[Premium Times] Governors from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad, under the auspices of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC), on Wednesday in Niamey restated their commitment to ensuring cross border security and curbing the activities of the Boko Haram. (AllAfrica)

Regional Meeting to Tackle Lake Chad Crisis Begins in Niger

[Premium Times] Eight governors from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon and Chad will be meeting in Niamey, Niger, today alongside several CSOs and stakeholders to deliberate on the crisis rocking the Lake Chad region. (AllAfrica)

EU's Federica Mogherini Urges Action On Terror Threat in Sahel

[Deutsche Welle] In an interview with DW, the EU's foreign policy chief warned that without enough support, terrorism could take hold in the Sahel region. "It's not only for us a problem, it's a problem for everybody," she said. (AllAfrica)

Access Bank Maintains Commitment to Philanthropy

[CAJ News] Lagos -CHARITY organisations will again be the biggest winners this weekend when Nigeria's largest bank by assets holds an annual polo event at the largest club in Europe. (AllAfrica)

SWEDD: Round Table for resource mobilization to increase public and private investment for the empowerment of women and girls for equitable economic growth

[UNFPA in WCA] Niamey, July 12, 2019 - --The financial resource mobilization round table of the Women's Empowerment and Demographic Dividend in the Sahel (SWEDD) project, under the theme, "Investing in Women's Empowerment and Human Capital as a Development Strategy for Growth," was held on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Niamey, Niger. Organized on the sidelines of the African Union Summit by the Ministry of Population of Niger, in collaboration with the World Bank, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), (AllAfrica)

Africa's Demographic Dilemma

[Deutsche Welle] Africa's population is growing rapidly. The high birth rates present the continent with an enormous challenge. However, a study found that the number of children is declining as education, health and jobs rise. (AllAfrica)

Economics of Terrorism in Lake Chad Basin

[ISS] In the Lake Chad Basin region, which includes Cameroon, Chad, Niger and Nigeria, economic viability and control is as important to extremist groups' resilience as military tactics or ideology. Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP), a Boko Haram faction, is generating income from remote communities in exchange for a range of services to secure its position. (AllAfrica)

Standing Up for Themselves, Girls Refuse Child Marriage

[VOA] Niger has one of the highest known child marriage rates in the world, with three out of four girls in this West African country married before age 18. But some girls are refusing this traditional cultural practice and are being helped by women who were themselves forced into child marriage. (AllAfrica)

UNFPA Executive Director Dr. Natalia Kanem commends African Heads of State; invites them to ICPD Summit in Nairobi

[UNFPA in WCA] Niamey, Niger: July 6, 2019:  African Union Heads of State and Government meeting in Niamey, Niger have been commended for their visionary stewardship which has led to the realisation and achievement of successful reproductive health rights and services across the continent over the last 25 years. (AllAfrica)

Now That Buhari Is Finally Set to Sign AfCFTA...

[This Day] For the past 18 months, Nigerian Stakeholders were able to reach a common ground on the need to get on the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) train, believed to spur growth, boost job creation as well as eliminate barriers against Nigerian products and allow for free movement of "made in Africa" goods. President Muhammadu Buhari has taken the bold step by deciding to sign the framework agreement for establishing AfCFTA today. Adedayo Adejobi writes on the unique essence of the alliance, benefits (AllAfrica)

Migrant Smugglers Use Ever Deadlier Routes Through the Sahara

[Deutsche Welle] Smugglers are turning to perilous routes through the desert, or even dumping those hoping to reach North Africa. DW visited the transit hub of Agadez where efforts are being made to rescue migrants lost in the Sahara. (AllAfrica)

Nigeria Donate 47 Vehicles, Military Equipment for AU Summit

[This Day] The federal government yesterday said it donated 47 vehicles and military equipment to the Republic of Niger to help it successfully host the 12th Extraordinary Session of the African Union on African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). (AllAfrica)

Niger President Elected Ecowas Chairman

[Leadership] The Authority of ECOWAS Heads of State and Government have elected President Issoufou Mahamadou of Niger as the chair of ECOWAS for a one-year term. (AllAfrica)

Orange Pulls Out of Niger Over Tax Dispute - One of Likely Buyers Is a Tax Avoider Named in the Panama Papers

[Balancing Act] London -There is a tendency by African Governments to see mobile operators as a convenient cash cow that can be milked through taxes. The latest example is in Niger where two mobile operators were asked respectively for 50% and 70% of their current turnover. Russell Southwood looks at what happened and the likely buyers of the former Orange subsidiary. (AllAfrica)

Niger Has the World's Highest Birth Rate - and That May Be a Recipe for Unrest

[The Conversation Africa] John F. May, Georgetown University (AllAfrica)

No More 'Fifth Wife' Sex Slaves and Maids, Niger's Top Court Rules

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Dakar -Niger's top court has outlawed the practice of keeping women as maids and sex slaves known as "fifth wives", capping a decade-long legal battle by one victim that could inspire others in the West African nation to seek justice, lawyers and activists said. (AllAfrica)

Niger Has the World's Highest Birth Rate - and That May Be a Problem

[The Conversation Africa] While fertility levels have declined rapidly in most parts of the world, many countries in the sub-Saharan African region of the Sahel have seen their reproductive rates go down very slowly, and only very slightly. (AllAfrica)

Over 8,000 People Displaced By Armed Groups On Mali Border - Niger

[MSF] Recently, an upsurge in threats from armed groups operating between the borders of Mali and Niger has caused a new wave of displacement. More than 8,000 people have been forced to settle in improvised camps around the village of Kongokiré, Tillabéry region, Niger, where they live in appalling conditions, in a zone which is also considered as insecure. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has intervened with essential relief items, medical and mental health aid, and water and sanitatio (AllAfrica)

Sahel Education Crisis - 'We Risk Losing a Whole Generation'

[Thomson Reuters Foundation] Yaounde -The number of schools forced to shut in Africa's crisis-hit Sahel has doubled since 2017, depriving almost half a million children of education, the United Nations said on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

Cost of Counter-Terrorism for Civilians in Liptako-Gourma

[ISS] States in the Liptako-Gourma region - including Burkina Faso, Mali and Niger - are imposing restrictive measures to try to quell the growing threat of terrorism. These include limiting the freedom of movement in several parts of their territories. (AllAfrica)

Burundi and Niger Share Spoils in Six-Goal Thriller

[CAF] Burundi produced a stunning comeback to overturn a two-goal deficit in a thrilling 3-3 draw against Niger in Group B of the Total U-20 Africa Cup of Nations at the Stade General Seyni Kountche in Niamey. (AllAfrica)

Debutant Young Menas Dream Big

[CAF] Host Niger has a determination and ambition to succeed on both sides: a successful organization and the winning of the trophy. The challenge may seem big for a debutant. (AllAfrica)

Bantu Relishes Rangers Test

[CAF] Bantu coach James Madidilane is confident his side will rise to the occasion when they host Nigeria's Enugu Rangers in the first leg tie of the CAF Confederations Cup play-offs scheduled for Setsoto Stadium in Maseru on Sunday. (AllAfrica)

More Attacks, 'Persisting Security Challenges' Threaten Progress in West Africa, Sahel

[UN News] A rising number of attacks by extremist groups, using more sophisticated tactics, risk undermining progress in West Africa and the Sahel, the region's UN envoy told the Security Council on Thursday. (AllAfrica)

How Nigerien Troops Killed 280 Boko Haram Fighters

[Daily Trust] Troops and air strikes have killed more than 280 Boko Haram militants since the Nigerien Government started an operation against the group last week, the Defense Ministry said. (AllAfrica)

Looking for Unity in the Sahel

[Atlantic Council] When a Tuareg rebellion started in northern Mali in early 2012, the fate of the entire Sahel region hung in the balance. In March of that year, army mutineers, unhappy with the Malian government's response to the uprising, ousted President Amadou Toumani Touré in a coup. Then Islamist groups slowly coopted the tribal rebellion, imposing Sharia in rebel-held cities in the northern half of the country. (AllAfrica)

Niger Becomes First African Country to Adopt National Law for Protection and Assistance of Internally Displaced People

[UNHCR] UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons applaud the ground-breaking adoption by Niger of a national law for the protection and assistance of internally displaced persons (IDPs). (AllAfrica)

EU, France Step Up Security, Development Aid for G5 Sahel

[Deutsche Welle] The EU and France have increased their financial support for projects in the five Sahel states which sit on the southern rim of Africa's Sahara desert. Terrorism and lawlessness have blighted the region for years. (AllAfrica)