Business Connect Partners with Government of Burundi to Bring Clean Water to Every Citizen

Business Connect, in partnership with Amazi Water and the country of Burundi, funds testing for VF100 Home Filter GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Nov. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Business Connect, a social enterprise committed to providing citizens in the Global South affordable and easy access to clean and safe water, recently received global certification from the World Health […]


A “full-scale humanitarian crisis” is unfolding in Ethiopia, the United Nations refugee agency said on Tuesday, with more than 27,000 now having fled heavy fighting to Sudan. The pace of the exodus, some 4,000 a day, may also indicate “massive displacement” within the Tigray region, U.N. agencies said, saying teams on the ground were overwhelmed. […]

‘Full scale’ humanitarian crisis unfolding in Ethiopia’s Tigray: UNHCR

A “full-scale humanitarian crisis” is unfolding as thousands of refugees flee ongoing fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region each day to seek safety in eastern Sudan, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) reported on Tuesday.  More than 27,000 have now crossed into Sudan through crossing points in Kassala and Gedaref states, as well as a new location […]

New partnership to boost maternal and newborn health in East and Southern Africa

Some 10,000 health workers will be trained to support mothers and newborns in Africa through a partnership between the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, and Laerdal Global Health, the non-profit arm of a Norwegian company that provides innovative training, educational and therapy solutions for emergency medical care and patient safety. The five-year programme, announced on Tuesday, aims to improve maternal and […]

The United States Condemns the Attack on Eritrea by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front

The United States strongly condemns the attack carried out by the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) on the airport in Asmara, Eritrea, on November 14. We are deeply concerned by this blatant attempt by the TPLF to cause regional instability by expanding its conflict with Ethiopian authorities to neighboring countries. We also continue to denounce […]

Briefing With Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan A. Sales On Terrorist Designations of Al-Shabaab Leaders

MR ICE:  Good afternoon, everyone, and thank you for joining us today for this briefing.  Today, the State Department has announced the designation of al-Shabaab leaders Abdullahi Osman Mohamed and Maalim Ayman as Specially Designated Global Terrorists. To explain that decision and further actions, we have joining us our Coordinator for Counterterrorism Ambassador Nathan Sales, […]

A new model shows where desert locusts will breed next in East Africa

Several countries in East Africa — namely Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and South Sudan — are still trying to contain the worst desert locust invasion the region has experienced in over 70 years. The locusts have destroyed vegetation — especially staple cereal crops, legumes and pastures — resulting in huge economic losses. The World Bank estimates that these […]

Ethiopia – Conflict intensification and displacement (DG ECHO, UN, INGOs) (ECHO Daily Flash of 17 November 2020)

Military confrontation heavily escalated leading to hundreds of casualties, injuries and significant displacement, in particular at the border areas between Tigray, Amhara, and Afar regions. 30,000 people have crossed into Sudan, fleeing worsening insecurity and conflict that has spilled over Ethiopia’s borders and threatens to destabilize the wider Horn of Africa region. With reports of […]