ECI News

ECI News July 15, 2016

 

“Without it being tough, without me leaving my family at 16 and going to Yemen and going to Spain before I was able to accomplish my dream, I never would have learned the lesson of life. I never would have learned the lesson of giving back and how to reach out to the community.” — Bismack Biyombo

Partners
This NBA millionaire won’t forget growing up poor in Africa – Marc J. Spears, The Undefeated – read

Gender-based Violence
Journalist Lauren Wolfe reported on a horrendous war crime. Hours later the perpetrators were arrested –  Mark Leon Goldberg, UN Dispatch – read

Economy
Congo kicks out activists who were investigating logging – Aaron Ross, Reuters –read

DRCongo to scrap illegal China logging contracts – AFP – read

DRC Helios Towers secures US$105 million funding – IT News Africa – read

AfDB backing Democratic Republic of Congo’s electricity coverage – ESI Africa –read

Congo agrees to mining companies’ demands to resume VAT repayments – Aaron Ross, Reuters – read

Banro sets new production records at DRC gold mines – Mining Weekly – read

Health
Training on decentralization in the health sector in the Democratic Republic of Congo – USAID – read

WHO launches yellow fever vaccine campaign in Angola, DRCongo – AFP – read

Conflict
What can the United Nations do when its troops can’t, or won’t, protect civilians? – Somini Sengupta, New York Times – read

Elections
UN Congo mission expects presidential election to be delayed – AP – read

Kabila adviser says Congo leader will quit, but not this year – Thomas Wilson, Bloomberg – read

Congo opposition leader says talks must lead to vote this year – Alan Katz, Thomas Wilson, Bloomberg – read

Congolese presidential candidate urges use of sanctions to bring about democratic change in DRC –Ashish Kumar Sen, Atlantic Council – read

Support for facilitation of national dialogue in the Democratic Republic of Congo –John Kirby, US Department of State – read

Opinion
Setting the record straight on China’s engagement in Africa – David Dollar, Brookings – read

Clinton and Trump will be OK post-election, but what about candidates in Africa? – Mike Rettig, The Hill – read

Mandela or Mobutu Moment in South Sudan? – John Prendergast, The Daily Beast read

Other DRC News
Gorillas are being killed and eaten by miners in the Congo – James Temperton, Wired – read