ECI News

ECI News May 6, 2016


ECI Weekly News for Friday, May 6


ECI Names New Managing Director
Dane Erickson is ECI’s new Managing Director. Dane is an entrepreneur and Africa-focused scholar with more than 15 years of leadership experience. Most recently, he was managing Moba International, a strategy consulting firm focused on Africa, and teaching at the University of Colorado (where he remains an adjunct faculty member). Previous stints include serving as a foreign policy advisor on Obama’s presidential campaign, a strategic advisor at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and a visiting scholar at Beijing University’s Africa Studies Center. Dane lived and worked in eastern DRC from 2005-2007. 

We have plenty of politicians. We very seriously need more leadership in business.” — Leonard Maliona

Pizza, free wi-fi and peace in DR Congo – Julia Steers, Al Jazeeraread

The contact group meets to discuss Congo policy – Jason Stearns, Congo Research Group – read

Gertler’s Congo oil companies part of U.S. probe into Och-Ziff – Thomas Wilson, Bloomberg – read

Democratic Republic of Congo proposes slashing 2016 budget by 22 pct – Reuters –read

Congo urged to publish details of China, Glencore mining deals – Thomas Wilson, Bloomberg – read

Mountain of tin draws investors to world’s biggest untapped site – Thomas Wilson, Bloomberg – read

Dr. Denis Mukwege, world renowned gynecological surgeon, named among TIME’s 100 Most Influential People: Transcript of Speech – Women for Women – read

How farmer-philanthropist Howard Buffett is planting hope in Africa – PBS Newshour– read

Home of Congo presidential challenger is surrounded by police – Jeffrey Gettleman, New York Times – read

DC lobbyists Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld working with Moise Katumbi – The Hill – read

‘DR Congo entering period of political contestation’ – Christophe Vogel, Deutsche Welle – read

Gender-based Violence
Gloria Steinem brings feminism to Vice TV, highlights DRC – Melena Ryzik, New York Times – read

Special Envoy Perriello travel to Sweden and the Democratic Republic of the Congo – US Department of State – read

Democratic Republic of Congo says It arrested top Rwandan rebel – Ignatius Ssuuna, Bloomberg – read

Red Cross Workers kidnapped in Congo by suspected rebels – Reuters – read

Shootout in Garamba – Peter Canby, The New Yorker – read

British tax havens and Congo’s missing $1.5 billion – Global Witness – read

Other News
Frequent house fires have city youths forming amateur firefighting crews in DRC – Mariam Aboubakar Esperence, Global Press Journal – read

Congo lays to rest music and fashion legend Papa Wemba – Amedee Mwarabu Kiboko, Reuters – read

One of Africa’s most active volcanoes shows new signs of life – Kierran Petersen, GlobalPost – read