UN AND AFRICA: 2015 "decisive" year for Somalia

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The seaport in Mogadishu, Somalia. UN Photo/Tobin Jones

• 2015 will be decisive in whether and how Somalia can become a unified, peaceful and federal state, a UN special envoy said on Wednesday. Members of the Security Council heard a briefing regarding recent developments on the ground. The Horn of Africa country remains one of the most dangerous places on the globe as it struggles to emerge from over two decades of war.

“Intensify surveillance” to beat Ebola says new health chief

Ebola treatment centre in Maghuraka, Sierra Leone. Photo: UNMEER/Martine Perret

• The surveillance of outbreaks of the Ebola disease in West Africa needs to be intensified if the deadly virus is to finally be beaten. That's according to the World Health Organization’s new regional director for Africa. More than 8,700 people have died from Ebola mainly in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, but now the number of cases is dropping.

IMF report gives fresh perspective on low income African countries



IMF logo – IMF

• New research on African low income developing countries has shifted to increasingly focus on the drivers of growth. That's the view of  a senior fellow from the Africa Growth Initiative of the Brookings Institution, a non-profit organization in Washington DC. Amadou Sy says a new report by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is a reminder that African countries are not all the same, and that conflicts and diseases are not the only focus.

Producer/Presenter: Derrick Mbatha
Production Assistant: Sandra Guy
Studio Engineer: Shalako Gordon
Duration: 10'00"

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