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    Weekly Roundup of Top Stories

    Welcome to the Development Diaries weekly roundup of top stories for Sunday, 20 November, 2022.

    During the week, we reported election campaign gaffes and what active citizens should look out for; scrutiny of the voter register for Nigeria’s 2023 elections; the demand for the return of stolen assets in the country; the launch of green jobs for African youths; AU’s ‘Transforma’ launch at COP27; reactions to the killing of an aid worker among other top stories.

    Slip of Tongue: What is ‘Emilokan’ Agenda of Citizens?

    Nigerians on social media continued to react to the recent slips of the tongue by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, Bola Tinubu. Read more

    COP27: AU Launches Transforma Platform

    The African Union (AU) launched a combined business, governance, and digital platform to connect African energy regulators, industry actors, and consumers around a common interface to advance Africa’s clean energy and green transformation agenda. Read more

    AfDB Approves Funding for Renewable Energy

    The African Development Bank (AfDB) approved an equity investment of U.S. $20 million in Evolution Fund III to help fund renewable energy projects across sub-Saharan Africa. Read more

    Scrutiny of Voter Register Begins 

    Nigerians begun scrutinising the recently released national register of voters by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Read more

    2023 Elections: Yiaga Makes Voter Register Calls

    Yiaga Africa called on Nigeria’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to ensure that the preliminary voter register is displayed in locations that are easily accessible to citizens. Read more

    UN Reacts to Killing of Borno Aid Worker 

    The United Nations (UN) has condemned the killing of an aid worker by a Nigerian soldier in Dambora, Borno State, northeast Nigeria. Read more

    CISLAC, Others Demand Return of Stolen Assets

    Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre (CISLAC) has called on African governments to return stolen assets to the original owners. CISLAC made the call alongside the Transition Monitoring Group (TMG) and Transparency International (TI). Read more

    ILO Launches Green Jobs for African Youths

    The International Labour Organisation (ILO) has launched the first Green Jobs for Youth pacts and Just Transition Finance Tool on Banking and Investment Activities. The launch took place at the COP27 Climate Change Conference in Egypt. Read more

    Egypt: Deals to Produce Green Ammonia Signed

    The government of Egypt signed investment partnerships worth U.S. $87 million for the production of green Ammonia. The country’s Suez Canal Economic Zone announced nine agreements signed at the 2022 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27) that will cumulatively come to a value of U.S. $83 million. Read more

    Somalia: UNFPA Seeks Support for Women, Girls

    The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has called attention to the condition of women and girls affected by the severe drought in Somalia. The Executive Director of UNFPA, Natalie Kanem, after a two-day visit to the country, made her concerns known in a statement. Read more

    That is the roundup of some stories that made headlines last week. More newspaper headlines are available on Development Diaries.

    Photo source: UNHCR

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