Access to finance empowers refugees

Financial services play a key role in refugee populations helping them to be more resilient. However, as refugees are perceived as high risk they struggle to get access to finance. The Rural Finance Initiative (RUFI) proves that lending to refugees can be profitable. RUFI is a microfinance institution established in South Sudan. Its four founders

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Region told to reform in Middle East jobs ultimatum

Oil-importing countries in the Middle East have been warned to make deeper reforms and provide jobs for tens of millions of young people — or risk growing social and political upheaval. In the wake of a regional report by the International Monetary Fund, unemployment, especially among young men, was described by one expert as “the

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Ancient pyramids and whirling dervishes make Sudan a heady delight

It could be the coils of incense wafting from thuribles, or perhaps the sight of men spinning furiously on their heels, but as the sun dips below the onion domes of Omdurman’s mosques, I’m beginning to feel quite dizzy. Every Friday, dervishes dance and chant in the shadow of Sufi leader Hamad Al Nile’s tomb

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Saudi Arabia can issue 100-year bonds, but ‘not keen’ at the moment: Debt office head

Saudi Arabia is able to issue 50 or even 100-year bonds, but its debt office head said on Wednesday he was not keen to do so at the moment, raising concerns about selling debt of such long maturities. Speaking at a business conference in the Saudi Arabian capital, Fahad Al-Saif said: “Are we able to

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Sudan maintains policy of economic liberalization: PM

Sudan will continue on the path towards economic liberalization despite the many challenges facing the country, Prime Minister Bakri Hassan Salih said Monday. Addressing members of the parliament, Salih said that Sudan had no other alternative but to press ahead with austerity measures adopted in early 2018. “We have no choice but to maintain the

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Science news in brief: From studying sea monkeys to a new spider family tree

Sea monkey synchronised swimming: it’s not so bananas In 2014, John Dabiri found his research on small crustaceans under the microscope of Tom Coburn, then a Republican senator from Oklahoma who crusaded against government spending. In his government “Wastebook” that year, the senator dismissed Dabiri’s work as the study of “synchronised swimming for sea monkeys”.

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UN official: UN backs talks, not elections in South Sudan

eping chief said Wednesday. Bintou Keita, who recently returned from South Sudan and Ethiopia, told reporters that high-level shuttle diplomacy is taking place to try to reduce the gap between the parties and improve prospects for success at talks that been delayed three times since April 26. She said it was “wise” for the Intergovernmental

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Sudan, Yobe Sign Cooperation MoU

The governor of Khartoum in the Republic of Sudan Lt. Gen. Abdurahim M. Hussein has hosted H.E Gov. Ibrahim Gaidam in his office today, with the two discussing areas of mutual cooperation and benefit to the two states. Following the discussions, Gov. Gaidam and Gov. Hussein, who signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), agreed to

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Sudan, Ethiopia agree to iron out problems facing controversial dam

Sudanese President Omar H. Al-Bashir and Ethiopian Prime Minister Dr. Abiy Ahmed agreed Wednesday to continue the tripartite dialogue with Egypt to remove the obstacles facing the construction of the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Blue Nile River in Ethiopia. Sudan is committed to the declaration of principles, previously with Egypt, and seeks to advance

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Sudan: Dr. Faisal Affirms Sudan Commitment to Realize Peace in the Country

Sudan has affirmed its commitment to realize peace in the Two Areas (South Kordofan and the Blue Nile). This came when the Assistant of the President of the Republic, Dr. Faisal Hassan Ibrahim, received at the Republican Palace onTuesday the visiting US Congress delegation, in the presence of the Minister of Animal Wealth, Bushara Aro,

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