Xoom, PayPal’s money transfer service, announced that the company’s customers in the US, UK, Canada and Europe can now send secure and convenient money transfers directly to mobile wallets in key markets across Africa with a focus on the underbanked segment. This new service expands the company’s offering to send money to mobile wallets in Burundi, Cameroon, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe—with plans to include more markets in 2021. Read more
The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) develops an innovation accelerator programme that is supporting young entrepreneurs in addressing reproductive health challenges in Rwanda. ‘Tantine’- an app developed by twins Sylvie and Sylvain Uhirwa – both medical students at the University of Rwanda. The app opens up a channel of communication on sexual and reproductive health issues to Burundian refugees living in Mahama Refugee Camp in the south of the country.
Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai is appointed a U.N. Messenger of Peace to promote girls education.
Norway displaces its neighbour Denmark as the world’s happiest country in a new report that assesses life expectancy, freedom, social support and corruption, among other measures.
South African High Court rules the government’s decision to withdraw from International Criminal Court is unconstitutional.
From a 9-year-old published author in Nigeria to an activist spreading the word on why gender violence must stop, there were several memorable African voices this year.
African growth was at its weakest in six years and analysts warned that things could get worse if the global economy continues to struggle. The IMF reported that the continent was likely to grow 3.75 percent this year and 4.25 percent next, a big drop from the years before and after the 2008/2009 financial crisis. China’s investment slowdown, and low commodity prices affected support to growth.
Scores of dead bodies litter the streets of Bujumbura, a day after heavy fighting engulfed Burundi’s capital. Jillian Kitchener reports.
United States’ ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power says that she expects Rwandan President Paul Kagame to step down at the end of his term in 2017.
World events during the second quarter of the year include an attack on a Kenyan university, a gunman targeting tourists on a Tunisian beach and, after decades of hostility, a handshake between the leaders of the United States and Cuba.