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A new report to the UN Security Council is accusing Rwanda of recruiting and training Burundian refugees to try and overthrow their country’s president, Pierre Nkurunziza. The report quotes 18 Burundians now living in DRC who say they were among 100s of refugees who were trained in a forest camp in eastern Rwanda last summer (BBC News / Reuters).

The AU says funding remains ‘well short’ for a multinational force to combat Boko Haram in West and Central Africa. Donors from Nigeria, Switzerland and France, have pledged about $250 million, only about 1/3 of the more than $700 million proposed to fund the 8,700-strong regional force (Reuters Africa).

ICYMI U.S. President Barack Obama visited a mosque in Baltimore ‘amid unprecedented fear in the Islamic community’ within the country. David Graham (@grahamdavida) writes, ‘President Obama preached inclusion, criticized Republicans, but also called on Muslims to fight extremism’ (The Atlantic).

Generation Next

Florence Okoye (@finokoye) interviews Achievers Ghana co-founder Amadu Mohammed, an IT education initiative based in Accra, ‘giving girls the power to use technology’ as part of How We Got to Next’s series on Afrofuturism (How We Got to Next).

Investing In Africa

Omar Mohammed (@shurufu) looks at a recent report released by the African Private Equity and Venture Capital Association (pdf) and finds that while, ‘bigger isn’t always better’, the value of smaller-sized deals increased from the previous year and Africa-focused fundraising by private equity firms doubled (Quartz Africa).

All Innovation Is Local

Ghanaian mobile tech startup and a winner of last year’s AMPION Venture Bus competition, FindMe has released its first app allowing users to, ‘create, describe and share a location with anyone.’ Users can mark a location on a digital map within the app and then receive a unique code they can share using text, email, or messaging apps like WhatsApp. (Disrupt Africa) and Nigerian-based Fintech startups, Stellar.org and Oradian.com are, ‘bringing low-cost money transfer to rural Nigeria’ (TechCabal).

Literature101

Aaron Bady (@zunguzungu) has a list of the, ’25 new books by African writers you should read’ (LitHub) and the Boston Public Library (@BPLBoston) is featuring a list of African American authors to read in its ‘Black is…’ book list as part of Black History Month celebrations in the U.S. (Boston.com).


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