Posts tagged Africa
11 Surprising Strategies in Building Confidence for African Investment

Not enough is being done by governments to support entrepreneurs looking to disrupt the African market currently dominated by China.

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Year of the Arabs: Why Middle Eastern Diplomats Are Today's Role Models

For the first time, Ambassadors from the Middle East sweep up awards from Grassroot Diplomat, proving to the world that the region is advancing in civil society.

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Kenyan High Commissioner HE Lazarus Amayo Nominated for Diaspora Engagement

His Excellency Lazarus Ombai Amayo, High Commissioner of Kenya to the Court of St James is nominated for his close engagement with the Diaspora community. The main focus of the High Commission is to enhance relations with the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the Commonwealth and the International Maritime Organisation. However, this has not distracted Mr Amayo from his responsibilities to his community.

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High Commissioner of Botswana HE Roy Warren Blackbeard Nominated for Service to Diplomatic Corps

HE Roy Warren Blackbeard, High Commissioner of Botswana to the Court of St James, is nominated for his longstanding service to the Diplomatic Corps in the UK. Mr Blackbeard is the second longest serving Ambassador in the UK, where he was appointed in 1998. He is also the Dean of the African Union Heads of Mission and the Commonwealth.

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Keith Vaz MP Nominated for Diabetes Charity Silver Star

Keith Vaz MP for Leicester East is shortlisted for the Grassroot Diplomat Initaitive Award for founding of diabetes charity, Silver Star. Silver Star seeks to raise awareness of diabetes through advocacy and delivery of free diabetes testing and lifestyle advice to the general public. Diabetes can be a killer when undiagnosed, and can lead to devastating complications including lower limb amputation, blindness and cardiovascular disease.

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The Good High Commissioner Marie-Pierre Lloyd

Ms Marie Pierre Lloyd, the High Commissioner of Seychelles, has helped empower many disadvantaged Seychellois through her work with MPower Seychelles. Throughout her work, Ms Lloyd has placed ‘those marginalised and vulnerable individuals and groups in Seychelles society’ at the centre of whatever she is doing, and has always done her best for those in need.

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Zuriel Oduwale: 12-year-old Super Journalist

This month, we feature Nigeria-born Zuriel Oduwale as "Model Citizen of the Month". Zuriel is the youngest person in the world to be featured in Forbes Magazine and is one of Africa’s 100 Most Influential People of 2013. Zuriel wants to understand why girls in developing countries have little access to education.  

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Summer Magazine Looks into Muslim World

From their successes at the most recent Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award, the second edition of the Quarterly Magazine celebrates Arab Ambassadors who have paved the way for their people in the face of adversity; from the challenges of revolution, to patriarchy, terrorism, and even occupation.

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Mayor of Lambeth Councillor Adedamola Aminu Shortlisted for Prestigious Award

Mayor of Lambeth Cllr Adedamola Aminu is announced as one of 60 shortlisted nominees for the 3rd Annual Grassroot Diplomat Initiative Award. Cllr Aminu is nominated for his outstanding contribution to the growth and development of young people and minority communities expanding outside the Borough of Lambeth.

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Tunisian Ambassador HE Nabil Ammar Nominated Post-Uprising

His Excellency Nabil Ammar is nominated for his outreach work after the revolution. The Ambassador came into office in London at a time when Tunisia was at its most fragile. After the uprising in 2011, Mr Ammar was left to manage a difficult transition period and to establish new relations of confidence with Tunisians living in the UK. 

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Grassroot Diplomacy in the Developing World

In an era where a Beninese woman farming and living in a village of just under five hundred people has two cell phones, one would assume communication inadequacies are wounds of the past. Throughout most of Africa, countries have skipped an entire technological step moving from word of mouth to mobile communication without even the installation of phone lines.

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The Middle East and West Africa: The Politics and Security of Oil

As part of its re-branding launch with the Maritime Asset Security and Training (MAST), Ambassador Partnership analysed oil security in Africa and the Middle East with former British Ambassador Sir William Patey.

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Eritrean Friendship Forum: Strengthening British Ties

Grassroot Diplomat was invited to celebrate the 22nd Independence Anniversary of Eritrea as part of ERI-UK Friendship Forum with a great opportunity to highlight Eritrea Independence alongside its co-operation and development process.  

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An Evening with Liberia's Vice President Joseph Boakai

Grassroot Diplomat was invited by the Royal African Society and Fasken Martineau LLP to meet with the Vice President of Liberia Joseph Boakai. The Vice-President made it clear that agriculture is the key driver of GDP growth in Liberia, accounting for over 40% of GDP since 2008.  Rice and cassava are the staple food crops, while rubber, oil, palm and cocoa are the dominant export tree crops. Liberia also hosts some of the biggest rainforests in the West African region.

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