More than $2 billion was pledged at the Lake Chad crisis, more than the $1.5 billion sought and three times the disappointing haul last year.
Diverse African economies such as South Africa and Egypt, are likely to be the drivers of the free trade area, and are likely to benefit from it the most.
If Zimbabwe gets the politics right, there is every reason to be optimistic that this promising country will flourish at last.
The data is worrying: since the 1970s, the amount of human displacement due to natural disasters has doubled.
One in five Somali households receive remittances. Without that, many of them would fall into poverty.
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