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UGANDA: Funding for civil society and poverty alleviation
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Uganda is to receive from the EU, under an Africa, Pacific and Caribbean (ACP) programme, €8 million (about US $10 million) to fight poverty and build civil society institutions. Uganda thus becomes the first country eligible for funding under the ACP programme, which supports local civil society institutions to get funding for poverty alleviation that is directed "from the ground up".
ANGOLA: Food security better in areas farming cassava
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Households in the maize-based agricultural areas of southern and central Angola are facing greater food insecurity than those in the northern and eastern cassava belt.
ZIMBABWE: ZANU-PF wins by-election
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), In a landslide victory Zimbabwe's ruling ZANU-PF has won a by-election in the central constituency of Gutu North.
ANGOLA: Pledge to allow donor monitoring of funds
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Angola has assured prospective donors that they would be allowed to manage and monitor financial assistance to the country with the help of their own task teams.
ZIMBABWE: Supreme Court rejects appeal against media law
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Zimbabwe's Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed an appeal to scrap sections of a controversial media law, which journalists say gives too much power to authorities and infringes on their right to freedom of expression.
MALAWI: Vulnerability assessment launched
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Relief agencies are conducting a vulnerability assessment in Malawi to determine the food security situation following erratic rains this season.
ZIMBABWE: Overcrowding leads to prison crisis
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), Zimbabwe's prisons are full to the hatches with petty criminals and remand prisoners as a result of a slow judicial system that is failing to cope with the backlog of criminal cases.
COTE D'IVOIRE: Washington delays UN deployment, Paris pushes DDR
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), President Laurent Gbagbo said on Thursday that disarmament had to be the next step on the road to lasting peace in Cote d'Ivoire. However, bending to US pressure, the United Nations has delayed a decision on whether to send in a peacekeeping force that would give rebel forces the confidence to hand in their guns.
LIBERIA: LURD leader drops demand for Bryant to go
5 February 2004 (IRIN ), 10 days after calling for Gyude’s Bryant’s removal as head of the transitional government, Sekou Conneh, leader of the LURD rebel movement, has changed his mind.
ETHIOPIA: Free press association's new leaders vow to fight on
4 February 2004 (IRIN ), The new leadership of the beleaguered Ethiopia Free Press Journalists’ Association (EFJA) on Wednesday vowed to boost freedom of expression and to fight repression and harassment.

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