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Black Africa on the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Index

According to this year’s ranking, South Africa is the most entrepreneurial country in Black Africa with a score of 38.5, though the country ranked 52nd in the world.

Botswana placed second (33.1), Namibia came third (31.3) and Nigeria was the fourth with a score of 28.1. This is followed by Gabon (27.8), Swaziland (25.8), Ghana (24.5), Zambia  (22.8) and Kenya (21.1). 

52 South Africa
66 Botswana
73 Namibia
85 Nigeria
86 Gabon

95 Swaziland
99 Ghana
102 Zambia
104 Kenya
106 Senegal

112 Angola
113 Rwanda
114 Ethiopia
115 Cameroon
116 Mozambique
118 Gambia, The
119 Liberia
120 Cote d'Ivoire
121 Tanzania
122 Mali

123 Uganda
124 Benin
126 Burkina Faso
127 Madagascar
128 Sierra Leone
129 Mauritania
130 Malawi
131 Burundi
132 Chad

The Global Entrepreneurship Index is an annual index that measures the health of the entrepreneurship ecosystems in 132 countries. It then ranks the performance of these against each other. This provides a picture of how each country performs in both the domest…

Sierra Leone Gears Up for Census 2015

More than 13,000 enumerators for Sierra Leone’s Population and Housing Census begin a week’s training Monday, November 23rd, Statistics Sierra Leone has announced.

The army of temporary workers across Sierra Leone will be trained on the use of census instruments like the household questionnaire, manuals, GIS, and digitization. Each enumerator is assigned to one enumeration area of about 100 households to complete in two weeks.

Deployment will start shortly after training for the head count of all Sierra Leoneans, which will run December 5th to 18th, according to a statement from the Census Bureau.

In the districts, training will be done at chiefdom level whilst centers in various zones within the Western Area will be used for the same purpose.

The provinces of Sierra Leone are divided into 14 districts. The Western Area is divided into two districts. Sierra Leone's capital Freetown is located in the Western Area of the country and it makes up the Western Area Urban District.


WHO declares end of Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Saturday, Nov. 7 that Ebola virus transmission has been stopped in Sierra Leone. It's been 42 days – two Ebola virus incubation cycles – since the last person confirmed to have the disease had a second negative blood test,.

The WHO has pledged continued support towards the recovery of essential health systems.

"Since Sierra Leone recorded the first Ebola case in May 2014, a total number of 8,704 people were infected and 3,589 have died, 221 of them healthcare workers, all of whom we remember on this day” said Dr. Anders Nordström, WHO Representative in Sierra Leone.

The country now enters a 90-day period of enhanced surveillance which will run until 5 February 2016, and WHO will continue to support Sierra Leone during this period. This new phase is critical for ensuring early detection of any possible new cases of Ebola virus disease.

Commending the Government of Sierra Leone and its people on achieving this significant milestone i…