The United Nations says Mauritania in northwest Africa urgently needs funds to deal with a growing refugee crisis.
Thousands of people are arriving from neighbouring Mali to escape an extreme interpretation of Islam and inter-ethnic violence.
Blessed with rich minerals and waters brimming with fish, Mauritania is awash with natural resources worth their weight in gold. But the West African country also knows how to diversify its resources by investing in renewable energy.
Austrian Robert Theuretzbacher sealed victory in stage five of the Africa Eco Race. Despite his win on the 225 kilometre leg he still trails Pal
Nouakchott, the capital of Mauritania, is a town built around a well of the same name, where camel herders used to go and water their flock
Nancy Jones Abeiderrahmane is an English woman living in Mauritania who recently published a book about her extraordinary life in the desert.
The upsurge in instability and violence in parts of Africa was high on the agenda of a conference in early April involving leaders from the continent