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Source: The World Bank Group |

World Bank Group Launches New Program to Support Africa’s Top Digital Entrepreneurs

With support from prominent African investment groups, XL Africa will help the 20 selected start-ups attract early stage capital between $250,000 and $1.5 million

The World Bank Group (www.WorldBank.org) launched XL Africa (www.XL-Africa.com), a five-month business acceleration program designed to support the 20 most promising digital start-ups from Sub-Saharan Africa. Start-ups will receive mentoring from global and local experts, learn through a tailor-made curriculum, increase their regional visibility, and get access to potential corporate…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Opening of humanitarian corridor from Sudan to South Sudan

Troika welcomes the opening of a border crossing from Sudan to South Sudan to allow humanitarian food assistance to reach areas suffering from famine and severe food insecurity

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) welcome the Government of Sudan’s opening of the border crossing into Bentiu, in South Sudan, for the delivery of humanitarian food assistance to areas gravely affected by the conflict and suffering from famine and severe food insecurity.…

Source: United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) |

In light of the Brussels conference “Supporting the Future of Syria and the Region”, UNHCR Egypt launched this week an extensive aid plan in a joint event with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations to respond directly to both refugee and host community needs

The Egypt appeal for US $348 million aims to address the needs of 1.2 million members of the host community in addition to 113,000 targeted Syrian refugees registered with UNHCR and living in different governorates in Egypt

UNHCR, the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the United Nations jointly launched, early this week, the Egypt chapter of the Regional Refugee and Resilience Plan (3RP), which is the programme strategy to respond to refugee protection and humanitarian needs, and strengthen the resilience of the host community, and state…

Source: United Kingdom Foreign and Commonwealth Office |

Troika statement on South Sudan

UK, US and Norway call on all parties in South Sudan to commit to a ceasefire immediately

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) reiterate their strong support for the combined efforts of the African Union (AU), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), and United Nations to end the conflict in South Sudan, and join in their recent calls on all armed…

Source: Royal Norwegian Embassy in Kampala |

Norway increases famine response to NOK 673 million

Norway is closely following the situation in Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria and will consider the need for further support on an ongoing basis

More than 20 million people in four countries are on the brink of famine. ‘We are facing the worst humanitarian catastrophe in the history of the UN. Nearly 1.4 million children are at risk of starving to death. Norway is therefore increasing its support for life-saving emergency aid and food…

Source: U.S. Embassy in Juba |

Joint Local Statement on the Killing of Aid Workers in South Sudan

The Heads of Mission call upon the Government of the Republic of South Sudan to thoroughly investigate this outrageous attack to ensure that the perpetrators are brought to justice

The European Union Delegation, the Heads of Mission of Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Sweden, The United Kingdom, and the Heads of Mission of Canada, China, Japan, Norway, Switzerland and the United States issue the following statement in South Sudan: The Heads of Mission strongly condemn and deplore the…

Source: Department for International Development (DFID) |

Priti Patel calls on international community to improve global response to humanitarian crises

UK leads the charge by stepping up support and urges others to do the same before it is too late

The International Development Secretary has set out a five point plan to deliver a more effective global response to the unprecedented number of crises the world currently faces. Before last month, there had been only one certified famine globally since 2000. Parts of South Sudan are now in famine and…

Source: Germany - Federal Foreign Office |

In Oslo, Foreign Minister Gabriel pledges humanitarian assistance for Nigeria and the Lake Chad region

Foreign Minister Gabriel issued the following statement today (24 February) at the Oslo Humanitarian Conference for Nigeria and the Lake Chad region: Hundreds of thousands of children are threatened by starvation in the Lake Chad region. Millions of people have had to flee their homes in the face of the brutal…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

Nigeria hunger crisis deepens, spills over into Lake Chad Basin

UN Agencies and governments to meet at Oslo summit to tackle expanding humanitarian emergency

As conflict and instability continue, the food security situation in Nigeria and the Lake Chad Basin is drastically deteriorating, FAO warned today, as it called for swift and decisive action from the international community to protect the livelihoods of millions of families dependent on farming, livestock and fishing for their food and livelihoods.  With the next planting…