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    • UNDP has helped expand capacity and recruited and trained staff for the national emergency call center — which now fields some 7,000 calls daily (Photo: UNDP Côte d'Ivoire/Gedeon Pooda)
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Coronavirus - In Côte d’Ivoire, pandemic prompts surge in extreme poverty

Targeted measures such as tax relief may help, UNDP study finds

COVID-19 has struck informal workers especially hard in Cote d’Ivoire, causing the number of households considered “extremely poor” to spike nearly four-fold, according to a new assessment by UNDP and national authorities, which will inform policies and programs to help the country recover. Three surveys—of households, businesses, and the informal economy—found the…

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Coronavirus - Africa: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Governments must lead fight against coronavirus misinformation and disinformation

The proliferation of dangerous disinformation and misinformation threatens national pandemic responses, putting even more lives and livelihoods at risk

Governments must step up to lead the fight against a growing tide of false, inflammatory and misleading information that threatens to worsen the already severe impacts of the virus, according to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). By standing with their people to build a trusted relationship, national governments can mitigate the worst threats…

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    • The economic contraction projected for 2020 as a result of the pandemic would disproportionately affect the poor and vulnerable, small and informal businesses, and small-scale agricultural producers (Photo: UNDP Zimbabwe)
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Coronavirus - Zimbabwe: COVID-19 could prove “disastrous” for impoverished Zimbabwe, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) study finds

Targeted measures and a crackdown on illicit financial flows will help

The COVID-19 pandemic and global knock-on effects could sink or stall Zimbabwe’s ambitious reform agenda as well as efforts to revive its flagging economy, with “disastrous” consequences for the landlocked East African country’s poor and vulnerable people, according to a new UNDP impact assessment. Zimbabwe’s economy shrank by some 6.5 percent…

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Coronavirus: In Nigeria, COVID-19 threatens to hit three fragile northeastern states hardest, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) studies find

The health care system in all three states is fractured, with 35 percent of health facilities damaged by conflict

The arrival of COVID-19 in Nigeria sparked a cascade of crises, but the pandemic poses its greatest threat in the impoverished, fragile northeast of Africa’s largest country, according to a new UNDP assessment. There, Borno, Adamawa, and Yobe states comprise “one of the most pronounced, multi-faceted, and complex humanitarian and…

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Coronavirus - Sudan: Community leaders fight COVID-19 alongside United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sudan

In Sudan, UNDP is working with trusted local partners to respond and rebuild better as the ongoing pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress

‘Any child is everyone’s child,’ one Sudanese proverb goes. ‘None of us is safe until all of us are safe’ might be a timely interpretation. In Sudan, UNDP is working with trusted local partners to respond and rebuild better as the ongoing pandemic threatens to reverse decades of progress in…

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Coronavirus - Africa: United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) urges swift action to address violence against women and girls during the pandemic

In Somalia, UNDP is supporting communities to develop neighborhood watch systems, where men and women receive training to regularly patrol their neighborhood

Governments across the world must act urgently to prevent and tackle the rising rates of violence against women and girls during the COVID-19 crisis by putting stronger measures in place such as designating shelters and hotlines as emergency services and supporting police and the justice sector during lockdowns, according to…

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Coronavirus - Africa: New UNDP data dashboards reveal huge disparities among countries in ability to cope and recover

It is a systemic human development crisis, already affecting the economic and social dimensions of development in unprecedented ways

Indicators such as the level of poverty, healthcare capacity, access to internet and social protection can portray how severe the effects of the COVID-19 crisis might be in each of 189 countries. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today released two new data dashboards that highlight the huge disparities in countries’…

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Coronavirus: Africa’s business leaders commit to fighting COVID-19

Collaboration and coordination are key for rapid COVID-19 support

African private sector has a major part to play in supporting governments to defeat COVID-19 in Africa. That is one of the main messages from an emergency session of the UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa’s partnership initiative, African Influencers for Development (AI4Dev). Some of Africa’s top business leaders joined UNDP…

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Coronavirus - South Sudan: Protecting the Staff and Users of Justice Services Against Coronavirus Pandemic

UNDP's intervention at this stage is crucial as South Sudan's justice system is underfunded and will not be able to ensure the levels of hygiene required in line with WHO guidelines

UNDP Access to Justice and Rule of Law Project has partnered with the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, and the Ministry of Interior to protect the Staff and users of justice services against the COVID-19 pandemic. The partnership aims to engage policymakers to determine what protections to put in…

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    • Unemployed taxi drivers during the Ebola crisis, Liberia 2014. The COVID-19 crisis threatens to disproportionately hit developing countries–Income losses are expected to exceed $220 billion. © UNDP/Morgana Wingard
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COVID-19 - Africa: Looming crisis in developing countries threatens to devastate economies and ramp up inequality

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) seeking unprecedented COVID-19 support for vulnerable countries

The growing COVID-19 crisis threatens to disproportionately hit developing countries, not only as a health crisis in the short term but as a devastating social and economic crisis over the months and years to come. Income losses are expected to exceed $220 billion in developing countries. With an estimated 55…