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    • National Response Coordinator, May Broh and the Resident Coordinator of the MRU in Liberia, Christain Jallah Sr. testing one of the thermometers procured under the project. © UNDP
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Coronavirus - Liberia: UNDP/Mano River Union (MRU) deliver second batch of Covid19 supplies for border areas

A total of 22 targeted border communities in Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Maryland and Lofa are to benefit

UNDP Liberia and the Mano River Union (MRU) have delivered second batch of #Covid19 preventive supplies to the Liberia Immigration Service (LIS) for border counties. A total of 22 targeted border communities in Nimba, Grand Cape Mount, Maryland and Lofa are to benefit. According to UNDP Liberia Deputy Resident Representative…

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    • Young women, who are self-employed and are the sole providers for their families, are suffering the direct consequences of the pandemic (Photo: UNDP Guinea/Mamadou Saliou Diallo)
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Coronavirus - Nigerian Afropop star Yemi Alade joins UNDP’s call for urgent action to protect those hit hardest by COVID-19 surge

Joining the event from Lagos, Nigeria, globally acclaimed Afropop star Yemi Alade shone a spotlight on those suffering the direst consequences of the pandemic

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) joined by key voices in international development, reiterates the importance of protecting the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people hit hardest by the socio-economic impact of COVID-19. This call comes under the auspices of the 2020 UN High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) in…

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    • Especially in rural areas, women tend to be poorer than men -81 per cent, compared with 69 per cent men- and has the second highest maternal mortality ratio in the world (Photo: UNDP)
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Coronavirus - Central African Republic: In CAR, violence against women is surging amid COVID-19 pandemic, study finds

Since the first case of COVID-19 was reported in the country, 97 percent of gender-based violence (GBV) victims have been female and 76 percent underage

The Central African Republic (CAR) is seeing a surge in gender-based violence (GBV) since the COVID-19 virus pandemic and measures to control it began, with reported injuries to women and children spiking by 69 percent, a new UNDP-led study finds. Although a national strategy aims to reduce GBV, child marriage, and female…

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Coronavirus - Africa: COVID-19 - Germany doubles its support to United Nations Development Programme's (UNDP) flexible core funding

Germany’s strategic investment enables UNDP to help turn the greatest reversal of human development into a leap forward

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) strongly welcomes the decision of the Government of Germany to more than double its contribution to the organization’s core funding, thereby significantly increasing its investment in UNDP.  This increased support comes at a critical juncture. Over the past months, the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked…

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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…