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

Coronavirus - Critical underfunding exacerbated by COVID-19 pushing displaced people to the edge

A shortage of resources for humanitarian operations could have devastating impacts for millions of people around the globe

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has warned that millions of displaced people in need of protection and assistance, and their host communities, are feeling the pinch of massive underfunding, as the COVID-19 crisis continues to increase humanitarian needs globally. The agency has so far received just 49 per cent (US$4.5…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Mauritania: African Development Bank extends $2.1 million for rollout of Disaster Risk Financing

The Bank is extending the funding under its Africa Disaster Risk Financing (ADRIFI) program to enable the country to take out a drought risk index-based insurance policy

The African Development Bank’s (www.AfDB.org) Board on Wednesday approved a grant of $2.1 million to boost the country’s resilience against climate related shocks and food insecurity. The funds, sourced from the African Development Fund, will go to provide technical and institutional support to strengthen Mauritania’s capacity to assess climate-related risk.…

Source: International Labour Organisation (ILO) |

Coronavirus - International Labour Organization (ILO): Developing countries should invest US$1.2 trillion to guarantee basic social protection

Closing the coverage gap, worsened by COVID-19, will require additional sources of financing says a new ILO study

To guarantee at least basic income security and access to essential health care for all in 2020 alone, developing countries should invest approximately US$1.2 trillion – on average 3.8 per cent of their GDP – says a new ILO policy brief. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic the social…

Source: The World Bank Group |

Coronavirus: Pandemic threatens Human Capital Gains of the Past Decade, New Report Says

The World Bank Group’s 2020 Human Capital Index includes health and education data for 174 countries – covering 98 percent of the world’s population – up to March 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic threatens hard-won gains in health and education over the past decade, especially in the poorest countries, a new World Bank Group analysis finds. Investments in human capital—the knowledge, skills, and health that people accumulate over their lives—are key to unlocking a child’s potential and to improving economic…

Source: The World Bank Group |

Government of Kenya has Partnered with the Private Sector and Development Partners to Outline its Roadmap towards Achieving Energy Efficiency Goals

Kenya has made significant progress in energy efficiency and conservation

The Kenyan Government through the Ministry of Energy (MOE) today launched the Kenya National Energy Efficiency and Conservation Strategy (KNEECS or The Strategy) placing Kenya firmly on track toward sustainable consumption and production including renewable energy generation. The Strategy was developed in collaboration with key stakeholders including the Kenya Association…

Source: Investing in African Mining Indaba |

Driving the Future of Green Metals – Challenges Become Opportunities

The rise of green metals has been of increasing interest for the industry in the last few years

On Wednesday (September 9th), Investing in African Mining Indaba (www.MiningIndaba.com) hosted a highly anticipated Green Metals webinar that featured senior representatives from Anglo American Platinum, Aberdeen Standard Investments, BMO Capital Markets and World Economic Forum. On the agenda were questions including “How will supply and demand for fuel cell and…

Source: The World Bank Group |

World Bank sets ambitious targets for Green and Resilent Economic Growth in Africa

Plan will be rolled out amid the COVID-19 pandemic, recognizing that climate action and green recovery will be key priorities as countries work to build back better

Today, the World Bank released the Next Generation Africa Climate Business Plan (NG-ACBP), which sets out a blueprint to help Sub-Saharan African economies achieve low carbon and climate-resilient outcomes. The Plan calls for countries to seize the opportunity to scale-up climate resilience to grow their economies and reduce poverty, redouble…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

African Leaders for Nutrition call on leaders to embed nutrition within the Covid-19 response and recovery

The pandemic has created major global health and economic shocks, with unprecedented impacts on people’s health, nutrition and livelihoods

The African Leaders for Nutrition (https://bit.ly/33zUF9k) (ALN) have unveiled a position paper calling upon African Heads of State and Governments to ensure that financing for nutrition is included in their country’s COVID-19 response and recovery plans. The position paper, titled “Embedding Nutrition within the COVID-19 Response and Recovery,” was sent…

Source: African Union (AU) |

African Leaders for Nutrition (ALN) Initiative Embedding Nutrition within the Covid-19 Response and Recovery

COVID-19 Position Paper

Background The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a major global health and economic shock with unprecedent impacts on people’s health, nutrition and livelihoods. As a result of the pandemic, Africa is likely to experience negative economic growth primarily as a result of the sharp decline in productivity, jobs and revenues.…