Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan |

Emergency Assistance to Niger in Response to Flood Disaster

Decision was made to meet Niger’s humanitarian needs, upon request of Government of Niger, in light of humanitarian perspective and cordial relations between Japan and Niger

On September 18, upon a request of the Government of the Republic of Niger, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (tents, blankets, plastic sheets, portable jerry cans and water purifiers) to Niger through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to floods occurring in the…

Source: United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) |

Coronavirus: International transport and supply chains key to COVID-19 recovery - UN agencies

Eight UN organizations urge governments to take a risk-based approach to restoring maritime, air, and inland connectivity with minimal restrictions

The social and economic disruption of the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting countries’ efforts to improve livelihoods and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The early responses to restraining the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic negatively impacted all transport operations, leading to severe disruptions of supply chains and trade flows worldwide. …

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Seychelles |

Seychelles joins the e-VidyaBharti and e-ArogyaBharti Project (e-VBAB)

The e-VBAB project will provide services through two separate web-based platforms, geared towards capacity building in the field of education and medical sciences

On the 2nd of September 2020, Ambassador Selby Pillay, High Commissioner of Seychelles accredited to India, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Telecommunications Consultants India Ltd for the e-VidyaBharti (e-education) and e-ArogyaBharti (tele-medicine) Project (e-VBAB) on behalf of the Government of Seychelles. The e-VBAB project will provide services through two…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Coronavirus: European Investment Bank (EIB) approves € 12.6 billion financing for transport, clean energy, urban development and COVID-19 resilience

Also backed investment in agriculture, water, housing, telecommunications and urban development across Europe, as well as in Africa, Asia and Latin America

€ 3.1 billion for COVID-19 public health and business financing; € 3.5 billion for private sector investment and working capital schemes; € 3 billon for clean energy and energy efficiency investment around the world; € 2 billion for Naples-Bari high speed train link largest loan in EIB history The European…

Source: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) |

USAID Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick announces New Partnerships with the Feed the Future Innovation Labs

These critical investments continue to redefine what is possible in the effort to end hunger and poverty and are increasingly important in the face of COVID-19 and its impact on food security

Today, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick will announce four new partnerships under Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food-security initiative.  The Deputy Administrator will make the announcement during a virtual event at which Congressional supporters and partners across the development community will…

Source: UNICEF Sierra Leone |

Govt. of Sierra Leone, Govt. of China & UNICEF unveil newly established Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) in Kailahun

Established under the program “China-Africa collaboration to accelerate maternal, newborn and child health in Sierra Leone”

A newly established Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) has been unveiled at Kailahun District Hospital in Sierra Leone today.  This state-of-the-art unit, which was set up by the Government of Sierra Leone through the financial contributions of the Government of China with technical support of the United Nations Children’s Fund,…

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: Africa Regional Media Hub |

Coronavirus - Uganda: U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and Akola support Ugandan Women through COVID-19 Pandemic

$5 million DFC loan will help Akola continue empowering low-income women, particularly in the wake of COVID-19

U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) and Akola PBC today announced that DFC has provided a $5 million loan to Dallas, Texas-based Akola. DFC’s financing will help the impact-driven jewelry brand and manufacturing business—particularly the women that it employs in rural Uganda—weather the challenges of the COVID-19 global pandemic. “Women…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Africa’s climate change fight gets a boost as Global Center on Adaptation sets up regional home at the African Development Bank

Hosted by the African Development Bank at its headquarters in the Ivorian commercial capital, Abidjan, GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent

African leaders welcomed the opening of a regional office of the Global Center on Adaptation on Wednesday, voicing hopes it will spur the continent’s efforts to combat climate change. In speeches marking the virtual launch of GCA Africa, the leaders said the Center could also provide an impetus for a…

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…