Source: United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) |

Cash transfer schemes reduce the chances of adolescent girls and young women contracting Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)

Studies from Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi and the United Republic of Tanzania show that cash transfers help young people, especially girls, stay in school longer and do better in their studies

Efforts aimed at redressing gender inequalities and socioeconomic inequities can mitigate factors that fuel the HIV epidemic. In a study in Eswatini, cash transfers aimed at keeping adolescent girls and young women in school and giving them greater financial independence resulted in the odds of the recipients becoming HIV-positive being…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

Southern Africa in Throes of Climate Emergency with 45 Million People facing Hunger across the Region

As the crisis deepens, the world must step up now to save lives and enable communities to adapt to climate change, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned

A record 45 million people - mostly women and children - in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community are gravely food insecure following repeated drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray. As the crisis deepens, the world must step up now to save lives and enable communities to adapt to climate…

Source: International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) |

Immediate action needed as millions face hunger in Southern Africa, warns the Red Cross

The Red Cross Red Crescent Movement already has ongoing operations on food insecurity in Eswatini, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Hunger is threatening the lives of 11 million people in Southern Africa due to deepening drought and in the region. Red Cross teams across Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia and Zambia are scaling up their response to emergency and crisis levels of food insecurity. “This year’s drought is unprecedented, causing…

Source: UN Information Centre in Pretoria (UNIC) |

As Africa gains development ground, new inequalities emerge, says new United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) report

The Report analyzes inequality in three dimensions beyond income, beyond averages, and beyond today and proposes a battery of policy options to tackle it

African countries have made significant strides in advancing human development, gaining ground on primary education and health. But a new generation of inequalities is opening up that, left unchecked, threatens to undermine further progress and make it harder for those already behind to catch up.   So finds the United…

Source: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) |

World food prices jump in November

Meat and vegetable oils lead Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Food Price Index upwards, while cereal prices dip amid record output even as weather weighs in Africa

World food prices rose significantly in November, reaching their highest point in more than two years, driven by jumps in the international prices of meat products and vegetable oils. The FAO Food Price Index, which tracks monthly changes in the international prices of commonly-traded food commodities, averaged 177.2 points over…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Africa Climate Change Fund Grants Nearly $1 Million to Support Access to Climate Finance in Benin and Lesotho

The project proposal, approved in September, has been designed with the goal to improve the climate resilience of communities and local economies by increasing investments in climate change adaptation in target areas

The Africa Climate Change Fund (ACCF) (http://bit.ly/34JgdzF) has approved a project proposal for a total of $997, 524 to support Benin and Lesotho to access international climate finance, an initiative underpinned by evidence that adaptation to climate change must start locally. While local responses can create opportunities for innovative solutions, most…

Source: International Monetary Fund (IMF) |

International Monetary Fund (IMF) Staff Concludes Visit to Lesotho

An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team, led by Mr. Joseph Thornton, IMF Mission Chief for Lesotho, visited Maseru during November 6-13, 2019

Lesotho continues to face challenges in adjusting to lower Southern African Customs Union (SACU) revenue; Restraining current spending and effective expenditure controls will be essential to maintain a sustainable fiscal position; Public investment should be carefully vetted and ensure progress in key development priorities. An International Monetary Fund (IMF) team,…

Source: Internet Society (ISOC) |

New Internet Exchange Point in Democratic Republic of Congo to bring faster and more reliable Internet access to region

Currently, Internet traffic in Lumbumbashi, the second largest city in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is exchanged outside the region and in many cases, outside the country

The Internet Society (InternetSociety.org), a global non-profit organization dedicated to the open development, evolution and use of the Internet and the Internet Service Providers Association (ISPA) of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) (ISPA-DRC.cd) launched a new Internet Exchange Point (IXP) in Lubumbashi that will bring faster and more reliable…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

As Climate Shocks Intensify, UN Food Agencies Urge More Support For Southern Africa’s Hungry People

The UN food agencies are escalating their responses across the nine countries

A record 45 million people across the 16-nation Southern African Development Community (SADC) will be severely food insecure in the next six months, United Nations food agencies have warned.   The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) and the World Food Programme (WFP) are…

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President of Ghana, H.E. NANA ADDO DANKWA AKUFO-ADDO inaugurates Merck Foundation “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” to build Healthcare capacity in Africa and Asia

More than 1000 healthcare providers, policy makers and academia from 50 countries benefited from the Luminary

Prof. Frank Stangenberg-Haverkamp, Chairman of the Executive Board and Family Board of E-Merck KG inaugurated Merck Africa Asia Luminary in Ghana; The 6th Edition of “Merck Africa Asia Luminary” co-chaired by H.E. MADAM REBECCA AKUFO-ADDO, The First Lady of Ghana and Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation (http://www.Merck-Foundation.com); African…