Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

World leaders, celebrities to join WHO’s Big Event for Mental Health on 10 October

Close to 1 billion people are living with a mental disorder, 3 million people die every year from the harmful use of alcohol and one person dies every 40 seconds by suicide

On 10 October, World Mental Health Day, world leaders and internationally-recognized celebrities and mental health advocates will come together for the World Health Organization’s Big Event for Mental Health. WHO’s first-ever online advocacy event for mental health will focus on the urgent need to address the world’s chronic under-investment in mental health  ̶  a problem…

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…

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Global and African Leaders welcome Launch of Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) Africa as “Historic Moment to Accelerate Adaptation” on the Continent

GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that protects African communities from the impacts of climate change

The Global Center on Adaptation (GCA.org) today announced the launch of its regional office in Côte d’Ivoire. Hosted by the African Development Bank (www.AfDB.org) at its headquarters in the Ivorian capital Abidjan, GCA Africa will work with partners across the continent to scale and accelerate adaptation action that protects African…

Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

International Organization for Migration (IOM) Inaugurates New Headquarters for National Border Police in Niger, Completing USD 3 Million Effort

Country is exposed to various security threats, such as violent extremist terrorism, cross-border crime, trafficking and smuggling, some spilling over from neighboring countries

A landlocked country in the Sahel region, the Republic of Niger is positioned at the crossroad of West, Central and North Africa. This strategic location has made the country an important corridor for both trade and migration. Due to its large territory, neighboring seven countries with over 5,600 km of land…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Coronavirus - Tanzania: Back to School - Zanzibar plans for quality learning for all children with $1.5 million from Global Partnership for Education (GPE) for COVID-19 education response

The GPE-funded programme is closely aligned to existing education sector plans and the National Education Response and Recovery Plan for COVID-19

Zanzibar has received a $1.5 million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to respond to COVID-19 (coronavirus)-related school closures and ensure that more than 520,000 children return to school safely, leaving no child left behind. The grant is part of GPE’s $500 million COVID-19 response, which is helping…

Source: United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) |

Coronavirus - Niger: Improving access to sustainable water, hygiene and sanitation services in Niger

UNICEF hands over equipment to the Ministry of Water and Sanitation to boost the "Accelerated Sanitation and Water for All" Programme in Niger

UNICEF has handed over four (4) new vehicles and 362 hand washing devices to the Niger’s Ministry of Water and Sanitation to accelerate the implementation of the "Accelerated Sanitation and Water for All (ASWA 2)" Programme and support the Government's response to the Covid-19 pandemic. "UNICEF is supporting the Government…

Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)
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Coronavirus - Africa: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) - led global COVID-19 Food Coalition gains momentum

Soaring unemployment rates, income losses and rising food costs are jeopardizing food access in developed and developing countries alike

The Italian government-proposed initiative aims to tackle the long-term impacts of the pandemic on food and agriculture, engaging more countries to support the efforts The COVID-19 Food Coalition, launched by the Government of Italy and led by FAO, is gaining momentum, as more countries are joining the initiative in an effort…

African Development Bank Group (AfDB)
Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

Conversation with Marieme Esther Dassanou, Coordinator of the African Development Bank’s Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa programme

She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the insurance and financial sectors

Marieme Esther Dassanou is the Coordinator of Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) the African Development Bank’s (https://www.AfDB.org/) flagship pan-African initiative, which aims to bridge the $42 billion financing gap facing women entrepreneurs in Africa. She previously led IFC’s Gender Secretariat's work on advancing women's inclusion in the…

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Source: International Organization for Migration (IOM) |

Coronavirus - Algeria: Amid COVID-19 Pandemic, International Organization for Migration (IOM) facilitates return of 84 migrants from Algeria to Mali

With the breakout of COVID-19, job opportunities for migrants became scarce in Algeria and the demand for support of primary needs increasingly acute

This week (14/07) 84 Malian nationals – 73 men, 7 women, 2 boys and 2 girls – made it home from Algeria, thanks to the International Organization for Migration (IOM), which arranged a voluntary return flight from Algiers to Bamako. The voluntary return was made possible, also, because of an agreement between Algerian and Malian authorities…

Source: European Investment Bank (EIB) |

Coronavirus - Africa: European Investment Bank (EIB) approves € 16.6 billion for COVID-19 health response and economic resilience, climate, clean transport, energy and housing

Companies in North and sub-Saharan Africa, the Eastern Neighbourhood and southern Caucasus to access financing under a dedicated regional COVID-19 financing programme

€ 10.2 billion for COVID-19 public health and business financing; € 5.2 billion for new private sector financing schemes; € 2 billon for energy and energy efficiency investment around the world; Millions of commuters to benefit from € 1.9 billion urban transport funding in Europe, Asia and Africa The European…