Source: Norwegian Refugee Council |

Mounting hostilities disrupt aid delivery in the Central African Republic

NRC calls for parties to the conflict to provide secure humanitarian access, protect civilians and ensure free movement of essential goods to prevent further suffering

Humanitarian operations in several parts of the Central African Republic are at a standstill due to ongoing election unrest and heightened insecurity, leaving many of the 2.8 million people in need of essential humanitarian aid without access to life-saving assistance. “Like most of the other humanitarian organisations, we have had…

Source: The Government of Norway |

Norway provides NOK 390 million to those affected by the crisis in the Sahel

Around 13 million people in Burkino Faso, Mali and Niger are in need of emergency humanitarian aid. Some 1.4 million of these have been forced to flee their homes

A deterioration in the security situation, climate change and the impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic are causing immense suffering and exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in the Central Sahel region. Norway is announcing a contribution of NOK 390 million at a digital donor conference today. Around 13 million people in Burkino…

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) |

UNESCO convenes Global Education Meeting to set priorities for learning recovery and protect financing

COVID-19 pandemic has created the most severe disruption to global education systems in history, forcing more than 1.6 billion learners out of school at the height of the crisis

UNESCO, in partnership with the Governments of Ghana, Norway and the United Kingdom, are convening a virtual Global Education Meeting on 20 and 22 October. The meeting aims to secure commitments from leaders for the protection of education financing during the COVID-19 recovery, and produce consensus on priority actions for…

Source: World Food Programme (WFP) |

World Food Programme awarded Nobel Peace Prize

Humbling, moving recognition of the work of World Food Programme (WFP) staff who lay their lives on the line every day

Statement by WFP Executive Director David Beasley The awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to the World Food Programme (WFP) is a humbling, moving recognition of the work of WFP staff who lay their lives on the line every day to bring food and assistance for close to 100 million…

Source: African Union (AU) |

Digitization across sectors, universal affordable energy access & skills of the future are Africa’s priorities

Commissioner Abou-Zeid highlighted the need to invest in digitalization in all sectors as high priority for the Continent

Organized by the Norwegian-African Business Association, H.E. Dr Amani Abou-Zeid, Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy participated in the high level opening of the ‘Nordic-African Business Webcast 2020’, together with H.E. Ine Marie Eriksen Søreide, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Norway, Mr. Raymond Carlsen, CEO of Scatec Solarand and Mr. Samalia…

Source: African Development Bank Group (AfDB) |

African Development Bank Makes Pitch for Strategic Partnerships with Nordic Businesses

AfDB interested in transformational agro value chain industrialization projects which add value to competitively-produced commodities in Africa – VP Quaynor

At a webinar held Thursday by the Nordic-African Business Association (NABA), African Development Bank (https://www.AfDB.org/) Vice President Solomon Quaynor made a powerful case for strategic investment opportunities in Africa. The digital webcast, organized by NABA, the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Scatec Solar and Africa Finance Corporation (AFC), was part…

Source: Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs |

NOK 5.5 billion for humanitarian assistance in 2021

In 2020, the Covid-19 pandemic and the ensuing economic crisis have further exacerbated the situation

‘The Government has proposed an overall humanitarian budget of NOK 5.5 billion for 2021. The number of people in need of humanitarian assistance and protection worldwide is higher than ever before. With this budget, Norway will continue to be one of the largest humanitarian donors in the world,’ said Minister…

Source: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus: Boost for global response to COVID-19 as economies worldwide formally sign up to COVAX facility

156 economies, representing roughly 64% of the global population in total, are now either committed to or eligible for the COVAX Facility

64 higher income economies have now joined the COVAX Facility, with a further 38 economies expected to sign in the coming days; these self-financing economies, which include 29 from ‘Team Europe’ participating as part of an agreement with the European Commission, join 92 lower income economies eligible for financial support…

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: World Health Organization (WHO) |

Coronavirus Global Response: Access to COVID-19 Tools-Accelerator Facilitation Council holds inaugural meeting

The ACT-Accelerator is the proven, up-and-running, global collaboration accelerating the development, production, and equitable access to COVID-19 tests, treatments, and vaccines

United Nations Secretary General António Guterres appeals for a quantum leap in funding for the ACT-Accelerator, a global solution to get the world moving, working and prospering again -         H.E. Cyril Ramaphosa, President of South Africa, and H.E. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway, co-chair the ACT-Acceleration Facilitation Council -        …