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…

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

Zambia: African Development Bank and partners improving sanitation for Lusaka’s low-income suburbs

The project is being executed under the Lusaka Sanitation Master Plan which aims to provide citywide sanitation services by 2035

“Sometimes, it looks to me like surgery in the belly of an ancient beast,” says Herbert Chinokoro, senior water and sanitation engineer at the African Development Bank’s Country Office in Lusaka, Zambia. He is describing the scene along the streets of the capital, Lusaka, where earthmovers and excavators were digging…

Source: Embassy of Japan in Zambia |

31st Japanese Ambassador’s Judo Tournament

About 200 male and female Judokas participated in the male and female individual competitions according to age, for 8 championships

On 23rd November 2019, the Embassy of Japan in the Republic of Zambia co-hosted, together with Zambia Judo Association, the 31st Japanese Ambassador’s Judo Tournament at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka. About 200 male and female Judokas participated in the male and female individual competitions according to age,…

Source: The World Bank Group |

The Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Receives Support to Strengthen Continental and Regional Infectious-Disease Detection and Response Systems

The World Bank provides $250 million to Ethiopia, Zambia, and the African Union to combat epidemics and advance critical public health priorities

The Board of the World Bank Group has approved a total of $250 million in International Development Association (IDA) credits and grants to help the Federal Republic of Ethiopia, the Republic of Zambia, and the African Union (AU) counter the spread of infectious diseases and address key regional and continental…

Fenix International
Source: Fenix International |

Fenix Benin (ENGIE) Connects 40,000 Households to Solar Power in Just One Year

Fenix’s high-quality solar home systems and strong distribution network allow distributed rural households to access warrantied products and accompanying after-sales service

Next-generation energy company Fenix International (https://www.FenixIntl.com/), a subsidiary of ENGIE, has surpassed its previous rapid growth rates and connected 40,000 households to solar power in Benin, representing 200,000 people, within just one year of launching sales in the country. Only 34% of Beninois have access to electricity, with rural residents…

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: Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) |

UN asks the world to invest $29 billion in humanity in 2020

Protracted conflicts, extreme weather events and crumbling economies have pushed millions to the brink of survival

A record 168 million people worldwide will need humanitarian assistance and protection in 2020; protracted conflicts, extreme weather events and crumbling economies have pushed millions to the brink of survival; humanitarian organizations today present their plans for how to respond and what it will cost. The United Nations in collaboration…

Source: United Nations - Office of the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General |

Statement attributable to the Spokesman for the Secretary-General on the appointment of the members of the High-Level Panel on Internal Displacement

Last year the number of people displaced as a result of conflict reached an all-time high of more than 41 million

Following his statement of 22 October announcing the establishment of a High Level-Panel on Internal Displacement, the United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres has today appointed its eight members. The Panel will be co-chaired by Federica Mogherini, the former High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and…

Source: United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) |

Preparations for the 2020 Africa-France Summit take off

The Summit presents an opportunity for African countries to further reinvigorate commitments to advance sustainable urbanization

African experts have convened in Lusaka to deliberate on regional priorities for the 2020 Africa-France Summit, 4-6 June, Bordeaux, France on the theme of “Better Cities, Better Lives” co-hosted by the African Union Commission, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat). With…