World Bank and UNICEF commit to tackle Child Undernutrition in Vietnam

The World Bank and UNICEF reaffirmed their strong commitment to work with the Government of Vietnam to tackle child undernutrition as the country prepares its Socio-Economic Development Strategy 2021-30. Child undernutrition remains a significant development challenge in Vietnam, representing a staggering yet avoidable loss to the nation’s human capital and economic growth potential. The worrying… [Read More]

IRENA and UNCCD collaborate to combat Desertification through Renewables

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) joined hands with the Secretariat of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) to support climate adaptation and resilience and to implement UN Sustainable Development Goals through renewables. In a Memorandum of Understanding signed, the two organisations have agreed to increase renewable energy capacity building and investment on… [Read More]

UK becomes largest contributor to WFP’s Activities in Jordan with New Funds

UK government has committed three-year funding agreement worth £32 million (US$39.3 million) with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Jordan. The UK’s new funding makes it the third largest contributor to WFP’s activities in the country. The funding from the UK’s Department of International Development (DFID) will support WFP’s assistance through cash transfers… [Read More]

Are you an Aspiring Fintech Entrepreneur? Apply for AlphaCode Explore Programme!

Applications have opened for the second AlphaCode Explore programme, a joint initiative of the Explore Data Science Academy (EDSA) and Rand Merchant Investment Holdings (RMI) fintech division, AlphaCode. The joint initiative aimed at honing the ideas and skills of 20 aspirant South African fintech entrepreneurs ready to leverage data science in the financial services space…. [Read More]

Small Grants announced to support Civil Society Advocacy and Accountability

Management Sciences for Health (MSH), the Global Financing Facility (GFF), and the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health (PMNCH) have announced the recipients of the first round of funding from the Small Grants Mechanism to support civil society engagement, alignment, and coordinated action for improved women’s, children’s, and adolescents’ health (WCAH), particularly in relation… [Read More]

Child Mortality intervention helps close Poverty Gap in Ghana

Researchers from the University of Ghana, Columbia University in the US, and the Navrongo Health Research Centre in northern Ghana, were recently presented with the Atlas Award at a special ceremony to recognize the impact the study’s findings is having on people’s lives across Africa. Senior lecturer at the Regional Institute for Population Studies at… [Read More]

AIIB and Amundi launch Innovative Climate Bond worth USD500 Million to mobilize Climate Action

A USD500-million Asia Climate Bond Portfolio has been announced by the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) and Amundi, Europe’s largest asset manager to accelerate climate action in the Bank’s members and address the underdevelopment of the climate bond market. The joint project expects to mobilize another USD500-million from climate change-focused institutional investors. A portion of… [Read More]

ADB grants $348.78 Million to improve Water Resources, enhance Productivity in Afghanistan

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $348.78 million grant to help in the development of water resources in Kandahar province through the expansion of Dahla Dam, the country’s second largest dam. The project will help improve Afghanistan’s agricultural productivity, water resources management, energy generation, and growth outlook. ADB Principal Natural Resources and Agriculture… [Read More]

AfDB commends Zimb Project Progress, Pledges more Financial Resources for them

The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has expressed satisfaction with the progress made in water and sanitation projects it is funding across the country and has  also pledged to continue mobilizing financial resources to support more projects. Speaking during a recent Redcliff community engagement workshop, AfDB Country Director, Mr Damoni Kitabare said, “The bank was impressed… [Read More]

5th Edition of Investing in Africa Forum to leverage Partnerships for Economic Diversification and Jobs Creation in African Economies

The fifth edition of the Investing in Africa Forum (IAF5) was jointly organized by the Government of the Republic of the Congo, the Ministry of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, the Chinese Development Bank and the World Bank Group on the theme: “Leveraging partnerships for economic diversification and jobs creation in African economies”…. [Read More]

UNDP and MBRF commit to harness Knowledge for Development

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Knowledge Foundation (MBRF)  signed an agreement to continue joint work within the frame of the Knowledge Project for the next ten years (2021-2030). The agreement renews a decade-long partnership that promotes evidence-based policy making for sustainable development in the Arab States region and… [Read More]

SA e-Health Startup secures Grant Funding for Malaria Diagnostic Tool

De Beers Group has awarded South African e-health startup, Erada with EUR288,000 (US$318,000) foundation grant to support its saliva-based Malaria Asymptomatic and Asexual Rapid Test (SMAART) test. The (SMAART) test developed by Erada is known as SALVA!, and is the world’s first ever saliva-based rapid diagnostic test for malaria. It includes a simple device for… [Read More]

Republic of Korea launches Health Initiatives in Five West African Countries

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) and the World Health Organization (WHO) have launched a health initiative in five West African countries that responds to their shared commitment to improve health security worldwide. The initiative, supported by a US$12 million grant for three years of activities in Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Senegal and Sierra Leone,… [Read More]

Laos: EU launches Two New Programmes worth €55 Million on Nutrition and Sustainable Growth

EU has launched two new programmes worth €55 million on nutrition and sustainable growth. The two new programmes are: The ASEAN Regional Integration Support-Lao PDR Trade-Related Assistance (Arise Plus) programme, especially addressed to smallholders and SMEs. The programme, worth €5 million, provides trade related assistance to promote more sustainable, broad-based and inclusive growth, which is… [Read More]

“Social Entrepreneurship Impact Lab” for Social Entrepreneurs in South Africa

FNB, in collaboration with Fetola Business Growth Professionals has announced the launch of the “Social Entrepreneurship Impact Lab”, a SME development initiative to help grow social entrepreneurs in South Africa. This two-year programme will empower 25 existing ‘for profit’ businesses who already operate in the social entrepreneurship space and have genuine potential to scale. Entries… [Read More]

Merck Foundation launches HIV Care Connect ($7 million) Initiative

The Merck Foundation has launched HIV Care Connect, a $7 million, five-year initiative to help reduce disparities in access to care and improve health outcomes for persons with HIV living in vulnerable and underserved Southeastern U.S. communities. Executive vice president and chief patient officer at Merck, Dr. Julie Louise Gerberding said, “We need to accelerate… [Read More]

African Young Agripreneurs to benefit from $500 Million commitment

Leaders from across Africa and around the world pledge new action to address the impacts of climate change on food production while revealing the hidden power of African agribusiness. A $500 million commitment to developing agriculture opportunities for young Africans, a “Deal Room” that delivered some $200 million in new investments, billions to support digital… [Read More]