UNDP and UN Women launch COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker

UNDP and UN Women released a new data from the COVID-19 Global Gender Response Tracker that says ‘most of the world’s nations are not doing enough to protect women and girls from the economic and social fallout being caused by the COVID-19 crisis.’ The tracker, which includes over 2,500 measures across 206 countries and territories,… [Read More]

WHO hosting Meeting on Sustainable preparedness for Health Security and Resilience

WHO and the Governments of the Republic of Finland, the Republic of Indonesia and the French Republic will co-host a meeting on Sustainable preparedness for health security and resilience: Adopting a whole-of-society approach and breaking the “panic-then-forget” cycle on 1 October 2020. This meeting will bring together Ministers of Health and beyond, UN agencies, partners… [Read More]

Nepal receives $150 million from World Bank to implement Projects

The World Bank approved $150 million project to help Nepal strengthen service delivery and institutional capacities in strategic secondary cities, and to support the post-COVID-19 economic recovery. The project is unique in that it puts the municipalities in front and center in project implementation, in full alignment with federalism principles enshrined in the 2015 Constitution… [Read More]

$100 million grant to help Afghanistan stabilize its financial sector

The World Bank has approved a $100 million grant to help Afghanistan stabilize its financial sector and support small enterprises as the country strives to spur its recovery from COVID-19. Funded by the International Development Association the Strengthening Afghanistan’s Financial Intermediation (SAFI) project, will enhance capacity of Afghanistan’s central bank, Da Afghanistan Bank (DAB), for… [Read More]

Ghana: NGO launches project to enhance Skills in Young Girls

Basic Foundation for Women Empowerment (BFWE) has launched a project in Bolgatanga, Upper East Region (Ghana), to support women aspiring for leadership roles and enhance skills in young girls. The project dubbed, ‘Women Voice and Leadership (WVL)’, which is to be implemented in selected communities in the Bolgatanga Municipality, aims at promoting social responsibility among… [Read More]

Assistance to vulnerable Households and Small Businesses in Philippines

According to “From Containment to Recovery”, the World Bank’s October 2020 Economic Update for East Asia and the Pacific, social assistance to poor and vulnerable families as well as micro and small enterprises will help cushion the impact of COVID-19 and hasten recovery in the Philippines. The report forecasts the Philippine economy to contract by… [Read More]

Nicaragua: Drinking Water and Sanitation Systems advance by 96%

The “Project to Improve and Expand Drinking Water Supply and Sanitation Systems in 19 Cities” in Nicaragua is advancing by 96%, with financing of more than US$100 million. The initiative promoted by the Central American Bank for Economic Integration (CABEI), will benefit 348,384 people who lacked drinking water service and about 384,652 people who will be… [Read More]

UN officials discuss roadmap to preserve the Natural World

Top UN officials working to preserve the natural world are urging “action now” ahead of a crucial biodiversity summit this week, where world leaders will reaffirm their commitment to the cause. The Convention on Biological Diversity is an international treaty agreed to at the UN Earth Summit in Brazil in 1992. It has three goals: the conservation… [Read More]

Digital Transformation key to recovery and building LAC Region in a better way, says New Report

According to the Latin American Economic Outlook (LEO) 2020: Digital Transformation for Building Back Better, digital transformation can help Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region recover more quickly from the COVID‑19 crisis. The report is jointly produced by the Development Centre of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Economic Commission for… [Read More]

UN chief and UK premier announce December ‘Climate Summit’

The UN Secretary-General António Guterres and Prime Minister of the United Kingdom have announced to co-host a “landmark global event” on 12 December, the fifth anniversary of the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement. The aim of the event is to rally momentum and call for much greater climate action and ambition. National governments will be invited… [Read More]

World Bank approves $125 million for improved WASH Services in Ghana

The World Bank has approved $125 million from the International Development Association for the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area Sanitation and Water Project (GAMA SWP). This additional financing will support the Government of the Republic of Ghana’s effort to reach 550,000 people in low-income urban communities of the Greater Accra Metropolitan Area (GAMA) and the Greater Kumasi… [Read More]

USAID grants $1.2 million to small and medium-sized Agribusinesses

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced $1.2 million for 10 small and medium-sized agribusinesses to address the economic fallout in emerging markets caused by COVID-19. Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation – a USAID-led program managed by Fintrac that is responsible for building partnerships with private-sector agribusinesses-is working with past partner companies to help them cope… [Read More]

CEB approves € 707 million to restart European economies

The Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB) has approved financial support totaling € 707 million. The financing will help eight European countries to further mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, provide for the vulnerable, or restart their economies. Andorra: A €12 million Public Sector Financing Facility (PFF) to the Government of Andorra to support the country’s… [Read More]

EBRD and UNWTO collaborate to promote Sustainable Tourism

The EBRD and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) are joining forces to promote sustainable tourism, accelerate the transfer of climate finance and make green technologies more accessible for the tourism sector through the Bank’s online shopping-style platform: Green Technology Selector. With the objective of advancing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals, UNWTO supports the EBRD’s Green Technology Selector, which can… [Read More]

WTTC new Report on Future of tourism in post-COVID world

The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC), unveils a new report that explores the implications of the trends for each of four key Travel & Tourism stakeholders: travellers, businesses, workforce, and communities. The report emphasises the importance of taking a global coordinated approach to recovery: enhancing the current seamless travel experience, embracing the integration of… [Read More]

UNESCO-Mexico joint Dialogue on advancing Gender Equality across Borders

UNESCO New Delhi and the Embassy of Mexico in India jointly hosted the second Mexico-India Dialogue on Women’s rights on the subject of Breaking Gender Stereotypes in the Media.   The dialogue shed light on gender-based discrimination in the media. The second of its kind, the dialogue is part of a series of conversations that seek… [Read More]

UNICEF Programme to end worst forms of Child Labour in Jordan

A new UNICEF programme to end the worst forms of child labour in Zarqa and Amman will help hundreds of children to escape from dangerous working environments and return to education and training, as well as providing their families with a package of support to reduce the burden on children to work. The programme, implemented… [Read More]

US$40m Boost to Support Indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian and Montubio Communities

The World Bank Board of Directors has approved a US$40 million fiancial aid for Ecuador in the framework of a project to improve living conditions, contribute to the recovery following the Covid-19 pandemic and address barriers to education and employment access for Indigenous, Afro-Ecuadorian and Montubio nationalities and peoples. This investment project aims to support… [Read More]

Insufficient funding for climate change mitigation, report highlights

According to a report from the ClimateWorks Foundation, “Funding Trends: Climate Change Mitigation Philanthropy,” Less than 2 percent of global philanthropic dollars is dedicated to climate change mitigation which is not nearly enough to meet the scale of the global challenge. The report provides a window into long-term trends, ongoing gaps, and opportunities to increase… [Read More]