SADC/EU launch a Call for Innovative Proposals to increase capacities for COVID-19-relevant items in the region

The Secretariat of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), the European Union (EU), and the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany have launched a Call for innovative proposals as part of the “COVID-19-relevant Medical and Pharmaceutical Products” (CMPP) Project. It aims at increasing manufacturing capacities for COVID-19-relevant items in the region. This includes, but… [Read More]

IDB provides US$27 million for Haiti’s health care system

In an effort to help the government fight the COVID-19 pandemic, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) approved a reassignment of US$27 million from the non-disbursed balance of Haiti’s current investment portfolio, from the IDB Special Donation Fund. The goal of the program for an immediate public health response to contain and control the coronavirus and… [Read More]

Action Against Hunger warns of a growing Hunger Crisis in Ethiopia

The world’s nonprofit hunger specialist, Action Against Hunger warned of a growing hunger crisis in Ethiopia. Newly released data reveals that nearly one in four South Sudanese refugee children suffer from life-threatening malnutrition. COVID-19 cases in the country have more than tripled in the past month, complicating hunger relief efforts. Action Against Hunger conducted a… [Read More]

Afghanistan: New Grants to cushion Impact of COVID-19 and protect Food Security

As part of a larger financial package of $380 million, the World Bank has approved two grants totaling $210 million to help Afghanistan cushion the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Afghan households, support critical food supply chains, and provide emergency support to farmers. The Emergency Agriculture and Food Supply Project, implemented by the… [Read More]

UK invests £20 million to improve small Business Leadership & Problem-solving Skills

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis spurs British businesses to adopt new ways of working, the government is investing £20 million to improve small businesses’ management, productivity and problem-solving skills through 2 training programmes, at this crucial time in the UK’s economic recovery. The Small Business Leadership Programme will focus on strengthening decision-makers’ leadership skills, so… [Read More]

Humanitarian Response Plan aims to assist 4.5 million Venezuelans in 2020

The 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan with Humanitarian Needs Overview, which aims to provide 4.5 million vulnerable Venezuelan women, men, girls, and boys with humanitarian assistance. The Plan has a financial requirement of US$762.5 million to provide health care, water, sanitation and hygiene, food security and nutrition, shelter, protection, and education support. The Plan builds on… [Read More]

ADB provides $1.5 billion help to support Thailand’s COVID-19 Response

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) is providing a $1.5 billion to support the Government of Thailand’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa said, “ADB is committed to providing timely support to Thailand and helping reduce the pandemic’s social and economic impacts on the country. Our budget support will help fund… [Read More]

$100 million financial support to strengthen Uzbekistan’s resilience to Public Health Emergencies

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $100 million to strengthen Uzbekistan’s resilience to public health emergencies, including the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, by steadily improving testing, diagnosis, and the management of COVID-19 cases over the next two years. ADB Vice-President, Shixin Chen said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is exceptional in size and nature with… [Read More]

UN and Humanitarian Partners launch international Humanitarian Response Plan in Philippines

The United Nations (UN) and humanitarian partners in the Philippines launched the largest international humanitarian response plan in the country since Typhoon Haiyan in 2013. With financial requirements of about P6 billion, the Humanitarian Country Team (HCT) COVID-19 Response Plan is focused on providing critical health interventions and multi- sectoral humanitarian assistance to the 5.4… [Read More]

GEF invests $2 million Grant in Nature-based infrastructure for Climate adaptation

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) has approved a $2 million grant for a new venture in partnership with the MAVA Foundation, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). This new funding aims to increase investment in nature-based infrastructure that can help cities and countries adapt to the… [Read More]

UNOPS to improve National Medicine Procurement in Mexico

A new agreement signed by UNOPS, the government of Mexico, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) will improve transparency and value for money. Signed in the presence of the President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, national authorities and representatives of UNOPS and PAHO in Mexico, the agreement will see UNOPS help the government… [Read More]

IDB supports health care system of Nicaragua with new funding stream

The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) is providing USD$43 million from its Immediate Response of Public Health to Contain and Control Coronavirus and Mitigate its Effect on the Provision of the Service in Nicaragua. The actions of the program will contribute to reduce the rates of morbidity and mortality from the coronavirus and ease the indirect… [Read More]

ADB’s COVID-19 Response Reaches $9.3 Billion to End-July 2020

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has committed $9.3 billion in financial resources in the last six months to address the impact of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. In addition, development partners committed $4.6 billion in cofinancing. ADB President Masatsugu Asakawa said, “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a severe impact across our developing member countries and… [Read More]

AT&T commits $10 million to increase Economic Opportunity for Black and Underserved Communities

AT&T today is committing an additional $10 million this year to create economic opportunities and foster upward mobility for Black and underserved communities facing long-standing social inequities and higher unemployment during COVID-19 pandemic. CEO of AT&T Inc said, “We’re refocusing our efforts to create more opportunities and paths to success for Black and underserved communities,… [Read More]