Canada officially Joins International Renewable Energy Agency

Canada has officially joined the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) and became its member. Canada becomes the Agency’s 160th member to join the global intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the widespread adoption of renewable energy. Canada’s membership comes on the eve of IRENA’s ninth and largest Assembly. More than 120 ministers are expected to join 1,200 delegates from 150 countries in Abu Dhabi, to accelerate the deployment of sustainable sources of energy. … [Read more...]

ACP-EU Initiative CFPs: Unlocking inclusive Innovation Potential of ACP Countries(Prior Information Notice)

New technologies, knowledge and innovations can be powerful drivers of inclusive and sustainable socio-economic development. It is within this context that the ACP-EU Programme to Strengthen Research and Innovation capacity in ACP countries – a new EUR 60 million initiative of the ACP Group of States funded by the 11th European Development Fund – targets research and innovation public and private stakeholders across ACP countries and regions with a comprehensive package of opportunities. … [Read more...]

UNDP-FUEL-Larsen and Toubro Infotech: Empowering Women Artisans in Mumbai and Thane

The United Nations Development Programme in India (UNDP India) has partnered with Larsen and Toubro Infotech (LTI)’s CSR initiative, and Friend's Union for Energizing Lives (FUEL)- an Indian not-profit organization, to provide skill training to 2000 women artisans in Mumbai and Thane. The partnership will provide them with sustainable and viable livelihoods opportunities. The initiative, Women Artisan Skill Enhancement project, aims to skill, empower and create income opportunities – through … [Read more...]

ADB approves $2.5 Million Policy-Based Grants to strengthen Economic Management in Kiribati

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $2.5 million policy-based grant to support the second subprogram of the government-led Kiribati Strengthening Economic Management Reform Program. ADB Principal Public Management Specialist for the Pacific, Ms. Pamela Wyatt said, "Subprogram 2 continues the good reforms achieved in subprogram 1 by focusing on the stated priorities of the government and providing support to achieve their reform program." Apart from the $2.5 million grant sourced … [Read more...]

World Bank approves Funding for Kiribati’s Fifth Economic Reform Development Policy Operation

The World Bank has approved US$5 million for Kiribati’s Fifth Economic Reform Development Policy Operation, which will build on progress made to strengthen public finances and support inclusive economic growth. The funds will support Kiribati’s management of cash reserves; its appointment of procurement specialists in a new Central Procurement Agency; and continued improvements to the governance of the Revenue Equalization Reserve Fund, the country’s sovereign wealth fund. The environment for … [Read more...]

AfDB collaborate with Entreprenarium Foundation to train Women Entrepreneurs in Africa

The African Development Bank (AfDB) is partnering with Entreprenarium Foundation to train 1,000 women entrepreneurs in Africa, as part of its Affirmative Finance Action for Women in Africa (AFAWA) program. Over the next four months, Entreprenarium will roll out training sessions on business development and financial management in five countries, beginning with Cote d’Ivoire (Abidjan) and Gabon (Libreville) on 10 December; followed by sessions in Kenya (Nairobi), South Africa (Johannesburg) and … [Read more...]

WBG announces Country Partnership Framework to support Liberia’s Development

The World Bank Group (WBG) has announced a six-year Country Partnership Framework (CPF) to support Liberia’s effort to achieve sustainable, resilient pro-poor economic growth and development. The CPF responds to the country’s strategic priorities in its Pro-Poor Agenda for Prosperity and Development strategy and incorporates views from a wide range of stakeholders following consultations held across the country. Liberia has made significant achievements after the restoration of peace and … [Read more...]

USAID launches new ‘Integrated Youth Development Activity’ in DRC

A new Integrated Youth Development Activity (IYDA) has been launched by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). IYDA will support Congolese youth through learning and economic opportunities by helping young people gain professional skills to engage in income-generating activities. The non-governmental organization Education Development Center (EDC), which implements the project, will work to strengthen the resilience of … [Read more...]

World Bank supporting Djibouti to build strong Digital Economy through Digital Development

As a key step toward building a strong, inclusive digital economy, the Government of Djibouti and the World Bank are co-hosting a high-level event from November 14, 2018 to November 15, 2018 that will explore the potential benefits of digital development and propose a concrete roadmap of action. Digital technology will have a critical part to play in boosting Djibouti’s socio-economic development and meeting the ambitious goals set out in its national strategy, Vision Djibouti 2035. Djibouti’s … [Read more...]

Microsoft South Africa launches ‘Head Start’ Program

Head Start – an end-to-end program built to help tech startups grow has been launched by Microsoft South Africa. The support program will boost tech startups by giving them open access to wide-ranging skills development resources, coaches and mentors, a fully-fledged customer network, and the platform on which to build their products and services. Microsoft added that Head Start is a complete program that will help tech startups innovate in the most trusted cloud – Azure – while strengthening … [Read more...]