New report on aid for education – ‘Rising to the challenge’

Norad, the Norwegian development agency, has published a new report on assistance for education, ‘Rising to the challenge: Results of Norwegian education aid, 2013-2016’. The report shows that between 2013 and 2016, 3.1 million children received schooling with the help of Norwegian aid. 1.6 million of these children lived in vulnerable states. Funds allocated to education in the Norwegian education-assistance budget rose from NOK1.7 billion (US$208 million) in 2013 to NOK3.2 billion (US$392 million) in 2016.

Report – Norad

Norway Education

CanWaCH releases new report on attitudes toward women's and children's health

The Canadian Partnership for Women and Children’s Health (CanWaCH) has released a new report on Canadians’ attitudes toward issues in international development.  The report finds that, while Canadians are generally open to supporting women’s and children’s health in developing regions, Canadian NGOs in this sector should also work to improve public understanding of this issue.

Report – CanWaCH

Canada Global health

Australia invests in two initiatives to combat disease and reduce malnutrition in the Pacific

The Australian Government has announced A$7.7 million (US$6 million) to combat mosquito-borne diseases in the Pacific. In partnership with Monash University’s Eliminate Dengue Program and national health ministries, the programs will focus on detection of and response to dengue, Zika virus, and Chikungunya, in Fiji, Vanuatu, and Kiribati. 

The government also announced that A$4 million (US$3 million) will be invested in the winning ideas of the LAUNCH Food Challenge, which aims to find innovative ways to improve global nutrition. A$2.5 million (US$2 million) will be earmarked for the Pacific.

Press release – Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade

Australia Global health

Save the Children criticizes the Progress Party for implying that development funding does not work

Minister of Immigration and Integration, Sylvi Listhaug (Norwegian Progress Party), and Knut Arild Hareide (leader of the Christian Democratic Party), are locked in a debate about Norwegian development policy. In a commentary published in NRK, Gunvor Knag Fylkesnes, head of politics and society for Save the Children Norway, criticized Listhaug for implying that development funding does not work. Fylkesnes is, however, pleased that development aid is now part of the political debate leading up to the elections in September.

News article – NRK [in Norwegian]


South Korea contributes US$6 million to UNICEF to support vulnerable children in Jordan

The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) has announced a new US$6 million grant to UNICEF aimed at helping vulnerable children in Jordan access quality health, education, and protection. It comes as part of South Korea’s ‘Better Life for Girls’ global initiative. The initiative aims at directly supporting nearly 130,000 vulnerable girls and boys in Jordan over a four-year period, between 2017 and 2020.

News report - Reliefweb


South Korea

South Korea gives US$1 million in humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia

South Korea has announced US$1 million in humanitarian assistance to Ethiopia. Of the total, US$400,000 will go to the UNICEF’s Humanitarian Action for Children 2017 and US$500,000 to the Ethiopian Humanitarian Fund of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The remaining US$100,000 will go to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to assist Ethiopian returnees from Saudi Arabia.

News report – Journal du Cameroun

South Korea

Canada deploys additional police to Iraq

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, Marie-Claude Bibeau, and Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Ralph Goodale, announced that Canada will deploy 20 police officers to Iraq to promote stability and security.  Canadian police will work to re-establish a police presence in liberated areas, build capabilities, and provide strategic advice to Iraqi forces.  The announcement is part of Canada’s strategy in the Middle East against Daesh.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada


Recent study shows less advantage targeting money transfers to mothers than previously thought

Norwegian development outlet ‘Bistandsaktuelt’ has published a study that challenges consensus around direct money transfers and the welfare of children. It is generally accepted in development literature that targeting financial support to mothers rather than fathers produces larger gains for children’s welfare. A recent study on decisions relating to children’s welfare in Tanzanian families found that, at least for direct money transfers, it makes little difference which parent receives the support. The ability of long-term thinking was a variable with greater explanatory power than gender.

Website – Bistandsaktuelt (in Norwegian)


ODI questions UK push to change OECD's ODA definition

The Overseas Development Institute (ODI), a UK think tank, has questioned the government’s pledge to amend the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee (DAC) definition of Official Development Assistance (ODA). ODI claim any change to the definition should be to better reflect the purpose of ODA: that is, the eradication of poverty, not so that countries can appear to spend more on development without increasing commitments.

During the general election campaign in June 2017, the conservative UK government announced their intention to challenge the current definition of ODA. This came in response to public pressure after the UK enshrined its 0.7% of GNI ODA target into law.

Website – Overseas Development Institute

United Kingdom

Canada announces new financial assistance to Southeast Asia for counter-terrorism

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, announced that Canada will provide CAD$13 million (US$10 million) to support Counter-Terrorism Capacity Building programs and almost CAD$7 million (US$5.5 million) in humanitarian assistance for Asia.  The programs will provide financial support and Canadian expertise to prevent and respond to terrorist activities and transnational crime.

Press release – Global Affairs Canada